Keith William Robert Fletcher is an English former first-class cricketer who played for Essex and England. He later became England's team manager. His nickname was "The Gnome of Essex", so christened by his Essex teammate, Ray East, because Fletcher's winklepickers had begun to curl up at the toes due to wear. Cricket writer Colin Bateman noted that "Fletcher was a tough cookie, a shrewd man who could bluff opponents like the most disarming of poker players. He evoked loyalty in his teammates and admiration from his opponents, even when they were beaten by the sucker punch". Bateman added "the sacking of Fletcher as England captain remains one of English cricket's shabbiest sagas". Fletcher played 59 Test matches and 24 One Day Internationals. His Test tally of 3,272 runs came at an average of 39.90.
|Full name:||Keith William Robert Fletcher|
|Born:||May 20, 1944, Worcester, Worcestershire, England|
|Bowling style:||Leg break|
About Keith Fletcher
Nicknamed "The Gnome of Essex", Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1974, captained Essex from 1974 to 1985 and in 1988.
He made his Essex debut at age seventeen and made his English debut in 1968.
He was part of the English squad that played in the 1975 Cricket World Cup.
His parents took refuge with relatives after being bombed out of their London home in 1942.
He and Alastair Cook have both captained England in Test play.
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- Essex cricket captains
- England Test cricket captains
- Cricketers at the 1975 Cricket World Cup
- International Cavaliers cricketers
- England One Day International cricketers
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year
- England Test cricketers