One of England’s former star batters, Graham Thorpe, is currently in hospital with an as yet unknown illness.
Former England and Surrey cricketer Graham Thorpe is currently in hospital “seriously ill”, according to the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
Thorpe had also worked as the England men’s batting coach but resigned from his role in February following England’s disastrous 4-0 defeat in the Ashes.
However, a recent statement from the PCA said: “Graham Thorpe has recently fallen seriously ill and is currently being treated in hospital.
“His prognosis is unclear at this time and we are asking for privacy for him and his family at this time. Our thoughts are with Graham and his family.”
Who is Graham Thorpe?
Thorpe was naturally right-handed but reportedly changed his stance when he was only six years old to make it harder for his older brothers to bring him into his garden.
The 52-year-old made over 100 Tests for England between 1993 and 2005.
He made his first-class debut for Surrey in 1988 and averaged over 21,000 runs in over 340 games for his county.
On his international debut in 1993, he scored a 114 win against Australia at Trent Bridge. He was named Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1998 and went on to become a highly respected batter.
In his 100 tests for his country, Thorpe hit 6,744 runs with a 44.66 average. He made 16 centuries as well as 39 half centuries.
His highest score during a test match came against New Zealand in Christchurch in 2002. He made 200 not from 231 balls, including a partnership with Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff with 281 carries in 51 overs.
In his 82 ODI matches, Thorpe hit 2,380 carries and was an extremely capable batsman.
After suffering from marital problems well documented by the newspapers, Thorpe decided to retire from the one-day games and eventually retired from the Australian Tour in 2002.
Coming back in England’s fifth Test against South Africa in 2003, the left-hander was greeted with a standing ovation and scored 124 points.
Thorpe announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2005 after the English selectors decided to select Kevin Pietersen in his place for the Ashes’ first Test match.
English Chairman of the Selectors David Graveney had described the choice of Pietersen to Thorpe as “the most difficult decision I have been involved with in my time as Selector”.
Graham Thorpe: Post England
The left-hander held out for two more months in his county before announcing his retirement from domestic cricket.
His first coaching stint came later that year for New South Wales as batting coach. He was then appointed as the region’s assistant manager when Matthew Mott was promoted to manager.
Thorpe worked with BBC Radio 5’s Test Match Special program during England’s 2007 tour of India and then also appeared in Sky Sports’ highlight coverage.
He wrote a monthly column for cricket magazine SPIN World Cricket Monthly and was announced as England’s batting coach in 2010.
After 12 years in that role, Thorpe resigned after the England Test side recorded one win in 17 Test matches.
Who is Graham Thorpe’s wife?
Graham Thorpe is married to a woman named Amanda whom he met after his divorce from ex-wife Nicky.
Thorpe’s marital troubles had been blown around in the tabloids and one of the reasons for his loss of form.
His current relationship is very private and it is not unknown how the couple met or what she does for a living.
what was said
Along with the PCA, England Cricket also took to social media to wish their former star-batter well: “All our thoughts are with Graham Thorpe and his family. We’re with you, Thorpey.”
Similarly, his former County Surrey man has said: “The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Graham, his wife Amanda and his family at this time. He is an icon of English football, known to millions of cricket fans and will forever be a favorite Surrey CCC son.”