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John Goddard      

Full name John Douglas Claude Goddard

Born April 21, 1919, Fontabelle, St Michael, Barbados

Died August 26, 1987, Paddington, London, England (aged 68 years 127 days)

Major teams West Indies, Barbados

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak

Relation Brother - WC Goddard

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 27 39 11 859 83* 30.67 0 4 1 22 0
First-class 111 145 32 3769 218* 33.35 5 17 94 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 27 36 2931 1050 33 5/31 6/74 31.81 2.14 88.8 1 1 0
First-class 111 10295 3845 146 5/20 26.33 2.24 70.5 4 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Jan 21-26, 1948 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at The Oval, Aug 22-24, 1957 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1936-1958
Profile

GODDARD, JOHN DOUGLAS CLAUDE, OBE, died in hospital in London on August 26, 1987, aged 68. He had collapsed in his hotel while a guest of MCC at the Bicentenary match at Lord's. Goddard captained West Indies in 22 of his Tests, most notably in England in 1950 when, after losing the first Test, struck back to win the next three and their first series in England. In 1948-49, had led West Indies to a 1-0 victory in India, where he won the toss in all five Tests, only the fourth captain so blessed by fortune. These two tours saw him popular with his players and in charge of happy sides, but this unhappily was not so in Australia in 1951-52. Riven by inter-island rivalries, a disillusioned team was conclusively beaten 4-1. Always a man who put the interests of his team ahead of his own, he stood down for the final Test, feeling that his form was a handicap; West Indies lost again and he returned to lead the side against New Zealand. Although when he went back to New Zealand in 1955-56, it was as player-manager with Atkinson as captain, Goddard was preferred as captain to take the West Indians to England in 1957. This time they lost the series 3-0; had it not been for his 40-minute 0 not out at Edgbaston and his 61 in 3 hours 40 minutes at Trent Bridge, this would surely have been 5-0.

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