Test Cricket Tours - Australia to West Indies 1998-99
Tour of West Indies 1998-99Captain: Steve Waugh
Eighth Test-playing tour
of West Indies by Australia
(February - April 1999)
West Indies capitulated in the
first Test - all out for 51, losing by an innings - which prolonged their
dreadful run of results (they had just been beaten 5-0 in South Africa).
Then Brian Lara almost single-handedly turned the series round by
masterminding victories in the 2nd and 3rd Tests: he played two of the
greatest innings seen in Test cricket. However, even though he scored another
hundred in the last Test, the Australians won in Antigua
to square the series which allowed them to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.
The fifth one-day international
at Bourda ended in chaos with the crowd invading the playing area and seizing
the stumps as the Australian batsmen turned for a third run to bring the
scores level. Match referee Raman Subba Row viewed video evidence and ordered
that the result should be a tie. Of
greater concern than results were the inadequate arrangements for the
players' safety. In the 7th ODI at Bridgetown things were
no better: fans showered the ground with bottles in protest at Sherwin
Campbell's run out.
•Michael Slater scored 106 at Port of Spain to help
build a winning Australian lead in the first Test.
•Glenn McGrath (5-28) and Jason Gillespie
Indies for 51, their lowest total in Tests
•McGrath took 30 wickets at 16.93, the most
wickets ever taken by a bowler in a series in the West
•Steve Waugh scored 199 at Bridgetown,
though his 72* at St John's
was probably just as valuable.
•Waugh extended Mark Taylor's run of consecutive
tosses won by Australia
to a record 12 in a row.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Nine Test players went back to Australia after the Test series
on c 9 April
Andy Bichel was recalled to St Vincent as stand-by for Adam Dale
who had a chest infection, but the management then decided that both would
return to Australia
on 14 April.
On 1 May 1999 the 14 players in the one-day squad flew from Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados, to Gatwick
to play in the 1999 World Cup in England.
The Australian players flew in to Melbourne on 23 June. As World Cup winners,
they were given a ticker-tape parade and the keys to the city. A few days
later another 100 000 fans watched the team parade the World Cup trophy