Alec Stewart Biography
Alec Stewart is a former cricketer and captain of the England cricket team. He was wicket-keeper and opening right-handed batsman. He is the son of former England cricketer Micky Stewart.
Stewart was one of the integral members of the England team through the 1990's. Born on 8 April 1963, Alec has played 133 tests and 170 ODIs before his retirement.
Alec made his debut for Surrey in 1981, and earned reputation as an aggressive opening batsman and wicketkeeper.
Alec made his international debut in ODIs against Sri Lanka in 1986 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. Alec could not do much in the match and scored only 4 runs.
In the gap of 6 months, he made his test debut against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. He scored just 13 runs in the first innings, as England won the match easily by nine wickets.
Rise to Glory
In 1992, Alec scored four centuries from five matches, which also included his highest Test score of 190 runs, against Pakistan in the first Edgbaston Test on 4 June 1992.
In a match against West Indies in 1994, he scored centuries in both innings of the test match. Stewart also holds a unique record of scoring most test runs without a double century in test history.
Alec’s first series as captain was against South Africa, where he scored an outstanding 164 in the third Test at Old Trafford. His innings enabled England to overturn a 1–0 deficit to win the series 2–1.
However, his captaincy barely lasted 12 months and he was relieved of the burden following England's poor performance Ashes reversal and the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup.
He continued to be an attacking batsman-keeper and became only the fourth player to claim a hundred in his hundredth Test.
Alec announced his retirement after the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup and played his last ODI against Australia. He played fighting innings of 46 in a tough situation in that match.
His last Test was against South Africa at Kennington Oval, London in September 2003. Stewart now works in the media and acts as an executive director of Surrey.