Legendary West Indies batsman dies
West Indies legend Everton Weekes has died at age 95. The legendary batsman along Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell formed part of ‘the three Ws’ that made the Caribbean unit a top-notch in the longest format of the game.
Weekes was born on 26 February 1925 and started playing for West Indies from his early stage. He has played 48 Tests between 1948 and 1958, scoring 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61. He is one of the only four players who have maintained a higher average of scoring 4,000 Test runs.
Besides, Weekes holds the record for the most centuries in consecutive Test innings. Besides, he was rated as the greatest batsman of the legendary trio he was a part of.
The legendary batsman scored five hundreds on the Series against England and India in 1948. Surprisingly, it was his first year in the longer version. He fell just short of equalling the consecutive centuries record for all first-class cricket after controversy had struck in his next Test innings. He was given controversially run out for 90 and missed the milestone.
“In the pantheon of Windies legends, Weekes’ average of 58.61 from 48 matches is only behind that of George Headley’s 60.83, putting him fifth on the all-time global list among those who’ve played at least 25 Tests,” ICC’s obituary on Weekes said.
“As one of the remarkable ‘Three Ws’, along with Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell, who together struck 39 Test centuries, he played an important hand in a period that marked the rising dominance of West Indies cricket.”
“In the fading days of British colonialism, all three broke the long-standing racial barrier of a sport always held as a badge of excellence by the islands of the cricketing Caribbean,” wrote the late Tony Cozier.