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David Gower is a cricket commentator for Sky Sports.
Described as the ‘most stylish left-handed batsman’ of his era, Gower played 117 Test matches and 114 One Day Internationals; scoring 8231 and 3179 runs respectively. Gower was one of the most capped and high scoring players for England during his period.
Leading English during the 1985 Ashes, England were victorious; however, Gower was replaced in 1986. Gower was briefly reinstated for the 1989 Ashes series, before being replaced as captain by Graham Gooch. The unfortunate strained relationship between the pair contributed to Gower retiring from international cricket in 1993.
Nevertheless, Gower ended with an impressive record in first-class cricket accumulating 26,339 runs at an average of 40.08 and 53 centuries. As of February of 2013, Gower holds the record of 119 consecutive innings without registering a duck in Test cricket. Following his retirement, Gower has became a successful commentator with Sky Sports; in July 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Nevertheless, he ended with an impressive record in First-class cricket, accumulating 26,339 runs at an average of 40.08, and 53 centuries. As of February 2013, he holds the record of 119 consecutive innings without registering a duck in Test cricket. Following his retirement, Gower became a successful cricket commentator with Sky Sports, and on 16 July 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Since Gower has retired from the game, he has enjoyed a new start to his career. Acting as a cricket broadcaster and television personality, including being one of the team captains on the popular BBC comedy sports quiz, They Think Its All Over from 1995 to 2003. Gower also presented four series’ of the BBC 2 cricket magazine show, Gower’s Cricket Monthly from 1995-98 and at the same time was one of the BBC’s main cricket commentators. Gower also spent time commentating on several cricket series in Australia in the 1990’s. His commentary for Channel Nine, with his trademark relaxed calls of play and generous attitude to the players and fellow commentators, proved extremely popular with Australian cricket viewing audiences.
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