Alec Stewart OBE
Alec Stewart OBE is best known for being the most capped cricketer of all time. After 20 years in County and International cricket, Alec’s final match was a very high profile one at his home ground The Oval against South Africa in the summer of 2003. Often hailed as the ‘gaffer’ of English cricket, Alec Stewart is a renowned after dinner and leadership speaker with natural charisma and a confident, considered delivery every time.
About Alec Stewart
Alec Stewart OBE has had one of the most prolific cricketing careers of all time. His leadership credentials ensure his corporate ‘Leaving nothing to chance’ presentations offers a useful and enlightening insight into focus, dedication and team motivation, Alec delivers successful keynote speeches to blue chips such include Cap Gemini and Vodafone and is a polished after dinner and motivational speaker.
Alec Stewart OBE is a sought-after cricket speaker due to his phenomenal reputation and abundance of knowledge and expertise. Often the benchmark for English wicketkeeper-batsman, he is a legend of English cricket and Surrey CCC. Alec was even honoured with having the entrance at the Vauxhall End of the Oval Cricket Ground named after him, the Alec Stewart Gates, a mark of the impression he left upon the game.
As a regular pundit on cricket shows, a popular player for written and broadcast media, Alec Stewart OBE is very comfortable in front of the camera. A proud cricketing heritage, Alec is the son of former English Test cricketer, Micky Stewart, who later became Alec’s manager while playing for England. Immediately making an impression on First Class Cricket, Alec Stewart quickly earnt a tremendous reputation as an aggressive and dominant opening batsman and at the time an occasional wicketkeeper.
Having caught the attention of selectors across the country following several incredibly successful and consistent seasons for Surrey CCC, Stewart made his Test Match debut in the 1989/90 Tour of the West Indies. Beginning his International career predominantly as a batsman with Jack Russell keeping hold of the gloves, England soon opted to balance the side in order to play an extra specialist batsman and bowler, a move that played into Stewart’s hands.
The far superior batsman between himself and Russell, Alec Stewart started to take the gloves more often for England before becoming the exclusive wicketkeeper-batsman up until his retirement in 2003.
As the only player ever to have scored over 8,000 Test runs without scoring a double-century, during the 1990’s Alec Stewart was one of the most prolific players in the world and the highest Test runs scorer during that era.
Having been earmarked for his leadership capabilities, Stewart was named the captain of England in 1998 at the age of 35, quite a remarkable achievement taking into consideration the average age of players retiring in cricket. However, Stewart’s unrelenting work ethic and impeccable professionalism, meant his physical condition allowed him to play until he was 40. A model professional, Alec scored a spectacular 164 against South Africa in his first series as captain however struggles against Australia and at the World Cup meant Alec’s captaincy came to an end after just 12 months in charge, an experience he speaks of at events during his work as a cricket speaker.