Geoffrey Boycott and Rachael Boycott are patrons of CANCERactive


Geoffrey Boycott  

Geoffrey Boycott and his wife Rachael Boycott, are patrons of CANCERactive. Geoffrey is a legend in World Cricket - a former England Cricketer and now TV and radio commentator. His wife Rachael Boycott (along with Chris Woollams and CANCERactive) helped him through his battle with cancer more than a decade ago.

Geoffrey Boycott OBE was born 21 October 1940 and is a former cricketer for Yorkshire and England. In a prolific and sometimes controversial playing career from 1962 to 1986, Boycott established himself as one of England’s most successful opening batsmen.[3 Since retiring as a player, Boycott has found further success as a cricket commentator.

Boycott made his international debut in a 1964 Test match against Australia. He was noted for his ability to occupy the creasesometimes for a number of daysand became a key feature of England’s Test batting line up for many years, although he was less successful in his limited One Day International appearances. He accumulated large scores he is the fourth highest accumulator of first class centuries in history, and the first English player to average over 100.00 in a season.

After 108 Test match appearances for England, Boycott ended his international career in 1982 with over 8,000 Test match runs, earning an OBE for services to cricket. He was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame in 2009.[14

After his playing career ended, Boycott became an often outspoken and controversial cricket commentator on both radio and television. In 2002, after being diagnosed with throat cancer, he underwent successful radiation treatment, and went into remission helped by advice and encouragement from Chris Woollams whi he calls the "Cancer Guru". He revived his commentating career in 2003, and continues to attract both criticism and praise. He is currently a member of BBC Radio 4’s Test Match Special commentary team.

Geoffrey married Rachael on 26 February 2003 at Wakefield Register Office, and they have a daughter. They currently live in Woolley.



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