Fourteenth Test-playing tour of England by West Indies
West Indian domination in the ‘seventies and ‘eighties was ebbing and the two
sides fought an evenly-contested series. At Headingley, West Indies lost a
Test match in England
for the first time since 1969 after Graham Gooch played one of the best
captain’s innings ever seen.
West Indies put all their eggs in the fast bowling basket,
leaving Carl Hooper to cover as the only spinner. Curtly Ambrose produced
fine bowling figures consistently through the Test series and ended with 28
wickets. Marshall and Walsh were almost as incisive and added to the
relentless fast bowling attack. West Indies
won the third and fourth Tests with Patrick Patterson as well, bursting back from
injury, to expose frailty in the English batting against extreme pace.
After England had
made 419 at The Oval West Indies were spun out for 176 and made to follow on.
Vivian Richards scored 60 in his last Test innings and Richardson, who would
succeed him as captain, scored another century but it was not enough to
prevent England from squaring the rubber two-all.
fast bowlers were chosen at the expense of any spin bowlers (apart from
Not selected : Jimmy Adams,Keith Arthurton,Clayton Lambert and Roger Harper.
Time between selection and departure from West
(25 April to 8 May)
David Williams, Logie and Lara from Trinidad joined
their West Indies team mates in Barbados on 7 May and flew out on
8 May 1991 and arrived at Heathrow on 9 May
Time spent in England
(9 May - depart)
On-tour selection panel
C B Lambert
Clayton Lambert, from the North Yorkshire & South Durham League, joined the
tour party when Gordon Greenidge withdrew
with a knee injury. Greenidge came back as captain in the World XI match
Richard Staple played for the tourists against the World XI at the end of the
tour. Staple was a 21 year-old Jamaican batsman who later became captain of
the United States,
a team which included Clayton Lambert.
Ian Bishop and Roger Harper
also played in this match.