England and West Indies' very own Ashes, 1963

The Wisden Trophy

To commemorate this 100th edition of Wisden, its proprietors, John Wisden & Co. Ltd., after consulting M.C.C. and the West Indies Cricket Board of Control, and with their approval, have presented The Wisden Trophy, to be played for perpetually between England and West Indies on the same lines as England and Australia contest the Ashes.

(The wording on the plaque reads: This Trophy, to be competed for between England and West Indies in 1963 and succeeding Test series, was presented by Wisden's to commemorate the publication in 1963 of the 100th edition of Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack.)

The following seventeen cricketers from the Caribbean will tour England this summer competing for the first time for The Wisden Trophy:--

Frank Maglinne Worrell (captain) (Jamaica). Born Bridgetown, August 1, 1924. One of the most stylish right-hand stroke players in the world, and a skilful left-arm slow or medium-pace bowler. Has played in 46 Tests. Captained West Indies in Australia in 1960-61 when the first tied Test took place. Warden at the University of the West Indies.

Conrad Cleophas Hunte (vice-captain) (Barbados). Born in Barbados, May 9, 1932. Right hand opening batsman who hit a century in his first Test against Pakistan in 1958. In the Third, at Kingston, he made his highest score -- 260 -- and shared with Sobers a second-wicket stand of 446 -- a record partnership for West Indies for any wicket. Has played in 27 Tests.

David Allan (Barbados). Born November 5, 1937. Wicket-keeper and right-hand batsman. His first tour. Has represented Barbados since 1956. Played in two Tests, v. India.

Basil Fritz Herbert Butcher (British Guiana). Born in Berbice, September 3, 1934. A right-hand batsman who just missed touring England in 1957, but played against England when they visited West Indies in 1959. Has appeared in 10 Tests.

Michael Conrad Carew (Trinidad). Born in Trinidad, September 15, 1937. A fearless left-hand batsman and good right-arm slow bowler who has yet to play in his first Test. An excellent close-in fielder.

Lance Richard Gibbs (British Guiana). Born September 29, 1934. Right-hand off-spin bowler and right-hand batsman who has appeared in 16 Tests. Did the hat-trick against Australia in the Fourth Test at Adelaide in 1960-61.

Charles Griffith (Barbados). Born December 14, 1938, in Barbados. Right-arm fast bowler, standing 6 ft. 2 in. and weighing nearly 15 st., who has been very hostile for Barbados but has played in only one Test. This was against England at Port of Spain, 1959-60.

Wesley Winfield Hall (Barbados). Born September 12, 1937. Rated among the fastest bowlers of the world and a lively bat. Has played in 23 Tests against England, Australia, India and Pakistan. In the tied Test at Brisbane in 1960-61 he took nine wickets and scored 68 runs.

William Rodrigues (Trinidad). Born in Trinidad, June 25, 1934. Right-hand batsman and leg-spin bowler. Captains Trinidad. Has played in two Tests, against India. A smart outfield.

Garfield Sobers (Barbados). Born in Barbados, July 28, 1936. A left-hand bat and left-hand spin bowler who ranks among the world's great cricketers. Has played in 42 Tests against England, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and India, and holds the record Test individual score of 365 not out made against Pakistan at Kingston, 1957-58. Plays in the Lancashire League and with South Australia in the Sheffield Shield Competition.

Joe Solomon (British Guiana). Born in British Guiana, August 26, 1930. Steady right-hand batsman and safe fielder. Has appeared in 18 Tests, among them the match against Australia at Brisbane, 1960-61, when his throw from square-leg hit Meckiff's stumps and dramatically ended the game in a tie. Assistant Government cricket coach.

Rohan Kanhai (British Guiana). Born in British Guiana, December 26, 1935. A magnificent right-hand batsman and a superb fielder who can also keep wicket. Has made 33 Test appearances. Was the first West Indies player to hit two centuries in a Test Match in Australia when he scored 117 and 115 in the Fourth Test at Adelaide, 1960-61.

Lester King (Jamaica). Born in Jamaica, February 27, 1939. Right-arm medium fast-bowler who has played in one Test. Has coached and played in India.

Easton McMorris (Jamaica). Born April 4, 1935. A sound right-hand opening batsman. Has played in nine Tests, being in and out of the West Indies team since 1957-58 when he made his debut against Pakistan.

Deryck Lance Murray (Trinidad). Born May 20, 1943. Right-hand bat and reserve wicket-keeper. The youngest of the touring party and has not yet played in a Test.

Seymour Nurse (Barbados). Born December 14, 1938. Right-hand batsman with stylish strokes who did well in Australia in 1960-61 where he played in three Tests. Has appeared in five altogether. A smart fielder. Plays in the Lancashire League.

Alfred Valentine (Jamaica). Born in Kingston, April 29, 1930. Left-arm slow bowler, right-hand bat and good deep fielder who, with Ramadhin in the 1950's, formed the most dangerous spin bowling attack in cricket. Has played in 36 Tests, and is on his third tour to England with West Indies. Formerly played in the Lancashire League and is now Sugar Welfare coach.

Manager: Berkley Gaskin (British Guiana). Born March 21, 1909. Also managed the West Indies team to India, 1958-59. Captained British Guiana and, as a bowler, played in two Tests against England in 1947.

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