Tour of England
1980 Captain: Clive Lloyd
23rd West Indies Test
Eleventh Test-playing tour of England by West Indies
(May - August
In a cool, wet summer West Indies had insufficient time to complete victory
in the last four Test matches. England were incessantly on the defensive
after almost winning the first Test match in a gripping finish at Trent Bridge. Yet this Test, which they came closest to
winning, was the only match that England lost.
Viv Richards was less of a
power than on his first Test tour of England four years before but
still returned an average of more than sixty, while Desmond Haynes showed he
had made great progress with his record-breaking innings of 184 at Lord's.
No less than 93 per cent of
their overs were delivered by the battery of five West Indian pace bowlers
which provoked complaints from spectators as the game slowed down. But pressure
to introduce legislation which would limit the run-up and improve over rates
When Lawrence Rowe dropped
out of the tour and had to return home, Larry Gomes received an invitation to
join the party as his replacement but declined, and the West Indians managed
with only the occasional participation of Timur Mohammad.
Clive Lloyd, showing
himself to be a great captain for unifying the regional team, was leading
West Indies on an official Test-playing tour for a record fifth time; he was
to do so many more times in future.
The team had disciplinary
measures written into their tour contracts to avoid any repetition of the
ill-discipline and controversial incidents on the recent New Zealand
West Indies tours
New Zealand 1979-80
tour of England
Members of the Test tour party
(16 + 1)
Opening batsmen: Gordon Greenidge,
Desmond Haynes, Faoud Bacchus, Timur
Middle-order batsmen: Alvin Kallicharran, Collis King, Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Lawrence Rowe.
Wicket-keepers David Murray, Deryck Murray
Spin bowler: Derick
Fast bowlers Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Andy
Roberts, Malcolm Marshall.
S F A
C E H
I V A Richards
A M E Roberts
L G Rowe
Shell Shield teams
G - Guyana (4)
Ja - Jamaica (2)
L - Leeward
T - Trinidad & Tobago
age of team at time of first Test
June 1980) :
yrs 1 months
Test Appearances made before the tour
Lloyd 70, Kallicharran 57,
Deryck Murray 57, Roberts 32, Richards 31, Rowe 30, Greenidge 25, Holding 19,
Croft 13, Garner 13, Parry 12, David Murray 9, Bacchus 8, Haynes 8, King 8,
Clyde Walcott, Calvin Wilkins, Steve Camacho ; with Clive Lloyd (captain)
Clive Lloyd was appointed captain on 12 April, and the
touring side was selected over the weekend in Barbados.
Viv Richards (in preference to Deryck Murray) was
named vice-captain on 18 April.
Unavailable: H A Gomes
(when invited to reinforce the team)
Tour Party Announced : 15 April 1980.
Only one change from the party that went to Australia and New Zealand —Guyanese opening
batsman Faoud Bacchus coming in for Larry Gomes.
Holding and Croft were told they would not tour
unless they made an apology for incidents on the New Zealand 1979-80 tour.
Not selected : Apart from Wayne Daniel, no notable players
were left out.
Time between selection
and departure from West Indies
(15 April - 3 May)
Departure for the main party
of eleven West Indians was from Barbados on the evening of 3 May
1980. They landed at London
Airport on 4 May. Clive
Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge and Alvin Kallicharran were already in England while Faoud Bacchus and Lawrence Rows flew
out from Canada and Jamaica
The climax of the domestic
one-day tournament in the West Indies was spoiled because the leading players
had to join the tour of England.
Time spent in England
(4 May - 15 August)
Clyde Walcott (chairman), Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Derryck Murray and Cammie Smith
Some time after Lawrence Rowe returned to Jamaica on 25 June with an optical problem,
Larry Gomes (who was in Jamaica
as coach to the touring Trinidad young cricketers)
received an invitation to tour as Rowe's replacement. Gomes decided he was
unfit and reminded the selectors he had not played for three months.
Timur who was playing for Suffolk in the Minor Counties competition
then joined the touring party but he played only twice.
Before the start of the fifth
Test when Croft (thigh muscle), Garner (shoulder), Roberts (back) were all
suffering injuries, the management tried to draft Sylvester Clarke (Barbados /Surrey) or Wayne
Daniel (Barbados / Middlesex) into the side.
Alvin Greenidge was called up
where he played club cricket to field as substitute in The Oval Test.
inns 21 r
Essex (one day)
England (1st ODI)
England (2nd ODI)
ENGLAND First Test
WON 2 w
Oxford & Cambridge
ENGLAND Second Test
ENGLAND Third Test
ENGLAND Fourth Test
ENGLAND Fifth Test
† Stamford Bridge
Essex (floodlit match)
§ ODI (Prudential series)
Time spent in England
before First Test: 32 days
(4 May - 5 June)
Time from end of final Test until departure from England
(12 August - 15 ? August)
Test appearances on tour
5 - Bacchus,
Garner, Greenidge, Haynes, Holding, Kallicharran, Deryck Murray, Richards
David Murray, Parry, Rowe, Timur Mohammad.
• Haynes' 184 was the highest score made by a
West Indian at Lord's
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
Return to West Indies
The team broke up after the floodlit game played at Chelsea
FC's Stamford Bridge ground. Most of the players
went to their county and league commitments.
Managers Walcott and Smith, and players Desmond Haynes and David Murray
arrived at Grantley Adams Airport,
Saturday 16 August, with Deryck Murray and Roberts in transit to their
Time away from West Indies
(3 May to 16 August)
Profit for the West Indian Board was $EC 579 000.
Sportworld Limited arranged promotional activities to
the amount of £60 000 sterling of which the players share was 60 per cent.
Holt Products Ltd sponsored the tourists' county programme
with a jackpot of £100 000 available should they win all their three-day
county fixtures. All prize money from the Cornhill Tests and Prudential
one-day series went to the players.
accounts of the tour