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West Indies cricketer killed in car crash


The West Indies Cricket Board today sent their condolences to the family of batsman Runako Morton, who has been killed in a car accident.

Reports in the Caribbean said Morton, 33, was the sole occupant in a vehicle which crashed into what has been described as a utility pole in central Trinidad yesterday.

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

A tweet from the Board's official Twitter account read: "Our deepest condolences to Runako Morton's family. Such devastating and tragic news."

Morton, one of the few players to represent West Indies from Nevis, scored 573 runs in Test matches at an average of 22.03 and 1519 in ODIs at 33.75.

He made his international debut in an ODI against Pakistan in 2002, scoring 16 in a losing cause, but was then left out of the Champions Trophy squad after lying about the death of his grandmother.

His Test debut followed against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2005 and he made his maiden ODI ton against New Zealand a year later.

He failed to cement a regular place in the side in any format, however, in what will be viewed an unfulfilled career.