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Malcolm Marshall

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
West Indies
Roles played:
Home country:
West Indies
April 18, 1958, Queen Elizabeth Hospital


A bowling average of less than 21 and a strike rate of a wicket every seven overs, in Tests is one of the best around, especially for bowlers who have taken more than 200 wickets. Malcolm Marshall achieved the same while picking up 376 Test wickets, with a combination of pace, swing, seam and a very deceptive bouncer that very few batsmen could read.

He made his debut in the late 1970s when many of the regular West Indian stars joined the Kerry Packer sponsored WSC, but he peaked in the early 1980s, mesmerizing the English batsmen on a regular basis in English conditions that suited his style of bowling. As a lower order batsman, he hit 10 half centuries in Tests, and once batted with one hand, after fracturing the other hand. With a plaster on his left hand, he bowled like a man processed and took seven wickets to sink an already demoralized English team.

Post retirement, Malcolm Marshall took up coaching, he coached both Hampshire – where he had plied his trade for many years as a bowler – and West Indies, but was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999. He could not recover and died of the same in November 1999. The world cricket had lost a cricketing great.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 81 107 1810 11 18.85 - 0 10 92
ODI 136 83 955 19 14.92 76.64 0 2 66
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 81 151 17584 7876 376 7/22 / 20.94 2.68 19 22 4 61
ODI 136 134 7175 4233 157 4/18 / 26.96 3.53 6 0 0 9
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 25 0 2
ODI 15 0 0


West Indies Vs India at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Dec 15, 1978
Last played:
West Indies Vs England at The Oval, London - Aug 08, 1991
West Indies Vs England at Headingley, Leeds - May 28, 1980
Last played:
West Indies Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Mar 08, 1992