Charlie Griffith...

Charlie Griffith 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. 

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Full Name Charles Christopher Griffith

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Date of Birth

December 14, 1938, Pie Corner, St Lucy, Barbados

Test Debut

West Indies v England at Port of Spain - Mar 25-31, 1960    

Last Test Match

New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch - Mar 13-17, 1969  

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm fast

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