Had it not been for the infrequent number of Test matches that were played during Wes Hall’s era, he would have surely played many more than the 48 he played in. That would have also ensured that he picked up many more than the 192 wickets he picked in his Test career. A pace bowler with a longish run up, Hall got many a batsman out with his bouncers followed by his lethal yorkers that batsmen found difficult to pick and Gary Sobers often rated Hall as a better bowler than Michael Holding
Hall began his career as a wicket keeper but with a height of 6 ft 2 in, bowling seemed to be a much better option. Just as with the other pace bowlers who hunted in pairs, Hall’s partner in crime was Charlie Griffith. The duo instilled a lot of fear in the batsmen with their sheer pace. Hall was also the bowler who bowled the last over of the first ever Tied Test match, played between West Indies and Australia at Brisbane. With only six runs needed to win off an eight ball over, Hall managed to restrict them to five, and the rest was history.
Post retirement, he became an elector, administrator, manager, politician and a clergyman. He has also served as a board of directors on the board of the Stanford 20-20 tournament and is one of the most likeable West Indians around.
- West Indies Vs India at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) - Nov 28, 1958
- Last played:
- West Indies Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Feb 27, 1969