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Hobbypress Guides, The World's Great Cricketers 
|M||alcolm Denzil Marshall died on November 4th 1999. His was an untimely death at the age of 41 when cancer of the colon took him from the world.|
He died, where he was born (April 18, 1958), Bridgetown, Barbados.
Before Malcolm was one his father, a policeman, was killed in a motor-cycle accident.
Best figures: 7-22
Ten-Wicket matches: 4
One day internationals:
Best figures: 4-18
Best figures: 8-71
Five wicket matches: 85
Ten wicket matches: 13
He was a bright and able student at school and like so many of his comrades enjoyed a game of cricket. At this stage he preferred batting to bowling. This was to change when in one game he had waited four days to get into bat. Literally taking matters into his own hands he did a spell of bowling and by that afternoon was batting.
Growing up he followed the fortunes of the Hampshire County side in faraway England. It was right and proper therefore that he was play for Hampshire between 1979 and 1992.
His opening match with Hampshire was also his introduction to the British summer game when it snowed.
The West Indies are known and feared for the fast bowling attack but Marshall was a touch special even in that company.
There have been, to date, 11 West Indian fast bowlers to take 100 wickets or more. Only Courtney Walsh has taken more wickets (taking more games to do so) than Marshall's 376. None can match Marshall for his average of 20 though.
Marshall never really lost the knack with the bat and of these 11 players probably only the great Garfield Sobers was better wielding the willow. Marshall made 6 centuries.
One of the great achievements of his career was playing for West Indies against England in the 1984 Headingley Test. He had broken his left thumb when out in the field but came to the crease to bat with one hand. It was on this occasion he took 7 wickets for 53 runs, his best Test figures.
Marshall did not deliver his bowling from the height Ambrose, Garner and Hall were capable of; indeed his frame belied the speed with which the ball was about to hurtle down the pitch. Bearded and steely-eyed any batsman not on top-form was in for a torrid time. The measure of the man was Hampshire wicket-keeper, Bobby Parks, once had to stand 31 paces behind the wicket to make sure he had a chance of collecting the ball as it went passed the wicket.
When he finished at Hampshire in 1993-94 he went to South Africa almost the moment apartheid had been lifted where he captained Natal.