Full name Desmond Leo Haynes
Born February 15, 1956, Holders Hill, St James, Barbados
Current age 61 years 163 days
Major teams Scotland, West Indies, Barbados, Middlesex, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Test debut||West Indies v Australia at Port of Spain, Mar 3-5, 1978 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Apr 8-13, 1994 scorecard|
|ODI debut||West Indies v Australia at St John's, Feb 22, 1978 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Mar 5, 1994 scorecard|
|First-class span||1976/77 - 1996/97|
|List A span||1977/78 - 1996/97|
Think of him and you see Kensington Oval, sundrenched, and a broad smile as he beat out another century. Happiness pervaded his cricket but it was joy underpinned by a ruthless streak best illustrated by the cynical way in which, on his captaincy debut, he used delaying tactics to deny England a win in Trinidad in 1989-90. You did not become as good as he was by being a softie. His batting possessed a solid muscularity and allround nature to it, and while he was capable of destructive innings, he tended, in opening partnerships anyway, towards acting as counterpoint to Gordon Greenidge's belligerent strokeplay. At his best against pace, like most West Indians, he nonetheless showed the technique and diligence to score 75 and 143 in a rare West Indies defeat on a dustbowl at Sydney in 1988-89.
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