Here is All the Information You Could Want about the West Indies Cricket Team

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The West Indies cricket team, commonly referred to as The Windies, is a composite team that is made up of cricketers from fifteen different Caribbean territories. They are controlled by Cricket West Indies and have been a Full Member of the ICC since the 31st May 1926. If you want to find out a bit more about their history, the clothing that they wear while playing, who some of their current best players are, how they have done at previous world tournaments, what their record against other nations is, and how they are currently doing, then just keep reading as all will be revealed.

West Indies Cricketing History

The West Indies cricket team was started in the 1880s, when a combined team from the West Indies toured the United States and Canada. Then, in the 1890s, representative sides were chosen to play against some touring English sides. It was then decided that a West Indies side would tour England, and this went on to become a common occurrence all the way up 1913. However, for some reason not quite known, these matches stopped, and the West Indies didn’t play cricket again until they toured England in 1923. It must be pointed out that the early West Indian sides were more white-dominated due to the fact that the British had colonised there too. This was more of a social thing than racial discrimination.

The Marylebone Cricket Club wanted to create awareness of cricket throughout Britain’s empire, which is why the West Indies, alongside New Zealand, and India became Full Members of the ICC in 1926. This meant that they could now take part in official test matches. On the 23rd of June, 1928, the West Indies became the fourth team to play test cricket when they took on England at Lord’s. This was a three-match series that visitors went on to lose very heavily. They didn’t score more than 250 runs in any of their innings and they failed to bowl England out for anything less than 350 runs.

The West Indies picked up their first test win on the 26th February, 1930. They played a series against a weakened England side and drew it 1-1. They have always been blessed with some fantastic players, but their success in international cricket remained quite sporadic right up until the 1960s.

In 1960, Sir Frank Worrell became the first black captain of the West Indies as he was chosen to take a team to Australia. Worrell would be the captain for the next three years and he helped to mould a bunch of raw but talented cricketers into one of the best teams that the world has ever seen. In 1960, the Aussies had the best team around, but they were on a slow downward spiral, while the West Indies side was only moving in one direction, and that was up. When the two teams met, the produced what has been called one of the best series of all time.

The first test ended in a tie (this was the first time this had happened), with both sides winning one of the next two. In the fourth match, Australia’s final two batsmen were able to bat for 100 minutes to ensure that their side earned a draw. This meant that there was everything to play for in the final test of the series. Australia went on to win the match by two wickets. The West Indies might have lost, but they created such an impression that the trophy was re-named the Frank Worrell Trophy.

The following year, the West Indies destroyed India 5-0 at home and they then beat a talented England team 3-1 in 1963. This was the last test series that Worrell played, and he was replaced as captain by none other than Garfield Sobers. In 1964, the West Indies hosted the Aussies again and won the series 2-1. They were now basically the best team in the world.

Things started to go awry in 1968 when they lost to Australia 3-1, drew with New Zealand, and then lost to England 2-0 the following year. In 1970, they lost to India for the very first time. The next year they played a five-match series against New Zealand that ended in a 0-0 draw. In 1972 they played against Australia in the Caribbean and lost once again. They got back to winning ways in 1972 when they toured England and won the series 2-0.

The emergence of great players such as Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge, and Vivian Richards helped the West Indies to win the very first ICC Cricket World Cup that took place in 1975. After this, more great players joined the team such as Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Colin Croft, and Malcolm Marshall. The West Indies now had a team with a tremendous amount of quality. They went on to retain their trophy at the 1979 World Cup and then went on to dominate world cricket right up until around 1998. Along the way, cricket fans were lucky to see the emergence of players such as Brian Lara, Ian Bishop, Curtly Ambrose, and Phil Simmons.

They toured South Africa in 1998 and lost 5-0. They then failed to get through the group stage of the 1999 World Cup, and then they lost to England for the first time in three decades. If this wasn’t bad enough, they followed this up with a 5-0 defeat to Australia and then lost 2-0 to New Zealand in 1999.

They have not been a world power in test cricket for almost two decades now, but they have a decent ODI team and a very strong T20 team. At the moment their coach is Phil Simmons, the test captain is Jason Holder, and the limited overs captain is Kieron Pollard.

What Colours Are Associated with the West Indies Team?

Different coloured kits are worn depending on the format that is being played. Below you can find out about what they wear for test cricket as well as what they wear for limited overs cricket.

Test Cricket

When they are playing test matches, they, like all other teams, have to wear white trousers and a white t-shirt. When they are fielding, you will see them wearing a maroon cap or sunhat with the WICB logo in the centre. Their helmets are the same colour and also have the WICB logo in the centre. This logo is also on the left side of the t-shirt and the right leg of the trousers. The name of their sponsor, which is currently Sandals, can be seen on the right side of the t-shirt.

ODI and T20 Cricket

When taking part in one-day cricket matches, the team wear maroon trousers and a maroon t-shirt. On the shirt you will their sponsor’s name and the WICB logo. The cap that they wear is also maroon with a couple of yellow stripes. Once again, the WICB logo can be seen in the centre. Their T20 outfit is similar, with the only difference being that the front of the t-shirt is yellow instead of maroon. The helmets that they wear in both shortened formats are maroon.

A Look at Some of West Indies Talented Cricket Players?

The West Indies have always had talented players playing for them. We will now take a look at three talented players who are currently playing for the national team.

Chris Gayle

Cricket lovers from all around the world love watching Gayle bat because when he gets going, there is very little that can be done to stop him. With what seems to be little effort, he is able to dispatch opposition bowlers out of the park. He retired from test cricket five years ago, but he is still giving bowlers nightmares in the shortened versions of the game. In fact, he is considered to be one of the best T20 players ever. Furthermore, he is the only player who has scored a triple hundred in test cricket, a double hundred in the ODI format, and a hundred in the T20 version.

In 101 test matches, he scored 7,214 runs (15 centuries and 37 half-centuries) at an average of 42.18. He has played 301 ODI matches and has scored a whopping 10,480 runs (25 centuries and 54 half-centuries) at an average of 37.83. In the 58 T20 games that he has played, he has scored 1,627 runs (2 centuries and 13 half-centuries) at an average of 32.54 runs.

He calls himself the Universe Boss, and we think he has earned the right to do so.

Kemar Roach

Roach, despite his relatively small stature, is your typical West Indies bowler that is capable of bowling up to speeds of 150 kph. He made his test debut back in 2009 and, in 2012, he became the first West Indies player to pick up 10 wickets in a test match since 2005.

In the 55 test matches that he has played to date, Roach has picked up 193 wickets at an average of 26.94. He has played 92 ODI matches and has dismissed 124 batsmen at an average of 30.34. When it comes to T20 cricket, he has only played 11 matches for his national side. In these matches, he picked up 10 wickets at an average of 28.40.

Shimron Hetmyer

He is only 22, but from what little we have seen of him on the international stage, it is clear that he has a bright future ahead of him. In February, 2019, he scored a century against England in 82 balls, which is the fastest century scored by a West Indian against England.

To date, he has played 13 test matches and has scored 754 runs (5 half-centuries) at an average of 30.16. In the 37 ODI matches that he has played, he has scored 1,199 runs (4 centuries and 4 half-centuries) at an average of 38.67. His T20 career hasn’t got off to the greatest of starts. In 14 matches he has scored just 116 runs at an average of 10.54.

However, it is clear that he has the talent to improve on all of his averages.

How Have the Windies Performed on the World Stage?

This is how the West Indies have performed at the Cricket World Cup, T20 World Cup, and the ICC Champions Trophy.

ICC Cricket World Cup

Year

Round

Position

1975Champions

1/8

1979Champions

1/8

1983

Runners-up

2/8

1987

Round 1

5/8

1992

Round 1

6/9

1996

Semi-finals

4/12

1999Round 1

9/12

2003

Round 1

9/14

2007

Super 8

6/16

2011

Quarter-finals

8/14

2015

Quarter-finals

8/14

2019

Group Stage

9/10

ICC T20 World Cup

Year

Round

Position

2007Group Stage

11/12

2009

Semi-finals

4/12

2010

Super 8

6/12

2012

Champions

1/12

2014Semi-finals

3/16

2016

Champions

1/16

 *The 2016 tournament took place in India and the final saw the West Indies take on England. The Windies needed 19 runs from the final over to win the match and Carlos Braithwaite stepped up and deposited Ben Stokes into the crowd four times to win the match. This made the West Indies the only side to have won this tournament more than once.

ICC Champions Trophy

Year

Round

Position

1998

Runners-up

2/9

2000

Round 1

11/11

2002

Round 1

7/12

2004

Champions

1/12

2006

Runners-up

2/10

2009

Round 1

8/8

2013

Round 1

7/8

2017

Did Not Qualify

*The ICC decided to get rid of this tournament after the 2017 edition as they only want one major global tournament for each format of the game.

Let’s Look at How the West Indies Have Performed Against Everyone Else

Below you will find a complete breakdown of how the West Indies have performed against all of the major cricketing nations in test, ODIs, and T20s.

Test Performances

Opponents

Matches PlayedWonLostDrawnTied

Win %

Australia

1163258251

27.58

Bangladesh

128220

66.66

England

1535547510

35.94

India

973021460

30.93

New Zealand

451313190

28.88

Pakistan

521720150

32.69

South Africa

2831870

10.71

Sri Lanka

194870

17.64

Zimbabwe

86021

32.09

ODI Performances

Opponents

Matches PlayedWonLostTiedNo Result

Win %

Afghanistan

62301

40.00

Australia

140607433

44.89

Bangladesh

38211502

58.33

England

102445206

45.83

India

129626223

50.00

Ireland

97101

87.50

New Zealand

65302807

51.72

Pakistan

134716030

54.10

South Africa62154412

25.83

Sri Lanka

57282603

51.85

Zimbabwe

48361011

77.65

T20 Performances

Opponents

Matches PlayedWonLostTiedNo Result

Win %

Afghanistan

43100

75.00

Australia116500

54.54

Bangladesh

126501

54.54

England

1811700

61.11

India

145801

38.46

Ireland

42101

66.66

New Zealand

133631

37.50

Pakistan

1431100

21.42

South Africa

104600

40.00

Sri Lanka

93600

33.33

Zimbabwe

32100

66.66

*Looking at the stats in all three formats, it would seem that South Africa are the West Indies bogey team.

How Have the West Indies Cricket Team Been Getting on of Late?

After a dismal World Cup in which the only team that they finished above was Afghanistan, they had a few weeks off before they had to travel to India to play two test matches in the ICC World Test Championship. They were destroyed in both tests, losing the first one by 318 runs and the second by 257 runs.

Next up for them is three-match T20 series against Afghanistan at the beginning of November. They will then play Afghanistan in three ODI matches before they round up the tour with a one-off test. The limited over matches will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, India, while the test match will be played at the Doon Sports Club in Northern India.

The matches are not being played in Afghanistan due to safety reasons.

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