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Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

Usain Bolt earned our undying admiration for his marvellous exploits on the track, but it was always clear, to be honest, that fumbling, bumbling, tumbling escapes on the football pitch, would never amount to anything more than a glorified publicity stunt.

When fabled American sportscaster Charley Steiner quoted the famous line, uttered by Clint Eastwood’s iconic character Dirty Harry, ‘Sometimes a man’s got to know his limitations,’ he referred to another track and field legend, Carl Lewis, butchering the United States national anthem with all the ruthless efficacy of Sweeney Todd. 

The laborious months of Bolt’s campaign to become a professional footballer may not have caused us to splutter uncontrollably with ceaseless bouts of irrepressible laughter, as Lewis’ spectacular failure did, mind you, what we saw were Bolt’s best parts, but the sentiment should be the same, everyone has limits.

Shockingly, however, it seems the lesson has been lost on the decorated runner and his recent comments about not being given a fair chance to play football, tell us as much.

Based on what I saw, and if there is better footage, I am eager to see it, it’s hard to justify the sprinter being given a trial anywhere at all where serious football is played.

On one level, it’s completely understandable that unshakable self-belief is a key part of the mindset of any great athlete. 

When Michael Jordan tossed aside the basketball and stood, bat in hand, in front of the mirror, he saw Jackie Robinson. When Carl Lewis decided to trade the relay baton for a mic, he likely glanced over to see Lionel Richie looking back, before committing an unforgiving and merciless verbal assault.  The shimmering reflection Bolt cast after putting down his spikes and picking up cleats was, Wayne Rooney, a player whom he astonishingly believed was at the same talent level.

What is less understandable, however, is that three years after retirement and at least two after the professional football fiasco, the world record holder believes that his lack of success was down to a lack of opportunity.  It’s time to be honest, Usain, it was down to a glaring and obvious lack of ability.

Football is a very easy sport to watch, easy to love, easy to have strong opinions about.  Some of us even believe it easy to play in our weekly treks to weekend scrimmage games. 

The images we see when we stand proudly in front of the mirror, before heading to our own local battlefields are varied and endless.  Many of us are Lionel Messi’s, Cristiano Ronaldo’s, Jamie Vardy’s, Karim Benzema’s, and even Zinedine Zidane’s. If you really think about it though, playing well, let alone playing well enough to be a professional at the highest level, is another thing entirely.

With the rare exception, the very best exponents of the beautiful game spend the tender years of their lives ceaselessly honing their craft, and even then, on many occasions, find themselves well short of making the professional-grade. 

How likely was it that Bolt, then a 31-year-old athlete, who never even played the highest level of high school or primary school football, would decide to take up the sport professionally after a few scrimmage games and make the grade?  His only qualifier for getting a trial was that he held track and field sprint records. Fantastic records, mind you, but that is a remarkably clear case of comparing apples to oranges. 

Come to think of it, the situation sounds rather ridiculous when you spell it out loud, doesn’t it?

Well lest anyone out there harbour any illusions, it only sounds that way because the whole thing was.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as he struggled to

 

 

In many respects Bolt and another track and field legend

Bolt trippinCharkg over a football not as funny but breathtaking lack of aweness on limitations certainly in the same ballpark is just as not given chance ridiculous.  Football for year of training Bolt decided to pick it up as a professional at 31 declaring better than Wayne Rooney

Beyond this Bolt now claims not given chance

The image of a former West Indies Women’s team representative left to hobble around in pain for years because of an injury sustained while on national team duty is certainly enough to bring tears to your eyes.

My thoughts, of course, turn to former Barbados women’s team captain and Windies women all-rounder Shaquana Quintyne, who sustained a devastating knee injury during the regional team’s preparation for the 2017 Women’s World Cup.

Three years and four surgeries later the player is not only unable to return to the sport but is, if reports are to be believed, at times unable to walk due to excruciating pain.

First let me say, based on the evidence that has been made available so far, we must dismiss the notion that Cricket West Indies (CWI) has done nothing to help the young player.

No one disputes the fact that the regional cricket body paid for consultation and three separate knee surgeries sometime between 2017 and 2018, plus the requisite rehabilitation. 

With cruciate ligament surgeries ranging from anywhere between an estimated US$5,000 and US$15,000, the organisation has clearly spent a pretty penny.

If we are to believe CWI CEO Johnny Grave, and there is no reason we shouldn’t, then the organisation also deserves commendation for adding Quintyne to the Total and Permanent Disablement policy even though it came into existence after she was injured.

Despite all that, however, the fact remains that Quintyne is still not back on her feet. I don’t know what the overall prognosis was, and cruciate ligament injuries are known to be a serious issue, but with athletes known to require multiple surgeries and several specialists before things are made right, I’m not quite sure that all has been done to safeguard the future of Quintyne. 

In any case, she is 24 years old and was injured in the line of duty so to speak. If she is unable to continue her cricketing career, she should at the very least be able to lead a pain-free, or pain-minimized existence as she looks to take what must certainly be new, uncertain steps in her life.

The CWI might not have a contractual obligation to do so, but certainly, a moral one and continued assistance for the player would go a long way in sending the right message to current and future generations.

I listened to Grave speak eloquently and passionately about the organisation’s desire to repair relationships and care for players. It is indeed a very positive mindset to have.

It is a well-known fact that for years, in one way or the other, the major bone of contention between the regional cricket board and regional players has had to do with the fact that players, rightly or wrongly, believe they are often short-changed and abused by the board. They are of the opinion that a profit-making board does not care about their well-being. 

What better example than Quintyne’s case to show that any such narratives are things of the past and send a clear message to a new generation of players looking to give their all to regional cricket, ‘we will always take care of our own.’

The dim view taken of the board in such matters involving players is not just held by the players themselves, but many fans of the regional game as well, who are once again watching with keen eyes. There are some cases that your reputation and the ability to enhance it will always be worth more than a few dollars.

In some cases, football clubs, for instance, have been known to make significant investments in the health of the player without reaping a tangible reward. 

At 31-years-old, former Arsenal midfielder, Santi Carzola had to undergo as much as 10 surgeries on a troublesome ankle injury, which eventually nearly cost him his leg, and saw him spend three-years out of the game.

In 2017, despite the player having not appeared for the club for some time, Arsenal extended him a one-year contract in order to allow him the opportunity to fully recover. He never appeared for the club again, but sometimes it makes sense to be about more than just dollars.

The CWI clearly does not have Arsenal’s resources but shouldn’t be willing to give up on Quintyne, her health or future just yet.

A quick look at the stats of legendary South African all-rounder suggests that he should not just routinely be part of conversations that speak about the best all-rounder of all-time but perhaps the best of all-time.

Instead, it seems the South African has been found short of ground in another routine legend ranking discussion, finishing behind the incomparable Garfield Sobers and it seems struggling to finish ahead of Imran Khan, in the latest Ultimate XI Test cricket all-rounder choice.

Let’s get this straight, if Kallis is to come up short it will certainly never be on the weight of his statistics.

The batsman’s Test record compares favourably with almost any other batsman of modern times.  In terms of run scored, his total of 13,289 is third on the all-time list, bettered by only Ricky Ponting (13,378) and Sachin Tendulkar (15,921). 

In fact, Kallis has scored some 1,336 more runs than Brian Lara, a man who is generally considered as one of the four best batsmen of all time, and in some instances, the best. In terms of averages, he has a higher average than Lara, Tendulkar, Dravid, and Ponting. Compared to batsmen who have made debuts in the past 30 years, only Kumar Sangakkara, Steve Smith, and Adam Voges (who only played 20 Tests) can top Kallis’ career average of 55.37.

His 45 Test centuries is second on the all-time list behind Tendulkar’s 51 and four ahead of Ponting and lest we forget he was just short of 300 Test wickets with 292 at 32.65.

But, despite constantly etching his name above the greats some have found it easy to dismiss Kallis's case because he lacked one factor many of his contemporaries possess. He was unspectacular.

The South African simply got the job done with very little fanfare. Best summed up in his own words; “I think it was my personality. I never really enjoyed the limelight, I liked going about my business and just getting on with the job. I never played the game for accolades or anything like that.”

For some, that has been enough to relegate one of the greatest players of a generation to a mere consideration, or well below what his achievements merit in the debate on greatness, but it shouldn’t be.

The audacious pulls, the rasping cover drives, garnished by the archetypal Aussie attitude.

Ricky Ponting burst onto the scene as a supremely talented teenager in the great cricketing nation and ended his days as one of the greatest batsmen the world has ever seen.

He scored more runs than anyone in the history of the game bar Sachin Tendulkar, stacked up innumerable hundreds, and despite the tailing off during a long and rather ordinary home stretch of nearly 50 Tests, his final numbers read phenomenal.

The huge scores were collected in every land and against every attack except for India and their spinners.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Ricky Thomas Ponting

Born: December 19, 1974 (age 45)

Place of birth: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Role: Batsman

 

Test Career: Australia (1995-2012)

Mat         Inns        NO          Runs       HS          Ave         BF           SR           100s         50s

168         287         29           13378       257         51.85      22782     58.72           41           62          

 

Career highlights

  • 3-times ICC Test Player of the Year (2003, 2004 & 2007)
  • Second on all-time Test runs scoring list (13, 378) 
  • Third-most centuries scored in Tests (41)
  • Second-most wins as captain in Tests (48)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Australian batsman Don Bradman is one of the most worshipped players in the history of cricket.

His batting redefined the game of cricket and his brilliance confounded opponents.

Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Bradman was the world's master cricketer, so far ahead of everyone else that comparisons became pointless.

In 1930, he scored 974 runs in a series against England, 309 of them in one amazing day at Headingley, and in seven Test series against the same opposition, he remained a figure of utter dominance; Australia lost the Ashes only once, in 1932-3

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Donald George Bradman

Born: August 27, 1908

Place of birth: Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia

Died: February 25, 2001 (aged 92)

Place of death: Kensington Park, South Australia, Australia

Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling style: Right-arm leg break

Role: Batsman

 

Test Career:   Australia (1928-1948)

Mat      Inns    NO      Runs    HS     Ave     100s     50s       

52        80        10       6996    334    99.94     29       13      

 

Career highlights

  • Widely considered the greatest batsman in Test history 
  • Highest individual Test batting average (99.94)
  • Highest batting average for 5-Test series (201.5)
  • Most double centuries in Test history (12)
  • Only Test batsman to score more than 5000 runs v an opponent (5,028 v England)
  • Scored the most runs in a single day’s play 309 v England, Leeds in 1930   
  • His highest score, 334, stood as individual world batting record (1930-1933) 

 

 

 

Like many ardent fans of the gentleman’s game I confess to being blown away by the awesome ferocity and near unrivalled destructiveness of Matthew Hayden, however, his opening pairing with Sunil Gavaskar at the expense of the grittier but slightly more consistent Graeme Smith is a delivery just outside off stump.  

Now, don’t get me wrong, there is very little hairs to split between the two.  A look at the most obvious metrics shows Smith has scored 9265 runs at an average of 48.25 and has a top score of 277, with Hayden scoring 8625 at an average of 50.73 and a remarkable 380 as his high score.  In terms of 100s, Smith compiled a respectable 27 with 38 half-centuries, while Hayden has scored 30 hundreds and 29 fifties.   

As previously stated, its remarkably close, but let’s begin this discussion by pointing to an often-overlooked consideration, Smith made his mark, while also shouldering the responsibility of being a captain. After taking the role at the tender age of 22 years old, Smith was often tasked with leading from the front with his bat and rarely failed to do so, despite the additional responsibility. For a great many players, the task of both has led to either one thing or the other suffering.

Smith was never technically as gifted as Hayden, but what he lacked in ability, he certainly made up for in sheer determination and toughness.  No one should ever forget his brutal double ton against England in 2008 or the way he battled away in poor light to score 154, a total that led the Proteas to a first series victory in England since their reinstatement. Smith also led South Africa in a chase of 418 in Australia where he scored a memorably aggressive ton and was the first captain to beat Australia, in Australia, in 16 years.

His mental fortitude was such that he averaged more away from home than within the confines of his country. The batsman averaged a healthy 54.99 away from home as opposed to 41.52 in South Africa.  By contrast, Hayden averaged 57.89 at home and 42.69 on his travels.

In making the selection we should also consider the argument that can be made for Smith being a marginally more consistent scorer. In revisiting the stats, we can recall that Hayden has scored 30 centuries compared to Smith’s 27, and his highest total of 380, compiled against Zimbabwe, is second only to Brian Lara’s world record 400. Smith’s best of 277 came against England in 2003. 

A closer look at the numbers, however, makes for interesting reading. 

Smith has scored a double hundred on five occasions compared to Hayden’s two.  In terms of daddy hundreds (scores of above 140), it is again Smith who leads the statistics with 11 compared to Hayden’s five, which shows that he got to bigger totals more often.

 

Viewed purely through numbers, Muralitharan is a giant performer and is in the unique position of holding the records for most wickets in One Day Internationals as well as Test matches. 

In fact, what Murali has done in bowling is akin to what Tendulkar has done in batting.

But the spin genius has also created a fair bit of controversy as well. While some believe him to be the greatest spinner of all time by a long way, there are others who believe his achievements should be wiped from the books and deemed void.

Muralitharan’s action, because of a deformed elbow, was often questioned and may have been the reason the laws on what constitutes throwing were changed. Today, bowlers have 15 degrees of bend allowed and many believe this is because Muralitharan bowled with a bent arm at the elbow.

In 2004 Muralitharan was asked not to bowl the doosra because it violated the 15-degree law agreed upon. In truth, it was the doosra, a delivery that either went straight or turned like a leg-spinning delivery, away from the right-hander, that made Muralitharan comparable to another spinning great, Shane Warne.

In that context, there may be a point to the detractors. But detractors or not, Muralitharan’s 800 wickets cannot go uncounted and like him or not, there has never been a more prolific wicket-taker in the history of the sport.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Muttiah Muralitharan

Born: 17 April 1972 (age 48)

Place of birth: Kandy, Dominion of Ceylon

Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling: Right-arm off-break

Role: Bowler

 

Test Career: Sri Lanka (1992-2010)

Mat     Inns      Balls     Runs     Wkts    BBI       BBM      Ave      Econ    SR       4w       5w       10w

133      230       44039   18180     800     9/51     16/220   22.72     2.47     55.0     45         67        22

 

Career Highlights

  • The most Test wickets (800 wickets)
  • Most 5-wicket hauls in an innings (67)
  • Most 10-wicket hauls in a match (22)
  • Only bowler with over 50 wickets against all Test nations

From a guy who used to play a sheet anchor role for his team and had limited playing shots in his book, Sangakkara swiftly evolved into an attractive batsman who has got almost every cricket shot in his arsenal.

He was always a good back-foot player and was brilliant at playing cut and pull shots. But Sangakkara made changes to his batting style and became a confident front-foot player as well. His cover-drives are still one of the best in the business though he always strived to play straight drives like Sachin.

He scored his first double-century against Pakistan in 2002, at the 2nd Asian Test Championship final. His performance helped Sri Lanka secure the Test championship. It would have been hard to agree if someone then would have said that this lad might be in the list of scoring most double centuries, but as it is evident, Sangakkara turned all odds and finished just one short of Don Bradman’s 12.

Sangakarra's glovework cannot really be tested because his batting being as good as it was, the diminutive Sri Lankan stopped wearing them in matches, making his statistics as far as dismissals go, flounder. However, his 22 stumpings suggest he is more than competent behind the wicket.

Career Statistics

Full name: Kumar Sangakkara

Born: 27 October 1977 (age 42)

Place of birth: Matale, Sri Lanka

Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Batting style: Left-handed

Bowling: Right-arm offbreak

Role: Wicket-keeper, Batsman

 

Test Career: India (1967-1979)

Mat        Inns       NO         Runs      HS           Ave        BF           SR           100s         50s          Ct           St

134         233         17         12400     319         57.40     22882    54.19             38           52            182         20

 

Career Highlights

  • Completed 151 dismissals in 90 innings as a wicketkeeper
  • Averaged 39.55 when keeping wicket in Tests
  • Career Test batting average of 57.41
  • Scored 6 hundreds and 11 fifties as a wicketkeeper/Batsman 

It's been more than 40 years since the West Indian off-spinner Lance Gibbs snared his 308th victim and overhauled Fred Trueman to become the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket.

Tall and thin he had a short bouncing run-up to the wicket. Phenomenally accurate he was seldom collared, and usually got through an over in a couple of minutes.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Lancelot Richard Gibbs

Born: 29 September 1934 (age 85)

Place of birth: Georgetown, British Guiana

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling: Right-arm off-break

Test Career: West Indies (1958-1976)

Mat         Inns         Balls        Runs       Wkts        BBI          BBM        Ave         Econ       SR            4w           5w           10w

79           148           27115      8989         309         8/38       11/157      29.09       1.98        87.7           11           18               2             

 

Career Highlights

  • Oldest player to reach 300 Test wickets (41)
  • Held record for most wickets in Tests (1976-81)
  • Captured 309 wickets at 29.09
  • 87.7 strike rate is the worst of any bowler over 300 wickets

Anil Kumble was the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack for more than a decade and half. The 6 foot 1 inch tall, lean and calm cricketer had scintillating charisma in his fingers.

Kumble traded the leg spinner's proverbial yo-yo for the spear, as his ball rushed through the air rather than hanging in it and comes with a kick rather than a kink as it hits the pitch.

It was during this 1992 India tour of South Africa that he established himself as a quality and magical spinner when he finished his tour as the highest wicket-taker for the Indian side which included his 6/53 figures in the second Test in Johannesburg, a ground known to favour fast bowlers.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Anil Kumble

Born: 17 October 1970 (age 49)

Place of birth: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling style: Legbreak googly

Role: Bowler

 

Test Career: India (1990-2008)

  Mat         Inns         Balls        Runs        Wkts        BBI          BBM        Ave          Econ         SR            4w           5w           10w

132            236          40850      18355         619         10/74      14/149     29.65         2.69         65.9           31            35             8

 

Career Highlights

  • 3rd most wickets in Tests (619)
  • 4th most 10-wicket hauls in a match (8)
  • 4th most 5-wicket hauls in an innings (35)
  • 1 of 2 bowlers to take 10 wickets in an innings

Shane Warne is a former Australian cricketer, widely regarded as the greatest leg spinner in the history of cricket.

Warne first caught eyeballs when playing for the Australia B squad. He took his first first-class five-wicket haul as he took 7/49 against Zimbabwe. Similarly impressive performances for the Australia A team saw him getting called up to his international debut.

On 2nd January 1994, Warne took 12 wickets in the second Test match against South Africa, asserting himself as a vital cog of the Australian bowling, despite losing the match by five runs.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Shane Keith Warne

Born: 13 September 1969 (age 50)

Place of birth: Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Height:  1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling style: Right-arm leg break

Role: Bowler

 

Test Career: Australia (1992-2007)

Mat        Inns       Balls       Runs      Wkts      BBI         BBM      Ave        Econ        SR           4w          5w          10w

145         273         40705    17995    708         8/71        12/128   25.41       2.65        57.4         48            37           10

 

Career Highlights

  • 1st bowler to 700 wickets in Tests
  • 2nd most wickets in Tests (708)
  • 2nd most 5-wicket hauls (37)
  • 2nd most 10-wicket hauls (10)
  • Most wickets in a calendar year (96)

 

Graceful, artistic and pure, Bedi has a rightful claim to being India’s greatest ever left-arm spinner.

His relaxed action, combined with impeccable control were his biggest allies and this went a long way in him getting selected for the senior team.

Bedi made his Test debut against the then mighty West Indies in 1966 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He didn’t have an eye-catching entry to the big stage but was persisted with because of his control and because he brought variety to the Indian spin attack.

The outspoken cricketer came into his own during the Australia Test series in 1969-70 where he picked up 21 wickets including his best Test figures of 7/98 at Kolkata.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Bishan Singh Bedi

Born: 25 September 1946 (age 73)

Place of Birth: Amritsar, Punjab, British India

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

Role: Bowler

 

Test Career: India (1967-1979)

Mat         Inns         Balls        Runs        Wkts        BBI          BBM        Ave          Econ        SR            4w           5w           10w

67            118          21364      7637        266          7/98        10/194    28.71           2.14         80.3          13            14              1

 

Career Highlights

  • Captured 266 Test wickets at 28.71
  • 2nd to Lance Gibbs with maiden overs per test (16.35)
  • Captained India in 22 matches, winning 6 and losing 11

Known around the world as one of the most aggressive top-order batsmen, David Warner has destroyed bowling attacks over the years. He has been the vice-captain of Australia’s Test and ODI national teams between 2015 and 2018.

Warner made his Test debut against New Zealand in 2011. Ten days after his Test debut, he made his maiden Test century. For his performance in 2014, he was named in the World Test XI by ICC. Warner scored 418 runs in the 2015 Ashes, although Australia lost the series 3-2. In 2015, he was again named in the ICC World XI. Warner reached the 5000 Test runs mark in 2016.

Career Statistics 

Full name: David Andrew Warner

Born: 27 October 1986 (age 33)

Place of Birth: Paddington, Sydney

Height: 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)

Major teams: Australia, Australia A, Australia Centre of Excellence, Australia Under-19s, Australian Cricketers Association All-Stars, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian XI, Brad Haddin XII, Cricket Australia Chairman's XI, Delhi Daredevils, Durham, Middlesex, New South Wales, New South Wales Institute of Sport, New South Wales Second XI, New South Wales Under-19s, New South Wales Under-23s, Northern Districts, St Lucia Stars, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sydney Sixers, Sydney South East, Sydney Thunder, Sylhet Sixers, Winnipeg Hawks

Batting Style: Left-handed

Bowling Style: Right-arm leg-break/Right-arm medium

Role: Opening batsman

 

Test Career -  Australia (2011 - present)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs          HS     Ave      SR     100    50    

84     155     7      7244          335* 48.94 72.85   24     30

                                   

Career Highlights

  • ICC Test Team of the Year: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Allan Border Medal: 2016, 2017, 2020
  • Australian Test Player of the Year: 2016
  • Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year: 2012
  • He is the first Australian batsman to score 7 ODI centuries in a calendar year
  • Has the second highest individual score by an Australian, 335* in 2019 against Pakistan
  • Has scored the joint sixth-fastest hundred in Tests
  • His 24 career Test centuries have come as an opener
  • Only four batsmen have scored more centuries than Warner in the opening position

One of the premier Test wicket-keeper batsmen in world cricket and a senior leader in the BLACKCAPS five-day team, Watling is known for driving the energy levels in the field.
His compact batting style has seen him feature in two world-record partnerships and makes him a key link in the batting line up.

 

Career Statistics 

Full name: Bradley-John Watling
Born: 9 July 1985 (age 34)

Place of birth: Durban, Natal Province, South Africa
Batting Style: Right-handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm off-break
Role: Batsman, wicket-keeper

 

Test Career – New Zealand (2009-Present)

Mat     Inns   NO  Runs    HS     Ave       SR      100s   50s       Ct     St

 70         110    15   3658    205    38.50   42.35       8         18        241   8

Career Highlights

  • Maiden double century against England in 2019
  • First wicket-keeper batsman for New Zealand and 9th in the history of Test cricket to score a double century
  • Recently reached 202 dismissals, the most for a New Zealand wicket-keeper in Tests

Knott was a permanent feature of England scorecards during the 10-year period of 1967 to 1977.  England played 93 Test matches during this phase, and Knott appeared in 89 of them — 20 more than any other England cricketer.

In a side that is historically not reputed for the constancy of selection, Knott was a fixture that it was forbidden to tamper with.  Keith Fletcher, who played as many as 51 Test matches alongside him, does not remember a single dropped chance or fumbled stumping.

Ray Illingworth, not one to shower accolades on fellow cricketers, once remarked that Knott was streets ahead of the rest of his peers.

 

Career Statistics 

Full name: Alan Philip Eric Knott

Born: 9 April 1946 (age 74)

Place of Birth: Belvedere, Kent

Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

Batting: Right-handed

Bowling: Right-arm off-spin

Role: Wicketkeeper

 Tests

England (1967-1981)

Mat      Inns    NO   Runs     HS     Ave      100     50       Ct    St

95         149       15    4389     135   32.75            5     30       250  19

 

Career Highlights

  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1970)
  • 1st wicketkeeper to 250 dismissals in Tests
  • 8th all-time for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in Tests (269)
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