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Joel Garner

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
West Indies
Roles played:
-
Home country:
West Indies
Born:
December 16, 1952, Enterprise

Profile

Standing at 6 ft 8 in, and delivering yorkers from a height of more than ten feet meant that the batsmen did not have too much respite playing ‘Big Bird’ Joel Garner. With pacemen like Holding, Marshall and Croft at the other end, the opposition had an unenviable task of doing what they would have been expected to do normally; scoring! Garner helped West Indies a world record of not having lost a series – ODIs or Tests – for fifteen years.

If Joel Garner’s 259 Test wickets came at an average of less than 21, then his statistics are worth looking at in the ODI variety. Not only was his economy rate only 3 per over, but his average was a shockingly low 18.84. This included his best bowling analysis of 5/39 that he achieved in the 1979 World Cup final against England, blasting them out from 183/2 to 194 all out. As an overseas player alongside Viv Richards, he along with Richards and Botham ensured a very successful couple of seasons for Somerset.

Surprisingly, Joel Garner’s average was a shoddy 40 plus in Tests and 32 in ODIs against India, traditionally not a team that plays top quality pace too well.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 58 68 672 14 12.44 - 0 1 60
ODI 98 41 239 15 9.19 66.38 0 0 37
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 58 111 13169 5433 259 6/56 / 20.97 2.47 18 7 0 0
ODI 98 98 5330 2752 146 5/31 / 18.84 3.09 2 3 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 42 0 0
ODI 30 0 0

Career

Span:
Test:
1977-1987
 
ODI:
1977-1987
Test
Debut:
West Indies Vs Pakistan at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - Barbados - Feb 18, 1977
Last played:
West Indies Vs New Zealand at Jade Stadium (Lancaster Park), Christchurch - Mar 12, 1987
ODI
Debut:
West Indies Vs Pakistan at Albion Sports Complex, Berbice - Guyana - Mar 16, 1977
Last played:
West Indies Vs New Zealand at Jade Stadium (Lancaster Park), Christchurch - Mar 28, 1987
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