If he had been fit enough to play for Glamorgan in the previous
summer, Tony Lewis would have been first choice for the captaincy once the
West Indies’ victory at Lord’s had swept Illingworth out of consideration.
The selectors turned to successful county captain Mike Denness, a fact leaked
by the press several days before the official announcement.
Against long odds Denness’s team won the final Test at to square
the series one-all.Ironically,
Denness’s main rivals for the captaincy Greig and Boycott contributed the
vital runs and wickets.
Earlier in a controversial incident at Port of Spain Tony Greig
had run out Kallicharran off the last ball of the day’s play. The West Indies
Board and M.C.C. handled the matter quickly to make clear that Greig would
not be disciplined nor the progress of the tour affected because the appeal
against Kallicharran had been withdrawn and he could resume his innings.
The tour concluded with a brief visit to Bermuda
to play two matches.
Turner, the Leicestershire C.C.C. secretary, declined an offer to manager the
Alec Bedser (chairman),
Donald Carr,Aidan Crawley, Mike Denness (captain), Alan Smith,Brian Taylor, Ossie Wheatley.
The captain was chosen on
27 August and his name announced on 31 August.
Not considered:Phil Edmonds, Cambridge University captain and left-arm spinner, having
been born in Zambia, was
not qualified to play for England
Party Announced : 9 September 1973.
Not selected:Ray Illingworth,Graham Roope,John Snow.
Time between selection and departure from England
(9 September - 11 January)
The team left England
on 11 January 1974, flying from Heathrow
Airport to Seawell
Airport, Bridgetown, Barbados.
Time spent in West
January -11 April)
Mike Denness (captain), Tony Greig , Geoffrey
Boycott, Donald Carr (tour manager).
Combined Islands (50 overs)
Lost 5 r
Windward Islands (3-day)
WEST INDIESFirst Test
WEST INDIES Second Test
Lost 10 w
WEST INDIES Third Test
Won 5 w
WEST INDIESFourth Test
WEST INDIESFifth Test
Won inns 11 r
Somerset C.C. (1-day)
† not first-class
Time spent in Australia before First Test: 2 days
(11 January - 2 February)
appearances on tour
5 -Amiss, Boycott, Denness, Greig, Knott.
4 -Fletcher, Hayes, Old, Pocock,
3 -Arnold, Willis.
2 -Birkenshaw, Jameson
0 -Hendrick, Taylor.
x other match
W wonL lostD drawnTtied
Ccancelledu unknown result
It is debatable whether the
second match against Windward Islands on 19
January was actually a fresh match, or simply the first carried on as one
without f-c- status? John Woodcock in The Times wrote “…for two hours and a
half play was possible, though in such poor conditions that the match was
stripped of its first-class status”
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