Joel Garner... Big Bird

Joel Garner made his debut for the West Indies in the 1977 home series against Pakistan. Standing 6 foot 8, Garner knew how to use his height to get more lift, without resorting to the explicit bouncer, than any bowler who ever lived. With deliveries coming from approximately 12 feet in the air at a lively pace the ball would rear alarmingly from barely short of a length to hit the batsman under the arm. Along with this awkward bounce Garner also bowled the most devastating toe crunching yorkers the game had seen.

Garner played in an era when West Indies dominated with a quality four prong pace attack, he would have bowled in partnership with Colin Croft, Michael HoldingAndy Roberts and Malcolm Marshall this meant that wickets were often shared. Despite this Garner played in 58 Tests between 1977 and 1987 and took 259 wickets, with five wicket hauls in an innings on seven occassions, at the measly average of 20.97, making him one of the most effective Test bowlers of all time.

Garner was also devestating in One Day International cricket particularly in the overs at the end of an innings, when he speared in unhittable yorkers relentlessly at the toes of opposition batsmen. At Lord's in 1979 he simply blew England's slim hopes away with 5 for 38, the best figures ever in a World Cup final.

Joel Garner retired from international cricket after the West Indies versus New Zealand match at Christ Church in 1987.  After retiring from cricket Garner has managed the West Indies a team, he has also been Barbados national selector. In June of 2006 Joel Garner was named as the highest rated Test bowler of all time in the new LG rankings list, he is currently a Stanford 20/20 Legend with responsibility for team Antigua & Barbuda.

Joel Garner Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Joel Garner

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 98

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 239

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 9.19

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 146

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average 18.84

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 0

Date of Birth

December 16, 1952, Enterprise, Christ Church, Barbados

Test Debut

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

Last Test Match

New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch - Mar 12-15, 1987 

ODI Debut

West Indies v Pakistan at Albion - Mar 16, 1977 
Last ODI Match New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch - Mar 28, 1987 

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm fast

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