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banner Wednesday, 30 August, 2000, 10:04 GMT 11:04 UK
Eyes on the prize
Nasser Hussain and Alec Stewart
Will a Test series win follow one-day success?
It might not have the same historic significance as The Ashes, but there is nothing Nasser Hussain would like more than to lift the Wisden Trophy.

It has been at stake in every England v West Indies Test series since 1963, when John Wisden & Co presented it to mark the centenary edition of their world famous Cricketers' Almanack.

Ray Illingworth is the only England captain to have held the trophy aloft since then, following their win in the three-Test series in 1969.

Their record of failure since then is one of the longest in any event featuring two international teams with a prize at stake.

West Indies won the trophy back with a 2-0 victory in 1973 and have hold onto it in 12 series since then, winning nine and drawing the other three.

Brian Lara
Brian Lara lifts the Wisden Trophy two years ago
Only Great Britain's golfers have endured such a depressing run of results with the USA retaining the Ryder Cup on 13 occasions, before the home side - by then called Europe - won at The Belfry in 1985.

Women's tennis saw Britain lose 11 successive Wightman Cup matches to the USA between 1979 and 1989 before the event was removed from the calendar.

England can take consolation in the fact that they achieved cricket's longest international winning sequence, having avoided defeat against New Zealand in 20 consecutive series until 1983-4.

The Wisden Trophy is normally kept in the museum at Lord's, but unlike The Ashes, it is allowed to be taken overseas.

It was transported to Antigua in 1998 and presented to then West Indies captain Brian Lara following his side's 3-1 win.

Now it falls to his successor Jimmy Adams to try and inspire them to victory at The Oval and avoid the trophy finally being lifted again by English hands.

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