At Christchurch England bowled abysmally (“the worst he had seen
in a Test match”, according to Bob Willis) allowing Richard Hadlee to score a
rapid 99 before failing to avoid the follow-on, and his bowling (8-44) sent
England to an innings defeat. Allegations in an English tabloid newspaper
followed and unsettled the team further.
It became the first England
side to lose a series in New Zealand
and went on to become the first to lose a series in Pakistan,
too. Manager Alan Smith said that the team had not done too badly, being
unable to recover from bowling badly on the first day at Christchurch,
and losing only narrowly in the opening Test in Pakistan.
Gifford was appointed as assistant manager on 9 September.
Peter May (chairman),Alec Bedser,Phil Sharpe,Alan Smith, with Doug Insole and Frank Mann
attending, and Bob Willis (captain)
Bob Willis was announced
as captain on 30 August.
Not considered:Fifteen players under a three-year ban because of the 1982 rebel
tour of South Africa.
(Amiss, Boycott, Emburey, Gooch, Hendrick, Humpage, Knott, Larkins, Lever,
Old, Sidebottom, Taylor,
Underwood, Willey, Woolmer).Otherwise
Tour Party Announced : 6 September 1983.
Neil Foster’s selection
was subject to the satisfactory surgery on his back (removal in August of two
Paul Downton was chosen to
stand-by because there was no second wicket-keeper on tour. In an emergency
Fowler was expected to take the gloves.
Not selected:Phil Edmonds.
Time between selection and departure from England
(6 September - 29 December )
Departure was on 29 December 1983.
The team flew from Gatwick
to play two one-day matches.
They then flew on to New
Zealand and arrived in Auckland on the evening of 4 January.
Leaving Auckland again
on 27 February the Boeing 747 developed engine trouble and was diverted to Sydney for repairs. The
team was unable to take off again until next day, because by now it was past
the 10 pm deadline for take-offs in Australia.arrived in Karachi on 28 February 1984.
Time spent in New Zealand
January - 27 February)
Time spent in Pakistan
February -27 March
Bob Willis (captain),David Gower (vice-captain),Ian
Botham,Alan Smith (manager),Norman Gifford (coach)
Norman Cowans missed early matches with a stomach upset.
A C S Pigott
Tony Pigott was playing for Wellington in the Shell
Shield when he was called up for the Christchurch Test match.
Fiji CA President’s XI
Won 198 r
Fiji CA President’s XI
Won 18 r
Won 77 r
NEW ZEALANDFirst Test
Won 112 r
NEW ZEALANDSecond Test
inns 132 r
NEW ZEALANDThird Test
Won 54 r
Won 6 w
Lost 7 w
Lost 6 w
ϯ not first-class
§one-day internationals (Rothman’s
Cup in NZ; Wills Cup in Pakistan)
Graham Dilley (numbness down his right side and subsequently
needed an operation on his neck), Bob Willis (virus) and Ian Botham (knee)
returned home early, unfit to play.
Twelve players returned to Heathrow Airport
on Tuesday 27 March
Time away from England
December - 27 March)
of the tour
"The Captain’s Diary: England
in Fiji, New Zealand and Pakistan 1983-84”by
Bob Willis (Collins, 1984)
Test tours in 1983-84
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