The 1976-77 M.C.C. tour of South Africa had been cancelled as
long ago as 11 September 1975, and this tour brought forward from
It was England's
most successful visit to India,
the sixth on which England
had played Test cricket there. To the intense disappointment of the home
supporters, the Indians capitulated in the first three Tests and thus lost
the series. Greig's strategy, apart from engendering high morale in his team,
was to use batsmen like Tolchard and himself determined to stay in and wear
down the Indian spinners (Bedi, Chandrasekhar and Prasanna) who had baffled England
on the previous tour in 1972-73.
India won a
consolation victory at Bangalore and played
with confidence in the final Test, but by then England's thoughts may already
have been looking ahead to the Centenary Test, and Greig's to the launch of
World Series Cricket.
The name of the manager, Ken Barrington, was announced at Lord’s on
31 August. (He had been given a trial run on the Derrick Robins tour of South
Africa in 1975-76).Tony Greig was
chosen as captain at the same meeting of the MCC Committee by Gubby Allen, Alec
Bedser, Freddie Brown, Insole and Peter May.
Alec Bedser (chairman)
, Tony Greig (captain),Doug Insole, Len Hutton, Ken Barrington, Charlie Elliott and Freddie Brown.
Unavailable :Geoff Boycott. When Boycott turned down the offer of the
vice-captaincy, Greig suggested it should be given to Brearley.
Tour party announced :8 September 1976.
Chris Old was selected subject to a special fitness test on 3
November. Bedser let it be known that Mike Gatting would have been the 17th
Not selected:David Steele was particularly unlucky not to be chosen.
Time between selection and departure from England
(8 September - 23 November)
The team flew by Air India
jumbo jet from Heathrow Airport, London, on
23 November 1976 and arrived at Santa Cruz
Airport, Bombay, at 4:20 am on 24 November after an
There were three days of practice at Wankhede Stadium. Then they
departed by rail for the first match at Pune.
After the Indian tour on 19 February the team flew from Bombay in an aged Avro plane for Colombo.While in Sri Lanka Greig
and Barrington were charged to report to the
I.C.C. on Sri Lanka's
readiness for Test cricket.
After the four matches in Sri Lanka,
the team left Bandaranayeke International Airport,
and flew via Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to Perth, arriving on 4 March.
Time spent in India
November - 19 February)
Time spent in Australia
March - 18 March)
(captain), Ken Barrington (manager), Mike Brearley (vice-captain), Keith Fletcher, Alan Knott.
None.Geoff Cope returned
briefly to England
on the death of his father.
Alan Knott was temporarily captain in the North Zone match and Keith
Fletcher against Sri Lanka.
tour itinerary was announced by the BCCI on 31 March 1976
The MCC team flew out of Melbourne
on 18 March, reaching Heathrow on the morning of 19 March.
Time away from England
November - 19 March)
of the tour
"MCC in India
Martin-Jenkins (Macdonald and Janes,
"Test Commentary: India
1976-77" by Dicky Rutnagur.
This was the last England
tour to take place under the name of M.C.C. In future, touring teams would be
known as "England".
This decision was prompted by another team under the name of M.C.C. touring Bangladesh in
Test tours in 1976-77
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