English cricket May 10, 2012

The winter of 1989-90

Rob Smyth in the Guardian revisits the winter of 1989-90, when England took on West Indies in the Caribbean, during which they came remarkably close to winning the Test series against the all-powerful hosts.

Rob Smyth in the Guardian revisits the winter of 1989-90, when England took on West Indies in the Caribbean, during which they came remarkably close to winning the Test series against the all-powerful hosts.

West Indies won 2-1, although England deserved at least a draw and could have won the series. By the end of the series half the batting line-up were soldiering on with broken bones. Failure, if that's what it was, doesn't come much more heroic. And it was a fair trade to lose the series in return for the win at Jamaica. The memories of that Test will always keep us warm.

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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