Carlisle Best

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Carlisle Best
Personal information
Full nameCarlisle Alonza Best
Born (1959-05-14) 14 May 1959 (age 59)
Richmond Gap, Saint Michael, Barbados
BowlingRight-arm off break
Right-arm medium pace
Role Batsman
Relations Tino Best (great-nephew) [1]
International information
National side
Test debut21 February 1986 v  England
Last Test23 November 1990 v  Pakistan
ODI debut4 March 1986 v  England
Last ODI16 January 1992 v  India
Domestic team information
1979–1994 Barbados
1993–1994 Western Province
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Runs scored3424735,4391,942
Batting average 28.5024.8938.8529.87
Top score164100179137*
Balls bowled30191,642682
Wickets 002414
Bowling average 32.1640.78
5 wickets in innings 0000
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling0/20/43/292/22
Catches/stumpings 8/–5/–107/–21/–
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 Team sport played with bats and balls

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 the longest form of the sport of cricket; so called due to its long, grueling nature

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.

One Day International form of limited overs cricket; each team faces a fixed number of overs, usually 50

A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket, played between two teams with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, usually 50. The Cricket World Cup is played in this format, which is generally held every four years. One Day International matches are also called Limited Overs Internationals (LOI), although this generic term may also refer to Twenty20 International matches. They are major matches and considered the highest standard of List A, limited overs competition.


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.

The West Indies A cricket team is a cricket team representing a sporting confederation of the Caribbean countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago. The history of the West Indies cricket team began in the 1890s, when the first representative sides were selected to play visiting English sides. From the mid-1970s to the early 1990s the West Indies team was one of the strongest in the world in both Test and One Day International cricket. A number of cricketers considered among the best in the world have hailed from the West Indies; Gary Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Gordon Greenidge, George Headley, Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts and Everton Weekes, Sir Issac Vivian Alexander Richards.

Zimbabwe republic in southern Africa

Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare. A country of roughly 16 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used.

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.

Brian Lara West Indian cricketer

Brian Charles Lara, is a Trinidadian former international cricketer, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history. Lara also holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004. Lara also shares the test record of scoring the highest number of runs in a single over in a Test match, when he scored 28 runs off an over by Robin Peterson of South Africa in 2003.

Playing career

Early years

Best first came to attention when he scored more than 800 runs in the Barbados leagues in 1976, while still a schoolboy. [2] This secured selection for the West Indies youth championship, in which he scored a century for Barbados against Guyana. [2] In turn, he was then picked for a West Indies youth team tour of England in 1978. [2]

Test debut

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. [3] 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. [4] It was only the second time in the history of Test cricket that someone's first scoring shot in Test cricket was a six. [5] Best is still the only West Indian to achieve this feat. [6] [7] He went on to score 35. [3]

Barbados national cricket team sports team that represents Barbados

The Barbados national cricket team is the national cricket team of Barbados, organised by the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA). Barbados is a member of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), which is a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in its own right, and Barbadians play internationally for the West Indies cricket team.

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.

In the sport of cricket, a bouncer is a type of delivery, usually bowled by a fast bowler.

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." [4]

Introduction to ODIs

Best made his One Day International debut, also against England, in the series that followed the Test cricket: he made 10. [8] An opportunity to captain was granted in late 1986, when Best was appointed to lead a West Indies B team tour of Zimbabwe. [2] 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. [9] 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. [8]

Recall to the Test team

A recall to the full Test side was not to come until the 1990 home series, which, once again was against England. [4] [3] Best, now aged 30, made a century on his home ground in Barbados. [4] Wisden '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." [10] However, that score of 164, was, according to ESPNcricinfo, "his zenith". [11] He also made a century in Guyana in the corresponding one-day international series. [4] The century guaranteed his selection for the winter tour of Pakistan, but successive scores of 1, 8, 6 and 7, [3] [12] combined with splitting the webbing of his right hand, ended his Test career, [13] this time for good. [11] His replacement in the side was Brian Lara, who proved an immediate success. [13]


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. [8] 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. [14]

Personality, family and post-cricket career

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: [1]

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. [1] 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." [15]

Since retiring from cricket, Carlisle Best has worked in public relations for the Central Bank of Barbados. [1] [16] He also writes about cricket occasionally for Nationnews , [17] and also has been a radio presenter, co-presenting the Best and Mason radio show for the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation from 1995 to 2010. [18]

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of Carlisle Best
NoRunsMatchAgainstCity/CountryVenueStart dateResult
[1]1646Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Barbados.svg Bridgetown, Barbados Kensington Oval 5 April 1990Won

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Carlisle Best
[1]10015Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Guyana.svg Georgetown, Guyana Bourda 7 March 1990Won

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S NoOpponentVenueDateMatch PerformanceResult
1 England Bourda, Georgetown 7 March 1990100 (119 balls, 12x4, 1x6)WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies won by 6 wickets. [19]

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