Sulieman Benn

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Sulieman Benn
Personal information
Full name Sulieman Jamaal Benn
Born (1981-07-22) 22 July 1981 (age 33)
Saint James, Barbados
Nickname Big Benn
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut 22 March 2008 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 1 December 2010 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut 10 April 2008 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 6 February 2011 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999–present Barbados
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 17 20 64 67
Runs scored 381 99 1,674 359
Batting average 15.87 9.00 20.16 12.82
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/7 0/0
Top score 42 31 79 39
Balls bowled 4,382 1020 14,639 3,222
Wickets 51 18 209 71
Bowling average 41.41 40.94 32.11 30.53
5 wickets in innings 3 0 8 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/81 4/38 6/81 5/18
Catches/stumpings 7/– 1/– 41/– 24/–
Source: CricketArchive, 25 February 2011

Sulieman Jamaal Benn (born 22 July 1981 in Saint James, Barbados) is a West Indian cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies and first-class cricket for Barbados.

Benn debuted in 1999/00, as a left-arm orthodox spin bowler. He is also a fairly useful left-handed batsman with a first-class average of over 20. Since his debut season, Benn has had to fight hard for a place in a Barbados team containing four West Indian international fast bowlers.[1]

International career[edit]

Following a series of strong performances in the 2007/08 Carib Beer Cup, Benn was called up to the West Indies Test squad. He beat off competition from Amit Jaggernauth for the spinner's spot and on 22 March 2008 he made his debut for the West Indies in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Providence Stadium, Guyana. He bowled quite well in Sri Lanka's first innings, bowling 40 overs at an economy of 3.00, but went unrewarded. In his first Test innings he scored 28 and helped contribute to some useful lower-order resistance after the West Indies top order had been dismissed cheaply. In Sri Lanka's second innings, he claimed his first Test wicket, Mahela Jayawardene (caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul), and finished with 3/59. He could only manage 7 with the bat in his second innings as the West Indies slid to defeat by 121 runs.

On 6 December 2009, on the third day of the 2nd test against Australia, Benn managed his first five-wicket haul with career best figures of 5/155 after bowling 53 overs for the innings.[2] In the third test between West Indies and Australia at the WACA, Benn came under scrutiny for a mid-pitch altercation with Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson after tangling with Johnson when attempting to field the ball and he was subsequently banned for two ODIs after being found guilty of breaching the spirit of the game.[3]

On 28 February 2010, in a Twenty20 international against Zimbabwe, Benn became the first bowler to bowl two maiden overs in a Twenty20 international against a nation with test status,[4] finishing with figures of four wickets for six runs.

2010 home series against South Africa[edit]

During the three-test series in June 2010 against South Africa, Benn took 15 wickets at an average of 30.6, and a strike rate of 29.3, and achieved his Test best bowling figures of 6/81 in South Africa's 1st innings in the Third Test. Despite Benn's efforts, his display was tarnished through a spitting incident with South African fast bowler Dale Steyn. Benn was reported to have provoked Steyn to spit on the feet of Benn after his dismissal when batting, and this resulted in a formal complaint to the ICC from Cricket South Africa, which was matched by a complaint from West Indies Cricket also, causing Steyn to lose his match fee.

Records and Statistics[edit]

Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/155 11  Australia Adelaide Oval Adelaide Australia 2009
2 5/120 13  South Africa Queen's Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago 2010
3 6/81 15  South Africa Kensington Oval Bridgetown Barbados 2010
4 5/93 20  New Zealand Kensington Oval Bridgetown Barbados 2014

Career best perfomances[edit]

as of 27 June 2014

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season BBI Fixture Venue Season
Tests 42 West Indies v South Africa Port of Spain 2010 6–81 West Indies v South Africa Bridgetown 2010
ODI 31 West Indies v England Birmingham 2009 4-18 West Indies v Bangladesh Dhaka 2011
T20I 13* West Indies v South Africa London (The Oval) 2009 4-6 West Indies v Zimbabwe Port of Spain 2010
FC 79 Barbados v Windward Islands St Andrews, Grenada 2009 6–43 Barbados v Leeward Islands Basseterre 2013
LA 39 Barbados v Guyana Albion 2009 5-18 Barbados v Rest of Leeward Islands Kingston 2002
T20 21 Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago Bridgetown 2011 4-6 West Indies v Zimbabwe Port of Spain 2010

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Sulieman Benn – hard work, patience and dedication pay off'". West Indies Players Association. Retrieved 22 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Benn takes giant strides on crucial occasion". Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Benn Banned, Haddin & Johnson Fined After Altercation". Cricket World. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Cricinfo records: Most Maidens in a Twenty20 innings

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