Test Cricket Tours - West Indies to South Africa & Zimbabwe 2003-04
Tour of Zimbabwe & South Africa 2003-04Captain: Brian Lara
52nd official Test tour
Second Test-playing tour by West Indies to South Africa & Zimbabwe
Sir Viv Richards, who had given his name to the trophy for the South African Test series, accompanied the team there as chief selector.He urged the West Indies Board to go to the expense of flying in players specifically for one-day series and nurturing others as Test players only.
Lara came determined to put right the humiliation of losing 5-0 on his previous visit to South Africa in 1998-99.However, after narrowly beating Zimbabwe, West Indies could avoid defeat in only one of the four Test matches arranged against South Africa.Lack of fitness, poor fielding skills and undisciplined bowling negated the tourists’ much-improved batting performance - there were eight centuries scored by the West Indians including two by Lara himself and one by 20 year-old debutant Dwayne Smith.
West Indies won the one-day series in Zimbabwe 3-2 but were beaten in South Africa.
Sir Vivian Richards (Chairman of selectors), Michael 'Joey' Carew, Gordon Greenidge.
Unlike his predecessor, Harper, interim coach Logie was by his own choice not a member of the West Indies selection committee.
Unavailable: Jermaine Lawson(required to adjust his bowling action)
Tour Party Announced :18 October 2003.
Not selected :
ODI series v Zimbabwe : Ricardo Powell was called up.Jerome Taylor was named in the squad but was unable to play.Omari Banks, Daren Ganga were not required
ODI series v South Africa:announced 11 January -Ryan Hurley (B), 28, OB; Ian Bradshaw (B), 29, LFM; Kurt Wilkinson (B), 22RHB, and Dwayne R Smith (B), RHB, 20, were called up.
A five-day training camp was held in Antigua before the tour
The West indian arrived in Harare on the afternoon of 27 October 2003.
The team arrived in Johannesburg on Monday 1 December for the South African leg of the tour.
On-tour selection panel
Vivian Richards (Chair of Selectors on tour), Brian Lara (captain), Gus Logie (coach)
Left-arm wrist spinner Dave Mohammad (Trinidad & Tobago) was named as a replacement for Jerome Taylor (back injury) who flew home early at the end of the Zimbabwe tour.Dinanath Ramnarine would have been considered had he not recently retired in frustration at not being chosen for West Indies.
Dwayne Smith(Barbados) was brought in as replacement for Marlon Samuels who returned home for an operation on his injured knee.
Adam Sanford (Leewards) was called into the West Indies squad as a replacement for Omari Banks who was advised to rest his inflamed back injury for 3 months.
WON 128 r
Zimbabwe A(50 overs)
Won 7 w
Won 51 r
Lost 6 w
Lost 21 r
Won 72 r
Won 8 w
N F Oppenheimer’s XI (50 overs)
Won 12 r
SOUTH AFRICAFirst Test
LOST 189 r
SOUTH AFRICASecond Test
LOST inns 65 r
SOUTH AFRICAThird Test
Won 33 r
SOUTH AFRICAFourth Test
LOST 10 w
South Africa A
Won 65 r
§ Cape Town
South Africa(1st ODI)
Lost 209 r
§ Port Elizabeth
South Africa(2nd ODI)
Lost 16 r
South Africa(3rd ODI)
South Africa(4th ODI)
Won 7 w
South Africa(5th ODI)
Lost 4 w
† not first-class
1Takashinga Sports Club, Highfield.
All other matches at
Harare Sports Club
Test appearances on tour
2-Sanford,D R Smith
•Brian Lara scored 191 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo, including 114 before lunch on the second day
•Chris Gayle hit 112 not out to bring victory in the final ODI against Zimbabwe and win the series
•Brian Lara scored 202 in the first Test against South Africa at Johannesburg
•Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chris Gayle also had two hundreds each in the Test series
•20-year-old Dwayne Smith struck 105 on debut at Cape Town.
•Chris Gayle scored 152 not out in the final ODI v South Africa and an opening partnership of 193 with Chanderpaul - but West Indies still lost the match.
Other first-class matches
† Minor matches
Return to West Indies
Jerome Taylor who strained his back in the first Test against Zimbabwe was not able to recover and arrived home in Jamaica on 3 December when the team went on to South Africa
Omari Banks and Marlon Samuels also returned home early for medical treatment
Wavell Hinds returned home early on Sunday 11 January
The team returned to the Caribbean on Sunday 9 February.