1976 English cricket season

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The 1976 English cricket season saw Clive Lloyd's new approach to Test cricket as a battery of pace bowlers was used to intimidate the England batsmen. Lloyd adopted the tactic after his own team's experiences against Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee the previous year. England's batsmen were no match for Andy Roberts and Michael Holding, but even more worrying was a dearth of effective England bowlers and it was West Indian batsmen like Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge who were the real stars of a long, hot, dry summer.

Honours[edit]

Test series[edit]

After two drawn games in the first two tests, the West Indians won the remaining three test matches to convincingly win the series 3–0.

Leading batsmen[edit]

1976 English cricket season – leading batsmen by average
Name Innings Runs Highest Average 100s
Zaheer Abbas 39 2554 230* 75.11 11
Viv Richards 25 1724 291 71.83 6
Geoffrey Boycott 24 1288 207* 67.78 5
Dennis Amiss 38 2110 203 65.93 8
Clive Lloyd 26 1363 201* 61.95 3
1976 English cricket season – leading batsmen by aggregate
Name Innings Runs Highest Average 100s
Zaheer Abbas 39 2554 230* 75.11 11
Dennis Amiss 38 2110 203 65.93 8
Gordon Greenidge 38 1952 134 55.77 8
Ken McEwan 38 1821 156 49.21 6
Brian Davison 41 1818 132 56.81 6

Leading bowlers[edit]

1976 English cricket season – leading bowlers by average
Name Balls Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Michael Holding 2037 111 791 55 14.38
Norman Featherstone 2511 141 901 57 15.80
Asif Iqbal 418 12 214 13 16.46
Peter Sainsbury 3435 228 1236 66 18.72
Vanburn Holder 2342 109 1004 52 19.30
1976 English cricket season – leading bowlers by aggregate
Name Balls Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Geoff Cope 5500 288 2245 93 24.13
Mike Selvey 3867 130 1913 90 21.25
Phil Edmonds 5321 286 2029 88 23.05
Robin Jackman 3382 120 1760 85 20.70
Sarfraz Nawaz 3836 143 1867 82 22.76

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Annual reviews[edit]