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England in WI 1986: Marshall breaks Gatting's nose
Mike Gatting is helped from the field (left) after having his nose broken by Malcolm Marshall; David Smith (top right) and Greg Thomas (top left) were England debutants in the first Test

Having inflicted a 5-0 "Blackwash" on England on their home soil in 1984, the West Indies side of the mid-1980s was the most feared in world cricket.

England had regained the Ashes the following summer from an Australia side weakened by retirements and a "rebel" tour to apartheid South Africa - but still arrived in the Caribbean in January 1986 with some trepidation.

West Indies' pack of predatory fast bowlers was now headed by Malcolm Marshall, who had taken 24 wickets in the 1984 series, despite missing one Test with injury - and had even taken 7-53 in one Test with his left hand in plaster.

And Marshall was to leave an indelible mark on the 1986 tour before the Tests had begun - breaking rugged England batsman Mike Gatting's nose with a vicious bouncer in the first one-day international.

To add insult to injury, the ball then dropped onto Gatting's stumps - and when it was returned to the bowler, a piece of bone was still embedded in it.

Gatting flew home, although he bravely returned for the final Test.

But it was business as usual for the West Indies, as England were beaten by 10 wickets in the first Test in Jamaica (having handed debuts to batsman David Smith and seamer Greg Thomas) and by seven wickets in the second in Trinidad.

Watch BBC archive video of Malcolm Marshall and other West Indies legends



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