Full name Lawrence George Rowe
Born January 8, 1949, Whitfield Town, Kingston, Jamaica
Current age 67 years 205 days
Major teams West Indies, Derbyshire, Jamaica
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||West Indies v New Zealand at Kingston, Feb 16-21, 1972 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Feb 29-Mar 5, 1980 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v West Indies at Adelaide, Dec 20, 1975 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch, Feb 6, 1980 scorecard|
|First-class span||1968/69 - 1981/82|
|List A span||1974 - 1983/84|
This was a West Indian batsman for the West Indies. More than that, Lawrence Rowe was a hometown boy: at Sabina Park, four Tests brought him three centuries, including a unique double and single hundred on debut, and an average of 113.40. In the rest of the Caribbean he averaged 43, and less than 30 abroad. He was an enigmatic, elegant, composed right-hander, opening or high in the order. He thrived on sunshine, and the back-foot shots that were the staple on hard pitches and less comfortable on slower seaming surfaces. His hooking and pulling was instinctive and deadly. But his career was punctuated by problems with his eyesight, a variety of injuries and, perversely, an allergy to grass. If Lawrence sneezed, they said, put the opposition in.
He might not have been one of the supreme batsmen, but he did manage one of the great innings. Against England at Bridgetown in 1974 he made 302 out of 596 for 8, in a little over ten hours of unruffled technical excellence.
One after another, the hosts' batsmen attempted questionable flicks and drives in their second innings, disregarding the drift and dip the offspinner was generating
The likes of Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins could narrow the gap between the two sides in Jamaica, on what looks set to be a green pitch
Stats highlights from the fourth day's play in Antigua where Ashwin's maiden five-wicket haul outside Asia bowled India to an innings victory
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"
Dav Whatmore talks about how things went downhill fast during his curtailed stint as Zimbabwe's coach
Shorter matches spell good news for spectators and broadcasters. Cricket has a little to lose and a whole lot to gain by truncating its premier format
A crushing victory over Pakistan gave England plenty to be pleased about but familiar concerns remain over the make-up of the side
Sri Lanka's lead spinner must feel like a bus driver in charge of a spluttering vehicle as the hosts strive to challenge a strong Australian side