Alec Stewart played in 133 test matches, on 170 one-days, making him England’s most capped Test cricketer. The right-handed batsman/wicketkeeper was a Surrey stalwart for over 20 years and after retirement moved to the coaching staff. He also works as a pundit and popular columnist for the Sunday Mirror.
Alec was educated at Tiffin Boys’ School in Kingston upon Thames and made his debut for Surrey in 1981, earning a reputation as an aggressive opening batsman and occasional wicketkeeper. He made his England debut in the first Test of the 1989/90 tour of the West Indies.
He was vice-captain of the England side during most of Michael Atherton’s tenure as captain, eventually succeeding him in 1998. While England won their first series under him, against South Africa, failures against Australia and in the 1999 cricket World Cup saw him sacked from the captaincy to be replaced by Hussain. During his captaincy, he had the unusual distinction of simultaneously captaining the side, opening the batting, and keeping wicket. He continued as an England player for five more seasons, and became only the fourth player to score a century in his 100th Test at Old Trafford. In 1994 at the Kensington Oval in the West Indies he became only the 7th English batsmen to score centuries in both innings of a test match. His highest Test score, 190, against Pakistan in the first Edgbaston Test on 4th June 1992 – a match that was drawn.
After 20 years in county and international cricket his final match was at his home ground The Oval against South Africa in the summer of 2003.
In 2009, Stewart rejoined Surrey as a part time consultant to the coaching staff specialising in batting, wicket keeping and mentoring. Since retiring from playing Stewart has taken on the role as the Club Ambassador for Surrey CCC.
What he offers
Alec Stewart is a director of a sports management company and an ambassador for Clydesdale Bank and Metlife. His motivational and after-dinner speeches are hugely popular and he hosts award ceremonies, business breakfasts and Q&A panels.
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