Full name Courtney Andrew Walsh
Born October 30, 1962, Kingston, Jamaica
Current age 54 years 271 days
Major teams West Indies, Gloucestershire, Jamaica
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||Australia v West Indies at Perth, Nov 9-12, 1984 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v South Africa at Kingston, Apr 19-23, 2001 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Hobart, Jan 10, 1985 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch, Jan 11, 2000 scorecard|
|First-class span||1981/82 - 2000/01|
|List A span||1981/82 - 2000|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/41||Warne’s Warr||v SRT Blasters||Los Angeles||14 Nov 2015||Other T20|
|0/30||Warne’s Warr||v SRT Blasters||New York||7 Nov 2015||Other T20|
|3/36||WI Masters||v SL Masters||Bridgetown||9 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|2/27||WI Masters||v SL Masters||Bridgetown||7 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|1/18||WI Masters||v Ind Masters||Bridgetown||6 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|1/19||WI Masters||v Eng Masters||Bridgetown||5 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|0/25||WI Masters||v SA Masters||Bridgetown||2 Dec 2009||Other T20|
|1/33||WI Masters||v SL Masters||Bridgetown||27 Nov 2009||Other T20|
|0/15||Lashings XI||v Cambridge U||Cambridge||21 Jun 2006||Other OD|
A physiological phenomenon, Courtney Walsh probably bowled faster for longer than any man in history. His spirit was as unbreakable as his body, urging him on to the previously undreamed-of heights of 519 Test wickets and 30,019 balls, not to mention the countless overs he sent down for Gloucestershire and Jamaica. For the first half of his career, Walsh was the willing workhorse cantering into the wind while Curtly Ambrose or Malcolm Marshall galloped down the hill. But he grew stronger and wilier with age, graduating to the new ball around 1993, and forming one of the great opening partnerships with Ambrose: 421 wickets between them from 49 Tests. Walsh's action was neither elegant nor orthodox, but it was hugely economical, catapulting the ball down from 10 foot high with a simple snap of the hips. An old-fashioned specialist, his comic incompetence with the bat earned him a Test-record 43 ducks.
Simon Briggs October 2004
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