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Tino Best

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Tino Best
Personal information
Full name Tino la Bertram Best
Born 26 August 1981 (age 35)
Saint Michael, Barbados
Nickname Animal, Bobski[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
Relations Carlisle Best (uncle)[2]
International information
National side
West Indies (2003 2014)
Test debut (cap 251) 1 May 2003 v Australia
Last Test 19 December 2013 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 123) 15 May 2004 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 4 January 2014 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002 present Barbados
2010 Yorkshire
2013 2014 St Lucia Zouks
2016 present Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 25 26 121 68
Runs scored 401 76 1,593 195
Batting average 12.53 9.50 12.06 10.83
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/2 0/0
Top score 95 24 95 24
Balls bowled 3,716 1,300 15,609 2,902
Wickets 57 34 330 88
Bowling average 40.19 34.02 29.37 29.00
5 wickets in innings 2 0 13 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 6/40 4/35 7/33 5/24
Catches/stumpings 6/ 4/ 42/ 15/
Source: CricketArchive, 26 May 2016
Tino la Bertram Best (born 26 August 1981) is a West Indian cricketer. Standing
5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m), Tino Best is a fast and aggressive right-arm bowler. S
ince 2002, he has played domestic cricket for his native Barbados, with a season
at English club Yorkshire in 2010. Best made his Test debut in May 2003 and pla
yed his first One Day International a year later. A back strain incurred in May
2004 prevented Best from playing cricket until March the following year. In 2008
Best signed to play in the Indian Cricket League because he had not played inte
rnational cricket since 2006. He returned to the side when the West Indies field
ed a side weakened by contract disputes between leading players and the West Ind
ies Cricket Board but was dropped shortly after. On his return to the Test side
on 10 June 2012, he broke the record for highest score by a number 11 batsman, m
aking 95 against England at Edgbaston. The 143-run partnership with Denesh Ramdi
n in the same match was also notable; it is the third-highest Test stand with on
e wicket remaining.[3]
Contents [hide]
1 Early career
2 International breakthrough
3 International fringes
4 International performances
4.1 Test 5 wicket hauls
5 International Awards
5.1 Test Cricket
5.1.1 Man of the Match awards
6 References
7 External links
Early career[edit]
Tino Best made his debut in first-class cricket on 25 January 2002, playing for
Barbados against Guyana in the Busta Cup. He opened the bowling with Ian Bradsha
w and in the first innings took four wickets for 50 runs (4/50), and Barbados wo
n the match by 162 runs.[4] Best finished his debut season with 17 wickets from
5 matches at an average of 24.29 with a single five wicket haul.[5][6]
International breakthrough[edit]
At the time of his Test call up for the Test series against Australia, Best was
Barbados' leading wicket-taker in the Carib Beer Cup for the 2002/03 season with
39 dismissals. Though Best was originally drafted in as cover for fast bowler J
ermaine Lawson who had chicken pox,[7] when Best made his debut in the third Tes
t he opened the bowling with Lawson. The West Indies lost and Best bowled twenty
overs without taking a wicket.[8]
After an ineffective first Test, Best was overlooked for the West Indies' overse
as tours and drifted out of contention with the emergence of fellow fast bowlers
Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor. Back at domestic level, he fell out of favour
and struggled to be selected for Barbados' Red Stripe Bowl side.[9] While he was
infrequently chosen for the one-day team, he improved on his previous season's
wicket tally in the first-class competition and finished with 49 wickets includi
ng three five-wicket hauls,[6] and was rewarded with a call up to the West Indie
s side to face England in March 2004. Best's first international wickets came in
his second Test, the first in a four-match series against England; his maiden d
ismissal was that of batsman Graham Thorpe.[10] England won the series 3 0 and Bes
t finished as the West Indies' leading wicket-taker in the series (and third ove
rall) with 12 from four matches at a cost of 25.08 runs each.[11][12]
Between June and August 2004 the West Indies embarked on a return tour of Englan
d. Best played in the Lord's Test and was stumped off Ashley Giles' bowling afte
r some banter from Andrew Flintoff wound him up sufficiently to try to slog the
ball into the windows at Lord's. During the match Best suffered a back strain an
d was unable to take part in the rest of the series. It was hoped that the fast
bowler would recover within a month, however the injury was more serious than in
itially hoped and he did not play cricket again until March 2005.[13] In the Sec
ond Test against Pakistan in June 2005, after a wicketless first innings where h
e had Kamran Akmal caught off a no ball and a second innings spell of 5-0-30-0,
Best took four wickets in 11 balls, as Pakistan faltered from 223 for 4 to 309 a
ll out. However, it was not enough to give West Indies the win.
Best was fined half his match fee in July 2005 for bowling three beamers during
a Test against Sri Lanka.[14] He was dropped from the Test side after the July 2
005 tour of Sri Lanka. Tino appeared in the cricket movie Hit for Six playing a
Barbados cricket player.
International fringes[edit]
Despite successful performances for Barbados in domestic cricket by the time Bes
t signed with the rebel Indian Cricket League in February 2008 he had not played
international cricket since May 2006. Best played Twenty20 cricket for Mumbai C
hamps during his spell at ICL, he also played Twenty20 that season for Barbados.
In July 2009, there was a pay dispute between the West Indies players and the We
st Indies Cricket Board (WICB). As a result, an understrength squad was picked f
or the series against Bangladesh: of the 15 players named, which included Best,
nine were uncapped.[16] Sriram Veera of ESPNcricinfo noted of his performance on
the second day of the first Test that "[Best] has, in the past, been guilty of
trying to bowl faster than what he was capable of and being erratic as a result.
Today, he repeatedly hit the short-of-length in the off-stump channel and slipp
ed in the occasional bouncer."[17] Those two wickets were his only scalps in the
series and he ended up conceding 192 runs.[18] The West Indies lost the series
2 0 as Bangladesh secured their first overseas series win.[19] All the players who
played for the West Indies during the contract dispute were given central contr
acts by the WICB, including Best.[20]
Best signed a contract with Yorkshire County Cricket Club in April 2010 to repre
sent them until the end of May.[21] After some good performances, his contract w
as extended, but his form tailed off and he was demoted from opening the bowling
, before being dropped from the team at the end of July.[22][23] In nine first-c
lass matches for the club, Best managed 18 wickets at a cost of 44.05 runs each.
[24][25] He was more successful in Yorkshire's one-day matches, taking ten wicke
ts from five matches at an average of less than 20.[26][27] In August 2010, Best
's central contract was not renewed.[28]
Best's domestic performance in the 2011/12 season, in which he took 17 first-cla
ss wickets at an average of 20.64, led to his recall to the international squad:
in March 2012, Best was selected in the West Indies' ODI squad to face Australi
a at home. Though he did not play in the series, two months later when the West
Indies toured England Best was drafted into the Test squad as cover for injured
fast bowler Shannon Gabriel.[29]
In July 2014, he played for the Rest of the World side in the Bicentenary Celebr
ation match at Lord's.[30]
International performances[edit]
Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]
# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/24 17 Bangladesh Shere Bangla Dhaka Bangladesh
2 6/40 18 Bangladesh Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium Khulna
Bangladesh 2012
International Awards[edit]
Test Cricket[edit]
Man of the Match awards[edit]
S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test - The Wisden Trophy Test Series 2012 1st Innings: 95
(112 balls, 14x4, 1x6) ; 12-2-37-2
2nd Innings: DNB Match drawn.[31]
Jump up ^ "Tino Best: 'If I wrote a book I'd call it Mind the Windows'". ESPNcri
cinfo. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
Jump up ^ "Chilling with Viv, Curtly and Maco". ESPNcricinfo. 9 December 2012. R
etrieved 12 December 2012.
Jump up ^ "Tino Best says Windies legends inspired his record knock". 10 June 20
12. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
Jump up ^ f46317 Barbados v Guyana: Busta Cup 2001/02, CricketArchive, retrieved
22 May 2012
Jump up ^ First-class batting and fielding in each season by Tino Best, CricketA
rchive, retrieved 22 May 2012
^ Jump up to: a b First-class bowling in each season by Tino Best, CricketArchiv
e, retrieved 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ Jacobs and Lawson out of second Test, ESPNcricinfo, 16 April 2003, ret
rieved 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ f47269 t1643 West Indies v Australia: Australia in West Indies 2002/03
(3rd Test), CricketArchive, retrieved 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ Best out to prove critics wrong, ESPNcricinfo, 4 December 2003, retrie
ved 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ West Indies name 13 for Sabina Park, ESPNcricinfo, 8 March 2004, retri
eved 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ England in the West Indies, 2003 04 tour summary, ESPNcricinfo, retrieve
d 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ Records / The Wisden Trophy, 2003/04 / Most wickets, ESPNcricinfo, ret
rieved 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ Best returns to action for Barbados, ESPNcricinfo, 2 March 2005, retri
eved 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ Beamers land Best with hefty fine, BBC Sport, 26 July 2005, retrieved
16 May 2012
Jump up ^ Tino Best signs with ICL, ESPNcricinfo, 16 February 2008, retrieved 22
May 2012
Jump up ^ West Indies name replacement squad, ESPNcricinfo, 8 July 2009, retriev
ed 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ Veera, Sriram (10 July 2009), Seamers hand West Indies the advantage,
ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ Records / Bangladesh in West Indies Test Series, 2009 / Most wickets,
ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ Veera, Sriram, Raqibul and Shakib inspire first overseas series win, E
SPNcricinfo, retrieved 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ Cozier, Tony (12 November 2009), Injured Fidel Edwards' contract withh
eld by WICB, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 28 May 2012
Jump up ^ Yorkshire sign West Indies pace bowler Tino Best, BBC Sport, 17 April
2010, retrieved 16 May 2012
Jump up ^ Yorkshire hope to extend the stay of bowler Tino Best, BBC Sport, 13 M
ay 2010, retrieved 16 May 2012
Jump up ^ Hardcastle, Graham (13 August 2010), "Yorkshire's Tino Best improving
his bowling action", The Press, retrieved 16 May 2012
Jump up ^ First-class batting and fielding for each team by Tino Best, CricketAr
chive, retrieved 16 May 2012
Jump up ^ First-class bowling for each team by Tino Best, CricketArchive, retrie
ved 16 May 2012
Jump up ^ List A batting and fielding for each team by Tino Best, CricketArchive
, retrieved 16 May 2012
Jump up ^ List A bowling for each team by Tino Best, CricketArchive, retrieved 1
6 May 2012
Jump up ^ Sarwan, Taylor and Ramdin cut from WI contract list, ESPNcricinfo, 31
August 2010, retrieved 28 May 2012
Jump up ^ Tino Best replaces injured Gabriel, ESPNcricinfo, 22 May 2012, retriev
ed 22 May 2012
Jump up ^ "MCC v Rest of the World - 5 July". Lord's. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 J
uly 2014.
Jump up ^ "The Wisden Trophy, 2012 - 3rd Test".
External links[edit]
Tino Best at CricketArchive (subscription required)
Tino Best at ESPNcricinfo
Tino Best on Twitter
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West Indies Squad 2013 ICC Champions Trophy
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Hampshire County Cricket Club current squad
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St Kitts and Nevis Patriots current squad
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