|Full name||Carlisle Alonza Best|
|Born||14 May 1959|
Richmond Gap, Saint Michael, Barbados
|Bowling||Right-arm off break |
Right-arm medium pace
|Relations||Tino Best (great-nephew)|
|Test debut||21 February 1986 v England|
|Last Test||23 November 1990 v Pakistan|
|ODI debut||4 March 1986 v England|
|Last ODI||16 January 1992 v India|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricket Archive, 19 October 2010
Carlisle Alonza Best (born 14 May 1959) is a Barbadian former cricketer who played eight Tests and 24 One Day Internationals for the West Indies. He represented the West Indies at the 1987 World Cup.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.
Test cricket is the longest form of the sport of cricket and is considered its highest standard. Test matches are played between national representative teams with "Test status", as determined and conferred by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The two teams of 11 players each play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days. It is generally considered the most complete examination of teams' playing ability and endurance. The name Test stems from the long, gruelling match being both mentally and physically testing.
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A right-handed batsman, Best hit his first scoring shot on his Test debut for six runs. This was only the second time in the history of Test cricket that this feat had been achieved. Over his career, Best made one century in each international format (both coming against England), and also captained West Indies B on a tour of Zimbabwe.
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Best was known for his unusual habit of commentating on himself while batting. Following his replacement in the West Indies side by Brian Lara, and other perceived slights to Barbados, local fans boycotted a Test match, costing their cricket board an estimated £100,000. Best now works for a bank and in the media.
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Best first came to attention when he scored more than 800 runs in the Barbados leagues in 1976, while still a schoolboy.This secured selection for the West Indies youth championship, in which he scored a century for Barbados against Guyana. In turn, he was then picked for a West Indies youth team tour of England in 1978.
Following strong performances for the full Barbados team, Best was called into the West Indies team and made his Test cricket debut at Kingston, Jamaica, in 1986 against England.After ducking and being hit by the first two balls he received, both bouncers from Ian Botham, Best hooked his third ball for six runs; it was his first scoring shot. It was only the second time in the history of Test cricket that someone's first scoring shot in Test cricket was a six. Best is still the only West Indian to achieve this feat. He went on to score 35.
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The England national cricket team toured the West Indies from February to April 1986 and played a five-match Test series against the West Indies cricket team which the West Indies won 5–0. England were captained by David Gower; the West Indies by Viv Richards. In addition, the teams played a four-match One Day International (ODI) series which the West Indies won 3–1.
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Following a series of low scores, Best was dropped after just three Tests. He felt aggrieved: "I was the most disappointed and hurt man in the world, he said. We were 3–0 up, no pressure was on us and I was unceremoniously discarded. I never had a chance to develop."
Best made his One Day International debut, also against England, in the series that followed the Test cricket: he made 10.An opportunity to captain was granted in late 1986, when Best was appointed to lead a West Indies B team tour of Zimbabwe. He was selected for the West Indies squad for the [one-day] 1987 Cricket World Cup and made the team for two of West Indies' six matches, scoring 23 runs at an average of 11.5, with a high score of 18. He cemented his place in the one-day side in late 1989, playing 15 matches in just over a year, the highlight of which statistically was an innings of exactly 100, made off 119 balls against England.
A recall to the full Test side was not to come until the 1990 home series, which, once again was against England. 's match report said that the first day of the Test "was a day belonging to Best, a local hero, delighting in the first century of a hitherto frustrating Test career." However, that score of 164, was, according to ESPNcricinfo, "his zenith". He also made a century in Guyana in the corresponding one-day international series. The century guaranteed his selection for the winter tour of Pakistan, but successive scores of 1, 8, 6 and 7, combined with splitting the webbing of his right hand, ended his Test career, this time for good. His replacement in the side was Brian Lara, who proved an immediate success.Best, now aged 30, made a century on his home ground in Barbados. Wisden
Best did go on to represent West Indies in a few more one-day matches, with four innings played in a 'World Series' triangular tournament in Australia in 1991–92; he failed to exceed 30 in any of the innings, played against the hosts and India.He remained popular in Barbados: grievances leading to a boycott of the Barbados Test in a series in 1991–92 included Best's non-selection, as well as perceived slights to other locals Anderson Cummins, Malcolm Marshall and Desmond Haynes. Only a few hundred spectators attended each of the five days of the match, which cost the host cricket board an estimated £100,000.
While batting, Best was known for an unusual habit: commentating audibly on his own performance, referring to himself in the third person. David Boon recalled:
It was as if someone had brought a radio to the middle. He'd be facing up ... and he'd be chattering away like: "And Best faces up to Alderman, who's at the top of his mark. He's one of the world's best swing bowlers ... he comes in with his fluent and powerful run-up, he lets it go ... and Best lets it go outside off stump. You should have hit that for four, Carlisle Best".
... Best would aggravate bowlers with commentary such as: "And Best rocks back and pulls it for four. Craig McDermott must surely know by now, you can't be bowling there to Carlisle Best" ... it was just comical.
Best's great-nephew is fellow West Indian cricketer Tino Best. The relationship is often reported on as uncle/nephew, due to the proximity of their ages.Tino Best describes him in glowing terms: "The most important person of all ... My first hero, my rock, my demi-god ... and my father. For me he is the greatest cricketer who ever lived ... and the best talker."
Since retiring from cricket, Carlisle Best has worked in public relations for the Central Bank of Barbados.He also writes about cricket occasionally for Nationnews , and also has been a radio presenter, co-presenting the Best and Mason radio show for the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation from 1995 to 2010.
|Test centuries of Carlisle Best|
|||164||6||Kensington Oval||5 April 1990||Won|
|One Day International centuries of Carlisle Best|
|||100||15||Bourda||7 March 1990||Won|
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||England||Bourda, Georgetown||7 March 1990||100 (119 balls, 12x4, 1x6)|
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