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Facing up

Many say Jackie Hendriks was the greatest wicketkeeper West Indies ever produced, and he managed the great teams led by Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards

What inspired you to become a wicketkeeper? In early 1948, Gubby Allen brought the MCC team over to the West Indies. I went down to Sabina Park to watch the Test match. Godfrey Evans was down there practising, and he was so active – bouncing around like a dynamo. He inspired me to go all out to be a keeper.

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