Andy Roberts (cricketer)

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Sir
Andy Roberts
KNH
Personal information
Full name Anderson Montgomery Everton Roberts
Born (1951-01-29) 29 January 1951 (age 63)
Urlings Village, Antigua
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 149) 6 March 1974 v England
Last Test 24 December 1983 v India
ODI debut (cap 15) 7 June 1975 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 7 December 1983 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1970–1984 Leeward Islands
1970–1981 Combined Islands
1973–1978 Hampshire
1976 New South Wales
1981–1984 Leicestershire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 47 56 228 195
Runs scored 762 231 3,516 1,091
Batting average 14.94 10.04 15.69 14.54
100s/50s 0/3 0/0 0/10 0/1
Top score 68 37* 89 59*
Balls bowled 11,135 3,123 42,760 9,841
Wickets 202 87 889 274
Bowling average 25.61 20.35 21.01 18.58
5 wickets in innings 11 1 47 2
10 wickets in match 2 0 7 0
Best bowling 7/54 5/22 8/47 5/13
Catches/stumpings 9/– 6/– 52/– 33/–
Source: CricketArchive, 12 January 2009

Sir Anderson Montgomery Everton "Andy" Roberts, KNH (born 29 January 1951) is a former Antiguan and West Indian cricketer. He was a fast bowler, twice taking seven wickets in an innings of a Test match. In England, he played first class cricket for Hampshire County Cricket Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

Andy Roberts formed part of the "quartet" of West Indian fast bowlers from the mid-Seventies to the early Eighties (the others being Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft) that had such a devastating effect on opposition batsmen at both Test and One Day International level. He was also part of the West Indies team that won the first two Prudential World Cups in England in 1975 and 1979.

By his own reckoning, the best spell Roberts ever delivered was during the Headingley Test of the West Indies' 1976 tour of England: "I only got three wickets, but in my mind there was a decision given against me. It was a leg-before decision against Peter Willey, where he played right back onto his stumps to a fuller delivery. I would've bowled England out that afternoon if the umpire had given me the decision."[1] Despite an excellent record in Tests his international career was relatively short and ended in 1983. Imran Khan (former captain Pakistan national cricket team) once described a ball bowled to him by Andy Roberts as the fastest and most terrifying he had ever faced.

One of his trademarks was the use of two different bouncers. One was delivered at a slower pace and was often dealt with quite easily by the batsman. However, this was a ploy by Roberts to lull the batsman into a false sense of security. Roberts would then deliver the second bouncer, pitching in a similar spot to the first, but delivered at far greater pace. The batsman would attempt to play this delivery in the same fashion as the first slower bouncer only to be surprised by the extra pace and bounce of the ball. Many batsmen were dismissed, and many more struck painful blows, by Roberts using this ploy.

Andy Roberts' contribution to West Indies cricket has continued since his retirement as a player. As an administrator overseeing the preparation of pitches, he helped prepare the pitches in Antigua on which Brian Lara twice broke the world record for highest Test scores.

Roberts was the first Antiguan to play Test cricket for the West Indies, thus leading the way for many of his famous countrymen including Viv Richards, Richie Richardson and Curtly Ambrose. In October 2005, Roberts was inducted into the United States Cricket Hall of Fame, becoming the second Antiguan to be recognised.

Roberts worked with Bangladesh's fast bowlers in 2001 and again in 2005,[2] and also helped coach India's seam bowling all-rounder Irfan Pathan in 2006.[3] Roberts joined the West Indies Cricket Board selection panel in July 2006.[4] In 2008 Roberts was one of 12 former West Indies cricketers who made up the 'Stanford Legends' who promoted the Stanford 20/20.[5]

Roberts was knighted on 28 February 2014.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nagraj Gollapudi (8 November 2008). "'Gavaskar was better than Boycott'". ESPN Cricinfo. 
  2. ^ "Bangladesh hire Andy Roberts". ESPN Cricinfo. 25 July 2005. 
  3. ^ Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (6 June 2006). "Roberts helps Pathan with action". ESPN Cricinfo. 
  4. ^ "Greenidge replaces Carew as convener of selectors". ESPN Cricinfo. 15 July 2006. 
  5. ^ "Stanford legends given the chop". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 December 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose & Andy Roberts knighted". BBC. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 

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