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Marlon Samuels

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:10 IST
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 Date of Birth: 5 January, 1981, Kingston, Jamaica
 Test Debut: Against Australia at Adelaide in 2000
 ODI Debut: Against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in 2000
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right Arm Offbreak

A classy right-hander whose composed start to his Test career prompted comparisons with Viv Richards. When Samuels flew into Australia for the third Test of the 2000-01 series, he was only 19 and had yet to represent his native Jamaica in a first-class match.

But he showed a beautifully balanced technique, standing completely still at the crease and moving smoothly into his strokes off either foot. His undistinguished offspin also claimed a couple of wickets.

Samuels exudes a bull-headed confidence - he used to skip his schoolwork on the basis that exams were irrelevant to future Test cricketers. That confidence/arrogance almost got him sent home from India late in 2002, after he defied a team curfew - but he was kept on, and responded with his a disciplined maiden Test century, at Kolkata. But he struggled with both form and injury, and was dropped after two poor home Tests against Sri Lanka in 2003.