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Bookends

Gower vs Boycott

The unflappable David Gower reveals he once jumped on fellow batsman Geoffrey Boycott's hat in An Endangered Species

19 October 2013

9:00 AM

19 October 2013

9:00 AM

Ask any England cricket fan in his fifties to name his favourite batsman and chances are he will say David Gower. (Unless he says Geoffrey Boycott: the cavaliers and roundheads tend to divide along these lines.) In 114 Tests between 1978 and 1992, Gower’s elegance, timing and grace bewitched us all, not least because we knew that he would probably steer something innocuous to second slip two balls before tea.

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