Test Cricket Tours - Australia to West Indies 1972-73
of West Indies 1972-73Captain: Ian Chappell
Third Test-playing tour
ofWest Indies by Australia
Lillee out of action through injury and Massie out of form, Australia was deprived of its bowling stars
from the England
tour in 1972. Fortunately, the reserve fast bowlers Jeff Hammond and Max
Walker, supported by Chappell's aggressive captaincy ploys, proved outstanding
replacements and brought Australia
two decisive victories.
West Indies suffered their sixth unsuccessful series in a row,
making a sequence of twenty Test matches without a victory.However, this was the last visiting Test
team to win a Test series in the Caribbean
until the Australians did it again under Mark Taylor in 1994-95.
Victorian Bill Jacobs, 54,
was appointed manager in November 1972.He had managed the difficult task of overseeing the Rest of the World
XI tour in Australia in 1971-72, and had
earlier managed the Australians in South Africa 1966-67.
Neil Harvey (New South Wales),
Sam Loxton (Victoria),Phil Ridings (South Australia).
Unavailable:Paul Sheahan (on 1 January), Ashley Mallett
(both for employment reasons), David Colley (injured)
Tour Party Announced :4 January
Not selected : Gary Gilmour,Johnny Gleeson,Paul Nicholls (Western Australian
spinner Watkins won in place of Mallett, despite there already being two
other genuine leg-break bowlers, Jenner and O'Keefe, in the team. All three
were on their first tours.
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(4 January - 27 January)
The team flew from Sydney on 27 January
1973. With a lengthy stopover in San Francisco,
and a five-hour hold-up in Miami due to an
engine breakdown, they arrived in Kingston,
28 January.The team had practice at
the army barracks and then at Sabina
Time spent in West indies
(28 January -
Ian Chappell (captain), Keith Stackpole (vice-captain), Rodney
None.When Lillee severely wrenched his back, it was decided that he
would not return home early and, although Mallett was by now available, the
Australian Board decided against flying out a replacement bowler.
Stackpole suffered from illness but when the team was
down to twelve fit players and everyone was fatigued, the Board refused the
manager's request for an extra players.
University of West
West Indies Board President's XI
WEST INDIESFirst Test
inns 2 r
WEST INDIESSecond Test
PORT OF SPAIN
WEST INDIESThird Test
WON 44 r
WEST INDIESFourth Test
Won 10 w
St George's, Grenada
PORT OF SPAIN
WEST INDIESFifth Test
† not first-class
Time spent in West Indies before First Test:
(28 January - 16 February)
appearances on tour
5 -G Chappell, I M Chappell, Edwards, Hammond, Marsh, O'Keefe, Redpath, Walker, Walters.
4 -Jenner, Stackpole
1 -Benaud, Lillee.
0 -Massie, Watkins.
•Walters had a fine tour, averaging 71 with
the bat, including two 100s and three 50s.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Trinidad Q LondonQSydney
Ian Chappell paid a visit to Miami
before taking up a coaching appointment in Canada.
Stackpole and Walker went to New
York while Greg Chappell, Redpath and Jenner went on holiday
either in the West Indies or United
The manager and nine players
arrived in Sydney
on 29 April. Marsh and Walters passed
the 30-hour long flight back by drinking as many beer cans as possible. 'They ran out of beer,' said Walters. 'We had to count
spirits and all sorts.'
Time away from Australia
(27 January to 29 April)
accounts of the tour
"Kangaroo Invasion"(1973)byBrunell Jones [Curepe, Trinidad]
"Passing Tests" (1973)by Ian Chappell[Lynton