Marlon Nathaniel Samuels
(born 5 February 1981 in Kingston, Jamaica
) is a West Indian cricketer
. Samuels made his Test debut in Australia
in 2000, and his One Day International debut against Sri Lanka in Nairobi
during the ICC Knockout Trophy
in the same year.
He is primarily a right-handed middle order batsman but his sense of balance and off-spin have claimed a number of useful wickets. He has struggled with a knee
injury recently, being forced to fly home from the tour of Australia in late 2005.
Samuels scored his maiden Test hundred at Kolkata against the Indians in 2002/03. His innings of 104 helped the West Indies to draw the 3rd Test and was made against the likes of Javagal Srinath
, Anil Kumble
and Harbhajan Singh
. His first ODI ton came in the series which followed and turned out to be a series winning innings. With the series level at 3-3 going into the final match at Vijayawada on 24 November 2002, Samuels smacked 108 not out off just 75 balls. The West Indies finished with 315 and went on to win by 135 runs. On 9 October 2005, Samuels scored his highest first class score with an innings of 257. It was made in a tour match against the Australians at the Gabba. His effort was a record score at the ground, beating Martin Love
's 250. Showing his allround abilities, he followed it up with 5 wickets in the next innings.
Against Pakistan at Multan in late 2006, Samuels scored his second ODI century. His unbeaten 100 led the West Indies to victory as... Read More