According to a statement provided by the Professional Cricketers’ Association at the request of his family, former England cricketer and coach Graham Thorpe is severely unwell in hospital, with his prognosis described as “unclear at this point.”
“Graham Thorpe has lately been very unwell and is presently getting treatment in hospital,” the statement said. “His prognosis is unknown at this moment, and we need privacy for him and his family.” “Our hearts go out to Graham and his family.”
The 52-year-old left-handed hitter, who became one of the best English players of his time, played 100 Tests and 82 one-day internationals across a 12-year international career before retiring in 2005.
He went on to play 189 first-class matches for Surrey, scoring 49 first-class hundreds and averaging 45.04. “Everyone at the club’s thoughts is with Graham, his wife Amanda, and family at this time,” his old team stated in a statement. “He is an English game hero, known to millions of cricket fans, and a favorite son of Surrey CCC.”
Thorpe moved into coaching after finishing his playing career, first in Australia, where he worked with the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner in New South Wales, before joining England, originally as a batting coach. He was most recently an assistant coach on the disastrous Ashes trip last winter, which culminated in a 4-0 loss.