(born 9 September 1982 in Gateshead
, Tyne and Wear
) is an English cricketer
. He plays for Durham
as a right arm fast-medium
bowler and a right-hand tail-end
batsman. After a successful start to the 2009 cricket season
, Onions was selected to face the West Indies
in Test cricket, and following success in the series, was retained for the 2009 Ashes series
. In April 2010 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
named him as one of its five cricketers of the year for 2009.
Graham was born on 9 September 1982 to Richard and Maureen Onions. He has an older sister Christine. Onions attended St Thomas More RC
school in Blaydon
, and at Gateshead leisure centre he took the opportunity to try a variety of sports. He was adept at badminton and was selected for the England at under under-15 level. From playing his early cricket on the streets, Onions became part of Gateshead Fell Cricket Club.
After being spotted by Geoff Cook
, Durham's coach, Onions made his second XI debut for the club at the age of 18. He was offered a contract with the club and opted to become a professional cricketer rather than than take a sports science choice at university, which was his other option. Onions started in the team as the fourth bowler. Looking back on his early career, he felt that he tried to hard early on. On one occasion he recalled how "I remember... Read More