Roger Harper

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Roger Harper
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Personal information
Full name Roger Andrew Harper
Born (1963-03-17) 17 March 1963 (age 51)
Georgetown, Guyana
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Relations Mark Harper (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut 10 December 1983 v India
Last Test 8 December 1993 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut 13 October 1983 v India
Last ODI 13 April 1996 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1979–1990 Demerara
1979–1997 Guyana
1985–1987 Northamptonshire
1989–1996 Bacup CC
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 25 105 200 214
Runs scored 535 855 7,480 2,650
Batting average 18.44 16.13 34.00 21.90
100s/50s 0/3 0/0 10/36 0/6
Top score 74 45* 234 69*
Balls bowled 3,615 5,175 37,826 10,403
Wickets 46 100 567 210
Bowling average 28.06 34.31 25.97 30.79
5 wickets in innings 1 0 28 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 3 0
Best bowling 6/57 4/40 6/24 5/37
Catches/stumpings 36/– 55/– 262/– 120/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 18 October 2010

Roger Andrew Harper (b. 17 March 1963, Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana) is a former West Indies cricketer turned coach, who played both Test and ODI cricket for the West Indies. His international career lasted 13 years, from 1983 to 1996, and he was later described as a "fabulous" fielder.[1]

His Test bowling average of 28.06 is superior to that of Lance Gibbs, giving him the leading average among all West Indian spinners with at least 25 Test wickets. One of his most notable performances was against South Africa in the Quarter Finals of the 1996 Cricket World Cup when he took 4/47 to allow the West Indies to seize control of the match.

Harper was an all-rounder who batted right-handed and bowled off breaks with his right arm; as a player, he recorded 535 runs and 46 wickets in his 25 Tests, and he played 200 first class matches. After his playing career, he became coach, taking over the West Indies team between 2000 and 2003, and then as team manager of the West Indies youth team in 2005. However, he was approached by the Cricket Kenya in late December 2005 with an offer of taking over the Kenyan national team after interim coach Mudassar Nazar, and the appointment was made official in January 2006. Harper said it "was great to be back" coaching players "at a relatively high level"[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Player profile: Roger Harper from ESPNcricinfo
  2. ^ Harper Confirmed as Kenya Coach from CaribbeanCricket.com, published 10 January 2006
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alan Dawson
Nelson Cricket Club professional
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Keith Arthurton