England cricket team in West Indies in 1993-94The England cricket team toured the West Indies in the 1993-94 season. The tour consisted of five Test matches and five One Day Internationals as well as five other matches against First-class opposition.
The England team were captained by Mike Atherton in his first tour as captain, and they were looking to put their recent poor results behind them, and follow-up on the Sixth Test victory over Australia. The only surprising element of the touring party was the omission of Peter Such, the leading wicket taker against Australia, in favour of the promising Ian Salisbury, though it seemed that Phil Tufnell was considered the senior spinner in the squad. In contrast to previous captain Graham Gooch, Atherton adopted a more relaxed approach to touring, allowing players time off rather than continual practicing, though perhaps Chris Lewis's decision to get his head shaved on a day off was a mistake - he spent a full day recoving from the subsequent sun-stroke.
The West Indies were defending a recent record on home turf that had seen them win twelve and drawing two of their previous fourteen home series. They were led by a weary Richie Richardson, who had complained prior to the series about the excessive amount of cricket that he and strike bowlers Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh had been required to play in the previous twelve months. Veteran West Indian commentator Tony Cozier noted in the Independent that the supporting bowlers were "all worthy triers with modest county records who are unlikely to worry Atherton and his fellow batsmen". As it turned out, Winston Benjamin and Kenneth Benjamin both provided excellent back-up throughout the series, ending up with 12 and 22 wickets respectively, as the West Indies won the Test series 3-1.
England developed good positions in all of the first four Tests, but failed to capitalise, and struggled with confidence in key situations. Peter Hayter reported in the Mail on Sunday that "their ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory has left even the phlegmatic captain puzzled and bemused" but that "no-one could have legislated for the appalling form of Atherton's premier batsman, Robin Smith" in those first four matches.
England cricket team in West Indies in 1993-94 ResultsFirst Test-West Indies won by 8
Second Test-West Indies won by an innings and 44 runs
Third Test-West Indies won by 147 runs
Fourth Test-England won by 208 runs
Fifth Test -Match drawn 1st ODI-England won by 61 runs
2nd ODI -West Indies won by 3 wickets
3rd ODI-West Indies won by 165 runs
4th ODI-West Indies won by 15 runs
5th ODI-England won by 5 wickets