Clyde Walcott... A Member of The 3 W's



Sir Clyde Walcott in full flow was one of the most intimidating sights in cricket. Standing 6ft. 2in. tall with broad shoulders, Walcott drove the ball with immense power, especially off the back foot and he could hook and cut with the best of them. Clyde Walcott emerged as a force in West Indies cricket immediately after the Second World War, and for a decade he was an integral part of the West Indies side, immortalised as one of the Three Ws -- Walcott, Weekes and Worrell. 

Walcott first hit the headlines in 1945-46 when he added an unbroken 574 for the fourth wicket with schoolmate Frank Worrell for Barbados against Trinidad at Port-of-Spain - it remains the record West Indian stand for any wicket. He was then age 20 his contribution was a mammoth 314 not out. Clyde Walcott made his Test debut for West Indies against England in the 1947- 48 home series.

In 1955 home series, against Australia, Walcott became the first batsman to score five centuries in a single Test series, as he totalled 827 runs from 10 innings at an average of 82.7, including centuries in both innings at Queens Park Oval, Trinidad and 155 in the first innings and 110 in the second innings at Sabina Park, Jamaica. 

He retired from Test cricket in 1960 at the relatively young age of 32. After retirement he went on to manage several West Indian teams, and became a commentator and coach in his native Barbados. He was president of the West Indian Board before, in 1993, he succeeded Sir Colin Cowdrey as chairman of ICC. Clyde Walcott was knighted in 1994 for his services to cricket.


Sir Clyde died on August 26, 2006 aged 80 after suffering a short illness. He was buried close to Sir Frank Worrell's grave in a site which overlooks the 3W's Oval, the cricket ground named in their honour at the University Of The West Indies Campus at Cave Hill St. Michael Barbados.

Sir Clyde Walcott Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Clyde Leopold Walcott

Number of Test

44

Test Run Aggregate

3,798

Test Batting Average

56.68

Total Test Wickets

11

Test Bowling Average

37.09

Test Centuries

15

Date of Birth

January 17, 1926, New Orleans, St Michael, Barbados
Died August 26, 2006, Barbados (aged 80 years 221 days)

Test Debut

West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Jan 21-26, 1948 

Last Test Match

England v Pakistan at The Oval - Aug 6-9, 1992  

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast-medium 
 


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