Before the Second World War, West Indies were a decidedly lightweight Test side. They began their Test journey in 1928, and over
the next 11 years played 22 times
, but with limited success - four wins were offset by 12 defeats, eight of them by an innings, and another by 10 wickets. They notched up their first innings win in 1935, against England in Kingston, but played only three more times before the war intervened and ensured there was no further cricket for them for the next eight years. At this point in their fledgling Test career, West Indies had produced only one truly great batsman: George Headley, who would remain a great in any age and era of West Indies cricket. His 19 Tests
had fetched him 2135 run at 66.71, with 10 centuries, which was twice as many as all the other West Indians put together had managed.
Test cricket resumed for West Indies after the war in January 1948, and their side for that first game - on January 21, versus England in Barbados
- included Clyde Walcott, who opened the batting and also kept wicket, and Everton Weekes, who batted No. 3. Both belonged to Barbados, and were hence starting out on home territory, and in the next Test
they were joined by another Barbadian, Frank Worrell. In the first innings of that game, they occupied positions 3-5, slots they would take several times over the next decade, going on to become one of the greatest middle-order line-ups the game has ever seen. Read more