Keith William Robert Fletcher
- England Cricket Team 1968 - 1988
Keith William Robert Fletcher is a former English cricketer who played for England and also for Essex County cricket teams. Standing five feet eleven inches, Keith became a team manager too.
Having captained for Essex team from 1974 to 1985 and in 1988, he even captained for England with a 1-0 defeat over six test matches against India in 1981-82 season. During his captaincy, the team won the one-off test match against Sri Lanka prior to being sacked by Peter May, the Chairman of Selectors.
From 1993 to 1995, he served as a team manager of the England cricket team during which, the side played in around 26 test matches, losing 15 and winning only five of them. Shortly, Keith returned to Essex to be a first team coach and stepped back in 2001 to be replaced by Graham Gooch, his former teammate.
This fine craftsman was known for his clever usage of bat and crease against spinners on a turning pitch, though lack of assertiveness kept him as a second ranked England batsman, despite the fact that more runs of at least 10 would have made the mark of 40 runs. He was susceptible to fast bowling specially in 1974-75 when Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson were around. Despite his popularity, he was always happy and at his best in Essex team, whom he captained to achieving three Championships, the first being in 1979.
Fletcher Captained Essex County team in two spells one from 1974-1985 and in 1988. He was also the manager for England Cricket team from 1993-1995.
In 1974, Keith was named as the Wisden Cricketer of the year.