RIP Sir Clyde Walcott

Sir Clyde Walcott, the brilliant former captain and strokemaker for the West Indies of the 1950’s has died. Walcott was one of the three W’s that included Everton Weekes and Sir Frank Worrell.

Walcott was so versatile that on the odd occasion he could stand in as wicketkeeper and could also steam in and bowl fast-medium medium pacers.

Clyde played for Barbados at the very young age of 16 and in one record partnership he added 574 with Frank Worrell.

His debut for the West Indies was made as a wicketkeeper in 1946-47.

One memorable series was when he smashed Australia to all parts of the ground with a series aggregate of 827 runs, followed up by 698 runs against England.

Clyde played 44 Tests and his record speaks for itself – 3798 runs at an average of 56.68.

He went on to coach Barbados and even had a stint with the International Cricket Council in a role to stamp out match-fixing.

RIP Sir Clyde Walcott you were the heart and soul of West Indies Cricket.

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