Cricket Player Profiles Corey Collymore

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Described by cricket superstar, Brian Lara, as a "thinking" bowler, Corey Dalanelo Collymore was a right-arm fast-medium bowler for the West Indies. Running in to the crease with an open-chest action, Collymore was by far the most accurate and consistent West Indies bowler of the post-Walsh era.

Corey Collymore began his First-class career in the 1998/1999 season at the age of 22, playing for Barbados in the West Indies' domestic regional competition. His action was quick and nippy; reminiscent of the late Malcolm Marshall's. Soon after his First class debut, Collymore made his Test debut in the last match of the 1999 home series against Australia.

The quick pace that Corey Collymore generated early in career was a direct result of an unsustainable, stressful bowling action. After making his Test debut, he suffered a stress fracture that forced him to remodel his action. Although he was reduced from a "right arm fast" to a "right arm fast medium" bowler; he developed into a line and length bowler whose strength became accuracy instead of pace.

Collymore's batting was mediocre at best, as he was a genuine "rabbit" with the bat. However, he had much more success with his bowling at the First-class and international levels. From 30 Test matches, Collymore scalped a respectable 93 wickets at an average of 32.30 runs per wicket. In 84 ODI matches, he garnered 83 wickets with an impressive economy rate of 4.30.

Corey Collymore often took the new-ball for his native Barbados; even when his pace dropped considerably. For the West Indies- in the longer form of the game- he was mainly used as a first-change bowler. On the England tour of 2004, he used the new ball with limited effect. His bowling was nagging, but generally ineffective. Collymore was simply not a genuine strike bowler.

Although most of his cricket career was plagued by injury, he managed to play 97 First class matches up to 2008. From these, he took 290 wickets at an impressive average of 27.07. His best-ever First-class figures actually came in a Test match. His 7/57 against Sri Lanka in 2003, proved to be his best figures in all forms of the game.

Apart from Barbados and the West Indies, Collymore was also recruited by English County sides Sussex and Warwickshire. His remodelled action certainly affected his career. One cannot be sure whether it was a positive or negative effect ultimately. He had fair returns from the game of cricket, even though he was notoriously poor fielder and batsman. Still, by virtue of bowling ability alone, Collymore can be considered a good cricketer.

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