It surprised me to learn that the West Indies recently won their first match in Australia against Australia since early 1997. Over 32 matches (11 tests, 19 one day internationals, 2 Twenty 20 internationals) prior to the win they had two no results in ODIs and one draw in the tests. In the first of the no-result games they were in a winning position, reducing Australia to 5/43 chasing 264 before rain washed out the game.
A list of the matches can be found via ESPN CricInfo’s Statsguru here. The best batting and bowling performances by the Windies during that time were as follows.
- Brian Lara scored two test centuries (including a 226 in Adelaide) and one ODI century.
- Chris Gayle scored two test centuries including 165* in the drawn game and the fifth fastest ever test century (in balls faced).
- Dwayne Bravo also scored two test centuries and had the best test bowling figures of 6/84.
- Pedro Collins played two ODIs, getting figures of 5/43 and 3/8!
I’ll take this chance to link to a clip of highlights of Lara’s 226.