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W. G. Grace
W.G. Grace
Personal information
Full name William Gilbert Grace
Born 18 July 1848(1848-07-18)
Downend, near Bristol, England
Died 23 October 1915 (aged 67)
Mottingham, Kent, England
Nickname WG, The Doctor, The Champion, The Old Man
Batting style right-handed batsman (RHB)
Bowling style right arm medium (RM; roundarm style)
Role all-rounder
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 24) 6 September 1880 v Australia
Last Test 1 June 1899 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1869–1904 MCC
1870–1899 Gloucestershire
1900–1904 London County
Career statistics
Competition Tests FC
Matches 22 878
Runs scored 1,098 54,896
Batting average 32.29 39.55
100s/50s 2/5 126/254
Top score 170 344
Balls bowled 666 126,157
Wickets 9 2,864+12
Bowling average 26.22 17.99
5 wickets in innings 0 246
10 wickets in match 0 66
Best bowling 2/12 10/49
Catches/stumpings 39/– 887/5
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Dr William Gilbert ("WG") Grace, MRCS, LRCP (born 18 July 1848 at Downend, near Bristol; died 23 October 1915 at Mottingham, Kent) was an English amateur cricketer who has been widely acknowledged as the greatest player of all time, especially in terms of his importance to the development of the sport. Universally known as "WG", his initials being a sobriquet, he played first-class cricket for a record-equalling 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908, during which he captained England, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, the Gentlemen, MCC, the United South of England Eleven and several other teams.


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