Gladstone Small

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Gladstone Small
Personal information
Full nameGladstone Cleophas Small
Born (1961-10-18) 18 October 1961 (age 59)
St. George, Barbados
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  521)7 August 1986 v  New Zealand
Last Test1 February 1991 v  Australia
ODI debut(cap  92)1 January 1987 v  Australia
Last ODI20 August 1992 v  Pakistan
Domestic team information
1979–1999 Warwickshire
1985/86 South Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Runs scored263984,4091,072
Batting average 15.476.5314.368.50
Top score5918* 7040*
Balls bowled3,9272,79324,39218,434
Wickets 5558852462
Bowling average 34.0133.4828.6226.47
5 wickets in innings 20295
10 wickets in match0020
Best bowling5/484/317/155/18
Catches/stumpings 9/–7/–95/–7/–
Source: Cricinfo, 24 September 2005

Gladstone Cleophas Small (born 18 October 1961) [1] is an English former cricketer, who played in 17 Test matches and 53 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the England cricket team.


The cricket writer Colin Bateman commented, "Gladstone Small overcame a hunched physique to become a remarkably effective fast-medium bowler and one of the most popular characters on the county circuit". [1]

Early life

Small was born in Barbados, and moved to England shortly after his fourteenth birthday, which at the time was past the normal cut-off for a change of cricketing nationality. However, he applied for eligibility to play cricket for England, and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) accepted his application. [2]

Small has Klippel–Feil syndrome, which accounts for his distinctive "no neck" appearance. [3]

His life story was made into a documentary by director Pogus Caesar in 1995, and broadcast on Carlton Television for the Respect television series.

He is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. [4]

Playing career

Primarily he bowled outswing, but his propensity for unreliable bowling gave selectors cause for concern.[ citation needed ] However, in his third Test, during the 1986–87 Ashes, Small was a last minute replacement for the fourth Test, and rose to the challenge, taking 5-48 in Australia's first innings and claiming two wickets in the second. He was given the Man of the Match award, and this was to be the highlight of his career. [2]

Small was in England's squad for both the 1987 and 1992 Cricket World Cups. [1] He was integral to the strong Warwickshire side of 1994, but retired soon after. Later, he became a director of the Professional Cricketers' Association.

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