"A showy fast bowler with more brawn than brain, Rose nevertheless possesses a lovely high rhythmical action."
Simon Briggs, Cricinfo
Simon Briggs' appreciation of Franklyn Rose is a fair and representative one indeed. As a former right-arm fast bowler for West Indies, Franklyn Rose has flattered to deceive throughout his cricket career. He seemed to possess more style than substance. After all, showmanship- tolerable with high performers- was typical of the underachieving Jamaican.
Like most of his contemporary West Indian pace bowlers, Rose did not reveal an astute cricket brain. His strength was his raw talent. He bowled deliveries in excess of 140 kilometres per hour. One of his other strengths was the ability to swing the ball at pace on a full length. Strangely, he refused to use this skill often enough.
Rose's Test-best figures were 7 wickets for 87 runs against South Africa on the West Indies' ill-fated 1998-1999 tour. He showed early promise on debut as well, taking 6 for 100 against India at Kingston in 1997. His moderate returns on the international stage belie his talent, but reflect his mind. Rose picked up only 53 wickets after 19 Test matches at a fair average of 30.88. His ODI returns were only marginally more impressive; 27 wickets from 25 matches, with an economy rate of 4.73.
With the low returns that he garnered from his cricketing career, it is easy to see why every wicket precipitated such a huge celebration from Rose. Legs spread wide, leaning backwards with fists punching the air alternately; it was apparent to the average fan that taking a wicket was an infrequent event for Franklyn.
Having made his debut for Jamaica at age 21 in the 1992/1993 Fist class season, Rose took a few years to taste international cricket. His First-class span was a relatively short ten years, with his last match played in 2003. Rose's international cricket career was a more abrupt three years. It ended after his abysmal performance in the 2000 away series against England. That series confirmed that Rose was not ready to take over the fast-bowling mantle from Courtney Walsh and Curtley Ambrose.
Although Rose was an under-performer on the international cricket stage, he was a much travelled cricketer. He played for teams like Surrey, Herefordshire and Northamptonshire in England. Rose also had a stint with Gauteng in South Africa. From his entire First-class career, Rose took 296 wickets from 94 matches. With a Test best of 69 runs and a highest First-class score of 96 runs, Rose possessed batting ability. However, his batting potential- like his bowling potential- remained unfulfilled.