Affectionately known as the ‘gaffer’ of English cricket, Alec Stewart OBE, is the most capped England cricketer of all time.
Alec took over the England captaincy from Mike Atherton in 1998 and promptly led the side to its first major series win for 12 years, against South Africa. He hit top form again during the 2000 one-day triangular series, and when he scorched a century in his 100th Test, the sheer length of the standing ovation he received suggested that Stewart had become a national institution.
Against India at Lord’s in 2002, he crowned his achievements by becoming England’s most-capped Test cricketer, overtaking Graham Gooch’s record of 118 matches. Fittingly, his final game was at The Oval in which he scored 38, and took his side to victory.
He will go down as one of England’s greatest…