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Marlon Samuels

A stylish right-hander, Samuels has been hailed by many as the future of cricket in the Caribbean.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2005 02:06 PM IST
 Date of Birth: 5 January 1981, Kingston, Jamaica
 Test Debut: Against Australia at Adelaide in 2000/01
 ODI Debut: Against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in 2000/01
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right Arm Off Break
 

A stylish right-hander, Samuels has been hailed by many as the future of cricket in the Caribbean.

He was still a teenager in 2000 when he was called in as a replacement for the injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul, against a rampant Australian attack in Adelaide.

In the following Test he hit an unbeaten 60 and was one of the few bright spots in a woeful tour for the Caribbean side.

His Test debut might have come before he had played a first-class game for Jamaica, but Samuels had already shined in youth and one-day cricket.

Samuels completed his maiden Test century late last year, an innings of 104 against India in Kolkata.

And he followed it with a lightning ton in the one-day series decider, 108 coming off 75 balls in an innings captain Carl Hooper describes as one of the greatest he had ever seen.

Doubts over a knee injury hampered a World Cup campaign in which he played a single match, although Samuels himself claimed to be fully fit.

But he will doubtless have a major role to play if West Indies are to compete with Australia this time around.

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