Runako Morton, former West Indies batsman, dies in car crash

Morton averaged 33.75 in limited overs cricket

Former West Indies batsman Runako Morton has died in a car accident.

Reports in the Caribbean said the 33-year-old crashed into a utility pole while driving alone in central Trinidad following a club match.

Morton played in 15 Tests and 56 one-day internationals, with his last West Indies appearance coming against Australia in a Twenty20 match in 2010.

Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle tweeted:external-link "We lost a true warrior WI cricketer. May his soul rest in peace!"

The West Indies Cricket Board said:external-link "Our deepest condolences to Runako Morton's family. Such devastating and tragic news."

England batsman Kevin Pietersen also paid tribute on Twitter:external-link "My thoughts go out to Runako Morton's family this morning... Such sad news! What a lovely guy & fierce competitor! RIP bossman!"

Morton averaged 22.03 in Test matches with a top score of 70, but he had more success on the limited overs stage. He averaged 33.75, with the highlight an unbeaten 110 against New Zealand in 2006.

In an international career that lasted eight years, he also endured a chequered disciplinary record with the West Indies.

In 2002, he was banned from playing in any game that came under WICB jurisdiction for 12 months after he was found guilty of misbehaviour during an 'A' team tour to Ireland and lying about the death of a grandmother to gain an early release from the ICC Trophy squad in Sri Lanka.

Morton was one of the few West Indies cricketers to emerge from the small island of Nevis. His first-class career began with the Leeward Islands and he was latterly registered with Trinidad and Tobago.

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