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Devon Malcolm
Personal information
Full name Devon Eugene Malcolm
Born 22 February 1963 (1963-02-22) (age 58)
Kingston, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 539) 10 August 1989 v Australia
Last Test 23 August 1997 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 107) 25 May 1990 v New Zealand
Last ODI 16 February 1994 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1984–1997 Derbyshire
1998–2000 Northamptonshire
2001–2003 Leicestershire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 40 10 304 185
Runs scored 236 9 1,985 313
Batting average 6.05 3.00 7.84 5.21
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/2 0/0
Top score 29 4 51 42
Balls bowled 8,480 526 53,284 8,982
Wickets 128 16 1,054 249
Bowling average 37.09 25.25 30.33 27.61
5 wickets in innings 5 0 46 2
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 9 n/a
Best bowling 9/57 3/40 9/57 7/35
Catches/stumpings 7/– 1/– 45/– 21/–

Devon Eugene Malcolm (born 22 February 1963) is a former English cricketer. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Malcolm played in 40 Test matches for his adopted country, and took part in 30 One Day Internationals.

On his day he was the fastest bowler in world cricket, but his playing style was also notable for his poor catching, his powerful throwing arm, his perceived profligacy with the ball and his undoubted ineptitude with the bat, with his batting and fielding being described as of "court-jester standard".

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A graph showing Malcolm's Test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time.

His under-average ability as a batsman seemed however to add to his popularity, and he was often given a big cheer when he went out to bat, more often than not at number eleven, a position for which he was often in competition with Phil Tufnell. He hit some huge sixes for both England and Derbyshire and was a particular favourite of commentator Brian Johnston.

As the cricket writer, Colin Bateman, noted, "Malcolm, incredibly wholehearted with an easy charm off the field, became a national hero".

Domestic career

Malcolm was one of England's few genuinely fast bowlers of the 1990s. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he emigrated to Sheffield in 1979 and studied there at Richmond College.

He remained a highly effective bowler in county cricket, however, and in 1998 Malcolm moved to play for Northamptonshire. Two years later he moved again, this time to Leicestershire, for whom he played his final first-class match in 2003. In his final season Malcolm claimed over 60 wickets and achieved one 10-wicket haul. He passed 1,000 first-class wickets with Leicestershire.

International career

Malcolm's chance to play for England came when several members of the then current Test team announced their intention to take part in a rebel tour to South Africa during the 1989 Ashes series, thereby disqualifying themselves from selection for the rest of the series. He was lucky to make his first international appearance in the Fifth Test against an Australian cricket team already 3–0 up in the series, though his first day in international cricket ended wicketless, as did all his team-mates, for this was the occasion on which Mark Taylor and Geoff Marsh batted together unbeaten throughout the first day. On the second day of the match, Malcolm finally managed his first scalp at this level, and it was that of Steve Waugh for a duck – although it made little difference to the outcome, and Australia crushed England by an innings. Malcolm scored 14 runs in his two innings at the bottom of the order, including a four and a six, which perhaps raised false hopes as to his batting ability. He also scored his top Test score of 29 off only 18 balls in the 1994–1995 tour of Australia, which included three fours and two successive sixes off Shane Warne.

On the West Indies tour in 1989/90, Malcolm excelled as England won the First Test. He took ten wickets in the Second Test and, with nineteen scalps in four Tests, returned as England's leading wicket-taking bowler of the trip.

On 20 August 1994, playing for England against South Africa at The Oval, Malcolm was hit on the helmet by a bouncer while batting against Fanie de Villiers. He was incensed by this, exclaiming to the South African slip cordon the now famous words "You guys are history".

Malcolm's relationship with the then England team manager Ray Illingworth became strained and culminated in a row during the following series against South Africa in 1995–96. He was also reported to have had disagreements with England's then bowling coach, Peter Lever. Malcolm bowled poorly with the second new ball in the final Test, which allowed Dave Richardson and Paul Adams to make 73 for the last wicket.

Beyond cricket

Malcolm runs a company that sells cricket equipment to schools and clubs around the world.DEM Sports

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