Sir Everton Weekes, the finest batsman among the three Ws — Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell, breathed his last on Thursday at the age of 95 years and 126 days. In 1948, Everton Weekes hit five consecutive Test centuries, missing out on the sixth due to an umpiring error, as he was sent back on 90.
Weekes was born on February 26, 1925 and went on to represent the West Indies in 48 Test matches. He beat Sir Don Bradman‘s record of scoring the fastest 1000 Test runs in 12 innings, one less than the Australian legend. The right-handed Weekes scored 4455 runs in the longest format at a stunning average of 58.61.
Sir Everton Weekes passes away: Cricket West Indies pay tribute
It is not clarified where his final resting place would be but it might well unite him with Worrell and Walcott, espncricinfo understands. Cricket West Indies paid their heartfelt tribute to the legend and mourned the great loss. Weekes was born in poverty but went on to achieve great heights with his talent which overpowered the odds stacked against him.
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon,” said Cricket West Indies in a tribute. “A legend, our hero. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world.”
“I’d like to add my public recognition of Sir Everton’s amazing legacy,” said Ricky Skerritt, the president of CWI. “He was both a great cricketer and a cricket human being. He was the last of the famous Three Ws to pass to the great beyond. He was the most amazing man. And one of the most humble and decent and wonderful people you would ever have met.
“A true great of the game. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Sir Everton Weekes’ family and friends,” England cricket said in their tribute.