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31-Aug-2009 05:45:00 GMT
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Brian Statham Inducted Into ICC Hall of Fame

Manchester: Late England pace great Brian Statham was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at Old Trafford.

Statham's widow, Audrey, accepted her late husband's commemorative cap as part of the joint venture between the ICC and the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) on Sunday.

Statham represented England in 70 Test matches taking a total of 252 wickets and was regarded as one of England's greatest bowlers. He appeared in 559 first-class matches for Lancashire taking 2,260 wickets in a career that lasted 18 years, the ICC said in a statement.

Statham captained Lancashire from 1965 to 1967 and took 761 of his 2,260 first-class wickets at Old Trafford, and Lancashire has since named one end of the ground after the former fast bowler.

Statham featured in an England side that included two other Hall of Fames, Fred Trueman and Sir Colin Cowdrey. His best Test match haul was against South Africa in June 1960 when he took 11-97 at Lord's.

Statham died in 2000. Further cap presentations will be made during the course of the year and a limited number of new inductees, in addition to the 55 already chosen, will be named at this year's ICC Awards.


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