Roy Fredericks

Roy Fredericks was small in stature standing just 5' 6" but as West Indies opening batsman, he was a giant at the batting crease. Roy Fredericks will always be remembered for playing one of the greatest innings ever played in Test cricket. It came in 1975 in Australia when, like now, the West Indies were going through a period of rebuilding. Australia were the best team in the world and, in Dennis Lillie and Jeff Thompson, they had two of the fastest and most fearsome bowlers ever to play Test cricket.

Roy Fredericks refused to bow to them. His pride in West Indies cricket and his belief in his own ability would not allow him to. In the second Test of the series, at Perth, he made a blistering 169 off 145 balls, including a hurricane hundred before lunch in just 71 balls as he cut and hooked Lillie and Thompson with impudence.

It was amazing that a man of his small stature could prove to be intimidating to bowlers who towered over him.  Fredericks played in 59 Test matches between 1968 and 1978, scoring 4 334 runs at an average of 42.49, with eight centuries and 27 fifties.

After he retired from Test cricket, Fredericks served for several years as an administrator with the Guyana Cricket Board, a West Indies selector and minister of sports in his native Guyana.

Roy Fredericks, died after a long illness on September 5, 2000, Fredericks was aged 57, he died in hospital in New York almost two years after he had surgery for throat cancer.

Roy Fredericks Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Roy Clifton Fredericks

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 12

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 311

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 25.91

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 2

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average 5.00

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 1

Date of Birth

November 11, 1942, Blairmont, East Bank, Berbice, British Guiana
Died September 5, 2000, New York, United States of America (aged 57 years 299 days)

Test Debut

Australia v West Indies at Melbourne - Dec 26-30, 1968 

Last Test Match

West Indies v Pakistan at Kingston - Apr 15-20, 1977  

ODI Debut

England v West Indies at Leeds - Sep 5, 1973 
Last ODI Match West Indies v Pakistan at Albion - Mar 16, 1977 

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left-arm chinaman

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