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West Indies Cricket Team Guide
The West Indies cricket team is made up of several different nations and territories in the Caribbean region. The governing body is Cricket West Indies. They are full ICC members, playing in prestigious tournaments such as the ICC ODI World Cup, The Champions Trophy and the T20 World Cup.
History Of The West Indies Cricket Team
The West Indies became the fourth team to be granted Test match status in 1928. By the late 1970’s the West Indies cricket team were recognised as the strongest team in world cricket. This status would be consistent throughout the 1980’s when they enjoyed a sustained period of dominance. Famous for its four man pace attack and great batsmen, the West Indies cricket team were a formidable outfit. The West Indies won the first two World Cups, have won The ICC Champions Trophy once and the ICC T20 World Cup twice.
Where Does The West Indies Cricket Team Play?
The most famous venues that have hosted the West Indies cricket team still in use today are Kensington Oval (home of the Barbados national cricket team), Queens Park Oval (Trinidad and Tobago and Sabina Park (Jamaica).
Former Captains Of The West Indies Cricket Team
The West Indies cricket team remarkable rise to being the arguably most formidable and feared Test team of all time can in no small part put down to the captaincy of Clive Lloyd. He captained the team for 11 years overseeing two World Cup wins and dominance in Test Cricket.
Legendary all rounder Garfield Sobers led the West Indies cricket team between 1964 and 1972, he is recognised as one of the greatest all rounders to ever play the game. A prodigious attacking batsman who averaged 57.78 in Tests and who held the World record score of 365 Not Out, and as a bowler he was equally adept at bowling left arm swing, orthodox left arm and left arm wrist spin! A true all round cricketer and great of the game.
Top Run Scorers In West Indies Cricket Team History
Brian Lara broke the Test record score twice in his stellar career, both times against the England cricket team (375 not out and 400 not out). He scored 22,260 runs for the West Indies cricket team overall.
Top Wicket Takers In West Indies Cricket Team History
Courtney Walsh removed 746 batters in Tests and ODI’s for the West Indies cricket team during his career.
Memorable Games For The West Indies Cricket Team
It’s rare that a batsman defeats a team on his own, but the ‘master blaster’ Viv Richards did just that at Old Trafford in 1984 against England in a ODI. He scored an incredible 189 not out hitting 21 fours and 5 sixes as the West Indies cricket team scored 272/ 9. They bowled England out 168, Richards winning by 21 runs!
By 1994, the West Indies cricket team were at the back end of their period of dominance but still had a fine battery of fast bowlers. Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh were two of the best to wear the maroon cap of the West Indies. England were already 2-0 down heading for Trinidad for the third Test of a five match series but had reason to think they had a real chance of getting back into the series when they were set an achievable 194 to win with four sessions of the match remaining. By the close of day four, Ambrose and Walsh had left those hopes in tatters reducing the hapless tourists to 40/8. England avoided their lowest ever score by one run as they were blown away for just 46 with Ambrose taking 6 for 24, Walsh 3 for 16. Series over.