This tour, M.C.C.'s eighth to the West
Indies (on three of which there were no Test matches),
The tour restored good cricketing relations after the ill-feeling
caused on the 1953-54 visit. However, there was another riot, this time at
Port-of-Spain where bottles were hurled by sections of a record-sized crowd,
displeased at Charran Singh's run-out, and possibly politically-inspired.
M.C.C.'s new-look team included only six of those who had gone to
Australia and New Zealand
the previous winter, and was the first English tour party which had no member
over the age of thirty.
When Peter May had to return home because of the after-effects of
an operation, Cowdrey took over and held on to England's one-nil lead in the
M.C.C. played two matches in British Honduras (now Belize)
before returning home.
Opening batsmen:Geoff Pullar, Colin Cowdrey,
Raman Subba Row
Middle-order batsmenTed Dexter, Ken
Barrington, Peter May, Mike Smith
Wicket-keeper:Roy Swetman, Keith Andrew.
Slow bowlers:Ray Illingworth, David Allen, Tommy
bowlers:Fred Trueman, Brian
Statham, Alan Moss.
Allen, D A
Andrew, K V
Barrington, K F
M C Cowdrey
RHB opener vice-captain
E R Dexter
P B H May
Moss, A E
Pullar, G A
M J K Smith
Statham, J B
R Subba Row
Trueman, F S
Gs - Gloucestershire (1)
La - Lancashire
Mx - Middlesex (1)
Nth - Northamptonshire (2)
Sy - Surrey
Sx - Sussex (1)
Wk - Warwickshire (1)
Yo - Yorkshire
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(6 January 1960) :
27 yrs 6
Test Appearances made before the tour
May 59, Statham 47, Cowdrey 39, Trueman 31, Barrington 7, Dexter
7, Swetman 7, Moss 5, Smith 5, Greenhough 3, Illingworth 3, Pullar 3, Subba
Row 2, Andrew 1, Parks 1, Allen 0.
Walter Robins was named as tour
manager on 8 July 1959.
Gubby Allen (chairman), Doug Insole, Herbert Sutcliffe, Wilfred Wooller, Walter Robins (manager), Peter May (captain elect), Freddie
Brown and Donald Carr.
On 24 July M.C.C.
announced the names of 29 players who had been asked whether they were
available for the tour. Of these the following were not picked for the team
:Trevor Bailey, Tom Cartwright, Brian
Close, Godfrey Evans, Peter Loader, Tony Lock, Arthur Milton, John Mortimore,
John Murray, Gilbert Parkhouse, Harold Rhodes, Peter Richardson, David Sayer,
Unavailable :Trevor Bailey, Frank Tyson.
Peter May was confirmed as captain on 31 July.
The selectors announced a team offourteen names with one or two fast bowlers to be added later,
according to form and fitness.Rhodes
and Loader came under consideration but Alan Moss alone was chosen.
Tour party announced :25 August 1959.
Not selected :Tom Graveney,Jim Parks,Les Jackson (the first to take 100 wickets in the 1959 season).
Time between selection and departure from England
(25 August - 8 December)
Geoff Dyson, coach of the Amateur Athletics Association, was
called in to prepare the team before embarkation.
Departure was on 8 December 1959.The team sailed from Avonmouth for Barbados
on the ss 'Camito', arriving at Bridgetown on 17
Time spent in West
December - 1 April)
On-tour selection panel
Peter May, Walter Robins, Colin Cowdrey and Brian Statham. Trueman and Subba Row joined the committee
May returned home on 2 March. May's abdominal surgery would not
heal, a fact he concealed from his manager in the hope that he would be able
to remain fit enough to play. Colin Cowdrey took over the captaincy and Raman
Subba Row the vice-captaincy.
J M Parks
Jim Parks was coaching young players in Trinidad
when called to Georgetown
to be twelfth man in the Fourth Test (and he fielded because Subba Row
fractured a bone). Parks then remained with the team because May returned
On 16 March Brian Statham
had to fly back to England
because his son was ill, and Trueman, as senior professional, joined the tour
Subba Row took over the captaincy for the brief visit to Belize.
Cowdrey and Trueman flew back from Piarco
Airport after the final Test and
arrived at Heathrow, London,
on 1 April.
Subba Row, who took over the captaincy, accompanied by the
manager and eleven players, took a special flight in a Viscount to Stanley Field, Belize.After two light-hearted matches, M.C.C.
left for Jamaica on
Tuesday 5 April, with George Headley, who had coached the British
Honduras team.The M.C.C.
team flew out of Palisados Airport, Kingston,
at midnight on 6 April for New York and London.
Time spent away from England
(8 December - 6 April)
Accounts of the tour
"Through the Caribbean"
byAlan Ross (Hamish Hamilton, 1960;reissued Pavilion Books 1986)
"West Indies Revisited" by E W Swanton (Heinemann, 1960)