Cricket: West Indies legend Sir Everton Weekes dies aged 95

Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has died at the age of 95. Weekes had suffered a heart attack in 2019 and had been unwell since then.

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Weekes along with Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell formed the Barbados-born trio, ‘the three Ws’ that dominated world cricket in the post-war era. Weekes, who was considered the best batsman among the three, played 48 Tests for the West Indies.

Weekes, who scored 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61 in 48 Tests, is the only man to make centuries in five consecutive Test innings.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon. A legend, our hero,” said Cricket West Indies (CWI).

“Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world.”

Weekes has the 10th highest average in Test history, among those to have played at least 20 innings.

He, Walcott and Worrell were part of the first West Indies side to win a Test in England in 1950.

Weekes was the third oldest surviving men’s Test cricketer, after South African John Watkins and England’s Don Smith, both of whom are 97.

The Barbadian, who made his Test debut against England in 1948, retired in 1958 and received a knighthood in 1995.

He was taken into intensive care in hospital in June 2019 after suffering a heart attack.

CWI president Ricky Skerritt said: “A most amazing pioneer in West Indies cricket. A tremendous gentleman and a wonderful human being. He was literally a founding father of our cricket.”

West Indies Players’ Association said: “We salute a great West Indies icon; Sir Everton made an invaluable contribution to the sport, his country and the region.

“We were blessed to have him among us, may his soul rest in peace.”

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