Carl Llewellyn Hooper (born 15 December 1966) is a former West Indies cricket player and captain. He was a right handed batsman and off spin bowler, who came to prominence in the late 1980s in a side that included such players as Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh and represented the West Indies over a 21 year international career. His highest innings score of 233 was made during a Test series in India in 2001. He has made 5,762 runs in hisTest cricket career. Carl Hooper could be an erratic Test batsman, as his lower average of 36.46 over 102 Tests shows. In ODI play, Carl Hooper's aggressive style of batting fared better he averaged 35.34 off 227 matches. Carl Hooper represented Guyana at local first class level, and played English county
cricket for Kent and Lancashire. In 2003, Carl Hooper became only the second player to have scored a century against all 18 county teams. Carl Hooper holds the accolade of being the first cricketer in the world to have scored 5,000 runs, taken 100 wickets, held 100 catches and received 100 caps in both ODIs and Tests, a feat only matched since by Jacques Kallis. In his autobiography, Steve Waugh writes that "quickness of feet and sweet yet brutally efficient stroke play were Hooper's trademarks." He was routinely prematurely dismissed, however, after losses in concentration. Shane Warne also thought very highly of Carl Hooper's footwork and, in 2008, named him among the top 100 cricketers of his time, citing in particular his ability to disguise his dances down the track. Warne felt that determining when a batsman was going to give the charge was one of the most important things for a spinner, and that Carl Hooper was the best at making it indeterminable. "During the 1995 series," he wrote, "this really nagged away at me, because I couldn't spot any of the usual clues even though I knew there had to be a sign that would give him away. On a number of occasions, I stopped at the point of delivery to see if he was giving anything away with his foot work. Most batsmen would be looking to get out of their ground at that point, where as Carl Hooper just stayed set. In the end, after watching him closely time after time, I managed to crack it.
Carl Hooper was also a strong slip fielder, usually at second slip. He took numerous catches from the likes of Ambrose and Walsh. He is one of only three players to have scored centuries against 18 different English county sides. He was named coach for the Woodville District Cricket Club in Adelaide, South Australia for the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. Carl Hooper has been appointed as batting coach of the Sagicor High Performance Centre to groom the talent pool of young West Indies batsmen. In February 2013, Carl Hooper Carl said that if fallen comrade Hansie Cronje's match fixing demise proves then anyone can succumb to the temptation. Carl Hooper has been against the idea of Indian Premier League. In October 2012,he said that IPL is one of biggest threats to cricket.
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