Alec Stewart OBE biography
Alec Stewart OBE is a retired English cricketer and the most capped English Test cricketer of all time. He played in 133 test matches on 170 one-days.
Early Life and Career
Alec Stewart 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. Alec Stewart made his England debut in the first Test of the 1989/90 tour of the West Indies, along with Nasser Hussain, who would eventually replace him as England captain.
Alec Stewart 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.
Alec 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.
In 2004, Alec Stewart became a founding director of Arundel Promotions with specific responsibility for player management and representation. Cricket playing clients include Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Ashley Giles and Matt Prior. 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 works as analyst for Sky Sports, Channel 5, the BBC, writes a column in the Sunday Mirror and is a brand 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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