Former Windies great Clyde Walcott passes away

Published: Sunday, August 27, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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runs at an average of 56.68 including 15 centuries.

The Barbadian held the post of team manager when West Indies won the World Cup in 1975 and 1979 and became president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the 1990s.

''Clyde had a powerful physique and his batting was based on power and strength,'' said Weekes, the sole survivor of the 'three Ws'.Worrell died in 1967.

''He hit the ball harder than any of us,'' Weekes told the BBC. ''Whenever I batted with him, I enjoyed it and we had some great times together on and off the field.'' OCCASIONAL WICKETKEEPER Walcott first made the headlines as a 20-year-old when he shared an unbroken 574-run fourth wicket partnership with schoolmate and future captain Worrell for Barbados against Trinidad.

A well-built batsman who drove and cut powerfully, Walcott also bowled fast-medium and was an occasional wicketkeeper.

The highlight of Walcott's career was the 1954-55 home series against Australia when he amassed a then West Indies record aggregate of 827 runs, including five hundreds, although the five-match contest ended in a 3-0 defeat.

Walcott is the only batsman to hit five centuries in a test series. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1958.

Lance Gibbs, the most successful spin bowler in West Indies history with 309 test wickets, said: ''He (Clyde) has been one of our greatest ambassadors.

''Clyde has always been a dominant individual as far as West Indies cricket is concerned. He will be a great loss indeed.''

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