David Ivon Gower OBE (born 1 April 1957) is a former English cricketer who became a commentator for Sky Sports. Although he eventually rose to the captaincy of the England cricket team during the 1980s, he is best known for being one of the most stylish left-handed batsmen of the modern era. Gower played 117 Test matches, scoring 8,231 runs. He is thus one of the most capped and highest scoring players in his country's history. He is also one of England's most capped One Day International players, with 114 matches.
Gower led England during the 1985 Ashes series against Australia, and his team was victorious, however two 5-0 whitewashes at the hands of the West Indies (in 1984 and 1985–86) reflected poorly on his captaincy, and Gower was replaced in 1986. Gower was briefly reinstated for the 1989 Ashes series, before being replaced as captain by Graham Gooch. The strained relationship between the pair contributed to Gower's complete retirement in 1993. Nevertheless, he ended with an impressive record in first-class cricket, having accumulated 26,339 runs at 40.08, and 53 centuries. His Test match tally includes the world record feat of 119 consecutive innings without registering a duck. Following his retirement, Gower became a successful cricket commentator, and on 16 July 2009, was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
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... Career performance Batting Bowling Opposition Matches Runs Average High Score 100 / 50 Runs Wickets Average Best Australia 794. 28.35 2 ... / 3 - - - - Canada 1 - - - - - - - - India 469. 31.26 0 ... / 4 - - - - New Zealand 874. 39.72 3 ... / 4 - - - - Pakistan 451. 34.69 114* 1 / 0 - - - - Sri Lanka 178. 59.33 1 ... / 0 - - - - West Indies 404. 18.36 0 ... / 0 ... - - Man of the match awards Date Opponent Ground Record/Scorecards 26 May 1978 Pakistan The Oval 114* 4 February 1979 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 101* 13 January 1983 New Zealand Melbourne Cricket Ground 15 ... January 1983 New Zealand The Gabba 30 ... January 1983 Australia Adelaide Oval 11 ... June 1983 Sri Lanka Taunton 3 ... June 1985 Australia Lord's 102* 26 May 1986 India Old Trafford 81. ...
... football team captain Gary Lineker and ex-England cricket team captain David Gower were the show's team captains from 1995 until they announced their retirement from the show in 2003 ... They were replaced as team captains by ex-England football goalkeeper David Seaman and ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell ... Former footballer Ian Wright took over from David Seaman in autumn 2004 ...
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