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Sherwin Campbell

Sherwin Legay Campbell (born 1 November 1970) is a former Barbadian cricketer who played 52 Tests and 90 One Day Internationals for the West Indies, and also a former ODI captain for Windies.

Domestic career

Campbell played a total of 177 first class games between 1990–91 and 2004–05, scoring more than 10,000 first class runs with 26 centuries at an average of 37.

He earned the attention of the West Indies’ selectors during the 1993-94 Red Stripe Cup, amassing 400 runs in five games with three hundreds. He finished third among the averages (57.14) that year behind Brian Lara (79.44) and Richie Richardson (61.66).

He continued to play first class cricket for Barbados, and has not announced his retirement, although he was left out of the squad to play Guyana for the first match of the 2005–06 Carib Beer Cup. He played cricket for Heywood Cricket Club in Heywood, near Rochdale, who have just won the CLL League and the Wood Cup.

He did not play any form of cricket since 2010.

International Career

Campbell began his Test career with innings of 51 and 88 on the 1995 tour of New Zealand though he struggled against Australia the following home season and was dropped in favor of Stuart Williams.

He established himself as West Indies’ first choice opener on the tour of England that summer, finishing second among run scorers with 454 runs at 45.40 in six Tests. His 79 in the third Test at Edgbaston earned him the Man of the Match award while scores of 93 at Lord’s and 89 at the Oval further cemented his place.

Campbell averaged 52.76 in his first 13 Tests and rose to a career high of 13th in the ICC Test Batting Rankings in late 1996. He was the sixth fastest West Indian (and joint 24th overall) to reach 1000 Test runs, taking 20 innings, though his final 39 matches saw him average 26.08.

Among his four Test centuries was his high score of 208 against New Zealand in the first Test of the 1995–96 series, played at his home ground in Bridgetown. Batting for thirteen hours, he hit 30 fours and by the time he left the score was 458 for 8 – well ahead of New Zealand's first innings total of 195. He also hit 29 not out in the second innings as the West Indies won by ten wickets.

In 1997, he was West Indies’ leading run-scorer during the ill-fated three-Test tour of Pakistan. His 248 runs included three half centuries.

He played a major role in the famous Bridgetown Test against Australia in 1999, scoring a first innings 105 to help West Indies recover from 98 for six to 329 all out in reply to Australia’s 490. They eventually won the Test by one wicket thanks to unbeaten 153 in the fourth innings.

After hitting 170 against New Zealand in the first Test at Hamilton in 1999–2000 he failed to hit a century in his next 33 innings, and only passed 50 five times – in a run yielding 701 runs at 21.24. 79 and 54 in the last Test of the Frank Worrell Trophy against Australia could not prevent him being dropped after the tour.

After missing 10 Tests he returned for the first Test against Pakistan in Sharjah. He made six and 20, and did not return to international cricket again.

With 2856 runs at the top of the order, he finished his career as West Indies’ fifth most successful opening batsman behind Gordon Greenidge (7488), Desmond Haynes (7422) Roy Fredericks (4329) and Conrad Hunte (3245). He has since been overtaken by Chris Gayle (7028) and Kraigg Brathwaite (3475).

In ODIs, he claimed the Man of the Series award in the drawn seven-match rubber against Australia in 1999. His 312 runs at 44.57 helped West Indies secure a 3-3 result against the world’s top ranked team.

His two centuries in the format were both made against Zimbabwe in 2000.

County Cricket

Campbell was signed by Durham for the 1996 County season following his success on the England tour the year before. Though he did not match his previous form, he was the team’s leading first class scorer with 1019 runs in 15 matches at 37.74 including one hundred and seven fifties.


28 September 2019