Tino Best Biography
In an international career spanning a decade, Tino Best has played a handful of games — which is a proof of his inconsistency at the highest level. Best has a bustling run-up and gives his all every time he rushes in to bowl. He can be lethal on his day — especially if he can get the better of his temper.
After a tough Test debut against Australia in 2003, he made a comeback a year later against England and showed he had the fire. However, he did get involved in a few exchanges with the opposition.
By the middle of 2005, he was axed from the side and only came back in 2009 when the frontline players were out due to a dispute with the board. Best then returned again in 2012 and on comeback he smashed 95 while batting at No 11, which remained the highest score for that position until the record was broken by Ashton Agar in 2013.
Best has only two five-wicket hauls to show, both of which came against Bangladesh in 2012. His uncle Carlisle also played for the West Indies.
Best is an extrovert on and off the field and unafraid to express himself on the field. While it does pump him up on odd occasions, it has often led to him losing the plot — as he famously did by falling prey to Andrew Flintoff’s apparently innocuous sledge. Despite the occasional debacle, however, he is one of those colourful characters cricket is known for producing over the decades.
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