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Roger Harper      

Full name Roger Andrew Harper

Born March 17, 1963, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana

Current age 51 years 38 days

Major teams West Indies, Guyana, Northamptonshire

Nickname Juice

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Other Coach

Height 6 ft 5 in

Education Queen's College High School, Georgetown

Relation Brother - MA Harper

Roger Andrew Harper
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 25 32 3 535 74 18.44 0 3 52 9 36 0
ODIs 105 73 20 855 45* 16.13 1162 73.58 0 0 53 18 55 0
First-class 200 263 43 7480 234 34.00 10 36 262 0
List A 214 165 44 2630 69* 21.73 0 6 120 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 25 39 3615 1291 46 6/57 6/90 28.06 2.14 78.5 2 1 0
ODIs 105 99 5175 3431 100 4/40 4/40 34.31 3.97 51.7 3 0 0
First-class 200 37825 14726 567 6/24 25.97 2.33 66.7 28 3
List A 214 10403 6466 210 5/37 5/37 30.79 3.72 49.5 7 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v West Indies at Kolkata, Dec 10-14, 1983 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v West Indies at Moratuwa, Dec 8-13, 1993 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v West Indies at Srinagar, Oct 13, 1983 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, Apr 13, 1996 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1979-1997
List A span 1979-1997
Profile

The outfield at the Demerara Cricket Club is rough and bumpy. Hardly the place to nurture great fielders, you might think. But in the pavilion there hangs a portrait of Roger Harper, who learned his trade there as one of the game's finest. Graham Gooch remembers him all too well. Batting for MCC against the World XI in the festival MCC Bicentenary match at Lord's in 1987, Gooch had passed 100 when he drilled Harper's offspin just to the on side of straight and took some anticipatory paces down the pitch. It was not a clever move. Harper took one stride to his right, his right arm telescoped and plucked the ball cleanly from the turf. In the same flowing movement he threw down Gooch's middle stump with the batsman upended on all fours. Harper was not a great offspinner - he suffered in later years from the yips - and little more than an adequate hard-hitting batsman. But his fielding was fabulous. After retirement he went into coaching, taking charge of West Indies between 2000 and 2003 during a period of transition. He was appointed as the U-19 coach in December 2005, but quit after a month to take charge of the Kenyan national side where he rebuilt a squad that was close to a shambles when he arrived. He stood down from that role in September 2007 as the job took him away from his home in Guyana for too long.
Martin Williamson

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Feb 11, 2008

Roger Harper, portrait, February 2008

Roger Harper

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Dec 10, 2007

Roger Harper takes a break from a training session with the Stanford 20/20 St Lucia Pro Team, St Lucia, December 10, 2007

Roger Harper takes a break from a training session with the Stanford 20/20 St Lucia Pro Team

© Stanford 20/20

Feb 7, 2007

Roger Harper, the Kenya coach, samples the champagne, Kenya v Scotland, World Cricket League Final, Gymkhana, Nairobi, February 7, 2007

Roger Harper, the Kenya coach, samples the champagne

© Will Luke


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