West Indies were only the fourth team after Australia, England, and South Africa to make their debut in cricket. And it was a spectacular debut. The West Indies dominated world cricket for a long time because of the ability of the players they had. Some of the best pacers, brilliant batsmen, and excellent all-rounders.
The Caribbean team was at its peak between the 1970s and the 1990s. During that time, they created many records. This team is one of the few teams that have beaten the opposition by 400 or more twice in history. We will also talk here about the biggest wins for West Indies in their test history.
West Indies Highest Win Margin in Test Cricket (by Runs)
|425 runs||552||England||Manchester||8 Jul 1976|
|408 runs||574||Australia||Adelaide||26 Jan 1980|
|381 runs||628||England||Bridgetown||23 Jan 2019|
|343 runs||552||Australia||Bridgetown||19 Apr 1991|
|326 runs||601||England||Lord’s||24 Jun 1950|
|298 runs||523||England||Bridgetown||13 Mar 1981|
|296 runs||489||Bangladesh||Gros Islet||13 Sep 2014|
|295 runs||447||India||Chennai||21 Jan 1959|
|289 runs||617||England||Georgetown||21 Feb 1930|
|285 runs||400||Australia||Melbourne||24 Dec 1988|
3. West Indies (381 runs) vs England in 2019
West Indies registered their third-biggest test win most recently against England. It was recorded against England in January 2019. It was the first test of England’s tour of the West Indies in Bridgetown. The hosts won the toss and decided to bat first. West Indies scored 289 runs in the first inning in 101.3 overs, with Shimron Hetmyer scoring 81 runs. England suffered a horrible batting failure and got all out for just 77 runs in 30.2 overs.
With a lead of 212 runs, the West Indies had a 295-run partnership for the 7th wicket. Shane Dowrich made an unbeaten 116 runs, and Jason Holder scored his career-best 202 not out. West Indies declared their innings at 415/6, giving England a target of 628 runs. Chasing the target, the English team got dismissed for 246 runs and lost the game by 381 runs.
2. West Indies (408 runs) vs Australia in 1980
The second-highest win margin for the West Indies in red-ball cricket came way back in January 1980 against Australia at the Adelaide Oval. It was the first game of the three-match series, and West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 328 runs in the first inning, with skipper Clive Lloyd scoring 121 runs. Australia conceded a 125-run lead after suffering a 203-run all-out in their inning.
It was a healthy lead, and the Caribbean team batted again and scored 448 runs in 126.5 overs in their second inning. Alvin Kallicharran (106) scored a hundred, while Gordon Greenidge (76) and Viv Richards (74) also contributed well. Australia had a target of 574 runs to chase. They flattered in their chase and got dismissed for 165 runs in 50 overs. The visitors registered a win of 408 runs.
1. West Indies (425 runs) vs England in 1976
The highest win margin for the Caribbean team was recorded in July 1976. It was the third test at Manchester for the West Indies’ tour of England. West Indies won the toss and batted first. They had a rusty batting display and managed 211 runs, with Gordon Greenidge scoring (134) more than half of the runs. England, in reply, had an even worse batting performance. The whole team got all out for 71 runs in 32.5 overs.
Michael Holding took 5/17 in 14.5 overs. With a lead of 140 runs, West Indies batted well in the second inning. They made 411/5 in 114 runs and declared. Gordon Greenidge (101) scored his second century in the game, and Viv Richards (135) also scored a hundred. England had a 552-run target to chase, and they only made 126 all out. West Indies registered their biggest test win by 425 runs.