Australian cricket team in West Indies in 1990–91
The West Indies won the series 2-1 with two matches drawn. The West Indies therefore retained the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy.
Australia had just defeated England 3-0 at home during the 1990-91 season. The team has recovered from the defeats of the mid 80s and there was hope the team could beat the West Indies in a series for the first time since 1975-76. Wisden wrote that the tour "began with exalted expectations of an epic contest between arguably the two strongest teams in the game."
The Australian squad was as follows:
- Batsmen - Allan Border (captain), Geoff Marsh (vice-captain), David Boon, Dean Jones, Mark Taylor, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh, Mike Veletta (also back up keeper)
- Fast bowlers - Terry Alderman, Craig McDermott, Mike Whitney, Merv Hughes, Bruce Reid
- Spinners - Greg Matthews, Peter Taylor
- Wicketkeeper - Ian Healy
The West Indies won the second and fourth tests easily. Australia won the fifth test.
- 1st Test at Sabina Park, Kingston – match drawn
- 2nd Test at Bourda, Georgetown – West Indies won by 10 wickets
- 3rd Test at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad – match drawn
- 4th Test at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados – West Indies won by 343 runs
- 5th Test at Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's – Australia won by 157 runs
A book was written about the tour, Calypso Cricketers by Roland Fishman, in which some Australian cricketers were quoted bragging about how many women they slept with. This was seen as a breach of the unspoken agreement between players and journalists for the latter not to report on the former's private lives, and embarrassed Greg Matthews, who was a friend of Fishman's, and who helped him get access to the players. Matthews:
Fishman lied to me. He bludged my money, my clothes, my bed and he told me he was writing a story about cricket in the Caribbean and the way of life. It was anything but that. He deceived me to the max. I haven’t seen him since and next time I see him I’ll be spitting in his face.
- Australian Cricket Team in West Indies 1990-91 at Wisden
- Peter Badel, "The party's over for playboys of sport", The Sunday Mail (Qld) December 06, 2009 accessed 19 December 2012
- Andrew Webster, "What's the Go, Mo?", Inside Sport accessed 19 December 2012
- Australian cricket team in the West Indies 1990-91 at Cricket Archive
- Australian cricket team in the West Indies 1990-91 at Cricinfo