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27 Oct 22 13:30
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Only took 92 years to get there.

Recalled for the fifth test in 1981 against Australia at Old Trafford he scored 69 and 78, but was at the crease for twelve hours. During his 7-hour 78 in the second innings, he was overtaken by Ian Botham on his way to a century.

This was the first of 26 consecutive tests for Tavaré, including tours of India, Sri Lanka and Australia, during which tests he made two test centuries and again achieved some notable feats of slow scoring. His 50 in five hours and fifty minutes, against Pakistan in 1982,was the second-slowest in the history of the English game.Among his slowest innings was a score of 35 runs in six-and-a-half hours at Madras in the 1981/82 season. In 2012, Alex Massie wrote that, for Tavaré, scoring runs seemed "a disagreeable, even vulgar, distraction from the pure task of surviving". At Perth in 1982 he made “an eight-hour 89, 60 minutes of which were entirely scoreless”, although he did also make a more important and relatively rapid 89 in the Melbourne test narrowly won by England,also parrying the victory clinching chance for Geoff Miller to catch. In many of these Test matches at this stage Tavaré was pressed to open the innings due to the suspension of Graham Gooch, Geoff Boycott and Wayne Larkins from international cricket due to their participation in a rebel tour of South Africa, opening the batting rarely being Tavaré's position for Kent.

A legend.
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Report brentford October 27, 2022 11:10 PM BST
I can recall watching some of his finest moments in school holidays...
the '81 home series and in 1983 against NZ.. where by his standards a quick fire 109 off 259 balls in the 2nd inns at the Oval where he out paced Graeme Fowler somewhat surprisingly during their 200 plus opening stand...

certainly never gave it away in test matches but had a surprisingly expansive game when required on occasions in domestic short form stuff, especially the John Player Sunday League (40 overs)
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 28, 2022 12:13 PM BST
Yes indeed, he was certainly able
to drop anchor when required which seemed
against his natural instincts.

I remember the excitement his hour without
scoring caused at our golf club, ha ha.
Report CLYDEBANK29 October 29, 2022 11:23 AM BST
A legend indeed.  80-84 as a teenager was when I was into cricket.  My mother was a local councillor and effectively ensured that the local village had a recreation space for the youth to play by purchasing some land off a local farmer.  A local village benefactor who was mad about cricket, used the land to coach the local youth cricket, which eventually led to the restoration of a local village cricket team to the village for the first time in ages.  I opened the batting when the village played it's first friendly match, prior to the official formation of a league team.  I modeled myself on Chris Tavare/Geoff Boycott as that was my strength.  Well the scoring rate was, not the runs. Happy Then I left for Uni and I almost never played cricket again.  The village team is still going strong and the land available has probably increased five fold.
Report CLYDEBANK29 October 29, 2022 11:37 AM BST
I needed to have a good eye, because my "friend" Richard Hoare was the fastest bowler and used to try and intimidate me by bowling bouncers in the nets.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 30, 2022 2:06 PM GMT
I became a fast bowler after a teacher
told me that my leg spin bowling had no future
in one day cricket!
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