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Allan Lamb
Personal information
Full name Allan Joseph Lamb
Born 20 June 1954 (1954-06-20) (age 55)
Langebaanweg, Cape Province, South Africa
Nickname Legga, Lambie
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Batting style Right Handed
Bowling style Right Arm Medium
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1972-1993 Western Province
1978-1995 Northamptonshire
1987-1988 Orange Free State
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC OD
Matches 79 122 467 484
Runs scored 4656 4010 32502 15658
Batting average 36.09 39.31 48.94 39.14
100s/50s 14/18 4/26 89/166 19/98
Top score 142 118 294 132*
Balls bowled 30 6 305 32
Wickets 1 0 8 2
Bowling average 23.00 - 24.87 14.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 - 0 -
Best bowling 1/6 - 2/29 1/4
Catches/stumpings 75/0 / 371/0 135/0
Source: Cricinfo, 11 July 2009

Allan Joseph Lamb (born 20 June 1954 in Cape Province, South Africa) is a former English cricketer and current cricket analyst. Lamb first played first-class cricket for Western Province, before being signed as an overseas player by Northamptonshire. There, he was persuaded that with South Africa banned from Test match cricket because of the apartheid régime, he should take advantage of his parents' English heritage to play for England.

In the years that followed, he played 79 Tests. He also captained England in three Test matches, but lost all of them. He led Northamptonshire in 1995 and came close to securing the County Championship. Lamb was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1981. In 467 first class matches he scored 32,502 runs at 48.94 with a best of 294 for Orange Free State against Eastern Province.

Lamb is one of only six players to have batted on all five days of a Test match. In One Day International cricket, he smashed 18 runs in five balls (2, 4, 6, 2, 4) off Australian Bruce Reid at Sydney in January 1987 to win the match with a ball to spare. In October 1987 during the World Cup, he engendered an unbelievable English victory against the West Indies with an assault on Courtney Walsh.

Allan Lamb's Test career batting performance graph.

A great friend of Ian Botham, in his retirement Lamb went on a stage tour with him, discussing various humorous incidents from their time as England team mates. Allan "Lamby" Lamb & Ian "Beefy" Botham have advertised Quality Standard English lamb and beef for the English Beef and Lamb Executive, using the play on their names as a selling point. Their cartoon caricatures have featured in TV and print.

Allan Lamb was a contestant on a special Cricketers Edition of the Weakest Link, where he was voted off in the second round.

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See also

International cricketers of South African origin




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