The West Indies were among the first teams to dominate world cricket. They were the team to beat during the 1970s and 1990s. The Caribbean team acquired “Test Status” in 1926 as a full member. But they waited for two years to play their first ever game in June 1928 against England.
But it was around this time that the West Indies began producing some of the game’s all-time greats, who dominated the world for decades. After 2000, there was a decline in West Indies cricket. Nonetheless, this team has a plethora of incredible records to their name. But here, we will focus on some stats against them. This article will detail the highest-ever test partnerships against the West Indies.
Highest Partnership against West Indies in Test
|Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh||449||4th||Australia||Hobart||10 Dec 2015|
|Peter May and Colin Cowdrey||411||4th||England||Birmingham||30 May 1957|
|Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis||387||1st||New Zealand||Georgetown||6 Apr 1972|
|Bill Lawry and Bob Simpson||382||1st||Australia||Bridgetown||5 May 1965|
|Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar||344*||2nd||India||Eden Gardens||29 Dec 1978|
|Bill Lawry and Doug Walters||336||4th||Australia||Sydney||14 Feb 1969|
|Aamer Sohail and Inzamam-ul-Haq||323||3rd||Pakistan||Rawalpindi||29 Nov 1997|
|Ricky Ponting and Darren Lehmann||315||3rd||Australia||Port of Spain||19 Apr 2003|
|Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers||308||4th||South Africa||Centurion||17 Dec 2014|
|Mike Atherton and Robin Smith||303||3rd||England||St John’s||16 Apr 1994|
3. Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis (387 runs) for 1st wicket in 1972
The third-highest test partnership against West Indies was recorded in April 1972 in Georgetown by New Zealand. It came in the fourth game of the five-match series. After winning the toss, West Indies batted first. They declared their first inning for 365/7 in 135 overs with a century from Alvin Kallicharran (100*). In reply, New Zealand got off to a flying start with a 387-run opening partnership between Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis.
Jarvis made 182 runs with 19 fours, while Turner scored a brilliant double century. He made 259 runs, including 22 boundaries. New Zealand declared at 543/3 in 268 overs and took a lead of 178 runs. In the second inning, West Indies was at 86 for 0 in 40 overs when the game ended in a draw because not much time was left.
2. Peter May and Colin Cowdrey (411 runs) for 4th wicket in 1957
England registered the second-highest test partnership against the West Indies. It came in June 1957 in Birmingham. England batted first and got dismissed for 186 runs in 79.4 overs. In reply, West Indies made 474 runs in 191.4 overs, with a century from Collie Smith (161). Trailing by 288 runs, England delivered some brilliant performance n the second inning. It included the second-highest test partnership against West Indies by Peter May and Colin Cowdrey.
Both batters added 411 runs for the fourth wicket. Cowdrey made 154 runs, and skipper May scored his career best score of 285 not out. As a result, England declared at 583/4 and set a target of 296 runs to win. Chasing the target, West Indies lost quick wickets and were at 72/7 in 60 overs when the game ended in a draw.
1. Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh (449 runs) for 4th wicket in 2015
The highest ever partnership against West Indies in the red-ball cricket came in December 2016 when they toured Australia for three-match test series. It was made in the first game at Hobart. Australia batted first and posted 583/4 in 114 overs, declaring their inning. They scored at 5.11 rpo with a brilliant partnership for the fourth wicket between Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh. Both batters scored a century each and Voges scored his career-best score.
They added 449 runs to register the record. Marsh made 182 with 15 fours and one six, and Voges remained unbeaten on 269 off 285 with 33 boundaries in it. In reply, West Indies got bowled out for 223 runs in 70 overs in their first inning. Australia enforced the follow-on and dismissed them again for 148 runs in their second inning. As a result, Australia registered a win by an inning and 212 runs.