Paul ALLOTT

Paul Allott - England - Test Record for England.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 01 June 1985

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    • POSITION
      Right Arm Fast Medium, Right Hand Bat
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Tuesday, 04 September 1956
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Altrincham, England.
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  • England
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Paul ALLOTT - England - Test Record for England.

Date Test Venue Opp. 1st Inns 2nd Inns Batting Ct Result
13/08/81 5 Manchester Aus 6-1-17-2 17-3-71-2 52* & 14 0 Won
13/01/82 5 Madras Ind 31-4-135-0 dnb 6 & dnb 0 Draw
17/02/82 1 Colombo SL 13-4-44-0 dnb 3 & dnb 0 Won
10/06/82 1 Lord's Ind 4-1-15-0 17-3-51-1 41* & dnb 1 Won
08/07/82 3 The Oval Ind 24-4-69-1 4-1-12-0 3 & dnb 1 Draw
12/07/84 3 Leeds WI 26.5-7-61-6 7-2-24-0 3 & 4 1 Lost
26/07/84 4 Manchester WI 28-9-76-3 dnb 26 & 14 0 Lost
09/08/84 5 The Oval WI 17-7-25-3 26-1-96-2 16 & 4 1 Lost
23/08/84 1 Lord's SL 36-7-89-1 1-0-2-0 0 & dnb 0 Draw
13/06/85 1 Leeds Aus 22-3-74-2 17-4-57-0 12 & dnb 0 Won
27/06/85 2 Lord's Aus 30-4-70-1 7-4-8-1 1* & 0 0 Lost
11/07/85 3 Nottingham Aus 18-4-55-1 dnb 7 & dnb 0 Draw
01/08/85 4 Manchester Aus 13-1-29-0 6-2-4-0 7 & dnb 0 Draw
 
Summary of all matches
M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s W BB Ave 5w Ct
13 213 52* 14.20 0 1 26 6-61 41.69 1 4

 
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Paul Allott in action (for Lancashire) on 29th. May 1984.  Photo George Herringshaw. ©

 


Hard work, line & length and thought were attributes which became Paul Allott's formula for success as a fast-medium bowler. Yet he was once young and foolish and had to learn the hard way. That was particularly so at Madras in a 1981-82 series, when he raced in and tried to be a fast bowler on a very flat wicket. England bowled at Viswanath and Yashpal Sharma for nearly two days taking no wickets. It was a hard lesson well learnt. Allott made his England debut late in the 1981 Ashes series, during Ian Botham's devastating performances which turned the series on its head. Allott's batting saved England at Old Trafford, coming in at number 10 he made 52 not out from England's first innings of 231, providing a platform for the blistering second innings century by Botham which won the match by 102 runs.

 

Allott had a couple of uneventful Tests against India at home in 1982 and he was in England's 1983 World Cup team. He was then discarded in favour of other promising bowlers like Cowans and Foster until the 1984 West Indians embarked on one of those 5-0 drubbings of England, dubbed 'The Blackwash.' Allott reappeared in the third Test, having reinvented himself as a line-and-length fast-medium bowler. Impatient Caribbean strokemakers queued up to nick him into the slips. His comeback gave him 6-61, with Haynes bowled, Richards caught, Dujon lbw. Allott was the only steady bowler in the next three Tests and was one of the few Englishmen not to be swept away by the black tide. He went to India with Gower in 1984-85, but did not play. He tried to repeat his 1984 role in the Ashes-winning series of 1985, but Australian batsmen were more circumspect than the West Indians and he lost his place for the last two Tests. (Bob Harragan)