Desmond Haynes

Desmond Haynes was born in Holders Hill a small village in Barbados that has a rich cricket history, producing numerous players who have gone on to represent both Barbados and the West Indies. Haynes made his Test debut on March 3, 1978, against Australia at Port-of-Spain. This West Indies team of 1974 was the nucleus of the world-beating team of the 1980s and Haynes, though a couple of years later than the bunch, of stroke-playing super stars was quick to establish himself.

For thirteen years Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge formed what was the most successful opening partnership the West Indies have had. One could argue that they were the best Test openers in history but that would be a subjective judgement; suffice it to say that the pair scored a total of 6,522 runs together in the middle, with an average of 44.07.  This average is bettered only by the Australian pair of Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden who have an average of 51.07 but scored 1,211 less.

Haynes was a professional to the core. He knew that every innings could count and he wanted to be on the winning side; the professionalism came through in the fact that he never played nasty to ensure this. His batting was solid in defence but Haynes could also match Greenidge stroke for stroke

Desmond Haynes along with Gordon Greenidge formed what was an enduring and prolific opening partnership for Barbados and the West Indies, with 16 century stands at the Test level, four of them in excess of 200.

Desmond Haynes Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Desmond Leo Haynes

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 238

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 8,648

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 41.37

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 0

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average -

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 17

Date of Birth

15th Feb, 1956 Holders Hill St. James, Barbados

Test Debut

West Indies v Australia at Port of Spain - Mar 3-5, 1978 

Last Test Match

West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 8-13, 1994 

ODI Debut

West Indies v Australia at St John's - Feb 22, 1978
Last ODI Match West Indies v England at Port of Spain - Mar 5, 1994

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style


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