Somebody (Mcbean perhaps ?) mentioned a while back that the last
series WI lost at home was in 1973 against Aus. I didn't realize
that it was 20 years ago, but that was a good series. I am writing
this from memory, so I could be wrong on some of the facts.
That was Kanhai's first stint as captain, of a pretty poor WI side
if I recall and WI lost 2-0. Australia had Stackpole, Redpath,
The Chappells, Ross Edwards, Marsh, O'keefe, Walker ( I can't
remember if Lillee, McKenzie and or Mallett were on that tour )
Good batting side, not such a great bowling side.
WI had a pace bowler called Uton Dowe who was pretty bad, Gibbs
and Vanburn Holder. There was a 19-year old leftarm spinner called
Eliquimedo Willet who made his debut in that series. I am fuzzy on
the Wi batsmen except Kanhai. Rowe, Fredericks, Carew. Sobers was
not there for some reason (although he played in England afterwards
and even made a hundred).
One of the tests, I remember, featured the Chappelli, coming
together at around 19/2 losing Stackpole and Redpath to brilliant
slip catches by Kanhai. Greg made a hundred and Ian was run out
for 72 or so. Really the first time I was exposed to their greatness.
One of the tests (4th or 5th) was won by Aus by 10 wkts. The first
innings scores were pretty close, WI caved in for a small score
and Aus set to make 135 made it look simple with Redpath/Stackpole.
Any WIans, Aussies old enough :-( to give more details on the series ?
That brings me to Redpath. What do Aussies think of him? I always
thought he was underrecognized. Remember that the WI vs Aus 1975
featured some great achievements, but Redpath hit THREE hundreds
in the series. One of the was overshadowed by Chappell's 182*, the
other by Cosier's century on debut.
By the way, since Redpath/Stackpole Aus has never had a consistent
opening pair. In my memory, Greenidge/Haynes and Boycott/Amiss were
the only great opening pairs since then. ( No I am not forgetting
Gavaskar and the 16 partners he had :-))
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