Tom Graveney: Memorial service held for former England cricketer

Tom Graveney Worcester Cathedral
Mourners gathered at Worcester Cathedral to remember the legendary England batsman Tom Graveney

Cricketing legends and celebrities remembered the life of former England batsman Tom Graveney at Worcester Cathedral.

Graveney, who played 79 Tests for England before becoming a pundit and commentator, died aged 88 in November.

He also played for Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Queensland, and is one of only 25 players to score more than 100 centuries.

Guests included Lord Mervyn King, Sir Michael Parkinson and David Gower.

Tom Graveney
Graveney is one of only 25 players to have made more than a hundred centuries

Former Bank of England governor Lord King, who is president of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, said his friend would always be remembered for the "extraordinary elegance" of his batting.

"You could have watched Tom play a forward defensive stroke all day," he said.

"He was a very humble, modest person, and a very genuine and warm friend."

Fellow former England captain Gower said Graveney's qualities were still important to modern cricket fans.

"People like us look for stylists in the modern game, and there is inspiration there in the man who was Tom Graveney," he said.

Tom Graveney, with Fred Trueman, Ted Dexter, Don Brennan and Fred Titmus
Tom Graveney (left) with Fred Trueman, Ted Dexter, Don Brennan and Fred Titmus
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Tom Graveney

  • He scored more than 47,793 first-class runs - including 122 centuries - in a career that stretched from 1948 to 1972
  • Graveney's career included spells at Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Queensland
  • After retiring, he became a BBC commentator and served as the 200th president of the MCC in 2005, the first former professional cricketer appointed to the post
  • Graveney captained England once at the age of 41, deputising for Colin Cowdrey against Australia at Headingley in 1968
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