Colin Croft

Colin Croft made his debut for the West Indies in the 1977 home series against Pakistan. Standing 6 foot 6, Croft was an integral part of the fear-some fast bowling quartet which terified batsmen in the 1970's and eighties. Despite having a short career Colin Croft establish a reputation of being aggressive with no compunction whatsoever about bowling dangerous bouncers. Croft's action was unorthodox as his straight run brought him from behind the umpire to deliver the ball from wide of the crease angle into the batsman.

On the 1980 tour of New Zealand Croft's aggression got him into trouble, when in the second Test angered at being no-balled, he flicked off the bails as he walk back to take his mark. Shortly after he ran in for a delivery so close that in his delivery stride he bumped the umpire, F.R. Goodall.  Croft was required to write a letter of apology to the West Indies  Cricket Board of Control in the aftermath of the tour.

Despite being a bit volatilile, Colin Croft was a fine bowler and in 27 matches he managed 125 wickets, a remarkable haul in a side laden with high-class pace bowlers where the spoils tended to be spread. His best performance came in his second Test match at Port-of-Spain he laid waste the Pakistan batting with figures of 8 for 29, still the best figures by a West Indian fast bowler.

Colin Croft's promising Test career came to an end when he toured aparthied South Africa with Lawrence Rowe's rebel side in 1983.  Croft and the members of the rebel team received lifetime bans by the West Indies Cricket Board from all levels of cricket in the region. After retiring from cricket croft qualified as an airline pilot, he is currently traveling the globe as a radio and television cricket commentator.

Colin Croft Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Colin Everton Hunte Croft

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 19

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 19

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 9.00

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 30

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average 20.66

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 0

Date of Birth

March 15, 1953, Lancaster Village, East Coast, Demerara, British Guiana

Test Debut

West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown - Feb 18-23, 1977 

Last Test Match

Australia v West Indies at Adelaide - Jan 30-Feb 3, 1982  

ODI Debut

West Indies v Pakistan at Albion - Mar 16, 1977  
Last ODI Match Australia v West Indies at Sydney - Nov 24, 1981 

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm fast

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