England, West Indies to compete for Richards-Botham Trophy as Wisden closes the publication


The friendship and competition of Viv Richards and Ian Botham is going to be commemorated at a new series decoration when England second face West Indies in Test cricket, following the ECB and CWI consented the Wisden Trophy will be retired at the conclusion of the week’s third Test.

The new Richards-Botham Trophy will pay tribute to two greats of the game”whose competition and friendship embodies the near relationship and mutual admiration between both sides”, stated the two boards at a joint press release.

Richards and Botham played one another until they met on the global stage, using their first joint appearance coming in Botham’s outstanding debut for Somerset from Lancashire in May 1974.

Overall, both men confronted each other on 20 events in Test cricket, from Botham’s captaincy debut at Trent Bridge at 1980 into Richards’ final Test at The Oval at 1991. But it was Richards who appreciated definitely the best of this competition, winning 13 of these experiences, in addition to an general series of 14 wins from 15 against England involving 1984 and 1988.

Botham failed, nevertheless, have the final word. He won his first game against West Indies in the last effort in 1991, and also struck the winning runs at The Oval to send Richards into retirement with a 2-2 attracted string.

“This is a massive honor for my buddy Ian and myself,” Richards explained. “I’m thrilled to know that the match I have revealed my love for as a small boy is naming such a prestigious award in my admiration of what I was able to attain as a cricketer.

“Once I had the chance to visit England and signify Somerset, among the first men I met with Ian Botham, who’d later become one of my greatest buddies. We’re friends for life.

“To have this decoration – West Indies versus England – named in honor of our job on the cricket field is excellent. What I believe is also impressive is the fact that it says a good deal about our relationship from the area too. We were rivals on the area, but we showed we had been brothers off the area. I am pleased to have my name on one side of this decoration with him around the opposite side.”

Richards averaged 62. 36 in 36 Tests against England, together with eight countless. He dominated his inaugural experience in 1976, scoring 829 runs 118. 42 at a 3-0 series win, such as 232 from the first Test and also a career-best 291 at the fifth.

He made what at the time was the fastest Test hundredoff 56 chunks, against England on his home floor in Antigua at 1986. The innings place the seal West Indies’ next 5-0″blackwash” in as many string, and stays the equivalent second-fastest hundred of time.

Botham’s characters against West Indies were impressive, albeit he had been confronting a group in the peak of the powers, one which didn’t lose one Test series in 15 years by the time of the first experience in 1980 before 1995.

In all, he required 61 wickets in 35. 18 at 20 Tests against West Indies, together with three five-wicket hauls along with also a top of 8 to 103 in Lord’s at 1984. In addition, he created four half-centuries, using a top of 81 in the exact same Lord’s match.

“Viv was the best batsman I ever played ,” Botham said. “He is a wonderful friend but we have always been aggressive, at the least when we had been around the cricket field, and there was no one else’s wicket I’d treasure more.

“Playing the West Indies was consistently among the toughest tests in cricket, and it is an honor for this decoration to keep our names. I expect future show will probably be equally as exciting as the one we have been loving this summer”

The decision to commission a new decoration comes in the wake of criticism from Mike Atherton, the former England captain and present Times correspondent, the Wisden Trophy has been an anachronism awarded the abundance of history between the two teams.

Lawrence Booth, the present editor of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, pointed out that the first decoration – minted in 1963 to commemorate the Almanack’s 100th variant – had become the proposal of the former West Indies allrounder Learie Constantine, that moved on to become the first black peer to the House of Lords, which naming a brand new trophy in his honor would have been a fitting tribute.

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The Wisden Trophy was awarded to Frank Worrell’s West Indies team following their 3-1 series win in 1963. It’s just changed hands six times in its own 57-year old history, together with West Indies keeping it for 27 years involving 1973 and 2000. The trophy will remain on screen from the MCC museum following its retirement, in which it’s traditionally been retained.

“England and the West Indies have generated many magical cricketing moments through time, and this show was no different although it’s been played in rather different conditions,” Colin Graves, the ECB chairman, stated.

“We stay very thankful for West Indies traveling to perform with this particular series, and it is fitting that we have got this exciting final Test in store as the teams vie for your Wisden Trophy for the last moment.”

Ricky Skerritt, CWI presidentadded:”The two honorees put their heart to the match, and constantly gave their all to their own teams and states. You will find several other West Indian cricket legends that their titles may also have been selected for this honor, but not one more deserving than Sir Viv.”

England’s next scheduled tour of the Caribbean is a two-Test experience in February and March 2022.


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