Often criticised for his lack of footwork, Hinds was a surprise choice as opener for the last Test of what had been a disastrous tour of Australia in 2000-01. Batting with Sherwin Campbell, the pair made opening stands of 147 and 98. He was however dropped from the side soon after and replaced by Chris Gayle who went on to cement his spot at the top of the order. During an ODI series in England in 2004 he was brought back into the side, again as opener because the West Indies were struggling to find a solid pair at the top of the order. For the next few years he formed a fairly successful opening partnership with Gayle. In Tests they put on 1300 runs together at 39.39 in 33 innings. Their ODI opening partnership saw them make 1687 runs at 41.15.
In 2003 he made successive ODI hundreds against Australia at Grenada, both unbeaten and both in victories for the West Indies.
His highest Test score of 213 was made against South Africa at Georgetown in 2005 and included 34 fours and 2 sixes. He put on 284 for the 4th wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul who also made a double hundred making it one of the few occasions where two players have passed 200 in the same innings. Hinds however struggled soon after and again found himself on the sidelines. He made a brief return to the side in May for an ODI series against India but failed to impress and lost any chance he had of gaining inclusion in the World Cup squad.
He has not played Test cricket since 2005, and his last one-day international appearance was in 2006 and in October 2007, he signed a one-year contract to play as a Kolpak player for English county side Derbyshire in the 2008 season .
|Test Centuries of Wavell Hinds|
|||165||4||Pakistan||Bridgetown, Barbados||Kensington Oval||2000|
|||113||22||India||Kingston, Jamaica||Sabina Park||2002|
|||100||27||India||Kolkata, India||Eden Gardens||2002|
|||113||32||Sri Lanka||Gros Islet, St Lucia||Beausejour Stadium||2003|
|||213||39||South Africa||Georgetown, Guyana||Bourda||2005|
|ODI Centuries of Wavell Hinds|
|||116*||14||Zimbabwe||Kingston, Jamaica||Sabina Park||2000|
|||125*||74||Australia||St. George's, Grenada||Queen's Park||2003|
|||103*||75||Australia||St. George's, Grenada||Queen's Park||2003|
|||127*||82||Zimbabwe||Harare, Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club||2003|
|||107||90||Australia||Brisbane, Australia||Brisbane Cricket Ground||2005|