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England in WI 1998: Ambrose and Walsh prevail
Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh celebrate, while Mike Atherton - pictured carrying the drinks in the subsequent one-day international series - steps down as England captain

If the third Test raised English hopes of a come-from-behind series victory, West Indies resumed their iron grip on the series in Guyana.

England fielded two spinners and just two front-line seam bowlers - while the Windies gave a rare Test outing to leg-break bowler Dinanath Ramnarine.

But it was business as usual for new-ball pair Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, who rolled England over in four days - the tourists were bowled out for 137 chasing 380 to win in the fourth innings.

In the fifth Test in Barbados, Graham Thorpe (103) and Mark Ramprakash (154) made first-innings centuries for England but the match was drawn, leaving the West Indies 2-1 up with one Test remaining.

But the home side proved the stronger in the final Test in Antigua, completing an innings victory - with Ambrose and Walsh once again to the fore.

Mike Atherton resigned as England captain following the series, and was replaced by Alec Stewart.

BBC News report: Atherton resigns

see also
England in West Indies 2009
29 Dec 08 |  England

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