West Indian cricket team in England in 1957

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The West Indies cricket team toured England in the 1957 season to play a five-match Test series against England.

England won the series 3-0 with two matches drawn. West Indies' spinners Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine were unable to repeat the success they had on the 1950 tour, and though the young Wes Hall was in the team, the fast bowling was not yet as potent as it would be in a few years, and Hall did not play in the Tests.

West Indies side[edit]

The West Indies team was captained by John Goddard, who had led the successful 1950 team. The vice-captain was Clyde Walcott but towards the end of the tour, when both Goddard and Walcott were injured, the team was captained in some matches by Frank Worrell who "showed unmistaken gifts of leadership", according to Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

The full side was:

Kanhai was used as the reserve wicketkeeper and, because his batting was deemed stronger than Alexander's, was used as the wicketkeeper in the first three Test matches, though Wisden said that he was "little more than a stopper". Ganteaume, a wicketkeeper during his early career with Trinidad, did not keep wicket on the tour.

Alexander, Asgarali, Gilchrist, Hall and Kanhai had not played Test cricket before this tour; all except Hall made their Test debuts during the series. Of the other players who had played Test cricket before 1957, only Ganteaume did not make an appearance during the Test series.

Test series summary[edit]

First Test[edit]

30 May–4 June 1957
(5-day match)
Scorecard
v
186 (79.4 overs)
PE Richardson 47
S Ramadhin 7/49 (31 overs)
474 (191.4 overs)
OG Smith 161
JC Laker 4/119 (54 overs)
583/4d (258 overs)
PBH May 285*
S Ramadhin 2/179 (98 overs)
72/7 (60 overs)
ED Weekes 33
GAR Lock 3/31 (27 overs)
Match drawn
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: D Davies and CS Elliott
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 2 June was taken as a rest day.
  • RB Kanhai and R Gilchrist (both WIN) made their Test debuts.
  • S Ramadhin's 98 overs remains the first-class record for balls bowled in an innings.

Second Test[edit]

20–22 June 1957
(5-day match)
Scorecard
v
127 (51.3 overs)
RB Kanhai 34
TE Bailey 7/44 (21 overs)
424 (123.3 overs)
MC Cowdrey 152
R Gilchrist 4/115 (36.3 overs)
261 (96.1 overs)
ED Weekes 90
TE Bailey 4/54 (22 overs)
England won by an innings and 36 runs
Lord's, London
Umpires: D Davies and CS Elliott
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in three.
  • DV Smith (ENG) and NS Asgarali (WIN) made their Test debuts.

Third Test[edit]

4–9 July 1957
(5-day match)
Scorecard
v
619/6d (212 overs)
TW Graveney 258
OG Smith 2/61 (25 overs)
372 (160.4 overs)
FMM Worrell 191*
FS Trueman 5/63 (30 overs)
64/1 (17 overs)
TW Graveney 28*
R Gilchrist 1/21 (7 overs)
367 (f/o) (148.2 overs)
OG Smith 168
JB Statham 5/118 (41.2 overs)
Match drawn
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: JS Buller and FS Lee
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 7 July was taken as a rest day.
  • DW Richardson (ENG) made his Test debut.

Fourth Test[edit]

25–27 July 1957
(5-day match)
Scorecard
v
142 (85.3 overs)
RB Kanhai 47
PJ Loader 6/36 (20.3 overs)
279 (124.2 overs)
PBH May 69
FMM Worrell 7/70 (38.2 overs)
132 (36.2 overs)
CL Walcott 35
PJ Loader 3/50 (14 overs)
England won by an innings and 5 runs
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: JS Buller and D Davies
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in three.
  • FCM Alexander (WIN) made his Test debut.

Fifth Test[edit]

22–24 August 1957
(5-day match)
Scorecard
v
412 (176.3 overs)
TW Graveney 164
S Ramadhin 4/107 (53.3 overs)
89 (56.4 overs)
GS Sobers 39
GAR Lock 5/28 (21.4 overs)
86 (f/o) (41 overs)
GS Sobers 42
GAR Lock 6/20 (16 overs)
England won by an innings and 237 runs
The Oval, London
Umpires: DE Davies and FS Lee
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in three.

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