The second Test in Guyana was abandoned without a ball bowled because of rain - and the third, in Trinidad, also ended controversially.
Buoyed by Jamaican-born fast bowler Devon Malcolm, who took match figures of 10-137, England's victory target was just 151.
Graham Gooch retired hurt with a fractured hand, but rain and some fairly blatant time-wasting in the field by acting West Indies skipper Desmond Haynes slowed the over-rate to nearly eight overs an hour, and the match was drawn.
With Gooch ruled out, Northamptonshire's Allan Lamb led England for the last two Tests - but with Viv Richards back to captain the home side, the West Indies triumphed in both Barbados and Antigua.
There was also a new fast bowling hero on the Caribbean scene. Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Michael Holding had all retired, while the great Malcolm Marshall was nearing the end of his Test career.
But Antigua's Curtly Ambrose was man of the match in both those two victories, taking 16 wickets in those two games, including 8-45 in the second innings in Barbados.
Together with Courtney Walsh, he would form the backbone of the Windies pace attack in the 1990s.
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