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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 7 January, 2003, 09:03 GMT

Merv Dillon
Merv Dillon
Born: 5/6/74
Team: Trinidad & Tobago
ODI debut: 3/11/97
Past World Cups: 1999

Right-arm fast-medium bowler
Right-handed batsman

In Dillon, the West Indies might have finally found a worthy replacement to fill the hefty bowling shoes of Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.

Tall, and possessing great athleticism, "Big Merv" is a powerful weapon in the side's offensive armoury and is likely to spearhead their pace attack for quite some time.

Dillon first broke into the Test side in 1997 and claimed a five-wicket haul in his third outing against Pakistan in the same year.

He made a less spectacular start to his one-day career which also began in 1997, but grew in stature to finish behind Walsh as his country's leading bowler in the 1999 World Cup.

Now Dillon is the top dog and possibly the best seamer in the Caribbean will be looking to take pole position this time around.

In 2002, Dillon edged out some top competition in the form of world double-record holder Brian Lara to be named Trinidad & Tobago's Cricketer of the Year after becoming the only full-fledged active West Indian bowler to achieve 100 Test wickets.

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