Joel Garner      

Full name Joel Garner

Born December 16, 1952, Enterprise, Christ Church, Barbados

Current age 61 years 276 days

Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Somerset, South Australia

Nickname Big Bird

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Height 6 ft 8 in

Education Boy's Foundation School, Christchurch, Barbados

Joel Garner
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 58 68 14 672 60 12.44 0 1 15 42 0
ODIs 98 41 15 239 37 9.19 360 66.38 0 0 30 0
First-class 214 231 54 2964 104 16.74 1 8 129 0
List A 256 133 46 1023 59* 11.75 0 1 71 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 58 111 13169 5433 259 6/56 9/108 20.97 2.47 50.8 18 7 0
ODIs 98 98 5330 2752 146 5/31 5/31 18.84 3.09 36.5 2 3 0
First-class 214 39829 16333 881 8/31 18.53 2.46 45.2 48 7
List A 256 13359 6598 397 6/29 6/29 16.61 2.96 33.6 13 10 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Feb 18-23, 1977 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch, Mar 12-15, 1987 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut West Indies v Pakistan at Albion, Mar 16, 1977 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch, Mar 28, 1987 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1975-1988
List A span 1976-1992
Profile

Batsmen would say that the overriding feeling when first confronted by the Big Bird was that he would trample on them such was the foreshortening effect of his 6ft 8 inches. Delivered from the clouds it seemed, and at a lively pace that when the mood took could be cranked up to the brisk side of rapid, the ball would rear alarmingly from barely short of a length. Allied to that was the most devastating toe crunching yorker the game had seen since that of Charlie Griffith. Of the top wicket-takers, few have a lower average than his parsimonious 20.98. If his value in Test cricket was as an integral part of the most formidable pace attacks ever - they spread the load so that he took five wickets in an innings on just seven occasions - then in one-day cricket, particularly in the overs at the end of an innings, when the unhittable yorker speared in relentlessly, he was priceless. At Lord's in 1979 he simply blew England's slim hopes away with 5 for 38, the best figures ever in a World Cup final.
Mike Selvey

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May 9, 2011

Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge and Michael Holding pose ahead of the 'Fire in Babylon' premiere, The Oval, May 9, 2011

Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge and Michael Holding pose ahead of the 'Fire in Babylon' premiere

© AFP

Oct 6, 2010

Joel Garner and Courtney Walsh tower over a reporter at the 2010 ICC Awards, Bangalore, October 6, 2010

Joel Garner and Courtney Walsh tower over a reporter

© Getty Images

Oct 6, 2010

Joel Garner and Courtney Walsh arrive for  the 2010 ICC Awards in Bangalore, October 6, 2010

Joel Garner and Courtney Walsh arrive for the 2010 ICC Awards in Bangalore

© Getty Images

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1980

Country Fixtures Country Results
4th ODI: WI Women v NZ Women at Basseterre
Sep 19, 2014 (09:30 local | 13:30 GMT | 09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT)
5th Match, Group B: Tridents v Kings XI at Mohali
Sep 20, 2014 (20:00 local | 14:30 GMT | 10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT)
1st T20I: WI Women v NZ Women at Kingstown
Sep 23, 2014 (14:00 local | 18:00 GMT | 14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT)
2nd T20I: WI Women v NZ Women at Kingstown
Sep 25, 2014 (14:00 local | 18:00 GMT | 14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT)
12th Match, Group B: Tridents v Cape Cobras at Mohali
Sep 26, 2014 (16:00 local | 10:30 GMT | 06:30 EDT | 05:30 CDT | 03:30 PDT)
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