Full name Anderson Montgomery Everton Roberts
Born January 29, 1951, Urlings Village, Antigua
Current age 66 years 55 days
Major teams West Indies, Combined Islands, Hampshire, Leeward Islands, Leicestershire, New South Wales
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Mar 6-11, 1974 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v West Indies at Chennai, Dec 24-29, 1983 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 7, 1975 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v West Indies at Jamshedpur, Dec 7, 1983 scorecard|
|First-class span||1969/70 - 1984|
|List A span||1973/74 - 1984|
Deadpan and deadly. Wicket or boundary, not a flicker of emotion would be evident save a gunslinger's narrowing of the eyes. Andy Roberts kept his emotions in check. But under the veneer was an intelligent cricketer with a fertile brain, plotting and planning the downfall of batsmen as if it were a military campaign. The modern West Indian game based on the heavy artillery of fast bowlers, that served so well for a quarter of a century, began with him. Here was a bowler whose pace came from timing, with power from a huge pair of shoulders. His bouncer was regarded as one of the most dangerous. He varied its pace, often setting batsmen up with a slower one and then poleaxing them when they were late on the quickie.
It took Roberts less than two and a half years to reach 100 Test wickets, the quickest at that point, and his best years were unquestionably in the middle 1970s, before the Packer revolution. Later he became jaded, and the edge went from his pace, although his experience and ability to move the ball kept him in Test cricket until 1983-84.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1975
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history