Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Thorpe Joins the Ton-Up Cap Club

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Thorpe Joins the Ton-Up Cap Club

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Byline: STUART RAYNER

The last week has neatly summed up Graham Thorpe's career, writes STUART RAYNER.

One of the most talented batsmen of his generation struggled as much with his own demons as opposition bowlers. Even with 99 caps to his name, Thorpe could not be sure of a hundredth.

His decision to accept a player-coach job in Australia this winter, announced last Wednesday, cast his immediate international future in doubt so he is relieved to be the eighth Englishman to the landmark.

Having media darling Kevin Pietersen breathing down his neck has done nothing to ease his insecurity but he claims: "You can't ask for more than what I've had in my career and playing game by game is pretty much one I'd accepted at the start of this season.

"If I play against Australia brilliant, fantastic, my head will be totally switched on to it. If I don't I can accept it."

He puts his more phlegmatic attitude down to the time in 2002-03 when his much-publicised marital problems caused him to temporarily quit the game. …

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