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Lester King
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Lester King

West Indies
Lester King

INTL CAREER: 1962 - 1968

Full Name

Lester Anthony King

Born

February 27, 1939, St Catherine, Jamaica

Died

July 09, 1998, Kingston, Jamaica, (aged 59y 132d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

TEAMS

Wisden obituary
Lester King, who died on July 9, 1998, aged 59, of a liver complaint, was one of West Indies' leading fast bowlers of the 1960s. Unfortunately for him, the presence of Hall, Griffith and the multi-talented Sobers confined him to just two Tests. But in 1961-62 he made perhaps the most sensational of all entries into international cricket, aged 23, after just two matches for his native Jamaica. He was called in to open the bowling with Wes Hall against India at Sabina Park, and took five wickets in his first four overs. That left India 26 for five, and he finished with five for 46. King took two more quick wickets in the second innings, and West Indies completed a 5-0 series win. But they played no more Tests until they visited England more than a year later, and by then King had been superseded by the more hostile Charlie Griffith. Though he took 47 first-class wickets at 27.31 on the tour, he was actually tenth in the tour bowling averages that remarkable year. King pulled out of the 1966 trip through injury and, though he went to India and Australasia subsequently, never got the chance to play an overseas Test. He was called back in to replace Griffith for the final Test against England at Georgetown in 1967-68, taking two further wickets, but his second chance was his last. King was nowhere near as fast as many modern West Indian bowlers, but he had command of swing and cut. He was a clean tail-end hitter, and his cheerful disposition kept him going through the various disappointments. He played a season for Bengal, and also for Rawtenstall in the Lancashire League.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test240412010.2500120
FC62871914048920.6406380
List A110888.000000
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test2447615495/467/6417.111.9452.80010
FC62974244631425/4631.4268.6030
List A1723533/253/2511.6624.00000
Lester King
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1961/62 - 1968/69
List A Matches
Span
1963 - 1963

Photos


West Indies players shelter from the rain
Lester King