Tuesday, December 9, 1997 Published at 08:12 GMT
Whitewashed - West Indies on the receiving end (Pt 2)
Viv Riohards - master of his world
Kings of one-day cricket
The early 1970s saw West Indian dominance challenged. Both India and Australia won series in the Caribbean, and even England gained a drawn rubber there.
Four years later, it was England on the receiving end in the final as Viv Richards - in the sort of form which made him a nightmare to bowl to - bludgeoned the sorry home bowlers for an unbeaten 138. With England collapsing from 183-2 to 194 all out, the West Indies coasted to victory by the huge margin of 92 runs.
Most of the 1980s was a period of Calypso Cricket as stars such as Richards, Greenidge and Haynes with the bat, and Garner, Marshall and Holding with the ball, strode triumphantly across the Test stage.
It was not to be a unique humiliation for England in modern times, however, as their visit to the Caribbean in 1986 ended with exactly the same 5-0 scoreline. By those standards, the West Indies slipped a little two years later when they allowed England to escape with a single draw in a 4-0 series win!
The early 1990s seemed set fair for the West Indies, especially with the emergence of batsman Brian Lara.
The downturn in West Indian fortunes, however, began just the following year when the Australians visited the Caribbean and came away with a 2-1 victory, crowned with a crushing innings win in the final Test in Jamaica. The Waugh brothers hammered the once-feared home pace attack all round the Sabina Park ground and Lara, once seemingly capable of winning matches on his own, could respond with only a duck in the crucial second innings.
Worse was to follow in the 1996 World Cup. Racked by internal dissension and criticised for lack of effort, the low point was a humiliating 73-run defeat at the hands of the part-timers from Kenya. In their six-team group, the West Indies finished last of the four qualifiers, ahead only of Kenya and Zimbabwe..
They eventually regrouped and reached the semi-finals, but the aura of invincibility was gone, replaced by an image of disorganisation and under-achievement.