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Cricket news - Can Root's England heal the Caribbean bruises of the past?

England skipper Joe Root in conversation with Moeen Ali ahead of the practice game against West Indies Cricket Board President XI

Sabina Park, Jamaica, In February 1986. Mike Gatting's batting for England against West Indies in the first ODI of their Caribbean tour. The Test series starts in three days. Gatting, Vice captain, and in decent shape, would be the key to England's chances in the competition with Viv Richards huge page. He is Malcolm Marshall.

It was a short ball and Gatting tried a helmet without a visor, to hook, but misses. The ball cannons in its nose, and the ball ricochets onto the stumps, adding insult to injury. A broken nose rules Gatting in the first half of the Test series. Later, when he returns, for the Barbados Test, he breaks a thumb.

Cricket in the Caribbean can punch evoke romantic notions for the English Fans, and not only because of the sun, the white sand beaches and the local rum. The tradition of the game in the Islands with fearsome pace bowlers, swashbuckling batsman and iconic terrain makes it the second only to the ashes of the overseas trips, but as much as a tour in the Caribbean is enough to cure even the darkest winter blues, Gatting is the only Cricket player, England suffered. England Test team, with quite remarkable consistency, the garbage in the West Indies.

They have won only three series in 15 tries, and only once - in 2004 - in the past 52 years. Overall, England will lose or draw the test matches in the Caribbean, 80% of the time. Only twice in 15 trips to England was more than a Test win, on a tour, and even then, in 1954, the series moved. England's forgotten struggles in the subcontinent or Australia. West Indies is their real Waterloo.

You could maybe Gatting and co. excuse me. in the year 1986 and the 1981 team had a similar beat for a hard time to dominate against the world's best Teams, one that would go the world game for a decade. But of late, with the West Indies at a low ebb in Test cricket, England were no better, losing in 2009 and drawing in 2015. The last two tours have seen, in their own way, which matches what is gone so far as chaotic as everything before.

In the year 2015, a bland performance in a three-day defeat in Barbados, it meant the series ended 1-1 against West Indies team, who will hardly go down as one of the strongest in the history. So the lack of backbone was singing on display from England in the game, the locals in the Kensington Oval began: "London Bridge is falling down" as their team - described by the ECB President, Colin Graves, before the series as "mediocre" - galloped to victory.

England's innings 51 all out in Jamaica on the 2009 tour trumps 2015 expenses by a considerable margin. Andrew Strauss' team the console itself, that you have succumbed, with all due respect, Jerome Taylor, not once took 5-11 in the hands of an all-time great surrender in 1994, the team had to, as to, 46 all-in Trinidad, thanks to an inspired spell of Just Ambrose. In this match, England win the favorites, chasing 193 in the last innings. It was, said Wisden, "to lose quite some way in a game that would have won."

The 1986 tour to the Gatting broke his nose and thumb is probably the worst, the powders of a bad bunch, with England 5-0. They lost the first Test within three days, to twitch, a total of 88.2 overs in two innings, and it all went downhill from there. David Gower's captaincy was heavily criticized and Sir Ian Botham had a terrible tour. Wisden did not spare them: "For the last month of the tour too many in the team, sub-consciously or unconsciously, gave the appearance of scoring from the days before you return to England. To almost 900 kilograms per week per head, you destroy the Test selectors, and the British public owe a lot more than that."

Mike Atherton led a two-Test tours in the Caribbean. The second, in 1998, ended in a 3: 1 defeat of the season, and prompted his resignation from the captaincy during the first in the year of 1994 was actually more positive - with the exception of the third Test debacle in Trinidad - with a young team of their own, at different times, against Ambrose, Courtney Walsh and Brian Lara. keep In the fourth Test in England, the first overseas side to win a remarkable performance and one of their best ever test wins in Barbados for 59 years. The positives of the tour were the all relative, but. You still lost the series with 3-1.

The 1990 tour was a largely positive affair, although, similar to the 1994 series, which was so much to do with England's low expectations exceeded, than anything else. England won the first Test in Jamaica - "One of the most outlandish results in Test-cricket history," said Wisden - thanks to Allan Lamb one hundred and one Angus Fraser five-wicket-haul. With the second Test to leave, and the next game is drawn, a famous victory was suddenly on the cards. However, when England came to the fourth and fifth Tests, she collapsed in a heap, losing the games by 164 runs and an innings respectively. So close and yet so far.

It's been a bit of bad luck on the way. Injuries have to play a keen part in England to fight, not surprisingly, during the 1980s and early 1990s, when the West Indies conveyor belt of quicks happy roughing the opposition batsman - and you have often encountered poor pitches in the lead-up to the series, as in the years 1981 and 1998, the your preparation. As stupid as it sounds, the bad weather has even England from time to foiled time and games to the years 1994 and 2009, tours were abandoned on the first day because of the bad surfaces.

It is odd shafts of light amidst the darkness. Not many but a few. England actually back-to-back series in the Caribbean in the years 1960 and 1968, both 1-0 with four draws won. Alec Stewart twin centuries in the 1994 Barbados victory, while Fraser ' s 8-75 in the same game another top-class performance, even if it was, he says, the worst he played in this series.

Steve Harmison is set to 7-12 in Jamaica in the year 2004, with England on course for a 3: 0 series victory, arguably the most convincing performance offered all of the England tour party was, in the West Indies. Only Brian Lara, who has 400 in the final Test in Antigua, breaking the world record Test score, prevented a whitewash. Lara enjoyed the game against England at home. This was the second time he broke the world record in Antigua - the first was in 1994, when he 375.

All told then, the Caribbean was a happy hunting ground for England. The task in front of Joe Root's team is not easy, given the weight of history against you, but if you defeat Jason holder's team in the course of the next four weeks, strain, Michael Vaughan, Colin Cowdrey and Peter would like to join Can as a victory for England-rich-captains in the West Indies. A fourth series victory in the Caribbean is long overdue.

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