Johnson Charles

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Johnson Charles
Personal information
Full name Johnson Charles
Born (1989-01-14) 14 January 1989 (age 25)
Castries, Saint Lucia
Batting style Right handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Role Opening batsman (occasional wicket-keeper)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 164) 16 March 2012 v Australia
Last ODI 24 July 2013 v Pakistan
T20I debut (cap 48) 23 September 2011 v England
Last T20I 28 July 2013 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008 Saint Lucia
2010–11 West Indies A
2008–present Windward Islands
2013–present Antigua Hawksbills
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 23 18 21 40
Runs scored 764 402 677 1,056
Batting average 33.21 23.64 17.81 26.40
100s/50s 2/2 0/2 0/3 2/3
Top score 130 84 66 130
Balls bowled 0 84 0
Wickets 1
Bowling average 80.00
5 wickets in innings –/– –/– 0
10 wickets in match –/– –/– 0
Best bowling –/– –/– 1/27 –/–
Catches/stumpings 13/1 4/2 30/&ndash 27/2
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 28 July 2013

Johnson Charles (born 14 January 1989) is a St Lucian international cricketer who plays for the West Indies. As a wicketkeeper-batsman, Charles started his ODI career against Australia in March 2012.[1] His first T20I came against England in September 2011,[2] and he became just the second cricketer from the island of St Lucia to play for the West Indies (the first was Darren Sammy, who was captain in Charles' international debut).[3] Johnson was included in the West Indies' 15-man squad for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 held in September and October that year.[4]

Career[edit]

Charles played his first twenty20 match in January 2008, representing Saint Lucia in the Stanford Twenty20. Opening the batting with Keddy Lesporis, Charles managed scores of 2 and 21 from the only matches he played in the competition.[5] Later that year he debuted for the Windward Islands in the West Indies Board Cup, the regional one-day tournament. His performances weren’t sufficient to secure a place in the team’s one-day side, and in 2009 Charles played neither List A nor twenty20 cricket. However, he made his first-class debut in January that year and played eight matches for the Windward Islands in the Regional Four Day Competition. In 16 visits to the crease he accumulated 292 runs, including a single half-century, putting him seventh in the team’s list of leading run-scorers in that year’s competition.[6]

Charles did not represent the Windward Islands in the 2009/10 Regional Four Day Competition, but in 2010 he returned to the List A side for the West Indies Board Cup, and played his first twenty20 match for the team.[7][8][9] In the first match of the Caribbean T20, Charles opened the batting with Devon Smith and exploited several reprieves (Charles was dropped three times and nearly run out) to score his first half-century in the format.[10]

Having been selected in the West Indies squad for the 2012 Twenty20, Charles opened the bat with Chris Gayle in the third match (he batted after the fall of the first wicket in the West Indies opening match and in the second did not bat as the match was rained off). After building a century partnership with Gayle, Charles (who was described by ESPNCricinfo as having "little obvious pedigree as an opening batsman") went on to score 84 to help his team to victory against England. It was his highest score in first-class, List A, or even twenty20 cricket.[11] The following month Charles was dropped from the West Indies squad to face Bangladesh in a five-match ODI series.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia in West Indies ODI Series – 1st ODI". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "West Indies in England T20I Series – 1st T20I". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Charles eager to learn from Dessie Haynes". Windies cricket. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Darren Bravo returns for World T20". 22 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Twenty20 matches played by Johnson Charles". Cricket Archive. 
  6. ^ "Batting and fielding in Regional Four Day Competition 2008/09". Cricket Archive. 
  7. ^ "First-class matches played by Johnson Charles". Cricket Archive. 
  8. ^ "List A matches played by Johnson Charles". Cricket Archive. 
  9. ^ "Twenty20 matches played by Johnson Charles". Cricket Archive. 
  10. ^ "Gutsy Guyana make winning start". ESPNCricinfo. 23 July 2010. 
  11. ^ George Dobell (27 September 2012). "West Indies survive Morgan blast". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "West Indies retain Permaul, Powell for ODIs". ESPNCricinfo. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 

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