Carl Hooper

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Carl Hooper
Personal information
Full name Carl Llewellyn Hooper
Born (1966-12-15) 15 December 1966 (age 51)
Georgetown, Guyana
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm off break
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 190) 11 December 1987 v India
Last Test 3 November 2002 v India
ODI debut (cap 50) 18 March 1987 v New Zealand
Last ODI 4 March 2003 v Kenya
ODI shirt no. 4
Domestic team information
Years Team
1984–2003 Guyana
1983–1987 Demerara
1992–1998 Kent
2003–2004 Lancashire
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 102 227 339 457
Runs scored 5,762 5,761 23,034 13,357
Batting average 36.46 35.34 47.68 40.11
100s/50s 13/27 7/29 69/104 15/85
Top score 233 113* 236* 145
Balls bowled 13,794 9,573 46,464 19,718
Wickets 114 193 555 396
Bowling average 49.42 36.05 35.30 34.37
5 wickets in innings 4 0 18 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/26 4/34 7/93 5/41
Catches/stumpings 115/– 120/– 375/– 242/–
Source: Cricinfo, 29 December 2008

Carl Llewellyn Hooper (born 15 December 1966) is a former West Indian cricket player and a former captain of Tests and ODIs. He was a right-handed batsman and off-spin bowler, who came to prominence in the late 1980s in a side that included such players as Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh and represented the West Indies over a 15-year international career.

International career

Rise in ranks

His highest innings score of 233 was made during a Test match against India in 2002 at Bourda, Guyana.[1] He has made 5,762 runs in his Test cricket career. Hooper represented Guyana at local first-class level, and played English county cricket for Kent and Lancashire. In 2003, Hooper became only the second player to have scored a century against all 18 county teams.[2]

Hooper holds the accolade of being the first cricketer in the world to have scored 5,000 runs, taken 100 wickets, held 100 catches and received 100 caps in both ODIs and Tests, a feat only matched since by Jacques Kallis.[3] In his autobiography, Steve Waugh writes that "quickness of feet and sweet yet brutally efficient stroke play were Hooper's trademarks."[4] He was routinely prematurely dismissed, however, after losses in concentration.

Shane Warne also thought very highly of Hooper's footwork and, in 2008, named him among the top 100 cricketers of his time, citing in particular his ability to disguise his dances down the track. Warne felt that determining when a batsman was going to give the charge was one of the most important things for a spinner, and that Hooper was the best at making it indeterminable. "During the 1995 series," he wrote, "this really nagged away at me, because I couldn't spot any of the usual clues even though I knew there had to be a sign that would give him away. On a number of occasions, I stopped at the point of delivery to see if he was giving anything away with his footwork. Most batsmen would be looking to get out of their ground at that point, whereas Hooper just stayed set. In the end, after watching him closely time after time, I managed to crack it. When he wanted to hit over the top, he just looked at me instead of tapping his crease as usual and looking down. Of course, my knowing what he was going to do did not always stop him from doing it."[5]

Playing style

Hooper was also a strong slip fielder, usually at second slip. He took numerous catches from the likes of Ambrose and Walsh. He is one of only three players to have scored centuries against 18 different English county sides.[6][7]

Late career

Hooper first announced his retirement three weeks before the 1999 Cricket World Cup but made a surprising comeback in 2001 and captained the West Indies team in 2003 Cricket World Cup. West Indies failed to progress to the second round after some miserable performances in the first round of tournament. Despite that, Hooper was retained in the side but this time, he pulled himself back and finally retired from the game as he wanted a youngster in the team instead of him.

Post-retirement

Hooper has lived in Adelaide since the late 1990s. He was named coach for the Woodville District Cricket Club in Adelaide, South Australia for the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons.

Hooper has been appointed as batting coach of the Sagicor High Performance Centre to groom the talent pool of young West Indian batsmen.[8] In February 2013, Hooper said that if fallen comrade Hansie Cronje's match-fixing demise proves then anyone can succumb to the temptation.[9] Hooper has been against the idea of the Indian Premier League. In October 2012, he said that the IPL is one of the biggest threats to cricket.[10]

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of Carl Hooper
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 101* 2  India India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 26 December 1987 Drawn
[2] 134 22  Pakistan Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 6 December 1990 Drawn
[3] 111 29  England England London, England Lord's 20 June 1991 Drawn
[4] 178* 39  Pakistan Antigua and Barbuda St. John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 1 March 1993 Drawn
[5] 127 52  England England London, England Kennington Oval 24 August 1995 Drawn
[6] 102 53  Australia Australia Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground 22 November 1996 Lost
[7] 129 58  India Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 6 March 1997 Drawn
[8] 106 67  Pakistan Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 6 December 1997 Lost
[9] 108* 73  Pakistan Antigua and Barbuda St. John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 21 March 1997 Won
[10] 149 86  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 19 July 2001 Won
[11] 233 93  India Guyana Georgetown, Guyana Bourda 11 April 2002 Drawn
[12] 115 95  India Barbados Bridgetown, Guyana Kensington Oval 2 May 2002 Won
[13] 136 96  India Antigua and Barbuda St. John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 10 May 2002 Drawn

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Carl Hooper
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 113* 16  India India Gwalior, India Captain Roop Singh Stadium 22 January 1988 Won
[2] 111 121  New Zealand India Guwahati, India Nehru Stadium 1 November 1994 Won
[3] 110* 146  Australia Australia Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground 5 January 1997 Won
[4] 105 157  South Africa Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 3 November 1997 Lost
[5] 100* 160  England United Arab Emirates Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 13 December 1997 Lost
[6] 108 172  South Africa South Africa East London, South Africa Buffalo Park 24 January 1999 Won
[7] 112* 205  Pakistan United Arab Emirates Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 17 February 2002 Won

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior 22 January 1988 113* (97 balls, 12x4, 2x6) ; 2-0-27-0  West Indies won by 73 runs.[11]
2 Pakistan Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad 24 November 1991 57 (64 balls, 5x4, 1x6) ; 8-0-44-1  West Indies won by 17 runs.[12]
3 Pakistan Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 12 December 1992 24 (38 balls, 1x4) ; 7.5-0-31-3  West Indies won by 4 runs.[13]
4 Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 10 January 1993 56 (65 balls, 5x4, 1x6) ; 9-0-43-1  West Indies won by 7 runs.[14]
5 Pakistan Bourda, Georgetown 3 April 1993 10-0-27-1 ; 69* (70 balls, 5x4, 1x6) Match tied.[15]
6 New Zealand Nehru Stadium, Guwahati 1 November 1994 111 (114 balls, 11x4) ; 10-1-28-1  West Indies won by 135 runs.[16]
7 India Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur 11 November 1994 10-1-35-1, 1 Ct. ; 84 (88 balls, 6x4, 2x6)  West Indies won by 5 runs.[17]
8 Australia Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 8 March 1995 84 (84 balls, 8x4, 1x6) ; 5-0-46-0  West Indies won by 6 runs.[18]
9 Australia Bourda, Georgetown 18 March 1995 10-0-36-3 ; 50 (54 balls, 6x4, 1x6)  West Indies won by 5 wickets.[19]
10 Pakistan Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 3 January 1997 10-0-38-0 ; 54* (84 balls, 2x4)  West Indies won by 6 wickets.[20]
11 Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 5 January 1997 7-0-52-0 ; 110* (109 balls, 10x4, 1x6)  West Indies won by 7 wickets.[21]
12 England Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 13 December 1997 100* (135 balls, 6x4) ; 8-1-22-1  England won by 4 wickets.[22]
13 England Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown 4 April 1998 10-2-30-1 ; 50 (73 balls, 2x4, 1x6)  West Indies won by 5 wickets.[23]
13 England Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown 4 April 1998 10-2-30-1 ; 50 (73 balls, 2x4, 1x6)  West Indies won by 5 wickets.[24]
14 South Africa New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 22 January 1999 66* (61 balls, 5x4, 1x6) ; DNB, 1 Ct.  South Africa won by 2 wickets.[25]
15 Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 17 February 2002 112* (127 balls, 8x4, 4x6) ; 8-1-22-1, 1 ct.  West Indies won by 110 runs.[26]

References

  1. ^ "1st Test: West Indies v India at Georgetown, Apr 11-15, 2002 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Uk.cricinfo.com. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Steven (2 October 2006). "The fastest hundreds, and a Case history". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  3. ^ Cricinfo - Records - Test Matches - most matches and Most catches - One-day Internationals, retrieved 29 July 2007
  4. ^ Waugh, Steve (2005). STEVE WAUGH: Out of my comfort zone - the autobiography. Victoria: Penguin Group (Australia). p. 346. ISBN 0-670-04198-X. 
  5. ^ Warne, Shane. "Shane Warne's Century: Ranatunga looked like he had swallowed a sheep." The Times, 27 September 2008.
  6. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2013-07-22. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport3/cwc2003/hi/team_pages/west_indies/player_profiles/default.stm
  8. ^ "Carl Hooper to groom young West Indian batsmen". Sports.in.msn.com. 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  9. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-02-17/top-stories/37143687_1_hansie-cronje-carl-hooper-ali-bacher
  10. ^ http://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/news/197650-ipl-is-one-of-biggest-threats-to-cricket-carl-hooper
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  12. ^ "1991-1992 Pakistan v West Indies - 3rd Match - Faisalabad (Lyallpur)". HowStat. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "1992-1993 Benson & Hedges World Series - 5th Match - Pakistan v West Indies - Adelaide". HowStat. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
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  20. ^ "1996-1997 Carlton & United Series - 6th Match - Pakistan v West Indies - Brisbane". HowStat. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  21. ^ "1996-1997 Carlton & United Series - 7th Match - Australia v West Indies - Brisbane". HowStat. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "1997-1998 Akai-Singer Champions Trophy - 3rd Match - England v West Indies - Sharjah". HowStat. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
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  26. ^ "2001-2002 Pakistan v West Indies - 3rd Match - Sharjah". HowStat. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 

External links

Carl Hooper at ESPNcricinfo

Preceded by
Jimmy Adams
West Indies Test cricket captains
2000/01–2002/03
Succeeded by
Ridley Jacobs
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