Winchester University awards David Gower doctorate

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Gower is one of the most capped players in English cricketing history

Cricket legend David Gower is to be awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to sport.

The University of Winchester will present the honour to the former England captain at a ceremony later this month at the city's cathedral.

Gower, who lives near Romsey, Hampshire, is one of the most capped and highest scoring players in English Test cricketing history.

He moved to Hampshire in 1989 and received an OBE from the Queen in 1992.

Gower had previously played for Leicestershire for many years. He played 117 Test matches for England, scoring 8,231 runs and also appeared in 114 One Day Internationals.

Only Alec Stewart and Graham Gooch have played in more Tests for England.

'Significant contribution'

Professor Neil Marriott, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport, said Winchester had a growing reputation for sports studies.

"We're very pleased to be able to celebrate David Gower's considerable achievements at graduation this year," he said.

"Winchester has a growing reputation in the field of sports studies and we're proud to be honouring someone who has made such a significant contribution to English cricket."

Gower also became well known for his appearances on BBC1 sports quiz They Think It's All Over, where he acted as team captain against football legend Gary Lineker.

He is now one of Sky's main cricket presenters and commentators.

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