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Best Ever West Indian Test Cricket Eleven

What talent to choose from and some truely great players have missed out. The West Indians have a role in New Zealand’s cricket history through being the opposition in New Zealand’s first test win at Eden Park in 1956 but, it was on their Australian Tour in 1961 that they first really came to my attention – remember the first ever tied test in Brisbane. Then of course in the late 70’s and early 1980’s they dominated world cricket under the captaincy of Clive Lloyd, with a strong batting line up and a battery of fast bowlers.

Have a look at my best ever team:

  1. Gordon Greenidge
  2. Conrad Hunte
  3. George Headley
  4. Everton Weekes
  5. Viv Richards
  6. Garfield Sobers
  7. Jeffrey Dujon
  8. Joel Garner
  9. Michael Holding
  10. Wesley Hall
  11. Lance Gibbs

George Headley, known in his day as `the black Bradman’ would be Captain with Roger Harper 12th Man.

It says much for the West Indies that batsmen Brian Lara, Clyde Walcott, Clive Lloyd, Frank Worrell and Rohan Kanhai did not make the cut and nor did bowlers Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall, Sonny Ramadhin, or Alf Valentine. They also had the equivalent of our Rodney Redmond with VH Stollemeyer scoring 96 in his only test innings, as it was 1939 obviously the second world war curtailed his cricketing career.

I have seen the West Indies play twice – the first time against a North Island X1 at Napier in the late 60’s and again when they played India at the Basin Reserve in the 1992 World Cup. In Napier Seymour Nurse scored a hundred plus and it was Clive Lloyds first West Indies tour I believe.

Have you seen them.

Written by pdm1946

February 20, 2021 at 5:22 am

Posted in Sport.

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  1. Reblogged this on Utopia, you are standing in it!.

    Jim Rose

    February 20, 2021 at 7:22 am

  2. The Windies have too many great players to fit in one XI, so I’ll only argue against one omission: Malcolm Marshall. A strong case can be made that he was the greatest fast bowler of all time, so leaving him out would be a form of cricket heresy.

    I wonder too if in time Joshua da Silva will supplant Dujon as their greatest keeper, as even at this early point in his career, it’s clear he’s an exceptional player.


    February 20, 2021 at 7:52 am

    • Who would you drop for Marshall? I certainly considered him as I did Andy Roberts.

      My first thoughts were that Worrell would be my captain but I just couldn’t find a place for him.


      February 20, 2021 at 8:10 am

    • Probably Garner, but frankly so many of those Windies fast bowlers were equally and interchangeably deadly. You could construct a second separate team of these guys and it would kick butt just the same. You didn’t even mention Ambrose and Walsh. But Marshall was on another level even by those standards.

      It actually makes me sad thinking about how far Windies cricket has fallen in this century. Who would even be a contender in the modern era? Maybe Chris Gayle? It’s been dreadfully mismanaged. Most of their best players now were playing hit and giggle in the UAE rather than donning the maroon to play a test series.


      February 20, 2021 at 11:34 am

    • So true what you say about the current situation with West Indies Cricket. I think there is a fair bit of friction between the islands and therefore the spirit is gone. Probably needs a Worrell and a Tony Cozier and a few others with a bit of credibility to bring them into line. I mention Cozier because he was an outstanding commentator who did a lot for cricket.

      Yes Ambrose was another contender – the number two team would be very hard to beat.


      February 20, 2021 at 1:59 pm

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