Windies Marks 90 Years Of Test Cricket

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Jason Holder (L) of West Indies and Suranga Lakmal (R) of Sri Lanka receives the trophy from David Hinds of Sandals at the end of day 4 of the 3rd Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, on June 26, 2018. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo credit should read RANDY BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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By NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 29, 2018: West Indies Captain, Jason Holder, has described leading West Indies in the historic third Test against Sri Lanka as “a special honor” as the Caribbean side marked the 90 year anniversary of test cricket this week.

“It is great to be part of the 90th anniversary of West Indies Test cricket and for me it’s a special honor to lead the team in this historic match,” said the 26-year-old Barbadian. “There is rich legacy in West Indies cricket with many of the greats of the game having graced the West Indies dressing room.

“Just to mention a few – Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Malcolm Marshall, Sir Curtly Ambrose and a list of other amazing cricketers who gave their all for our game and made it what it is today,” he added.

June 23rd marked 90 years to the day when Karl Nunes of Jamaica led West Indies in their first Test against England at Lord’s in 1928. That team included some notable pioneers in regional cricket history, including all-rounder Sir Learie Constantine, batsmen George Challenor and Clifford Roach, and fast bowler Herman Griffith.

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“When you look back at the last 90 years we have had some great men perform some great feats,” Holder added. “This is an occasion to pay tribute to everyone who has contributed to making our game what it is today.”

The current Test is the West Indies’ 533rd. These include 169 victories, 187 defeats and 175 draws over the 90 years. They also played a famous tie match against Australia at the Gabba in December 1960.

The current Test match is also the 53rd Test match at Kensington Oval where the Windies won 24, lost 11 and drawn 17. At home, West Indies have played 242 matches with 86 wins, 61 defeats and 95 draws.

Brian Lara holds the record for the most Test runs with 11, 912 in 130 matches followed by Shiv Chanderpaul, 11, 867 in 164 matches and Sir Vivian Richards with 8, 540 in 121 matches.

Lara’s monumental 400 not out against England is the highest score in history.

Courtney Walsh holds the record for the most wickets with 517 in 132 matches followed by Sir Curtly Ambrose with 405 in 98 matches and Malcolm Marshall with 376 in 81 matches.


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