Sir Frank Worrell

Sir Frank Worrell like so many of the great batsmen of the 50's and 60's emerged as a force in West Indies cricket immediately after the Second World War, and for a decade he was an integral part of the West Indies side, immortalised as one of the Three Ws -- Walcott, Weekes and Worrell. He made his Test debut for the West Indies in the 1948 home series against England at Qeens Park Oval, By the end of that series against England Worrell had left no doubt that he was a genius.

Sir Frank Worrell was just over medium height, slim and languid in his movements, he was a natural leader. His batting was beautiful to watch as he build his innings from an absolutely correct foundation. Like all great batsmen, Worrell seemed confortable against everything except the very quickest bowling. Against the spin, he was a master never afraid to go down the wicket so that he could drive. Worrell was a delightful cutter of the ball with his strokes in that area including that wristy dab which makes the late cut so daring.

But Frank Worrell was not only a brilliant batsman he was a man with a strong conviction for justice. Worrell ask to be paid a reasonable, though still modest, stipend to go to India on the 1948-49 tour. The West Indies Cricket Board treated his request as an act of inpertinence and refused to negotiate, confident that Worrell would come to heel. Worrell would not yield and preferred to miss the tour instead.

The 1950 tour of England was a triumph for Worrell and he topped the Test batting averages with 539 runs at an average of 89.83. His best Test score of 261 was made in this season, at Trent Bridge.  Worrell 261 remained the highest by a West Indian in England  until Richards's 291 at the Oval in 1976.

At the age of 36, he became the first black man and the first professional to captain the West Indies on tour for a complete series. He led the third West Indian side to tour Australia in 1960-61, he prove to be a superb tactician, coll in crisis and able to think his way through the tactical problems as thry arose. Worrel was also credited with getting the best out of his talented but highly individualistic side.

Even though the West Indies lost that series 2-1 Worrell was recognized as one of the great captains of the. After one of the most closely-fought encounters in modern cricke the team was credited with revitalizing interest in cricket in Australia. In fact such was the effect of this series that the match had barely been decided in Melbourne when the authorities announced that Australia and the West Indies would in future , do battle for the Frank Worrell Trophy. Even more significant was the fact that hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Melbourne to say farewell to Worrell and his men.

In 1963 Worrell retired after the West Indies versus England series. When he left professional cricket, he became Warden of Irvine Hall at the University of the West Indies, and was appointed to the Jamaican Senate by Sir Alexander Bustamante. Frank Worrell was knighted for his services to cricket in 1964, he died at the age of 42 on 13 March 1967, Kingston, Jamaica, from leukaemia.

Sir Frank Worrell Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell

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Date of Birth

August 1, 1924, Bank Hall, St Michael, Barbados
Died March 13, 1967, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica 

Test Debut

West Indies v England at Port of Spain - Feb 11-16, 1948  

Last Test Match

England v West Indies at The Oval - Aug 22-26, 1963  

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Left-arm fast-medium, Left-arm slow

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