David Murray (cricketer)

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David Murray
Personal information
Full name David Anthony Murray
Born (1950-05-29) 29 May 1950 (age 66)
Bridgetown, Barbados
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Leg break
Role Wicket-keeper
Relations Everton Weekes (father)
Ricky Hoyte (son)
International information
National side
Test debut 31 March 1978 v Australia
Last Test 2 January 1982 v Australia
ODI debut 7 September 1973 v England
Last ODI 5 December 1981 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1970–1982 Barbados
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 19 10 114 50
Runs scored 601 45 4,503 627
Batting average 21.46 9.00 30.84 24.11
100s/50s 0/3 0/0 7/19 0/4
Top score 84 35 206* 78
Balls bowled 0 0 12 8
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 0/1 0/13
Catches/stumpings 57/5 16/0 293/30 68/3
Source: Cricket Archive, 17 October 2010

David Anthony Murray (born 29 May 1950, Murray's Gap, Bridgetown, Barbados) is a former West Indian cricketer who played in nineteen Tests and ten ODIs from 1973 to 1982.

Murray, a son of the great West Indian batsman Everton Weekes often courted controversy. Dependent on marijuana from a young age, he was almost thrown out of the 1975–76 tour to Australia, only saved by the intervention of the sympathetic senior player Lance Gibbs. His drug habit was reportedly fuelled by a tour of India where he found drugs easily available: "A waiter at the team hotel started the whole thing. There was a market there, near the Gateway of India, where you used to get anything, good African marijuana, everything... it's a great place."[1] By 1978 he had moved on to cocaine.[1]

Though he was probably a finer wicketkeeper, Murray spent most of his international career as understudy to his Trinidadian namesake Deryck Murray, and was usurped in 1981 by Jeff Dujon of Jamaica. Frustrated at his lack of opportunities, he threw in his lot with the West Indian rebel tours to South Africa and received a life ban in 1983.

Murray now lives in poverty at his childhood home in Bridgetown.[1]

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