Sherwin Campbell

Sherwin Legay Campbell (born 1 November 1970) is a former Barbadiancricketer who played 52 Tests and 90 One Day Internationals for the West Indies, and also a former ODI captain for Windies.

West Indian cricketer

Sherwin Campbell
Personal information
Full name Sherwin Legay Campbell
Born (1970-11-01) 1 November 1970 (age 51)
Belleplaine, Barbados
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium pace
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 208) 3 February 1995 v New Zealand
Last Test 31 January 2002 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 70) 23 October 1994 v India
Last ODI 2 February 2001 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Years Team
1989–2005 Barbados
1996 Durham
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 52 90 177 175
Runs scored 2,882 2,283 10,873 4,411
Batting average 32.38 26.24 36.98 26.41
100s/50s 4/18 2/14 26/55 3/27
Top score 208 105 211* 105
Balls bowled 0 196 331 315
Wickets 8 2 9
Bowling average 21.25 88.00 30.11
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/30 1/30 4/30
Catches/stumpings 47/– 23/– 164/– 58/–
Source: CricketArchive, 21 October 2016

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Campbell played a total of 177 first class games between 1990–91 and 2004–05, scoring more than 10,000 first class runs with 26 centuries at an average of 37.

He earned the attention of the West Indies’ selectors during the 1993-94 Red Stripe Cup, amassing 400 runs in five games with three hundreds. He finished third among the averages that year (57.14) behind Brian Lara (79.44) and Richie Richardson (61.66).

He continued to play first class cricket for Barbados, and has not announced his retirement, although he was left out of the squad to play Guyana for the first match of the 2005–06Carib Beer Cup. He played cricket for Heywood Cricket Club in Heywood, near Rochdale, who have just won the CLL League and the Wood Cup.

He did not play any form of cricket since 2010.

Campbell began his Test career with innings of 51 and 88 on the 1995 tour of New Zealand though he struggled against Australia the following home season and was dropped in favor of Stuart Williams.

He established himself as an opener while touring England that summer, finishing second among run scorers with 454 runs in six Tests at 45.40. His 79 in the third Test at Edgbaston earned him the Man of the Match award while scores of 69 at Headingley, 93 at Lord’s and 89 at The Oval further cemented his place.

Campbell averaged 52.76 in his first 13 Tests and reached a peak of 13th in the ICC Test Batting Rankings in late 1996. He was the sixth fastest West Indian (and joint 24th overall) to reach 1000 Test runs, taking 20 innings, though his final 39 Tests saw him average 26.08.

Among his four Test centuries was a high score of 208 against New Zealand in the 1995–96 series on his home ground in Bridgetown. Batting for thirteen hours, he hit 30 fours and by the time he left the score was 458 for 8 – well ahead of New Zealand’s first innings total of 195. He also hit 29 not out in the second innings as the West Indies won by ten wickets.

His second Test century, a gritty fourth innings 113, came against an Australian attack including Glen McGrath and Shane Warne in Brisbane that year. Campbell batted nearly seven hours to bring West Indies within sight of a draw before falling in the third session of the final day.

He was the team’s leading run-scorer (248) during the ill-fated Pakistan tour of 1997, standing up to the new ball pair of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis as his teammates struggled to a 3-0 defeat.

He played a major role in the famous Bridgetown Test against Australia in 1999 with his first innings 105 helping West Indies recover from 98 for six to 329 all out in reply to Australia’s 490. They eventually won the Test by one wicket thanks to Brian Lara’s unbeaten 153 in the fourth innings.

After hitting 170 against New Zealand in the first Test at Hamilton in 1999–2000 he failed to hit a century in his next 33 innings, and only passed 50 five times – in a run yielding 701 runs at 21.24. 79 and 54 in the last Test of the 2000–01Frank Worrell Trophy against Australia could not prevent him being dropped after the tour.

After missing 10 Tests he earned a recall for the first Test against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2002. He made six and 20 and was dropped for the final time at age 32.

With 2856 runs, he finished his career as West Indies’ fifth most successful opening batsman behind Gordon Greenidge (7488), Desmond Haynes (7422) Roy Fredericks (4329) and Conrad Hunte (3245). He has since been overtaken by Chris Gayle (7028) and Kraigg Brathwaite (3475).

In ODIs, he claimed the Man of the Series award in the epic seven-match rubber against Australia in 1999. His 312 runs at 44.57 helped West Indies secure a memorable 3-3 result against the world’s top ranked team.

His two centuries in the format were both made against Zimbabwe in 2000.

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