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Monday, 22 November, 1999, 10:41 GMT
At a glance: Marshall tributes
Malcolm Marshall in full cry at the Oval in 1983



Stars of cricket have been lining up to pay tribute to West Indian paceman Malcolm Marshall, who has died aged 41.

Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd "He was a great friend and great cricketer. He was en excellent team man, very unselfish.

"I think he was one of the best fast bowlers West Indies produced, a great thinker, and to take 376 Test wickets when you have three other great fast bowlers working with you at the same time has got to be one of the greatest achievements ever."

David Gower, former England captain and Hampshire team-mate "He was as good as they come. Basically, he held sway from the early 80s and. throughout the decade he was the main man. He had a great ability not just to bowl quick but, what makes it worse for the batsman, the ability to do a lot with the ball,"

West Indies batting legend Viv Richards "He was admired the world over."

Former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev "I can't believe he is no more. He was a slippery customer, in the true sense of the word. You never knew whether the ball would rise to your throat, or keep low to hit the stumps."

Former England captain Michael Atherton "I first faced Malcolm in the 1991 series in the West Indies and in my opinion he was the complete fast bowler. Off the field he was a very nice man and everyone in cricket will miss him."

Another batsman heads back to the pavilion
Former Test team-mate Colin Croft "He was everybody's friend - to Barbados, West Indian cricket, the rest of the Caribbean, Hampshire and everywhere he's gone. I do not know anybody who would say anything bad about Malcolm Marshall, as a person or as a cricketer."

Former England captain Alec Stewart "I faced him on my first England tour and he was the most fearsome of opponents on the field but off it, one of the nicest blokes you could meet. He was a genuinely nice man, certainly one of the best fast bowlers I ever faced and probably one of the greatest of all time."

Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur "This is a most tragic moment in the life of West Indies cricket."

Former Australian Test player and clubmate Greg Matthews "He was so competitive, even playing for Waverly in the Sydney club competition. Some other sportspeople take a step back when they come down from a higher level, but he was never like that."

Hampshire chairman Brian Ford "He was a lovely, lovely man in addition to being the terrific cricketer that we all know. I can see him on the balcony at Lords' in 1992 when we won the Benson and Hedges Cup beaming all over his face having finally won his cup-winning medal."

Former Test star, Rev. Wes Hall, who was at Marshall's bedside when he died "This has been tough on all of us. West Indies and world cricket has lost one of its greats who still had so much to contribute."

Graeme Fowler, former England opener "Malcolm played cricket on a different level. He basically had the ability to do what he wanted with the ball and when he wanted to do it, and what speed he wanted to do it."

England bowling coach Bob Cottam "My schoolboy idols were Brian Statham and Fred Trueman but in later years Malcolm Marshall was the one bowler I would travel to watch because I thought he was a great bowler. Cricket will miss him hugely."

Peter Short, former West Indies Cricket Association President "Malcolm was one of the world's greatest fast bowlers, a great thinker and a well-balanced individual who gave his best whether batting or bowling."

Former England spin bowler John Emburey "What will really be missed is his competitiveness and his smile that he brought to the game. He enjoyed his cricket both for West Indies and Hampshire, and he'll be missed all around the world because his input was tremendous."






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