June 17, 2012

West Indies cricket

Wes Hall, a West Indies icon

Abhishek Mukherjee

Wes Hall's status as a West Indies legend has been reaffirmed with him being knighted. Alan Harris, in the Barbados Advocate, tells us why Hall was a fast bowler's bowler in the 1960s.

For more than a decade, he terrified batsmen with his extraordinarily long approach to the crease, likened to that of a galloping horse, which culminated in a fast, explosive delivery sometimes followed by a menacing stare. But despite his threatening presence, Hall was full of compassion, especially for an injured player, many times at his own hands.

That attitude made Hall one of the more popular cricketers of his day, especially in Australia, where he captured the imagination of the public with his famous final over in the 1960-61 tied Test in Brisbane, the images of which are immortalised through choppy black-and-white footage – a true West Indian treasure.

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