Thatscricket - News - Walsh~~s hour of glory, the 500th victim

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Port of Spain: Courtney Walsh took his 500th Test wicket as the West Indies staged a dramatic turnaround on the third day of the second Test against South Africa at the Queens Park Oval here on Monday.Walsh, playing in his 129th test match which is also a record for a specialist bowler, took two wickets in three balls to become the first man to take 500 Test wickets - at an overall average of 24.67 runs - and plunge South Africa into trouble.Gary Kirsten was caught behind for 22, attempting a cut, and two balls later Jacques Kallis became Walsh's 500th victim when he was lbw to a ball which cut back at him.Walsh, who made his debut back in 1982 against Australia, ran down the pitch with his arms raised in triumph and was engulfed by his teammates.It was yet another record for a player whose achievements owe as much to stamina as they do to natural ability. Copyright AFP 2001

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