16 Facts About Alan Butcher


Alan Raymond Butcher was born on 7 January 1954 and is a former English cricketer who is part of a family known for its strong cricketing connections.


Alan Butcher became Essex coach in 1993, and coached Surrey between 2005 and 2008.


Alan Butcher's parents moved to Australia where he spent five and a half of his formative years during which time he played for Glenelg youth team.


In 1991, Mark and Alan Butcher played against each other in a Sunday League match at The Oval, on the occasion of Mark's Surrey debut.


Alan Butcher was a left-handed opening batsman with an aggressive playing style and a fondness for hitting shots off the back foot, although he started his career as a left-arm fast-medium bowler.


Alan Butcher began playing for Surrey in 1972 as a bowler, but started opening the batting in 1975.


Alan Butcher was not selected for England in Test matches again, in spite of the opinion of the then England captain Mike Brearley, who rated him one of the top players of fast bowling in the county game.

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In 1982, Alan Butcher made 86 not out in the final as Surrey won the NatWest Trophy.


Alan Butcher eventually rose to captain Glamorgan in 1989, before retiring in 1992.


Alan Butcher made 22,667 runs in first-class matches in 684 innings, with 46 hundreds and a high score of 216 not out.


Alan Butcher took 141 wickets in his career at 38.53, with a best innings analysis of 6 for 48.


Alan Butcher followed his playing career with coaching roles at Essex and Surrey.


Alan Butcher's recall coincided with the day his son Mark Butcher made his maiden Test century for England against South Africa.


Alan Butcher left his post following Surrey's relegation from the 1st Division of the County Championship in 2008.


From 4 March 2010 until early 2013 Alan Butcher was the head coach of the Zimbabwe national cricket team.


Alan Butcher was highly credited for reviving Zimbabwean cricket as the national and domestic game greatly improved.