A useful fast-medium right-arm seamer and middle-order batsman, Justin Kemp was predicted by many to have a guaranteed international career ahead of him.india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 17:56 IST
A useful fast-medium right-arm seamer and middle-order batsman, Justin Kemp was predicted by many to have a guaranteed international career ahead of him.
He made his debut in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in 2000-01, taking 5 for 54 in the match and winning selection for the subsequent tour of the Caribbean. A fortnight later, on his way to 188 in a domestic match, he smacked five sixes off one over, and the final ball fell two yards short of the man on the deep square-leg boundary.
But in the West Indies he disappointed on the field and got in hot water when he admitted smoking marijuana. He played eight fairly ordinary ODIs the following season when his star was on the wane and he remained out of the reckoning until England came to visit in 2004-05. Filling the Lance Klusener role to perfection, he lumped 80 from 50 balls in the series clincher in East London, and has been indispensable ever since.
First Published: Nov 11, 2005 16:31 IST