Larry Gomes

Larry Gomes was Mr. dependability in a star studded West Indies battting line up from 1976-1987. Slightly built, upright and elegant Gomes was not in the typical mold of the traditional Caribbean batsman. A deflector and nudger of the cricket ball Gomes depended on timing rather than brute force and flamboyant stroke play. Despite this Gomes was just as effective as his more cavaliar team mates, of his nine centuries six were scored off Australia and none were better than the 127 scored on a bouncy Perth strip in the 1984 Test series.

Gomes cemented his place in the West Indies team during the turbulant years of World Series cricket. Gomes was selected in a second stream eleven in 1978 to face the touring Australians, after the Packer players pull out of the third Test to be played at Bourda Guyana, in solidarity with Clive Lloyd who resigned as captain sighting gross victimization.

Larry Gomes celebrated his opportunity with 101in the third Test and followed it up with a second century a 115 in the fourth Test at port of Spain. With these two innings Gomes embarked on a career that was not to falter for many years.  

Larry Gomes had a tremendous understanding of his role in the West Indies side. Perhaps inevitably, given the charisma of so many fine players around him, he was underrated during his career and will be undervalued by histories of the game. But not by those who played against him.

Larry Gomes Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Hilary Angelo Gomes

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 83

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 1,415

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 28.87

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 41

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average 25.48

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 1

Date of Birth

13th July, 1953 Arima, Trinidad

Test Debut

England v West Indies at Nottingham - Jun 3-8, 1976  

Last Test Match

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

ODI Debut

West Indies v Australia at Castries - Apr 12, 1978
Last ODI Match Australia v West Indies at Sydney - Feb 6, 1987

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm off-break, 

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