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31 years of hurt
England last beat the West Indies in a Test series way back in 1969. We look back at each of those series to see how both teams fared.
1969: England 2 West Indies 0
Ray Illingworth's England team prevailed in this three Test series, with England comfortably taking the first at Old Trafford by ten wickets. The second, at Lord's, was drawn before England won the final Test at Headingley by 30 runs, partly thanks to Derek Underwood picking up four second innings wickets.
1973: West Indies 2 England 0
Another home, three-Test series but Illingworth was powerless to prevent a West Indies revival that started in the first Test at The Oval. The visitors were inspired by Clive Lloyd's batting and Keith Boyce's fast bowling to win by an innings and 158 runs. A draw at Edgbaston was followed by the visitors winning at Lord's by the massive margin of an innings and 226 runs.
1973/74: West Indies 1 England 1
In the Caribbean, England got off to a bad start by losing the first Test by seven wickets but they stopped the rot by drawing the next three. In a thrilling finale to the series, they won the last Test by 26 runs, with Tony Greig getting five vital second innings wickets.
1976: England 0 West Indies 3
1980: West Indies 1 England 0
The first Test, at Trent Bridge, was the only one of the series with a conclusive outcome, as the West Indies, on a bowler's wicket, won by two wickets. Rain affected all of the next four Tests which were drawn.
1980/81: West Indies 2 England 0
A comfortable series victory for the West Indies on home soil, as they picked up wins in the first two Tests by wide margins. England fought back in the last two Tests to force draws, with Graham Gooch hitting an impressive 153 in the last Test.
The series that brought the term 'blackwash' into English cricket. West Indies won every Test as their bowlers - namely Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Michael Holding - and their batsmen took turns to wreak havoc on their opponents, ensuring the series was wrapped up in the third Test at Headingley.
1985/86: West Indies 5 England 0
In the Caribbean, England had a nightmare, losing every Test by extremely wide margins as the West Indies batsmen helped themselves to the English bowling. There were two wins by 10 wickets and the English batsmen offered scant resistance to the likes of Holding and Marshall.
1988: West Indies 4 England 0
For the second successive home series against the West Indies, England failed to win a Test. Marshall was the key again, picking up 35 wickets. The first was a draw, but the visitors won the next four, with a youthful Courtney Walsh on impressive form, clearly learning from Marshall. England had four different captains in this series to add to the confusion.
1989/90: West Indies 2 England 1
In the Caribbean, England took a shock first Test lead, which they held on to through one abandoned and one drawn Test. But the fourth saw the home team fight back with a comfortable win, which they repeated in the fifth and final Test to clinch the series.
1991: England 2 West Indies 2
For the first time since 1969, England won a Test on home soil against the West Indies, and got things off to an encouraging start at Headingley as they won by 115 runs. A draw at Lord's saw things move on to Trent Bridge where the visitors won by nine wickets, mainly thanks to great bowling from Walsh and his partner Curtly Ambrose. The West Indies won again at Edgbaston by seven wickets but Phil Tufnell, with six second innings wickets in the fifth and final Test, spun England to a victory which levelled the series.
1993/94: West Indies 3 England 1
1995: England 2 West Indies 2
Another drawn series, this time over six Tests. However West Indies took the lead in the first at Headingley only to be pegged back at Lord's by Dominic Cork's seven wickets on his debut. In a topsy-turvy series the visitors won at Edgbaston and then England levelled the series at Old Trafford, again helped by Cork, who picked up a hat-trick in the second innings. The next two were dominated by batsmen, especially Brian Lara, who hit his third century of the series in the final Test.
1997/98: West Indies 3 England 1
In the Caribbean, England managed a win, a loss and a draw in the first three Tests. The West Indies moved clear with a 242 run victory in the fourth and they clinched the series in the sixth and final Test with a comfortable win by an innings and 52 runs to retain the Wisden Trophy once again.
2000: England 3 West Indies 1
England lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 93 runs but re-gathered themselves to win at Lord's in thrilling fashion on the third day. A draw at Old Trafford followed before England took a decisive series lead at Headingley in a Test that didn't even last two days. With a win at The Oval, England finally beat the West Indies in a series and regained the Wisden Trophy after 31 long years.
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