Gladstone Small is a former international cricketer who played in 17 Tests and 53 One-Day Internationals for England. A fast-medium bowler, he also played for Warwickshire and South Australia, and was a Director of the Professional Cricketers' Association.
Gladstone was in England's squad for the 1987 and 1992 Cricket World Cups and helped England retain the Ashes in 1986-87, taking 5-48 and being named ‘Man of the Match’ in one of the Tests in Australia. He first played for Warwickshire in 1980 and was integral to the strong Warwickshire side of the early 1990s before his retirement from professional cricket in 1999.
Born in Barbados, Gladstone moved to England just after his 14th birthday, and first played for the Warwickshire Second XI at the age of 17 in 1979. Gladstone has Klippel–Feil syndrome, a rare disease that causes fusion of the cervical vertebrae and can be identified by shortness of the neck and limited neck movement. However in true ‘Gladstone style’ he sees his physique as an advantage in his delivery and bowling style.
He is renowned for his commitment and enthusiasm as a team player, and as one of the most popular characters in County Cricket.