David Graveney (chairman),Mike Gatting, Graham Gooch, Mike Atherton (captain).
Tour Party Announced :
Not selected:Dominic Cork
One-day party selected
Dougie Brown,Mark Ealham,Matthew Fleming, Graeme Hick, Ben
Hollioake, Nick Knight and Ashley Giles would replacedButcher, Caddick, Cowan, Crawley,
Hussain, Silverwood, Tufnell
Withdrawals:The decision to withdraw Darren Goughfrom the Test squad (injury in left
hamstring) was taken on 31 December, and he was replaced by Chris Silverwood.David Lloyd apparently asked the selectors
for Dougie Brown to join the tour party as well.
Time between selection and departure from England
(September? - 3 January)
The tour party departed from London’s
on 3 January 1998 and arrived in
Antigua to spend a week acclimatising and practising but were thwarted by persistent
heavy rain and left for Kingston
on 8 January.
The one-day players left London
on 20 March
Time spent in West
Ashley Giles withdrew from the one-day squad
through and achilles injury, and Angus
Fraser was added to the squad.
Mike Atherton withdrew
from the ODI captaincy when he resigned the England Test captaincy, and Adam
Hollioake, who led England
to the four nations championship in Sharjah in December, became captain of
the one-day side.
Jack Russell was asked to stay on through the
one-day series as cover for Alec Stewart.Mark Ramprakash was also
added to the ODI squad of fifteen on 17 March.
Graham Thorpe returned to England on 1
April with a back injury.
Players among the one-day squad who were not involved in the
final Test in Antigua went to Barbados to practise and played two matches
against a club invitation XI on Monday and Tuesday 23 and 24 March 1998.
At the end of the Test series
Butcher, Caddick, Cowan, Crawley, Hussain, Silverwood and Tufnell flew home
Time away from England
January- 10 April)
of the Tour
Test tours in 1997-98
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Trove; Papers Past NZ.
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Australian Cricket, B & H West Indies Annual, The Cricketer
International, Cricketer Quarterly, Indian Cricket, Indian Cricket Field
Annual, Playfair Cricket Monthly, Shell Cricket Almanack of New Zealand,
Wisden Cricket Monthly, Wisden Book of Test Cricket, Wisden’s Cricketers’
Men In White, A History of
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