Test Cricket Tours - Australia to West Indies 1964-65
Tour of West Indies
Australian Test tour
Second Test-playing tour
of West Indies by Australia.
(February - May 1965)
The Frank Worrell Trophy went
to West Indies for the first time, a
satisfactory start for their new captain, Garfield Sobers, who was guided by
the team manager, Sir Frank himself.
The Test match series was
played against a backcloth of controversy after journalist Richie Benaud paraded a collection
of slow-motion films to demonstrate that in his opinion Charlie Griffith broke the laws of cricket by
throwing his faster deliveries, the yorker and the bouncer. At the end of the
tour Simpson and O’Neill added their similar views.Mr T Pierce, President of the West Indies
Board, complained about their statements pointing out that the umpires had
not called Griffith.
Bill Lawry thought that the
tourists had allowed their indignation about Griffiths to affect their play.Bob Simpson also came in for criticism for
not going for a win in the fourth Test, ensuring that Australia
could not win the series, even though they won the final Test.
•Bill Lawry (210) and Bob Simpson (201) posted
Australia’s highest opening
partnership, 382, in Australia’s
total of 650 for six declared at Port
of Spain. Bob Cowper followed with his own century
•They were the first opening pair in Test
history to score double centuries in the same innings.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
Port of SpainQSydney
The last match ended in
Tobago on 27 May and the team flew to Trinidad
that day.They left Piarco Airport
on Saturday 29 May for New York where the
team split up, some taking a holiday and others returning to Australia.
Cowper, Hawke and journalist Bob Gray stayed in New York for a holiday. Bob Parish went to
Time away from Australia
(13 February - 1 June?)
accounts of the tour
“The New Champions”(1965)by Richie Benaud[Hodder & Stoughton]