West Windies players extended their condolences by paying tribute to Caribbean legend Sir Everton Weekes who passed away last night, aged 95. The players observed a minute’s silence and wore black armbands on the final day of their intra-squad warm-up match at Old Trafford.
The English players too were seen wearing black armbands on the second day of their internal match in Southampton. Flags were flown at half-mast at the ground in Manchester to commemorate the former legend, who was taken into intensive care in June 2019 after suffering a heart attack.
The Caribbean icon was the third oldest surviving men’s Test cricketer, after South Africa’s John Watkins and England’s Don Smith. He is also one of the famous ‘Three Ws’, alongside Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell.
The Barbadian, who made his Test debut against England in 1948, enjoyed an illustrious career with a batting average of 58.61 is the 10th highest of all batsmen to have played at least 20 Test innings.
The Bajan is also the only man in Test history to record five consecutive tons which he did in his first year of international cricket. That made the record in 1948, with an innings of 141 against Sir Gubby Allen’s England. followed by four deft knocks of 128, 194, 162 and 101 against India. He almost got a sixth consecutive century but was unlucky after being run out for 90 at Chennai.
He retired from all formats of the game in 1958 and was crowned with a knighthood in 1995. The Caribbean legend has also officiated as an ICC match referee in three Tests and four one-day internationals, all in 1994.
In the interim, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced cricket will go #RedforRuth on Saturday, July 25 which is the second day of the third Test to support the work of the Ruth-Strauss Foundation.