Published:10 July 2020
During the home test series against England in 1948, Sir Everton Weekes made his Test debut. Weekes scored no less than 20 and no more than 36 runs during the five innings he batted in the first three tests. Therefore, as the skipper George Headley who missed the previous two games due to injury, he was dropped for the 4th Test. But Headley was discovered to be fit in front of the game now, and then West Indies had to pick between Weekes and local boy John Holt.
The team wanted to give Everton, who had already returned to his Barbados home, another chance. The young batsman rushed to the airport after receiving a late call-up, but the plane he was set to travel had been overbooked but somehow managed to get seats.
The aircraft also had engine problems and arrived in Jamaica very late. According to Weekes' autobiography, by the time he reached the match he saw while flying over Kingston the game already started.
Weekes thought he was going to be the 12th man but got to know from a hotel official that he was actually in play XI. He rushed to the venue early, replacing local guy John Holt on the field who substituted Weekes.
England won the toss and elected to bat first and thus West Indies had no big problem with the Barbados batsman coming late. Everton walked on the field despite the local crowd 's angry boss who decided to watch Holt instead.
Everton Weekes responded with a 141-run knock at No.3 that helped West Indies win the game by 10 wickets and 2-0 win the Test Series. He later posted scores of 128, 194, 162 and 101 in the first three matches of the 1948-49 India tour, respectively.
Sir Everton Weekes thus became the first player with five consecutive tons in international history. His record streak ended when in the following Test he was running out on 90 and also scored 56 and 48 in the final of the tour.