As for cricketers called George? Few and far between - former Scottish skipper George Salmond, W Indian great George Headley and that is about as many as FB can bring to mind.
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It's not really clear why George became the patron saint of England. He never visited - he was a Roman soldier from Syria Palaestina and a priest in the Guard of Emperor Diocletian who executed him for his Christian faith in 303 AD. One tale is that his body was cut into 365 pieces and each piece taken to a different location in Georgia where a shrine was erected. There are exactly 365 Orthodox Churches of St George in Georgia. None of these was in England. It is thought that it was the crusaders who took a fancy to the flag and draped themselves in it to ensure safe passage and brought it back to England. Just as many later travellers brought stuffed donkeys back from Majorca. He was eventually nominated for the big job when the Synod of Oxford, 1222 declared St. George's Day a feast day in the kingdom of England. He is a pretty busy saint though because alongside England he has to protect Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, India, Iraq, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia and Russia. Where does he get time for dragon slaying?
But there are 3 great English Georges - George Eliot, George Orwell, and George Butterworth. Not cricketers but quintessential English none the less. But of course George Orwell wasn't really George, his real name was Eric Blair who played some cricket at St Cyprian's prep school and at Eton which may explain his most celebrated line - All batsmen are equal but some are more equal than others. And George Eliot wasn't George either, in fact he was a she - Mary Ann Evans and FB has been unable to find any record of her turning her arm over.
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by Peter Paul Rubens