Devon Malcolm - England - Test Profile 1989-97

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Date: 21 June 1997

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      Right Arm Fast, Right Hand Bat
      Friday, 22 February 1963
      Kingston, Jamaica
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Devon MALCOLM - England - Test Profile 1989-97

Devon Malcolm, the Jamaican-born fast bowler who made his name in Derbyshire cricket, will always be

remembered for his "You guys are history" taunt to the South Africans at the Oval in 1994, before he swept

their batting away with some fearsome bowling which brought him 9-57. Malcolm's cricket was often too

flamboyant for England's conservative cricket administration, who were often too fearful of his occasional


lapses of line and length to regularly unleash his match-winning abilities. England fans loved him - they knew

that underneath his erratic six-hitting batting, his awful eyesight that mixed fielding howlers with brilliant run outs;

lay an enormous talent that could have won many more matches. He had an unfortunate start to his Test career

at Trent Bridge in 1989, when Taylor and Marsh batted through the first day and he ended with figures of 1-166.

It could have been different. Only an umpire's foible was between that and him having Marsh lbw for 0. England's

early success on a 1989-90 tour of the West Indies began with his unexpected run out of Greenidge from the boundary


and he was a successful spearhead, taking 4-77 to set up England's win in the first Test, then 4-60 and 6-77 in Trinidad.

He had 5-94 against New Zealand at Lord's in 1990 and took six wickets at Sydney in the Ashes series that followed.

A knee injury kept him out for most of a 1993-94 West Indies tour and in Australia in 1994-95 he mixed superb bowling

with illness and appalling luck. He revived England's tour with his batting, scoring 29 in a hitting contest with Darren Gough

in Sydney, then taking seven important wickets in an England win at Adelaide. His visit to South Africa in 1995-96

deteriorated along with his relations with the England management. He returned to the England side for one last fling

against Australia in 1997. (Bob Harragan)