Malcolm Marshall

Malcolm Marshall was the greatest fast bowler of his era and perhaps of all time. He made his Test debut on the 1978-79 tour of India as a 20 year old, for a West Indies team weaken when the senior fast bowlers opted to join Clive Lloyd to play in Packer's world series cricket. Standing 5ft 11 in tall, Marshall used a bustling sprint to the wicket, couple with a fast arm action and  an open chested delivery style to generate pace, bounce and sideways movement which bamboozal batsmen all around the cricketing world. 

Malcolm Marshall was mentor by some of the best fast bowlers to have played the game, and from each of them he took elements which propel him to greatness. Initially, his run up was long, rhythmic and fluid, somewhat similar to that of Holding. From Roberts he took the guile and variety which out foxed batsmen to get them out, from Garner he took the great determination and "never-say-die" attitude, and from croft, he took aggression, 

On the 1984 tour to England Marshall was indisputably the finest bowler in world cricket, his pace and accuracy demoralised England, especially at Headingley, wheredespite breaking his thumb whilst fielding in the first innings, he came out to bowl with his hand in pink plaster. H e then proceed the English batting order in the second innings to finish with 7-53. Marshall also showed great courage and determination when he batted at number 11 in West Indies' first innings despite his injured thumb. His innings allowed his team mate Larry Gomes to completed an unbeaten century. 

Four years later, on the 1988 tour of England Marshall had his best Test performance. At Old Trafford on a wicket prepared specifically for spinners, Marshall showed every one that he was a master at his craft, he pitched the ball up, and swung and cut it to such devastating effect that he took 7 for 22. He finishe this series with the extraordinary bowling figures of 35 wickets at an average of 12.65. 

Easily the great fast bowlers of all time, Malcolm Marshall did not only dominate against Enland, he tormented batsmen the world over. In seven successive Test series from 1982/83 to 1985/86 he took 21 or more wickets each time, in the last five of them averaging under 20. His most productive series in this period was the 1983/84 tour to India, when he claimed 33 wickets as well as averaging 34 with the bat and making his highest Test score of 92 at Kanpur. A few months later he took five in an innings twice at home against Australia.

Malcolm Marshall retired from Test cricket at the age of 33, after the Oval Test match of the tour to England in, 1991, having taken 376 Test wickets at an average of 20.94. He made his final international appearance for the West Indies during the 1992 World Cup. After retiring from International cricket Marshall continued playing for Hampshire in the English county championships and provential cricket for Natal in South Africa.

In 1996 Malcolm Marshall became coach both of Hampshire and West Indies,but before he could turn around the decline in West Indies cricket, during the 1999 World Cup the sad news broke that he had colon cancer. He immediately left his coaching job to begin treatment, but this was  unsuccessful and he returned to his native Barbados, where he died on 4 November aged just 41.

Malcolm Marshall Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Malcolm Denzil Marshall

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 136

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 955

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 14.92

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 157

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average 26.96

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 0

Date of Birth

April 18, 1958, Bridgetown, Barbados
Died November 4, 1999, Bridgetown, Barbados (aged 41 years 200 days)

Test Debut

India v West Indies at Bangalore - Dec 15-20, 1978    

Last Test Match

England v West Indies at The Oval - Aug 8-12, 1991        

ODI Debut

England v West Indies at Leeds - May 28-29, 1980 
Last ODI Match New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland - Mar 8, 1992 

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm fast

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Maco: The Malcolm Marshall story. “Maco” is the story of Malcolm Marshall’s rise to fame as one of the most successful West Indian cricket players. The book chronicles his life from his birth in Barbados to his premature death at the age of 41. Marshall’s career is described in his own words with additional commentary from fellow players.
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