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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 7 January, 2003, 09:05 GMT

Ridley Jacobs
Ridley Jacobs
Born: 26/11/67
Team: Leeward Islands
ODI debut: 26/3/96
Past World Cups: 1999

Left-handed batsman

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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