made his Test debut for the West Indies in the 1960 home series against
England at Port of Spain. Griffith was a big burly man with broad
shoulders and genuine pace, Griffith became the new ball partner of Wes
Hall they formed one of the greatest and most feared opening
attacks in the history of cricket. Griffith had pace coupled with
consistent hostility and a devastating yorker.In his first major series
against England in 1963, Griffith was devastaing he took 32 wickets at
an average of 16.21.
Charlie Griffith began his
cricketing career in the Barbados Cricket League, the BCL was the
cricket traning ground for the working class young men playing cricket
in Barbados during the 1960's. Griffith was a force and a source of
controversy, In 1962 playing for his national side Barbados against the
touring Indians, he was No-ball for throwing. This was after Nari
Contractor, had suffered a hairline fracture of the skull having lost
sight of one of Griffith's lethal deliveries.
On the tours to England in 1963 and 1966 Griffith action was never
question by the umpires. Griffith has always maintain that his
arm was bent in the course of the delivery swing but he straighten it
before the release. Some observers believe that the un-orthodox
beginning of Griffith's bowling action was exploited because opposing
batsmen feared his dangerous yorker.
Charlie Griffith retired from
international cricket at the age of 30, after the New Zealand series on
Mar 3, 1969 , having taken 94 Test wickets with an average of
28.54. After retiring from Test cricket Griffith coached in
in his native Barbados.
Charlie Griffith Test Cricket
Charles Christopher Griffith
Test Run Aggregate
Total Test Wickets
Test Bowling Average
Date of Birth
14, 1938, Pie Corner, St Lucy, Barbados
Indies v England at Port of Spain - Mar 25-31, 1960
Last Test Match
Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch - Mar 13-17,
Right hand bat
Legends These players are the 50 greatest cricketers of
the century, as voted by a blue-ribbon panel of judges assembled by
ESPN. The panelists were asked to list in order, their top 50 players.
Cricketing legends from Australia, England, India, New Zealand,
Pakistan, South Africa and the West Indies all made it to the final 50.
Among them are some famous West Indies fast bowlers, great Aussie
legends, and modern heros of the game. Disc 4 features Keith
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