Ted Dexter resigned as chairman of selectors during the fifth
Test against Australia
in August 1993 but Ray Illingworth was not approached to take over until
December, so TCCB chairman Frank Chamberlain took the chair.
Dennis Amiss, Keith Fletcher and Mike Atherton met in a St John's Wood
restaurant to choose the team, which was confirmed at the official selection
meeting at Lord's a few days later. Atherton got "exactly the tour party
I wanted", making a break with the past. His young team was without
Botham and Gower, who had retired, or Gatting, Lamb, Emburey and Gooch. Nine
of those chosen to tour India
in 1992-93 were discarded.
back from a poor start in the Test series. They lost the first two Tests
heavily but, thanks to fast bowlers Fraser and Caddick, were set a target of
194 to win in Port of Spain.
Then Curtly Ambrose destroyed the batting and England were all out for 46. Nevertheless
a decisive victory was gained at Bridgetown
before a stalemate on a flat pitch at St
John’s where Brian Lara scored his 375 to beat Garry
Sobers’ record which had stood for 35 years.
Middle-order batsmenGraeme Hick, Mark
Ramprakash, Graham Thorpe, Nasser Hussain, Matthew Maynard, Robin Smith
Wicket-keeper: Jack Russell
Slow bowlers: Phil Tufnell, Ian Salisbury
bowlers:Andrew Caddick, Angus
Fraser, Alan Igglesden, Devon Malcolm, Steve Watkin.
⋄ Players with TCCB winter contracts.
A R C
I D K Salisbury
P C R
Dy – Derbyshire (1)
Ex - Essex (1)
Gm- Glamorgan (2)
Gs - Gloucestershire (1)
Ha - Hampshire (1)
Kt - Kent (1)
La - Lancashire
Mx - Middlesex (3)
Nt - Nottinghamshire (1)
Sm - Somerset (1)
Sy - Surrey
Sx - Sussex (1)
Wo - Worcestershire (1)
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(19 February 1994)
27 yrs5 months.
made before the tour
Smith 45, Stewart 32, Russell 31, Atherton 29, Malcolm 25, Lewis 20, Hick 18, Tufnell 15, Fraser 12, Ramprakash 10, Hussain 7, Caddick 4, Salisbury 4, Thorpe 3, Watkin 3, Maynard 3, Igglesden 1.
Malcolm Ashton (A.E.Davis
Frank Chamberlain (T.C.C.B. chairman), Dennis Amiss, Keith Fletcher (Team manager), Alan Smith (T.C.C.B. Chief Executive),
Mike Smith (tour manager) and Mike Atherton (captain)
party announced : on 14 September 1993.
Not selected:The TCCB gave full winter contracts to Mike Atherton, Robin Smith and
Alec Stewart and half contracts to Caddick, Hick, Hussain, Igglesden, Such
and Thorpe as well as to Mark Ilott, Mark Lathwell, and Martin McCague, who
were not chosen for this tour.
Time between selection and departure from England
(14 September - 14 January)
John Snow was engaged as a bowling
coach before the team’s departure
The team arrived in Antigua on 15 January 1994.
Time spent in West
Mike Atherton (captain),
Keith Fletcher (coach), Mike Smith (tour
manager) and Alec Stewart (vice-captain).