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Post by jahid789 on Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:32 am

Joel Garner



The Deadly Four
Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft and Joel Garner, Trinidad, February 1981


Full name Joel Garner
Born December 16, 1952, Enterprise, Christ Church, Barbados
Current age 56 years 33 days
Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Somerset, South Australia
Nickname Big Bird
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Height 6 ft 8 in


Joel Garner (born 16 December 1952 in Christ Church, Barbados) also known as "Big Joel" or "Big Bird", is a former West Indian cricketer, and a member of the highly regarded late 1970s and early '80s West Indies cricket teams.

He was a 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) fast bowler capable of ripping through the heart of opposing batting line-ups. In conjunction with fellow fast bowlers Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Colin Croft and later Malcolm Marshall, the West Indies reached unprecedented heights in the Test and one-day cricket arenas, not losing a Test series in 15 years. He is one of the tallest bowlers ever to play Test cricket.

In Test cricket he played 58 Tests between 1977 and 1987 and took 259 wickets at an average of barely above 20, making him statistically one of the most effective bowlers of all time.

However, it was in the limited overs cricket that Garner put his height to use with devastating effect. In 98 matches he took 146 wickets. He had the ability to unleash a devastating yorker, as well as the ability to generate more bounce. He is one of only two players with more than 100 ODI wickets to average under 20, while his economy rate of just over 3 runs per over, and average of less than 20 runs per wicket are also the best ever for any bowler who took more than 100 wickets. His 5 for 39 in the 1979 Cricket World Cup final against England remains the best ever performance by a bowler in a final; it included a spell of 5 wickets for 4 runs, and he was on a hat-trick twice.

Joel played for Barbados in the West Indies, for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield and more famously alongside Viv Richards and Ian Botham for Somerset in the English County Championship. He was at Somerset in the most successful time in the county's history.

His height is almost the same as that of his successor Curtly Ambrose, hence the same "Big" prefix.



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