Wes Hall

Country: West Indies
Born: September 12, 1937, Glebe Land, Station Hill, St Michael, Barbados
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Wes Hall Bio

Wesley Winfield Hall, widely known as Wes Hall, was a legendary cricket player hailing from the West Indies. Born on September 12, 1937, in Glebe Land, Barbados, Hall went on to become one of the most formidable fast bowlers of his era.

At 6 feet 2 inches tall, Hall’s muscular physique combined with a classical action made him a fearsome sight for batsmen worldwide. He initially started his cricket career as a wicketkeeper-batsman but fate intervened when the regular opener for his club side failed to show up one day. This turn of events led Hall to take the new ball, where he impressed everyone with his exceptional skill and accuracy.

In 1957, Hall was selected to tour England, despite having only one first-class game under his belt. Unfortunately, he struggled with form and various technical issues with his run-up, resulting in an unimpressive performance. However, Hall’s fate changed when he was called up to tour India and Pakistan in 1958-59. During this tour, he showcased his immense talent by taking an astounding 46 wickets in just eight Tests, establishing himself as a regular member of the West Indies team.

One of Hall’s most memorable performances came during the Tied Test at Brisbane in 1961. With only six runs needed for victory and three wickets remaining, Hall bowled the last over. Despite taking one wicket and attempting to prevent the required runs, a crucial catch was dropped, and two run-outs occurred, resulting in a historic tie. Hall’s nine wickets for 203 runs in the match further solidified his reputation as a remarkable player.

Hall’s dominance continued when West Indies faced India in 1961-62, where he displayed his skills by grabbing 27 wickets at an impressive average of 15.74. In 1963, alongside his partner Charlie Griffith, he played a pivotal role in defeating England. At Lord’s, Hall bowled tirelessly for three and a half hours, taking 4 for 93 and breaking Colin Cowdrey’s arm. This remarkable performance led to another thrilling victory for the West Indies.

In the 1964-65 series against Australia, Hall’s 16 wickets played a crucial role in guiding the West Indies to their first-ever series win against the formidable Australian team. However, by the time he toured England in 1966, signs of Hall’s cricketing prowess declining started to emerge.

Hall ultimately retired from international cricket alongside his partner Griffith at the end of the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1968-69. Despite retiring, his impact on the game continued. Hall enjoyed prolific domestic careers, representing Queensland for two seasons and Barbados for 15 seasons, with occasional appearances for Trinidad in his twilight years.

After retiring from the game, Hall pursued a career as an ordained minister and also served as the Minister of Tourism and Sport in the Barbados government. Furthermore, he managed West Indies touring sides and took over as the president of the West Indies cricket board in 2001.

Wes Hall’s exceptional skills, fierce determination, and immense popularity both on and off the field have solidified his place as one of cricket’s true legends. His legacy continues to inspire countless aspiring cricketers around the world.

Wes Hall Career Stats

Wes Hall Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 48 66 14 818 50* 15.73 - - 0 2 - 6 11 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 170 215 38 2674 102* 15.1 - - 1 6 - - 58 0
List A 2 1 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 0 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Wes Hall Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 48 92 10421 5066 192 7/69 11/126 26.38 2.91 54.2 11 9 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 170 - 28095 14273 546 7/51 - 26.14 3.04 51.4 - 19 2
List A 2 - 108 71 3 2/53 2/53 23.66 3.94 36 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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