Test Cricket Tours - South Africa to West Indies 2004-05
West Indies 2004-05Captain: Graeme Smith
official Test tour
Test-playing tour of West Indies by South Africa
((March - May 2005)
West Indies were unable to
press home a strong advantage in the first Test at Bourda, and got beaten in
the next match at Port of Spain
by Makhaya Ntini’s magnificent bowling. The series had turned in South Africa’s favour and an overwhelming
victory at Bridgetown
was enough to secure the Sir Viv Richards’ Trophy.
Victory in the Test series was
followed by a 5-0 clean sweep in the one-day matches. When Jeff Crowe, the
ICC match referee, fined Graeme Smith and suspended him from the next four
matches after he repeatedly fell below the required over rate, Shaun Pollock
took over the captaincy.
Coach Ray Jennings had turned
the team around after sliding down the Test and one-day ratings but had upset
too many players on the way. He kept strict discipline but his attitude that
some of the old hands needed ‘a kick up the backside’ did not go down well and his contract was
Haroon Lorgat (convenor of selectors), Omar Henry, Ray Jennings (coach),Enver Mall, Joubert Strydom.
Tour Party Announced :13 March 2005
Nel (left hamstring) Charl Langeveldt,(lower back), Jacques Kallis (right
hip) and Shaun Pollock (left ankle) were all chosen subject to passing
fitness tests on the eve of departure.
Not selected : Dale Steyn, Thami
Tsolekile, Hashim Amla and Zander de Bruyn.
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(13 March to 24 March)
The team departed from Johannesburg on 24 March 2005.Shaun Pollock did not travel with the squad
because of chronic inflammation of his left ankle.
squad spent three days preparing in Antigua before moving to Guyana for
the First Test.
Time spent in West Indies
(arrival - depart Host)
On-tour selection panel
Shaun Pollock suffered from an inflamed ankle and
missed the first three Test matches. Nicky Boje withdrew from the one-day
squad after developing irregular breathing, and went home without being
Justin Kemp and Justin Ontong came in for the one-day
matches in place of Rudolph and Zondeki. Dippenaar was not originally in the
innings of 109* saved the first Test after South Africa had followed on 355
•Makhaya Ntini took 6-95
and 7-37, giving him 13-132, the best match figures by a South African in
•Graeme Smith’s slow148 at
Port of Spain was the backbone of South Africa’s
winning total there.
•Smith (104) and de
Villiers (178) opened South Africa’s
innings at Bridgetown
with a hundred each
•Andre Nel took 10
wickets for 88 in the victory at Bridgetown,
the best match figures of his career.
•Four batsmen scored
centuries (de Villiers, Smith, Kallis and Prince) in South Africa’s total of 588-6d at the Antigua
Recreation Ground - but West Indies
responded with 4 centuries of their own and a total of 747
•Charl Langeveldt took a
hat-trick to snatch a victory in the third one-dayer at Bridgetown.
Other first-class matches
Return to South
Rudolph and Zondeki went home
after the Test series.
Nicky Boje returned home
early for health reasons on c 6 May.