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Ridley Jacobs

Now in his mid-thirties, Jacobs may seem like a veteran of the squad, but his international career has only blossomed in recent years.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2003 23:59 IST
PTI

 Date of Birth: 26 November 1967, Swetes Village, Antigua
 Test Debut: Against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1998/99
 ODI Debut: Against New Zealand at Kingston in 1995/96
 Bats: Left Hand Bat
 Other: Wicket-Keeper
 

Now in his mid-thirties, Jacobs may seem like a veteran of the squad, but his international career has only blossomed in recent years, giving the West Indies some much-needed substance in the lower batting order.

The Antiguan had been a success in domestic cricket for the Leeward Islands but had to wait until he was 29 for a first international cap.

And the wicketkeeper did not immediately shine, taking just one catch and scoring 13 runs in three innings in his first appearances.

Two years later he returned to the fold for several one-day matches where his keeping was much sharper and he went on to launch his Test career.

His gutsy play enabled him to open the batting in the 1999 World Cup, where he exploited the fielding restrictions, reaching 50 twice and once winning a man of the match award.

Although the vice-captain has yet to score more than 80 in the one-day arena, Jacobs became the first West Indian to score a Test century against South Africa with a career-best 118 last summer.

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First Published: Jan 24, 2003 21:23 IST