Test Cricket Tours - Australia to West Indies 1983-84
Tour of West Indies 1983-84Captain: Kim Hughes
48th Test tour
Fifth Test-playing tour
of West Indies by Australia
(February - May 1984)
Members of the tour party
refused to sign contracts binding them, without guarantee of payment, to play
only for the Australian Board of Control until May 1985. Eventually, a scheme guaranteeing minimum
payments was agreed.
On their fifth tour of the West Indies the Australians suffered their heaviest defeat,
losing the Test series 3-nil and the one-day internationals by three matches
to one. They were outgunned by the West Indian fast bowlers and batsmen,
especially the opening batsmen, who averaged nearly 100 each. The simultaneous loss of Greg Chappell,
Dennis Lillee, Rod Marsh to retirement at the end of the home series against West Indies, the decline of Jeff Thomson’s bowling and
the loss of Yallop to injury largely explains it.
Kim Hughes got little respect
from his team-mates as captain.A
remarkable photograph showing Hogg swinging a punch at him on the field of
play went round the world but Hughes was not blameless himself. In the closing stages of the Trinidad and Tobago
match Hughes temperamentally scored from only two balls in the last 24 overs
while his partner sat down at the non-striker's end. Hughes was later fined
$200 for this action.
Phil Ridings (South Australia -chairman),Lawrie Sawle (Western
(New South Wales), Ray Lindwall (Queensland).
Test umpire Colin Egar was appointed manager in November 1983, along with Queensland coach and
fast bowler Geoff Dymock.Egar's was
the only application received.
Unavailable:Greg Chappell,Dennis Lillee,Rodney Marsh had all retired from Test
cricket at Sydney
Tour Party Announced :19 January 1984
Not selected :Out of
those who went to India
for a one-day series earlier in the season, only Murray Bennett was not
chosen for this tour.The offical
stand-bys were David Boon (T) 23, RHB, and Rod McCurdy (T) 23, RFM.
Withdrawal: Graham Yallop withdrew with
strained ligaments in his left knee.He failed a fitness test on 9 February and Dean Jones came into the
team. Before Steve Smith (left shoulder) and Greg Ritchie (twisted knee) had
passed fitness tests, David Boon and Graeme Wood were asked to stand by as
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(19 January - 15 February)
The team took a Wednesday evening flight from Sydney on 15 February 1984.Before leaving, the players staged a
fashion parade for the media at the Sheraton-Wentworth Hotel modelling their
green tour outfits, with Kim Hughes introducing each player. They then made
the 48-hour journey via San Francisco, New York and Antigua
to St Kitts.
Time spent in West Indies
(17 February - 4 May)
Kim Hughes (captain),Allan Border (vice-captain),Rodney
Hogg,Geoff Dymock (coach).
G M Wood
Wood was brought out to West
Indies when Kepler Wessels had to
return home in March for an operation after suffering from a damaged
cartilage on the inside of the right knee.Wood left Australia
on 22 March and arrived in Barbados
late the next day.
Graeme Wood was then put out of the tour himself when a finger was
broken by a ball from Joel Garner.David Boon the official stand-by, was not summoned.
Carl Rackemann almost needed to be sent home for treatment after
straining a back muscle in the first one-day international, and not playing
for four weeks.
•Wayne Phillips scored
120 at Bridgetown,
supporting the last two wickets in long stands.
•Allan Border with 4
fifties and one century in the series was the outstanding batsman. His
sequence of scores was5, 54, 98*,
100*, 38, 8, 98, 19, 41, 60*, aggregating521 runs at an average of 74.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Kepler Wessels returned home on 25 March.
Terry Alderman, having been given permission to leave the tour
two days early flew to England
on 2 May to play for Kent
in the English county championship.
The remainder of the team flew from Kingston, Jamaica, on 4 May
and arrived home in Sydney"Some
players spoke out openly on their return home about the lack of team spirit,
with David Hookes and Roger Woolley being prominent in stating their
views"('A History of Australian Cricket' by Chris Harte).