(3/5) ALEC STEWART
When Stewart was in full flow, there were few who could live with him. Relying on touch, he was in his element against the quicks, cover-driving with a neat flourish and pulling with panache- most memorably when he thundered two centuries during England’s storming of fortress Bridgetown in 1993-94. He was less secure against the spinners, however, and his instinctive style meant his career was a sequence of purple patches and less colourful troughs. Stewart played 133 test matches for England, the most by any English cricketer till now and scored over 8463 runs with an average of 39.54 amassing over 15 100s as the wicket-keeper batsman. He scored a century in his 100th Test, the sheer length of the standing ovation he received suggested that Stewart had become a national institution. Against India at Lord’s in 2002, he crowned his achievements by becoming England’s most-capped Test cricketer, overtaking Graham Gooch’s record of 118 matches. His love of the football manager-style soundbite has earned him the nickname Gaffer.Stewart now works in the media and acts as an executive director of Surrey.
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