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Last updated: Friday, 3 January, 2003, 18:55 GMT


Logie's late takeover
When Canada replaced coach Jeff Thomas with Gus Logie, the shockwaves could be felt across the cricket community.

GUS LOGIE
Gus Logie
Born: 28 September 1960
Playing career:
Right-handed batsman
Trinidad & Tobago (1978-1993)
West Indies (1981-1993)
52 Tests: 2470 runs @ 35.80
158 ODI: 2809 runs @ 28.96
Coaching career:
West Indies A
Canada (2002-present day)
The reasons behind Australian-born Thomas' sacking in late 2002 remain unclear.

Some newspaper articles have indicated that his contract was terminated because the Canadian Cricket Association, were suffering financial problems.

The same publications added that former West Indies star Logie was hired because his wages were still paid by his country's cricket council - saving the CCA money.

Whatever the reasons, Logie is a well-respected coach and a player who performed alongside some of the best players in the history of cricket.

Logie made his debut for Trinidad in 1978, while his Test bow came against India in 1983.

Although he made just four in his first innings a 130 came later in the series.

However that performance and a first-class average of 72.80 were not good enough to earn him a regular spot in an extremely strong West Indies side.

But the middle-order batsman soon established himself following the retirement of legends such as Clive Lloyd and Larry Gomes.

Logie left international cricket with a Test average of 35.79 and one-day average of 28.95 - very good figures for a player who often batted at number six.

He became a coach for the West Indies cricket board in 1995 and has taken charge of West Indies youth and 'A' teams.

His employment is certainly controversial, because of the way Thomas was ousted, but the consolation for the disappointed few is that Logie has experienced success at the highest level.





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