Cricket player profiles: Nixon McLean
By: D. Victor
With a non-assuming approach and deep concentration, the tall, well-built fast-bowler would deliver balls over the 140 kph mark. Nixon Alexei McNamara McLean (named after the infamous U.S. president) is a former West Indies fast bowler whose international career spanned approximately seven years from...
By: D. Victor
A fairly short, stocky man with broad shoulders; Ridley Detamore Jacobs was hardly the archetypal wicket-keeper. He looked a bit clumsy behind the stumps, but was generally regarded as a competent wicket-keeper. Jacobs was born in Swetes Village, Antigua on November 26th, 1967. He had...
By: D. Victor
Known as "Padams" for his inglorious manner of playing spinners on turning surfaces, James Clive Adams was a stalwart of the game for the West Indies and Jamaica. A veteran of 54 Test matches for the West Indies, James- fondly known as Jimmy- was a...
By: D. Victor
If there ever was a cricketer who lent credence to the notion that cricket is a gentleman's game; it was Courtney Walsh. The tall and gentle giant was a true servant of cricket during his First-class career between 1981 and 2001. As a fast-bowler for...
By: D. Victor
In his prime, few were faster and more destructive to batting line-ups than Ian Raphael Bishop. The former West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago fast-bowler was a fearsome proposition on most cricket wickets. The tall, stately-looking Bishop had the gentle and affable appearance of a...
By: D. Victor
In cricket, there are fearsome fast-bowlers and skilful exponents of bowling at speeds upwards of 90 miles per hour. Who was possibly one of the nastiest pace bowlers in cricket? Who made batsmen fear for their lives and well being? Over the decades of Test...
By: D. Victor
At the time that Rajindra Dhanraj made his Test debut against India at Mumbai in 1994; leg-spinners were a rarity in the West Indies team. So much so, that Dhanraj was the first leg-spinner to represent the West Indies since Barbadian all-rounder David Holford in...
By: D. Victor
Batsmen who score on placid pitches only are referred to as "flat-track bullies". Stuart Williams is one such batsman. He can also be considered as a batsman who can only take advantage of average bowling. The former West Indies and Leeward Islands batsman was very...
By: D. Victor
There are basically two extreme types of opening batsmen in cricket. The first kind is cautious; attempting to withstand the new ball attack and create a platform for following batsmen. The second type is swashbuckling; attempting to beat the shine off the ball and demoralise...
By: D. Victor
Cricket offers much in the way of variety; particularly with elements of bowling and batting. Some batsmen appear to have more style and talent than others. Carl Llewellyn Hooper was one such batsman. His batting was easy and effortless; to the extent that he was...

 

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