Tour of England 1984 Captain: Clive Lloyd
27th official Test tour
Twelfth Test-playing tour by West Indies to England
(May - August 1984)
The West Indians became the first touring team in England to achieve a five-nil clean sweep (soon called a 'blackwash') in a full Test series. The success belonged to the fast bowlers. Allan Lamb alone resisted them successfully, and serious injuries were suffered by Andy Lloyd and Paul Terry in facing fast, short-pitched deliveries. The over rate was very slow but the West Indies Board rejected an English TCCB proposal that 96 overs should be bowled in each Test day's play.
The tourists also possessed batting in depth.
Other West Indies tours
Next England tour
Members of the Test tour party
(16 + 1)
Opening batsmen: Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes
Middle-order batsmen: Viv Richards, Richie Richardson, Larry Gomes, Clive Lloyd, Gus Logie
Wicket-keepers Jeffrey Dujon, Thelston Payne
Spin bowler: Roger Harper
Fast Bowlers: Eldine Baptiste, Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Milton Small (replaced by Winston Davis), Courtney Walsh.
E A E Baptiste
P J L Dujon
H A Gomes
C G Greenidge
R A Harper
D L Haynes
M A Holding
C H Lloyd
A L Logie
M D Marshall
T R O Payne
I V A Richards
R B Richardson
M A Small
C A Walsh
Regional representation :
B - Barbados (6)
G - Guyana (2)
J - Jamaica (3)
L - Leeward Islands (3)
T - Trinidad & Tobago (2)
W - Windward Islands (1 r)
Average age of team at time of first Test match (17 May 1984) 25 yrs 11 months
ODI Member of the squad for NatWest one-day series
Barbados 6, Jamaica 3, Leeward Islands 3 (all from Antigua), Trinidad & Tobago 2, Guyana 2. The reinforcement Winston Davis was from the Windward islands.
Test Appearances made before the tour
Lloyd 100, Richards 63, Greenidge 52, Holding 45, Haynes 40, Garner 37, Gomes 35, Marshall 27, Dujon 19, Logie 9, Davis 8, Harper 6, Richardson 6, Baptiste 4, Small 1, Payne 0, Walsh 0.
Walter St Hill
Baggage / driver
C L Walcott (chairman), J L Hendriks, A G Ganteaume and C H Lloyd met in Antigua on 10 April, the rest day of the fourth Test match against Australia at St John's. The team was selected on Tuesday but the names were not released until late on Friday evening.
Unavailable: All members of the 'rebel' tour of South Africa.
Lloyd described banning those players as 'a blessing in disguise', allowing one or two fine, younger players to become established earlier than they otherwise might.
Tour Party Announced : 13 April 1984.
Not selected : Ralston Otto (Antigua), 26, who scored the highest run aggregate (572) since the Shell Shield's inception in 1966 ; George Ferris ; Michael Worrell (Barbados wicket-keeper).
On 13 May 1984 the team flew from Barbados to Heathrow Airport, London.
Between the third and fourth Test matches Garner was allowed to return to Barbados to attend the funeral of his uncle who had been murdered.
On-tour selection panel
Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Michael Holding, Jackie Hendriks.
Because Milton Small returned home early with a knee injury, Winston W Davis (St Vincent), 25, was conscripted from Glamorgan. He played in one Test and 3 other matches but his county needed him back in mid-August when SR Barwick was unfit.
§ Old Trafford
England (1st one-day)
§ Trent Bridge
England (2nd one-day)
England (3rd one-day)
Duchess of Norfolk's XI
Oxford & Cambridge Universities (2-day)
ENGLAND First Test
ENGLAND Second Test
† Colwyn Bay
League Cricket Conference
ENGLAND Third Test
† West Bromwich
Minor Counties (2-day)
ENGLAND Fourth Test
ENGLAND Fifth Test
Kent (Woolmer's benefit)
Somerset (McCoombe's benefit)
The West Indians played an additional match at Taunton on 17 August at the end of the tour in memory of 'Jock' McCoombe, Somerset's liaison officer, who died in April. The match raised £5000 for his family.
§ ODIs: and Quadrangular Series in Ireland
† not first-class
Test appearances on tour
5 - Baptiste, Dujon, Garner, Gomes, Greenidge, Harper, Haynes, Lloyd, Richards,
4 - Holding, Marshall,
1 - Davis, Small.
0 - Logie, Payne, Richardson, Walsh.
• Michael Holding (at The Oval) bowled off his long run up for the last time and took 5-43
• Desmond Haynes played a great innings of 125 at The Oval to keep the West Indies on top.
• West Indies achieved the first clean sweep in a five Test series in England, winning all 5 matches
Other first-class matches
† Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Return to West Indies
Departure was on 19 August 1984.
Courtney Walsh joined Gloucestershire for the last month of the season. None of the seven other tourists contracted to first-class counties appeared for them during 1984.
Holding arrived home in Jamaica on Wednesday evening 22 August.
In order to take a holiday, Lloyd delayed until September his return to Guyana. He then led a team in two 40-over matches to celebrate the 5-0 victory over England:
Bourda, Guyana M A Holding's XI beat C H Lloyd's XI
Shaw Park, Tobago H A Gomes's XI beat C H Lloyd's XI