Named after the Everton FC soccer club because his father was a huge fan of the same, Weekes took to cricket like a duck to water.
One of the three Ws to have donned the West Indian whites, Weekes ended his Test career due to a persistent thigh injury at an astounding average of almost 59. This was helped in turn by a record breaking five consecutive Test centuries, and seven successive half centuries. He could have very easily made it six in a row, but was controversially given run out for 94. He completed his 1000 runs in 12 Test innings, which was a record when he did it, one inning lesser than Don Bradman’s 13.?
Weekes was a very attacking batsman – like most West Indians of that era – but he preferred the first innings to the second, scoring at more than 71 in the first to less than 37 in the second. He was awarded the MBE, CBE and then in 1995 was knighted for his services to cricket. He has also played a role of a match referee for an year in 1994.
- West Indies Vs England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - Barbados - Jan 21, 1948
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- West Indies Vs Pakistan at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain - Trinidad - Mar 26, 1958