Monday 22 January 2018 / 05:39 AM


The West Indies cricket team has endured a tough period in recent years, but most fans in their mid-30s or older will remember when they were the dominant force on the world scene.

Wind-back Wednesday commemorates one of the most devastating performances in Australia by a visiting bowler, when menacing Windies quick Curtly Ambrose took 7-1 in one extraordinary spell at the WACA in 1993 to decimate the Australian batting line-up on the opening day of the fifth Test.

Ian Bishop had claimed the first two wickets as the hosts progressed to 2/85, before Ambrose let rip with one of the great bowling displays in Test cricket. In a flash the towering 29-year-old had reduced Australia to 9/104, starting with the scalp of top-scoring David Boon (44) before removing Allan Border, Ian Healy, Merv Hughes and Jo Angel for ducks.

A young Shane Warne was then run out as Australia finished 119 all out. Windies keeper Junior Murray finished with five catches.

The tourists amassed 322 in their reply, with opener Phil Simmons (80) and Keith Arthurton (77) leading the way.

In Australia’s second innings, it was Bishop this time that dominated, taking 6/40, while Ambrose claimed 2/54 as the West Indies sealed victory by an innings and 25 runs inside three days, clinching the Frank Worrell Trophy 2-1.

Ambrose took out man-of-the-match and player-of-the-series honours, taking 33 wickets at 16.42 across the five Tests. He played on for another seven years at international level and finished with 405 wickets at 20.99 from 98 matches.

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