Former Westindies Fast Bowler Ezra Moseley, Dies in Accident

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Ezra Moseley, former West Indies fast bowler, dies in accident aged 63
Barbados quick-turned-coach dies following collision with SUV near Bridgetown

According to local reports, Moseley, who burst onto the scene with Glamorgan in 1980 and played a brief but significant role in two Tests against England in 1990, was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Christ Church, near Bridgetown, and pronounced dead at the scene.

"It has come as a shock to hear of the passing of Ezra Moseley, earlier today, with the tragic news coming out of Barbados," CWI director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, said. "The entire CWI family are deeply saddened. Ezra was one of our region's premier fast bowlers from the late '70s through the '80s and into the early '90s, when he went on to play for the West Indies after playing professionally in the Caribbean, England and South Africa.

"After his playing day were over Ezra continued to serve cricket in the region by coaching at the junior levels in Barbados and moving into positions with our international women's team. On behalf of CWI I want to extend our sincere condolences to his family and let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers at this time."

Had it not been for a stress fracture in his back, diagnosed at the age of 24, Moseley might well have risen to become a more vaunted member of the seemingly endless line of West Indian fast bowlers that ruled the sport in the 1980s and early 90s.

Instead, he ended up securing a shorter but undeniably significant place in West Indies' Test history, due in no small part to one delivery that arguably changed the course of his one and only series.

As the sole member of the 1983 rebel tour to South Africa to overturn his life ban from the sport, Moseley managed to overcome the opprobrium that tarred most of the other members of the tour party, and having returned to Barbados after a spell with Eastern Province, he was selected to make his Test debut at Port-of-Spain at the age of 32.

West Indies were in some disarray going into that contest, having lost the opening Test of the series in sensational fashion to Graham Gooch's unfancied England team, and with a team shorn of their captain Viv Richards as well as Patrick Patterson and Malcolm Marshall, they were once again up against it in Trinidad, with England chasing an obtainable 151 to claim a 2-0 series lead.

However, Moseley's slippery pace would change the course of the match and the series, as he twice struck Gooch on the glove with rising deliveries, the second blow forcing the captain to retire from the match and the series with a broken hand - a fact telegraphed in an iconic photo of Gooch roaring with pain, as England's physio Laurie Brown tended to the wound.

A combination of rain and controversial West Indies delaying tactics secured a draw for the hosts, and though Moseley would play just the one more Test, a series-levelling win at Barbados, West Indies overwhelmed England in Antigua for a 2-1 win, preserving their decade-long unbeaten run, and his place in folklore was secure.

In all, Moseley claimed six Test wickets at 43.50, in addition to seven at 39.71 in nine ODIs, the last of which came against Australia, also at Port-of-Spain, in 1991. In all, he claimed 279 first-class wickets at 23.31 in a 135-match career. He also picked up 102 wickets in 79 List A matches.

Moseley's big break in cricket had come as a 22-year-old in 1980, when he was signed by Glamorgan on the strength of his performances in Barbados club cricket, and he lived up to his billing with 50 wickets in each of his first two seasons, after which he went on to debut for Barbados in 1981-82.

However, he was then forced to undergo a back operation and it was during his lengthy recuperation that he was signed up for the West Indies rebel tour of Apartheid South Africa, and at the age of 25 his career at the highest level seemed over before it had begun. He played one more season for Glamorgan in 1986, as well as a stint as a professional in Lancashire League cricket, before his improbable late career flourish.

After retiring, he remained in the game as a coach, and ended up at St Michael, one of Barbados's top secondary schools, where he played a key role in the development of the current West Indies captain, Jason Holder.

He also he served as a national selector for Barbados men's and women's team, as well a spell as assistant coach for the West Indies' women's team, helping them to lift the 2016 Women's World T20 in India.

Deandra Dottin, West Indies' allrounder, paid tribute to Moseley's involvement with the women's squad on Twitter.

"I remember the day we were doing sprints at Kensington Oval and you tried to out run us and fell down," Dottin wrote. "Fun times with you May you Rest In Peace Coach."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. He tweets at @miller_cricket
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Ezra Moseley - A man of few words
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Ezra made friends in dressing rooms from Cardiff to Port Elizabeth, from Bridgetown to Pretoria.

Ezra Moseley was a man who used as few words about himself or his predicament in life as he used steps to the bowling crease. Ten running strides were all that were needed for the bantamweight Bajan to generate serious pace. Ezra tormented the best batsmen of his generation - he broke Graham Gooch's hand at Port-of-Spain as England were on course for a Test victory.

He nearly decapitated Jimmy Cook in a 'rebel' Test at Newlands, Cape Town, in 1982. The bantamweight punched so far above his weight, he was, according to Robin Smith, one of the game's greatest players of fast bowling, "quicker off the pitch than any bowler I faced". And Robin 'Judge' Smith faced them all.

I last saw Ezra at the County Ground, Bristol, home of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, in the summer of 2017. He was coaching the West Indies Women's Cricket team during the ICC Women's World Cup that year. As the Windies women had just finished their practice, Ezra picked up a stray ball on the field and just turned his arm over, bowling a couple of balls into the practice nets on the outfield. I swiftly beckoned my roving cameraman to get the shot, record Ezra bowling into the practice net. There was no mistaking that languid action, the easiness of the moving parts, the aesthetic quality of a bowling action that could have told such a different story in West Indies folklore than it did.

The stats on his profile will tell you that Ezra Moseley played in only two Tests and 9 ODIs. He signed for Glamorgan County Cricket Club for the 1980 season, as I signed for Gloucestershire in my departure from the Welsh county. Oh, how I wish I had stayed and bowled at the other end to him! Ezra became one of Glamorgan's most popular overseas signings, taking over a hundred first-class wickets in his first two seasons before a stress fracture in his lower back put the brakes on his rise to stardom.

Whilst on the sidelines he made the decision to go to South Africa on the 1982-83 West Indies 'rebel' tours, but rarely did he talk about that decision or his experience in the country that was ostracised from the official international family because of its apartheid policies.

When the life ban that was imposed on the rebels was lifted in 1989, Ezra made his official Test debut at the age of 32. That's when he broke Gooch's hand. He was the fourth bowler in the Windies attack in that Test behind Curtly Ambrose, Ian Bishop and Courtney Walsh.

It was the predicament he never discussed. He was in a long line of genuinely world-class West Indies fast bowlers, a conveyor belt of Caribbean carnage that terrified international batsmen - Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, Colin Croft and Patrick Patterson were the main protagonists, then came Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh and Ian Bishop - with the likes of Sylvester Clarke, Hartley Alleyne, Winston Davis, Wayne Daniel and Franklyn Stephenson adding extra firepower when required.

The problem was that they were rarely required. Remember when Winston Davis ripped the Australians apart in the 1983 ICC Cricket World Cup when he demolished them with 7-51 at Leeds? He was dropped for the next match in favour of the 'big guns' ahead of him in the pecking order. How vexing was that conundrum for any bowler of Winston Davis or Ezra Moseley's pedigree in those halcyon years of West Indies' dominance?

Ezra made friends in dressing rooms from Cardiff to Port Elizabeth, from Bridgetown to Pretoria. He could be moody - how many fast bowlers are not moody? - he could simmer like a geyser, he had his moments when he just did his thing. But there were no public remonstrations. He contained it all in his inner self.

He was asked in a TV interview who, in his opinion, was the greatest West Indies fast bowler. "Malcolm Marshall" was his instantaneous reply. There were comparisons between the two by many hard-nosed professionals at the time when Marshall was arguably the greatest of them all. Was it this debate that was embedded in the back of Ezra's mind all those years? Sadly, we will never know.

But even if a tragic accident on the roads of Barbados had not robbed him of his life, I doubt for a moment that he would have been drawn into the subject.

A man of few words. A man who, on his day, was as lethal as any fast bowler the Caribbean has produced and all he took were a few steps to do it.

He let the ball do his talking and boy, did it talk.

RIP Ezra.

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