Roy Fredericks

Country: West Indies
Born: November 11, 1942, Blairmont, East Bank, Berbice, British Guiana
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Wrist spin
Playing role: Opening Batter
Died: September 05, 2000, New York, United States of America, (aged 57y 299d)

Roy Fredericks Bio

Roy Clifton Fredericks, a West Indian cricket player known for his aggressive batting and fearless approach against the best pace bowlers of his era, was born on November 11, 1942, in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana). Standing at a modest height of about 5ft 6in, Fredericks made up for his stature with his immense power and technique, earning him a reputation as one of the most effective openers in the history of West Indian cricket.

Fredericks made his debut for British Guiana in the 1963-64 season and quickly caught the attention of selectors with his solid technique and ability to counter attack. However, it wasn’t until the 1968-69 season, when he was called upon to replace the injured Clive Lloyd in the Boxing Day Test against Australia, that he truly announced himself on the international stage. In trying conditions, Fredericks displayed great resilience and concentration, scoring 76 and 47 in an otherwise lackluster batting performance from the West Indies.

From that point onward, Fredericks became a regular fixture in the West Indies team and formed a formidable opening partnership with Gordon Greenidge during the mid-1970s. With his cap tilted back, he had a distinctive stance and a unique batting approach, often rocking onto his left foot and unleashing powerful shots to all parts of the ground. He was particularly well-known for his exceptional skill in playing the hook shot, which earned him the reputation of being one of the best and most daring exponents of the shot in cricket history.

Fredericks’ most memorable and awe-inspiring performance came during the 1975-76 tour of Australia. In the second Test at Perth, facing the fearsome pace duo of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson on a lightning-fast pitch, he played a blistering innings that remains etched in the memory of cricket fans around the world. Despite the hostile bowling, Fredericks fearlessly cut and hooked his way to a hundred in just 71 balls, eventually scoring 169 in what turned out to be a match-winning innings.

Throughout his career, Fredericks played with both flair and determination. He scored eight Test centuries in his 109 innings, although his conversion rate was lower than expected for a player with an average above 40. However, his impact as an opener cannot be understated, as he played a crucial role in rebuilding the West Indian team during a period of decline in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

After retiring from international cricket in 1977, Fredericks continued to contribute to cricket in various roles. He became a coach, passing on his knowledge and technique to younger generations of players. Additionally, he ventured into politics, serving as a junior minister in Guyana’s government and being responsible for the youth and sports. His contributions to both cricket and his homeland were significant, and he remained a prominent figure in the sport even after his playing days were over.

Roy Fredericks, a pioneer of aggressive and fearless batting, will always be remembered for his remarkable innings and courageous approach to the game. His ability to take on the best bowlers of his time with confidence and skill solidified his place as one of the great West Indian cricket players.

Roy Fredericks Career Stats

Roy Fredericks Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 59 109 7 4334 169 42.49 - - 8 26 - 8 62 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 12 12 0 311 105 25.91 440 70.68 1 1 - - 4 0
FC 223 391 34 16384 250 45.89 - - 40 80 - - 177 0
List A 68 68 0 1644 119 24.17 - - 2 9 - - 33 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Roy Fredericks Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 59 43 1187 548 7 1/12 1/12 78.28 2.77 169.5 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 12 1 10 10 2 2/10 2/10 5 6 5 0 0 0
FC 223 - 5532 2846 75 4/36 - 37.94 3.08 73.7 - 0 0
List A 68 - 178 116 7 3/5 3/5 16.57 3.91 25.4 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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