One of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game, Graham played at both county and international level. A successful and inspirational batsmen, he had a career that spanned more than two decades. He went on to captain both Essex and England and is the most prolific run scorer of all time - one of only twenty five players to have scored more than one hundred first class centuries.
Born in 1953 in East London, his cricketing potential was recognised at an early age. This natural ability was developed by Bill Morris at the Ilford Cricket School. A gifted player, he joined Essex in 1969 and made his first class debut in 1973 at the age of nineteen. Known for being a great hitter of the ball (he used one of the game's heaviest bats), it was 1975 that proved to be a breakthrough year for Graham. In fact he played for the MCC against the Australian team.
In 1979 Graham played an instrumental part in Essex winning their first piece of silverware for more than a hundred years. He scored an impressive one hundred and twenty in the Benson and Hedges Cup final against Surrey. This was the beginning of a highly successful period in the club's history with Graham being a key member of the team. They went on to win the county championship on six occasions between the years of 1979 and 1992. Graham holds many batting records for Essex and he remained with the club until 1997 when he decided to retire.
At the age of twenty one Graham made his international debut in a test match against Australia. However, it was not until 1978 that he became a mainstay of the national team. He had many successes during his international career including scoring a record four hundred and fifty six runs in the Lord's test against opponents India in 1990. 1990 proved to be a great year for Graham and the pinnacle of his career came when he was appointed captain of England. Graham also received the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year in 1990.