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Malcolm Marshall      

Full name Malcolm Denzil Marshall

Born April 18, 1958, Bridgetown, Barbados

Died November 4, 1999, Bridgetown, Barbados (aged 41 years 200 days)

Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Hampshire, Natal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

In a nutshell Malcolm Marshall was perhaps the finest of West Indies' many formidable fast bowlers of the 1980s, endowed with fierce pace, swing, cut, a vicious bouncer, and above all, the ability to outthink any batsman. More

Malcolm Denzil Marshall
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 81 107 11 1810 92 18.85 0 10 18 25 0
ODIs 136 83 19 955 66 14.92 1246 76.64 0 2 15 0
First-class 408 516 73 11004 120* 24.83 7 54 145 0
List A 440 285 60 3795 77 16.86 0 8 68 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 81 151 17584 7876 376 7/22 11/89 20.94 2.68 46.7 19 22 4
ODIs 136 134 7175 4233 157 4/18 4/18 26.96 3.53 45.7 6 0 0
First-class 408 74645 31548 1651 8/71 19.10 2.53 45.2 85 13
List A 440 22332 12358 521 5/13 5/13 23.71 3.32 42.8 20 4 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v West Indies at Bangalore, Dec 15-20, 1978 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at The Oval, Aug 8-12, 1991 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v West Indies at Leeds, May 28-29, 1980 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Mar 8, 1992 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1977-1996
List A span 1977-1996

Malcolm Marshall slithered to the crease on the angle, pitter-pat feet twinkling as if in dancing shoes. It was reminiscent of a sidewinder on the attack. Purists occasionally criticised his action as too open, but it had method: he maintained mastery of orthodox outswing and inswing from a neutral position without telegraphing his intent. He was lithe, with a wickedly fast arm that elevated him to express status. Only in inches was he lacking - but he even turned that to his advantage with a bouncer as malicious as they come, skidding on to the batsman. Later in his career, he developed a devastating legcutter which he used on dusty pitches. Allied to a massive cricket intelligence, stamina and courage, Marshall had all the toys and he knew how and when to play with them. His strike rate of 46.22 was phenomenal, his average of 20.95 equally so. He may well have been the finest fast bowler of them all.

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Mike Selvey on Marshall

The epitome of fast bowling

Swing and cut, speed and bounce, and smarts above all - Maco had everything except height, and even that lack he turned into an asset

Stats analysis

First among equals

In a team of several fast-bowling stars, Marshall stood out for his versatility and genius

Cricinfo picks - Our top articles on this player
  • Memories of Maco (Apr 29, 2008)
    Malcolm Marshall ought to have been 50 in April. His biographer celebrates the all-too-brief life of one of the game's all-time great fast bowlers
  • Greatest fast bowler of the modern era (Nov 15, 1999)
    For Marshall, it was natural to share his passion and expertise
  • Farewell to a cricket icon (Nov 7, 1999)
    We had hoped and prayed for the best but we feared the worst
Latest Articles
Latest Photos

Apr 22, 2002

Malcolm Marshall and Azhar Zaidi discussing cricket balls at Zaidi Sports - during the West Indies tour to Pakistan, 1997-98

Malcolm Marshall and Azhar Zaidi

© Zaidi Sports

Nov 28, 2001

New Road sign at entrance to The Hampshire Rose Bowl in memory of Roy and Malcolm Marshall.

Marshall Drive

© Hampshire County Cricket Club

Aug 31, 2000

WICB President, Patrick Rousseau, Mark Nicholas (background), Mrs. Connie Marshall and Mr.Tim Lamb Chief  Executive Officer of the ECB at the unveiling ceremony

Malcolm Marshall Memorial Trophy

© West Indies Cricket Board

Malcolm Marshall cricket photos
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