With only 18 Tests under his belt, people can be forgiven for thinking Tino Best is a relative new-comer to the international stage. Somewhat surprisingly, the West Indian quick has been around for over a decade after making his debut against Australia back in 2003. Despite his ability to bowl very quickly, Best has often been overlooked for the national side due to his lack of control.
An impressive 39 wickets for Barbados saw Best drafted into the Test side for the third Test against Australia. It was a tough initiation for the speedster, as Australia went on to post a whopping 605 in the first innings. Best failed to fire with the ball, finishing with a disappointing 0/99 from his 20 overs.
Best enjoyed more success during the tour of England in 2004. The West Indian quick finished as his country’s leading wicket taker, finishing with 12 dismissals for the series. The following year, Best took four wickets in eleven deliveries against Pakistan in a spell that showed off his aggression and raw speed.
A lack of international opportunities saw Best play a year in the controversial Indian Cricket League. His stint in the wilderness was quickly ended during the controversial pay dispute in 2009. His return to the Test arena was underwhelming. Best took just two wickets in the two Test series, as the West Indies slumped to a rather embarrassing 2-0 loss at home.
Most fans will remember Best for his efforts with the bat against England in 2012. Playing his first match in three years, the number 11 came to the crease with the out-of-favour Dinesh Ramdin. What followed was a batting master-class from a man whose previous high score was 27. A record stand of 143 for the 10th wicket saw Best smash 14 boundaries and a six in a knock that fell agonisingly short of a hundred. His 95 remains the highest score by a number 11.
In the recent Test series in Bangladesh, Best realised his potential with the ball, picking up two five wicket hauls. His 5/44 in Dhaka was soon followed up with a career best 6/50 in Khulna. His 4/26 for Barbados in the Caribbean T20 League earlier this month will give him a huge confidence boost ahead of the white ball series against Australia later this year.