Christopher Stuart Cowdrey was better known as Chris Cowdrey and is a retired cricketer from England. He was born in Farmborough in Kent, England and was nicknamed Woody. Throughout his career, he has played first-class cricket for county clubs like Kent and Glamorgan.
Growing up in Kent, Cowdrey started playing for the Kent Club in 1976 and was with them till 1991. His debut in international cricket came after a successful county season in 1984. His first test match was against India in November of the same year. He made his debut for one-day matches in the following year also against India. Cowdrey was selected as the captain for the fourth test against West Indies in 1988 which was infamously dubbed as the Season of Four Captains. During that series of five test matches against the West Indies, England had changed four captains during five matches.
The test series of 1988 was also the last test match for Cowdrey and he never represented his country in Test cricket again. He starred in 6 test matches and 3 one-day matches with a batting average of 14.42 and 25.50 respectively. His first-class match batting average is 31.90 from 299 matches with a top score of 159. He has also played 333 List A matches with a batting average of 27.05 and a top score of unbeaten 122 runs.
Cowdrey also had good bowling statistics with averages like 39.81 for first-class matches and 29.30 for List A matches. After retirement, he became a broadcaster for Talksport. Currently he is a radio commentator for the national radio station in Britain.