As in 1990, a new broom had swept through the England side when they arrived in the Caribbean in 1994.
Another home Ashes series defeat had seen Graham Gooch resign the captaincy, which was handed to 25-year-old Cambridge University graduate Mike Atherton.
The touring party had an emphasis on youth - with Graham Thorpe, Matthew Maynard, Andy Caddick, Steve Watkin, Alan Igglesden and Ian Salisbury all having played fewer than five Tests - while the selections of Nasser Hussain and Mark Ramprakash ahead of the "old guard" such as Mike Gatting pointed to a desire to build to the future.
But before the first warm-up game, enigmatic all-rounder Chris Lewis made a play for the most bizarre cricketing injury of all time when he shaved his head and subsequently went down with sunstroke after failing to wear a hat during outdoor practice.
And the West Indian domination, so familiar to English supporters from the 1980s, continued as they won the first Test in Jamaica by eight wickets.
Atherton made a characteristically battling 144 in the second Test in Guyana, but Brian Lara (167) and Jimmy Adams (137) set up an innings victory and a 2-0 lead in the series.
But more humiliation was to follow: set 194 to win the third Test in Trinidad, England were bowled out for just 46. Alec Stewart made 18; extras was the next highest scorer with seven. Curtly Ambrose took 6-24.
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