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England in WI 1981: Jackman's visa and Holding's magic over
West Indies' fearsome pace quartet of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft and Joel Garner (left); Robin Jackman's South African links (top right) saw a Test cancelled; while the death of Ken Barrington (bottom right) was a sad moment for England

Less than a year after West Indies had won the 1980 summer series, England - captained by Ian Botham - were on their way to the Caribbean.

In the first Test, West Indies batted into the third day to score 426-9 declared - and then bowled England out twice for 178 and 169 to win by an innings.

However, the second Test at Georgetown was then cancelled after the Guyanese government revoked the entry visa of England seamer Robin Jackman because of his cricketing links with apartheid South Africa, where he had played and coached.

Jackman was finally to make his Test debut in the third game in Barbados, where the Windies won by 298 runs to take a 2-0 lead with two Tests remaining.

Viv Richards' 182 not out in the second innings had batted England out of the match, but one over on the second day is still seen by some as "the greatest over of them all".

Pace bowler Michael Holding fired in a series of increasingly fast and unplayable deliveries at England opener Geoff Boycott, who struggled to preserve his wicket before the last ball shattered his stumps.

Watch BBC archive video of Michael Holding and other West Indies legends

However, it was overshadowed as that evening, former England batting legend Ken Barrington - now the team's assistant manager - collapsed and died of a heart attack at the team hotel.

The last two Tests were drawn - West Indies won the series 2-0.



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

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