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As great as the sum of their parts

Nov 3, 2011: George Dobell picks his top five teams in the history of Test cricket

George Dobell

Tests: England 0 West Indies 5, ODIs: England 1 West Indies 2

The West Indians in England, 1984

1985: As far as the records are concerned, the 1984 West Indians, under the captaincy of Clive Lloyd, were unique

Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Fifth Cornhill Test

ENGLAND v WEST INDIES 1984

1985: Toss: West Indies

P.G.

Fourth Cornhill Test

ENGLAND v WEST INDIES 1984

1985: Greenidge's second double-century of the series was not as spectacular as his first, at Lord's two Test matches earlier, but it was just as masterful and proved decisive in providing West Indies with a first-innings total that England failed to match

P.S.

Third Cornhill Test

England v West Indies 1984

1985: West Indies won by eight wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the series

D.F.

Second Cornhill Test

ENGLAND v WEST INDIES 1984

1985: England were either level or on top until the last four hours of the match

T.C.

First Cornhill Test

ENGLAND v WEST INDIES 1984

1985: Granted the known disparity between the teams, West Indies were always likely winners on a ground where the previous six Tests had all finished well inside four days

J.D.T.

Third Texaco Trophy Match

┬ćENGLAND v WEST INDIES 1984

1985: At Lord's, June 4

Second Texaco Trophy Match

┬ćENGLAND v WEST INDIES 1984

1985: At Nottingham, June 2

First Texaco Trophy Match, Old Trafford

England v West Indies 1984

1985: A magnificent innings by Richards, which he himself considered to be one of the best he had ever played, dwarfed all else

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Tour Results
England v West Indies at The Oval - Aug 9-14, 1984
West Indies won by 172 runs
England v West Indies at Manchester - Jul 26-31, 1984
West Indies won by an innings and 64 runs
England v West Indies at Leeds - Jul 12-16, 1984
West Indies won by 8 wickets
England v West Indies at Lord's - Jun 28-Jul 3, 1984
West Indies won by 9 wickets
England v West Indies at Birmingham - Jun 14-18, 1984
West Indies won by an innings and 180 runs
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