|Test Cricket Tours - West Indies to England 1973|
Tour of England 1973 Captain: Rohan Kanhai
Seventeenth official Test tour
Ninth Test-playing tour of England by West Indies
(May - September 1973)
The West Indies' first overseas Test tour for four years broke a sequence of very poor Test results:
Lost 1-0 to England in 1967-68 and lost 2-0 in 1969
Lost 3-1 to Australia in 1968-69 and lost 2-0 in 1973
Drew 1-1 with New Zealand in 1968-69 and drew 0-0 in 1972
Lost 1-0 to India in 1970-71
At last in 1973 West Indies won a Test series and did so convincingly by two matches to nil. Not disregarding the contributions made by batsmen, the victories at The Oval and Lord's owed most to a renewal of West Indies' traditional strength in fast bowling.
For the first time since 1966 Sobers did not lead the West Indies abroad. He said he preferred to play for Nottinghamshire and it later emerged that, following his knee operations, he could not participate fully in the tour except turning out for the three Test matches, where he topped both batting and bowling averages.
No less than ten of the players in the tour party and two who were called up as reinforcements were playing regularly in the English county championship. West Indies firmly denied them permission to take part in any English county cricket during the tour.
Other West Indies tours
To England 1969
To India & Pakistan 1974-75
Next tour of England
Members of the Test tour party (17)
Openers Roy Fredericks, Steve Camacho, Ron Headley (r)
Batsmen Maurice Foster, Alvin Kallicharran, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Lawrence Rowe, Gary Sobers (r)
Wicket-keepers David Murray, Deryck Murray
Spin bowlers Inshan Ali, Lance Gibbs, Elquemedo Willett
Fast bowlers Keith Boyce, Vanburn Holder, Bernard Julien, Grayson Shillingford.
K D Boyce
G S Camacho
M L C Foster
R C Fredericks
L R Gibbs
V A Holder
B D Julien
A I Kallicharran
R B Kanhai
C H Lloyd
D A David Murray
D L Deryck Murray
L G Rowe
G C Shillingford
E T Willett
Representation of teams:
B - Barbados
G - Guyana
J - Jamaica
L - Leeward Islands
T - Trinidad & Tobago
W - Windward Islands
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(26 July 1973) :
28 yrs 1 month
Test Appearances made before the tour
Sobers 86, Kanhai 71, Gibbs 58, Lloyd 28, Fredericks 24, Deryck Murray 14, Holder 13, Camacho 11, Foster 10, Inshan Ali 7, Kallicharran 7, Rowe 7, Shillingford 7, Boyce 5, Willett 3, Julien 0, David Murray 0, Headley 0.
E S M Kentish
G L Gibbs
Baggage / driver
A F Rae, J S Solomon, J B Stollmeyer, F L Thomas, C L Walcott.
Unavailable: C A Davis (business reasons); G S Sobers said that following his knee operation he could not undertake the whole tour but offered himself to play in the Test matches.
Tour Party Announced : 26 April 1973.
Not selected : 'Joey' Carew, Uton Dowe, Geoff Greenidge, David Holford.
Most of the team were already in England playing in the county championship. Kentish and Foster flew to Miami and then BOAC to London. Glendon Gibbs, Camacho, David Murray, Inshan Ali, Rowe, Willett and Shillingford flew out of Seawell Airport, Barbados on 8 June 1973. They landed at Heathrow Airport. The ten professionals in England assembled at the Clarendon Court Hotel in London on Monday 11 June
On-tour selection panel
Rohan Kanhai, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Esmond Kentish.
G S Sobers (B) 36 from Nottinghamshire for the 3 Test matches only. R G A Headley (J) 34 from Worcestershire. They replaced Camacho (depressed cheek fracture against Hampshire in late June) and Rowe (ankle ligaments) who returned home. Camacho returned on 4 August.
"I figured that I was in the selectors' thoughts," wrote Gordon Greenidge. "I was the man in form and there seemed no logical alternative. Imagine then how stunned I was when I heard that Ron Headley had been called up... it was an amazing decision.. Ron had played loyally and comparatively successfully for Worcestershire for fifteen years without ever once so much as putting himself in line for a cap or without ever doing anything to suggest he had been unlucky. Yet here he was, at the advanced age of 34, hoisted from obscurity into a place in the touring team and contention for a Test place." [Man in the Middle, 1980]
Club Cricket Conference
Indian Gymkhana XII
Won 124 r
Won 174 r
DH Robins XI
Lost 10 w
Won 9 w
Won inns 11 r
Won 8 r
Won inns 78 r
ENGLAND First Test
WON 158 r
ENGLAND Second Test
Yorkshire Leagues XI
Lost 6 w
ENGLAND Third Test
WON inns 226 r
Won 163 r
TN Pearce's XI
TN Pearce's XI
Won 6 w
England (1st ODI)
Lost 1 w
§ Kennington Oval
England (2nd ODI)
Won 8 w
§ ODI (The Prudential Trophy)
† not first-class
Test appearances on tour
3 - Boyce, Fredericks, Gibbs, Julien, Kallicharran, Kanhai, Lloyd, Deryck Murray, Sobers
2 - Headley, Holder
1 - Foster, Inshan Ali
0 - Camacho, David Murray, Rowe, Shillingford, Willett.
• Keith Boyce had a match analysis of 11 for 147 at The Oval, equally Ramadhin and Valentine's 1950 feats
• Three batsmen scored 150s: Fredericks 150 at Edgbaston; Kanhai (157) and Sobers (150*) at The Oval
• West Indies scored its largest total (652-8 dec) in England and biggest margin of victory against England in the final Test.
Other first-class matches
Return to West Indies
Most of the team remained in England at the end of the tour.
Glendon Gibbs and six players (Inshan Ali, Holder, Julien, David Murray, Shillingford and Willett) arrived in Seawell Airport, Barbados, from Heathrow on Monday 11 September, Ali and Julien flying on to Trinidad next day. Manager Esmond Kentish flew on the same Monday to Norman Manley International Airport, Jamaica.
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