Greg Thomas

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Greg Thomas
Personal information
Full name John Gregory Thomas
Born (1960-08-12) 12 August 1960 (age 58)
Trebanos, Glamorgan, Wales
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 515) 21 February 1986 v West Indies
Last Test 7 August 1986 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 86) 18 February 1986 v West Indies
Last ODI 25 May 1987 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1979–1988 Glamorgan
1983/84–1986/87 Border
1984/85-1986/87 Impalas
1987/88-1988/89 Eastern Province
1989-1991 Northamptonshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 5 3 192 193
Runs scored 83 1 3419 1536
Batting average 13.83 1.00 16.43 13.12
100s/50s –/– –/– 2/7 –/1
Top score 31* 1* 110 65*
Balls bowled 774 156 27916 8801
Wickets 10 3 525 233
Bowling average 50.40 48.00 31.05 27.32
5 wickets in innings 18 3
10 wickets in match n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 4/70 2/59 7/75 5/17
Catches/stumpings –/– –/– 74/– 36/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 19 August 2012

Greg Thomas (born John Gregory Thomas, 12 August 1960 in Trebanos, Glamorgan, Wales)[1] is a Welsh former cricketer, who played in five Tests and three ODIs for England between 1986 and 1987.

Life and career

Thomas was a genuine fast bowler, a rare sight in English cricket after the retirement of Bob Willis; apart from the raw pace, he was erratic and often had injury problems. At his best, he matched the speed of the fearsome West Indian pacemen on the tour of West Indies in 1985/86, but leaked too many runs with his wayward bowling. This difficult tour was followed by one Test in England, disruptive injury and an unsuccessful, and then a fruitless switch to play for Northamptonshire.[1]

Thomas did not play for England again after he joined the rebel tour to South Africa 1989-90, defying the international sporting boycott of the apartheid state.

The West Indian batsman Viv Richards was notorious for punishing bowlers that dared to sledge him. So much so, that many opposing captains banned their players from the practice. However, in a county game against Glamorgan, Thomas attempted to sledge him after he had played and missed at several balls in a row. He informed Richards: "It's red, round and weighs about five ounces, in case you were wondering". Richards hammered the next delivery out of the ground and into a nearby river. Turning to the bowler, he commented: "Greg, you know what it looks like, now go and find it".[2]


  1. ^ a b Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 172. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
  2. ^ Lighter examples of sledging - BBC Sport
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