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West Indian cricket team in England in 1957

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West Indian cricket team in England in 1957

The West Indies cricket team toured England in the 1957 season to play a five-match Test series against England.

England won the series 3-0 with two matches drawn. West Indies' spinners Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine were unable to repeat the success they had had on the 1950 tour, and though the young Wes Hall was in the team, the fast bowling was not yet as potent as it would be in a few years, and Hall did not play in the Tests.

West Indies side

The West Indies team was captained by John Goddard, who had led the successful 1950 team. The vice-captain was Clyde Walcott but towards the end of the tour, when both Goddard and Walcott were injured, the team was captained in some matches by Frank Worrell who "showed unmistaken gifts of leadership", according to Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

The full side was:

Kanhai was used as the reserve wicketkeeper and, because his batting was deemed stronger than Alexander's, was used as the wicketkeeper in the first three Test matches, though Wisden said that he was "little more than a stopper". Ganteaume, a wicketkeeper during his early career with Trinidad, did not keep wicket on the tour.

Alexander, Asgarali, Gilchrist, Hall and Kanhai had not played Test cricket before this tour; all except Hall made their Test debuts during the series. Of the other players who had played Test cricket before 1957, only Ganteaume did not make an appearance during the Test series.

Test series summary

  • 1st Test at Edgbaston – match drawn
  • 2nd Test at Lord's – England won by an innings and 36 runs
  • 3rd Test at Trent Bridge – match drawn
  • 4th Test at Headingley – England won by an innings and 5 runs
  • 5th Test at The Oval – England won by an innings and 237 runs

External sources

  • CricketArchive – tour summaries

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