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England in WI 1990: New skipper enjoys opening win
Graham Gooch (far left) and members of England's squad in 1990

Graham Gooch's 1990 tourists unexpectedly won the first Test in Jamaica by nine wickets.

Experienced opener Gooch had been the last of the four captains England used in the summer of 1988, almost inheriting the job by default in succession to Mike Gatting, John Emburey and Chris Cowdrey.

Gooch was named as skipper for the tour of India that autumn, which was ultimately cancelled because several England players - including Gooch - had cricketing links with apartheid South Africa.

David Gower was restored as captain for the 1989 Ashes series with Australia - but a 4-0 series defeat ended his second stint in charge.

With Gatting leading a "rebel" tour to South Africa in 1989/90, Gooch was reappointed as captain of a youthful touring squad for the Caribbean.

Nasser Hussain and Alec Stewart made their Test debuts in the opening encounter - while Angus Fraser took 5-28 on the first day, and a century earned Allan Lamb the man-of-the-match award.



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England in West Indies 2009
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