Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh can lay claim to being the most durable fast bowler in the history of Test cricket. Walsh made his Test debut on the 1984 tour of Australia at the age of 22, and for the first half of his career, Walsh was the workhorse in a side with bowlers of the quality of Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose and Malcolm Marshall. But as he grew older and stronger he graduated to the new ball around 1993, and formed one of the great opening partnerships with Ambrose, they shared 421 wickets between them from 49 Tests. 

In 1987, Walsh was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year. In 1989, he took 10 wickets in a Test match for the first time. In 1994, he was appointed captain of the West Indies Test team for the tours of India and New Zealand after Richie Richardson was ordered to rest because of "acute fatigue syndrome". In 1995, he took 62 Test wickets at an average of 21.75 runs per wicket, a performance which he bettered in 2000 when he took 66 Test wickets at an average of 18.69, including 34 wickets in the Test series against England at an average of 12.82 runs per wicket.

Standing six foot six inches tall with a economical action Walsh could bowl for very long spells, delivering the ball from approximately 10 feet in the air to extract bounce and movement off the pitch. Even as he lost pace in the latter stage of his career he continued to take wickets at an alarming rate. His statistics bears testament to his endurance and durability, 519 Test wickets and 30,019 balls. 

Courtney Walsh retired from Test cricket at the age of 39, after the West Indies versus South Africa Test match at Kingston in, 2001, having taken 519 wickets in 132 Test at an average of 24.44.  After retiring from International cricket Walsh runs a sporting goods store in his native Jamaica. He also been ask to assisted the current crop of West Indies fast bowlers during training camps.

Courtney Walsh Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Courtney Andrew Walsh

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 205

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 321

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 6.97

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 227

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average 30.47

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 0

Date of Birth

October 30, 1962, Kingston, Jamaica

Test Debut

Australia v West Indies at Perth - Nov 9-12, 1984     

Last Test Match

West Indies v South Africa at Kingston - Apr 19-23, 2001     

ODI Debut

Sri Lanka v West Indies at Hobart (TCA) - Jan 10, 1985 
Last ODI Match New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch - Jan 11, 2000 

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm fast

Screenshot Description
Cricket 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 5 features the great George Headley.
Format Cost
Visit the Cricket Legends Web Site

Screenshot Description
Courtney Walsh, Heart of A Lion, Courtney Heart of a Lion. A Life in cricket this autobiography tells the story of the most durable fats bowler in the history of Test cricket.
Format Pages Cost
Hard Cover Book
Order Courtney Walsh's Heart of A Lion Autobiography Inc. (Ohio, USA) is an authorized retailer for
goods and services provided by Calypso Cricket Enterprise.

Return from Courtney Walsh to West Indies Cricket Souvenirs Home page