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Malcolm Marshall
Personal information
Full name Malcolm Denzil Marshall
Born (1958-04-18)18 April 1958
Bridgetown, Barbados
Died 4 November 1999(1999-11-04) (aged 41)
Bridgetown, Barbados
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side West Indies
Test debut (cap 172) 15 December 1978 v India
Last Test 8 August 1991 v England
ODI debut (cap 33) 28 May 1980 v England
Last ODI 8 March 1992 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1977–1991 Barbados
1979–1993 Hampshire
1992–1996 Natal
1995 Scotland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 81 136 408 440
Runs scored 1,810 955 11,004 3,795
Batting average 18.85 14.92 24.83 16.86
100s/50s 0/10 0/2 7/54 0/8
Top score 92 66 120* 77
Balls bowled 17,584 7,175 74,645 22,332
Wickets 376 157 1,651 521
Bowling average 20.94 26.96 19.10 23.71
5 wickets in innings 22 0 85 4
10 wickets in match 4 0 13 0
Best bowling 7/22 4/18 8/71 5/13
Catches/stumpings 25/– 15/– 145/– 68/–

Malcolm Denzil Marshall (18 April 1958 – 4 November 1999) was a Barbadian cricketer. Primarily a fast bowler, Marshall is widely regarded as the greatest and most accomplished fast bowler of the modern era in Test cricket. He is often acknowledged as the greatest West Indian fast bowler of all time, and certainly one of the most complete fast bowlers the cricketing world ever saw. His Test bowling average of 20.94 is the best of anyone who has taken 200 or more wickets. He achieved his bowling success despite being, by the standards of other fast bowlers of his time, a short man – he stood at 180 cm (5 ft 11 in), while most of the great quicks have been well above 182 cm (6 ft 0 in) and many great West Indian fast bowlers, such as Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, were 197 cm (6 ft 6 in) or above. He generated fearsome pace from his bowling action, with a dangerous bouncer. Marshall was also a very dangerous lower middle-order batsman with ten Test fifties and seven first-class centuries.

In 2009, Marshall was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. To mark 150 years of the Cricketers' Almanack, Wisden named him in an all-time Test World XI.

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