Wayne Daniel


Wayne Wendell Daniel (born 16 January 1956) is a former cricketer, who played as a right arm fast bowler. Daniel featured for the West Indies, Middlesex, Barbados and Western Australia in his cricketing career. He was the first person to hit a six and take a wicket on the last ball of his test career. He was a part of the West Indian squad which finished as runners-up at the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

Wayne Daniel
Wayne Daniel at Lord's in 1982, in Middlesex CCC colours.
Personal information
Full name
Wayne Wendell Daniel
Born (1956-01-16) 16 January 1956 (age 68)
Saint Philip, Barbados
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 156)21 April 1976 v India
Last Test16 March 1984 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 24)22 February 1978 v Australia
Last ODI14 March 1984 v Australia
Domestic team information
1981/82Western Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 10 18 266 241
Runs scored 46 49 1,551 319
Batting average 6.57 49.00 11.48 6.13
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/2 0/0
Top score 11 16* 53* 34
Balls bowled 1,754 912 38,311 11,511
Wickets 36 23 867 362
Bowling average 25.27 25.86 22.47 18.16
5 wickets in innings 1 0 31 6
10 wickets in match 0 0 7 0
Best bowling 5/39 3/27 9/61 7/12
Catches/stumpings 4/– 5/– 63/– 36/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  West Indies
ICC Cricket World Cup
Runner-up 1983 England and Wales
Source: CricketArchive, 12 August 2012

Cricket career edit

Born in St Phillip, Barbados, Daniel picked up cricket at a young age. Evolving into a hostile and muscular fast bowler, Daniel first toured England with the West Indies schoolboys team in 1974 and Middlesex's Second XI in 1975. After such he made his first-class debut for Barbados in 1975/76. Daniel, in partnership with fellow fast bowlers Michael Holding and Andy Roberts, contributed greatly to the defeat of England in 1976.[1]

Nicknamed "Diamond" or "Black Diamond",[2] in 1977, Daniel accepted an offer to play in World Series Cricket, which kept him out of Test cricket for two years. Although Holding and Roberts resumed their Test careers after World Series Cricket, Daniel was less fortunate, as Malcolm Marshall, Colin Croft, Joel Garner and later Courtney Walsh came to the fore in his place. Daniel found himself left out of the national team and forced to carve out a successful first-class career with Middlesex between 1977 and 1988, gaining his county cap in 1977 and awarded a benefit in 1985.[2][3] He took 867 wickets at an average of just 22.47 with a best of 9 for 61 against Glamorgan in 1982.[4] He also took another 362 wickets at an average of 18.16 in 241 one day games, including a then English domestic one day bowling record of seven wickets for twelve runs, for Middlesex against Minor Counties East at Ipswich.[5] He helped Middlesex to win the County Championship outright in 1980, 1982 and 1985, and to share it with Kent in 1977, and to win the Gillette Cup in 1977 and 1980, the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1983 and 1986, and the 1984 NatWest Trophy.[3][6] Daniel also played for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield 1981–82 season and for his native Barbados between 1976 and 1985.

Style of play edit

Daniel's run up was idiosyncratic but he bowled with a strong action, bending his back and then following through halfway down the pitch to deliver 'heavy' balls which hit the batsman's splice or ribs. His long run up also meant that during John Player League matches, which limited bowlers' run-ups, Daniel ran on the spot for a while to simulate his full run-up.[7][2]

Later life edit

When his playing days came to a close, Daniel became involved in coaching along with cricket commentary.[8]

References edit

  1. ^ David Tossell (May 2012). Grovel!: The Story and Legacy of the Summer of 1976. Pitch Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-1-908051-92-9.
  2. ^ a b c Selvey, Mike (30 September 2014). "Wayne Daniel: the Middlesex menace who did not know how to bowl slow". theguardian.com. The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b "Wayne Daniel: 'The Diamond' Who Drove Middlesex To Success". Wisden. 22 April 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Glamorgan v Middlesex at Swansea, 9-12 June 1982". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  5. ^ "When Winston won it for Windies". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  6. ^ Stern, John (7 April 2016). "County Dynasties: Middlesex 1976-1985". wisden.com. Wisden.
  7. ^ Symons, p. 2.
  8. ^ "Wayne Daniel". Cricbuzz.
  • Sproat, I. (1988) The Cricketers' Who's Who 1988, Willow Books: London. ISBN 0 00 218285 8.
  • Symons, J. The Cricket Society News Bulletin, July 2016, The Cricket Society: London.

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