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Full name Shane Shillingford


Born February 22, 1983, Dominica


Major teams West Indies, Dominica, Northern Windward Islands, West Indies A, Windward Islands


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Shane Shillingford

Shane Shillingford appeared on the domestic scene in 2000/01, but despite an impressive first-class record, he struggled to break into the Test side. After several years of toil, he finally came into his own during the A team's matches against England at home, and in Bangladesh in 2010. Having overcome the problems posed by a suspect action, he finally earned his maiden Test call the same year, for the first home Test against South Africa.


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Full name Kemar Andre Jamal Roach


Born June 30, 1988, St. Lucy, Barbados


Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Deccan Chargers, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI, West Indies Under-19s


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast

Kemar Andre Jamal Roach

A right-arm fast bowler, Kemar Roach was part of the Barbados and West Indies Under-19 teams before being called-up to West Indies' third Test squad against Australia in his hometown. He was originally slated to play in the Lancashire league in England at around the same time as a professional but was ineligible as he had only played four first-class games, one short of the required number. To his good fortune, it left a window open for Test selection. He made his international debut in the ODI tri-series in Canada the same year and was also named in the touring party to New Zealand. He was unexpectedly called up to the Test squad against Bangladesh in 2009 after the senior team boycotted the St Vincent Test over a contract dispute. He was one of the leading bowlers in that series and bagged a six-wicket haul with a hostile spell in Grenada. He was the leading wicket-taker across both sides in the one-dayers which followed. He won admirers in Australia for his hostile pace and in one Test, forced Ricky Ponting to retire hurt. He was one of the top draws in the third IPL auction and was bought by Deccan Chargers for $720000.


Roach first played for Barbados in the 2006-07 KFC Cup before his first-class debut the following season. He impressed in his second match with a match-haul of 5 for 73 against Guyana.


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Full name Brendan Paul Nash


Born December 14, 1977, Attadale, Western Australia


Major teams West Indies, Jamaica, Queensland, West Indies A


Nickname Bubba


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Left-arm medium


Height 1.73 m

Brendan Paul Nash

Brendan Nash stamped himself as a first-class player with 157 against South Australia and 96 in the Pura Cup final win over Tasmania in 2001-02, and he followed up the next season with 176 against New South Wales before a form slump disrupted his progress. He fought back to earn Bulls' contract status and was a regular performer without nailing a permanent place. A left-handed batsman, a stunning fielder (he was a Test substitute against West Indies at the Gabba in 2005) and a useful left-arm medium-pacer, he played five Pura Cup games in 2005-06 and picked up the third century of his career with 107 at the WACA. Small at 173cm, Nash follows in the sporting trail of his father, who was a swimmer for Jamaica at Olympic and Commonwealth Games level from 1966 to 1970. After being used only three times in 2006-07, he was not offered a contract and decided to try his luck in Jamaica. He had a strong first campaign, which finished with him scoring a match-winning century in the Carib Challenge final, and after barely 12 months in the Caribbean he was called into the West Indies squad for the ODI tri-series in Canada. A Test promotion also came quickly and he made 23 on debut in the rain-ruined match in Dunedin before a satisfying double of 74 and 65 in Napier. During the Tests against England in the Caribbean Nash provided a buffer between the powerhouses of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan and a previously fallible lower order. His sensible batting earned him 239 runs, including a maiden Test century.


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Full name Darren Michael Bravo


Born February 6, 1989, Trinidad


Major teams West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago Under-19s, West Indies A, West Indies Under-19s


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast


Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper


Relation Half-brother - DJ Bravo

Darren Michael Bravo

Darren Bravo is a left-hand middle-order batsman who made his first-class and List A debut for Trinidad and Tobago in 2007. His older half-brother Dwayne has cemented his place in the West Indies national side. Darren climbed up the ranks of junior-level cricket in Trinidad to break into the West Indies Under-19 team for the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. After good performances for Trinidad and Tobago in the domestic four-day competition in 2008-09, Darren was included in the West Indies ODI team against India in June 2009. He scored a quick 19 on debut and another brisk 21 in his only other innings in the series.


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Full name Carlton Seymour Baugh


Born June 23, 1982, Kingston, Jamaica


Major teams West Indies, Jamaica, West Indies B, West Indies Under-19s


Playing role Wicketkeeper


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak googly


Fielding position Wicketkeeper


Relation Father - C Baugh

Carlton Seymour Baugh

Even though Carlton Baugh was not a regular behind the stumps for Jamaica, his tidy wicketkeeping and explosive lower-order batting earned him a spot in the West Indies squad for the first Test of 2002-03 series against Australia. After impressive displays for the West Indies B Team, Baugh really grabbed the selectors' attention with a quickfire hundred against domestic champions Barbados. And just to prove it was no fluke, a few weeks later he smashed another hundred - this time against Australia for a Guyana Board XI - carting Stuart MacGill for 16 in one over. After being dropped in 2004 he made an ODI comeback in 2006, although his poor batting form led to his axing after the Champions Trophy. Despite a disappointing 2007-08 domestic season, Baugh impressed with a century against the touring Australians and was again reinstated to the ODI side for the tri-series in Canada. He was later picked in the Test squad for the tour of New Zealand.


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Full name Devon Sheldon Smith


Born October 21, 1981, Hermitage, Sauters, St Patrick, Grenada


Major teams West Indies, Southern Windward Islands, West Indies A, West Indies Under-19s, Windward Islands


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Devon Sheldon Smith


A belligerent left-handed opening batsman from Grenada, Devon Smith was drafted into the West Indies squad ahead of the Test series against India in March 2002, after making 750 runs for Windward Islands in the Busta Cup, though he made his debut 13 months later against a far tougher opponent. In his first Test, against Australia, Smith scored a blazing 62 in a losing cause, but failed to score in the next Test. A good eye compensates for his lack of footwork and throughout the series he showed promise, but it wasn't enough, and he was dropped to smooth off the rough edges. In 2004, he was selected to open against England, and he immediately pulled his team out of a hole with a stroke-filled century. But just as he began to settle into a groove, a freak net injury left him with a fractured thumb, and he missed the next two Tests. He was axed after another failure in the Test series against Australia in 2005-06 and spent two years in the wilderness. He returned to play in the one-dayers against India in 2006-07 and was picked for the World Cup squad where his form was solid rather than spectacular. He failed to move out of first gear against England in 2007, and he followed with a horror tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa that was only saved by his ODI career-best 91 in Johannesburg.


He was dropped again in 2009, but came back to prominence during the 2011 World Cup during which he opened in the absence of an injured Adrian Barath. Smith scored his maiden one-day hundred in West Indies' group match against Ireland and got two more half-centuries in the tournament.


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Full name Nelon Troy Pascal


Born April 25, 1987, St. David's, Grenada


Major teams West Indies, Grenada, West Indies Under-19s


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast

Nelon Troy Pascal

Nelon Pascal caught the national selectors' eye in his second first-class season for Windward Islands. He hit the headlines in his debut match for Windwards, jolting the Barbados top order with 4 for 70. He then spent the 2008 summer playing league cricket in Durham. The selectors were impressed with his pace and shortly after the 2008-09 season - during which he took 25 wickets - he found a place in the Test squad for the tour of England and the home series against Bangladesh. He couldn't find a place in a starting XI in the Tests, however, and played just one ODI against Bangladesh. But consistent returns in domestic cricket kept him in the mix, and in June 2010 he made his Test debut in the rain-affected match against South Africa at Port of Spain


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Full name Sulieman Jamaal Benn


Born July 22, 1981, Haynesville, St James, Barbados


Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Stanford Superstars, West Indies B


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox


Height 6 ft 7 in

Sulieman Jamaal Benn

There aren't many players who can look down at Chris Gayle, but at 6'7" Sulieman Benn towers over his captain and makes the likes of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash look like schoolboys. Built like a fast bowler, and with the fiery attitude of one, Benn is also no stranger to on-field controversies. In 2007, he was involved in an ugly incident with batsman Robin Parris during a club game at Queen's Park Oval, and in 2009 was involved in a heated on-field argument with Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson in the third Test at Perth. There were yet more charges to be added to his sheet, as Benn was dismissed from the field by his own captain during South Africa's one-day whitewashing of West Indies in 2010 after apparently refusing to bowl over the wicket, and in the Test series which followed was involved in several colourful exchanges with Dale Steyn.


But between the controversies came consistent performances which made clear his passion, determination and skill as a bowler and Benn has also cemented a spot as West Indies' most reliable spinner in years. His height gives him a curious aspect akin to a windmill when he delivers, but it also makes facing him on a dry track a daunting prospect. He has been economical without being spectacular for West Indies in one-day cricket, but registered remarkable figures of 4 for 6 in a Twenty20 against Zimbabwe in early 2010 - a match that, however, West Indies went on to lose. He picked up eight wickets in the first Test against England at Sabina Park in February 2009 to help set up what was ultimately a Test series win - although his efforts were forgotten amid Jerome Taylor's destruction of England's top order. His first five-wicket haul came in the drawn Test against Australia at Adelaide in December 2009, and he picked up career-best figures of 6 for 81 in the Third Test against South Africa in June 2010.


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Full name Shivnarine Chanderpaul


Born August 16, 1974, Unity Village, East Coast, Demerara, Guyana


Major teams West Indies, Durham, Guyana, Lancashire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Stanford Superstars


Playing role Batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak



Shivnarine Chanderpaul

The possessor of the crabbiest technique in world cricket, Shivnarine Chanderpaul proves there is life beyond the coaching handbook. He never seems to play in the V, or off the front foot, but uses soft hands, canny deflections, and a whiplash pull-shot to maintain a Test average over 40. In cricket terms, Chanderpaul has had two main problems: first, a low conversion rate of around one hundred to every ten fifties, and secondly, his physical frailty, widely thought to be hypochondria. That myth was exploded when a large piece of floating bone was removed from his foot late in 2000, and, suitably liberated, he set about rectifying his hundreds problem, scoring three in four Tests against India in 2001-02, and two more in the home series against Australia the following year, including 104 as West Indies successfully chased a world-record 418 for victory in the final Test in Antigua.


A good run in South Africa in 2003-04 preceded a tough one with England - only his second lean trot in a decade of international cricket. But like in the good ol' days, he rediscovered form on the tour to England, and though his batting did not change the team's fortunes, it lessened the margins of defeat greatly. However, in the Champions Trophy that followed, he contributed to the victory greatly with a consistent performance.


The following year he was appointed West Indian captain during an acrimonious contracts dispute, and celebrated with a double-century in front of his home fans in Guyana, although he was too passive in the field to prevent South Africa taking the series. Displaying a rare streak of violence, he once managed to shoot a policeman in the hand in his native Guyana, mistaking him for a mugger. In April 2006 he resigned as captain citing a need to focus on his batting. Having not made even a fifty in West Indies' last two Test series, his 301 runs in four games against India at home was a welcome relief. It was tough to predict his approach - in Antigua, with his side fighting for a draw, he made a glorious fifty; in St Kitts, with his side pushing for a win, he bizarrely turned defensive - but he remained the glue that held the batting together.


Nothing changed in the 2006-07 season where he looted 744 runs at 57.23 with six fifties and two consecutive hundreds - an unbeaten 149 against India being the highlight, in the ODIs. Like a limpet, he single handedly defied England's bowlers in 2007 with 446 runs in three Tests and was snapped up by Durham for the remainder of the season. 

Malcolm Marshall Biography

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Full name Malcolm Denzil Marshall


Born April 18, 1958, Bridgetown, Barbados


Died November 4, 1999, Bridgetown, Barbados (aged 41 years 200 days)


Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Hampshire, Natal


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast



Malcolm Denzil Marshall

Malcolm Marshall slithered to the crease on the angle, pitter-pat feet twinkling as if in dancing shoes. It was reminiscent of a sidewinder on the attack. Purists occasionally criticised his action as too open, but it had method: he maintained mastery of orthodox outswing and inswing from a neutral position without telegraphing his intent. He was lithe, with a wickedly fast arm that elevated him to express status. Only in inches was he lacking - but he even turned that to his advantage with a bouncer as malicious as they come, skidding on to the batsman. Later in his career, he developed a devastating legcutter which he used on dusty pitches. Allied to a massive cricket intelligence, stamina and courage, Marshall had all the toys and he knew how and when to play with them. His strike rate of 46.22 was phenomenal, his average of 20.95 equally so. He may well have been the finest fast bowler of them all.


He reserved his best figures for England. In 1984, he broke his left thumb while fielding early in the match, but first of all batted one-handed, hitting a boundary and allowing Larry Gomes to complete a century, and then, with his left hand encased in plaster, he shrugged off the pain to take 7 for 53. Four years later, on an Old Trafford wicket prepared specifically for spinners, he adjusted his sights, pitched the ball up, and swung and cut it to such devastating effect that he took 7 for 22. Let that be a lesson, he seemed to be saying, and indeed it was. The whole cricket world mourned his tragically early death, from cancer, at 41.