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Runako Morton
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Runako Morton

West Indies|Batter
Runako Morton

INTL CAREER: 2002 - 2010

Full Name

Runako Shakur Morton

Born

July 22, 1978, Nevis

Died

March 04, 2012, Chase Village, Trinidad, (aged 33y 226d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium, Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Batter

TEAMS

A batsman who played 15 Tests and 56 ODIs for West Indies, Runako Morton died in a car crash when just 33. His international career with West Indies spanned eight years, but he unable to win a regular place in the side, largely because of the controversies he was embroiled in.

His run-ins with authority started early, when he was expelled from the West Indian Academy in July 2001, for a series of regulation breaches. He refused to be bowed, however, and continued to accumulate runs for Leeward Islands in the Busta Cup. In February 2002, he was called into an injury-plagued West Indian squad as a replacement for Marlon Samuels, and was tipped to become one of the few Test cricketers from tiny island of Nevis.

But he threw away his opportunity when he pulled out of the ICC Champions Trophy in September 2002, after lying about the death of his grandmother. His career slipped further down the pan when he was arrested (though released without charge) in January 2004, following a stabbing incident, but in May 2005, he was given a third chance at redemption when he was recalled to the one-day squad to face South Africa although he didn't get a game.

He got his chance later that month against Pakistan at home, and was then picked for the 2005-06 tour to New Zealand, where he proved his worth with a fighting century - his maiden one-day hundred - in a losing cause. He followed it up with another ton, in the away series against Zimbabwe, but soon made it into the record books for his painstaking 31-ball duck in the final of the DLF Cup against Australia in Malaysia. It was the slowest ODI duck, beating Phil Simmons's earlier record that had consumed 23 balls.

It certainly got his eye in, however, as Morton made an unbeaten 90 in his next meeting with the Australians, in the Champions Trophy. From that moment on, however, his form fell away, and he was omitted from the West Indian squad for the subsequent World Cup. His in-and-out career continued with a recall for the 2007 England trip and he made runs against Zimbabwe later that year but his form never remained consistent.

He had another crack at Test cricket in 2008 and continued to be given chances n the one-day set up up until early 2010. There were flashes of what he could achieve, such as an unbeaten 85 against India, but not enough to earn a sustained run.

Andrew Miller and ESPNcricinfo staff

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test1527157370*22.03119248.0704797200
ODI565161519110*33.75228966.3621012315200
T20I771964016.0010393.20008220
FC951598598023139.6014371050
List A12011317364212637.93524480
T20121211754015.9018793.580011330
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test15566500---4.54-000
ODI561620---2.00-000
T20I7------------
FC9547329083/1736.253.6759.1000
List A12021025482/352/3531.757.2526.20000
T20121640---4.00-000
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Photos


The West Indies team hand over a cheque to Runako Morton's widow
A minute's silence for Runako Morton
Runako Morton punches the air after steering West Indies home
Runako Morton and Shivnarine Chanderpaul head back to the pavilion after taking West Indies through
Chris Gayle and Runako Morton added 101 for the opening wicket
Runako Morton square drives