List of West Indies cricketers who have taken five-wicket hauls on Test debut

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Darren Sammy at the Prime Ministers XI cricket match in Canberra in 2010.
Darren Sammy took a five-wicket haul on Test debut in 2007.[1]

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five-for" or "fifer")[2] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a significant achievement.[3] As of August 2017, 148 cricketers have taken a five-wicket haul on their debut in a Test match,[4] with nine of them being taken by West Indian players.[5] They have taken a five-wicket haul on debut against five different opponents: four times against England, twice against India, and once against Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka each.[6] Of the nine occasions, the West Indies won the match four times, and drew once.[7][8] The players have taken five-wicket hauls at three different venues, two in the West Indies and one overseas.[9] The most common venue for a West Indies player to achieve the feat is Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, where it has occurred five times.[9] All three hauls which occurred overseas took place at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.[9][10]

Hines Johnson was the first West Indian player to take a five-wicket haul on his Test debut, taking five wickets for 41 runs against England in 1948.[11][12] Alf Valentine, Darren Sammy and Franklyn Rose took eight, seven and six wickets respectively, while six others have taken five wickets on their debut.[5] Valentine took eight wickets for 104 runs, the best bowling figures by a West Indian bowler on debut, against England in 1950, at Old Trafford, Manchester.[13] He accumulated 11 wickets for 204 runs in the match.[14] Johnson and Valentine are the only West Indians to have taken ten wickets in a match on debut; Johnson is one of only nine bowlers to take two five-wicket hauls on debut.[15][16] Amongst the bowlers, Johnson is the most economical, with 1.17 runs per over,[17] and Sammy has the best strike rate.[18][note 1] As of 2017, the most recent bowler to achieve the feat was Sammy, taking seven wickets for 66 runs in his debut Test, against England in 2007.[1][5]

Key

Key
Symbol Meaning
Bowler The bowler who took the five-wicket haul
double-dagger 10 wickets or more taken in the match
MoM The bowler was selected as man of the match
Date Starting date of the Test match
Ground The Test cricket ground where the match was played
Against The team the bowler was playing against
Inn The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled in the innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
Batsmen The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Result The result for the West Indies team in that match

Five-wicket hauls

Five-wicket hauls on Test debut by West Indian bowlers
No. Bowler Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Johnson, HinesHines Johnson double-dagger 27 March 1948 Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica  England 1 34.5 41 5 1.17 Won[12]
3 31.0 55 5 1.77
2 Valentine, AlfAlf Valentine double-dagger 8 June 1950 Old Trafford, Manchester, England  England 1 50.0 104 8 2.08 Lost[14]
3 Taylor, JaswickJaswick Taylor 26 March 1958 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad  Pakistan 2 36.5 109 5 2.95 Lost[20]
4 King, LesterLester King 13 April 1962 Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica  India 2 19.0 46 5 2.42 Won[21]
5 Shepherd, JohnJohn Shepherd 12 June 1969 Old Trafford, Manchester, England  England 1 58.5 104 5 1.76 Lost[22]
6 Rose, FranklynFranklyn Rose MoM 6 March 1997 Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica  India 2 33.0 100 6 3.03 Drawn[23]
7 Perry, NehemiahNehemiah Perry 13 March 1999 Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Australia 3 26.0 70 5 2.69 Won[24]
8 Edwards, FidelFidel Edwards 27 June 2003 Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Sri Lanka 1 15.4 36 5 2.29 Won[25]
9 Sammy, DarrenDarren Sammy 7 June 2007 Old Trafford, Manchester, England  England 3 21.3 66 7 3.06 Lost[1]

See also

References

Notes
  1. ^ In cricket, a bowler's strike rate is the average number of deliveries bowled for each wicket.[19]
Specific
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  2. ^ "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. Edinburgh: The Scotsman Publications. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2017. ... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ... 
  3. ^ Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Overall figures". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Overall figures (West Indies)". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / By opposition team". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Matches won". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Match drawn". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Each ground". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Ground averages". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / By year of match start". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "4th Test: West Indies v England at Kingston, 27 March–1 April1948". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Best bowling in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "1st Test: England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 8–12, 1950". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Ten or more wickets in a match". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Five wickets in both innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Best economy rate". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Best bowling strike rate". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  19. ^ Williamson, Martin (17 April 2007). "An explanation of cricket – A glossary of cricket terms". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "5th Test: West Indies v Pakistan at Port of Spain, 26–31 March 1958". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  21. ^ "5th Test: West Indies v India at Kingston, Apr 13–18, 1962". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  22. ^ "1st Test: England v West Indies at Manchester, 12–17 June 1969". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  23. ^ "1st Test: West Indies v India at Kingston, 6–10 March 1997". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  24. ^ "2nd Test: West Indies v Australia at Kingston, 13–16 March 1999". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  25. ^ "2nd Test: West Indies v Sri Lanka at Kingston, 27–29 June 2003". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
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