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The West Indies cricket team toured Australia in the 1968-69 season and played a five-match Test series against Australia.

Australia won the series 3-1 with one match drawn.

Test series summary

First Test

6–10 December 1968
(5–day match)
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
296 (95 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
284 (98.4 overs)
West Indies won by 125 runs
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Umpires: CJ Egar and LP Rowan
RB Kanhai 94
AN Connolly 4/60 (19 overs)
IM Chappell 117 (263)
LR Gibbs 5/88 (39.4 overs)
353 (87 overs) 240 (88.6 overs)
CH Lloyd 129 (222)
JW Gleeson 5/122 (33 overs)
IM Chappell 50
GS Sobers 6/73 (33.6 overs)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 9 December was taken as a rest day.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in four.

Second Test

26–30 December 1968
(5–day match)
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
200 (73 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
510 (136.3 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 30 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: CJ Egar and LP Rowan
RC Fredericks 76 (226)
GD McKenzie 8/71 (28 overs)
WM Lawry 205 (416)
GS Sobers 4/97 (33.3 overs)
280 (98.4 overs)
SM Nurse 74 (192)
JW Gleeson 5/61 (26.4 overs)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • 29 December was taken as a rest day.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in four.
  • CA Davis, RM Edwards and RC Fredericks (all WIN) made their Test debuts.

Third Test

3–8 January 1969
(5–day match)
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
264 (75.1 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
547 (121.6 overs)
Australia won by 10 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: CJ Egar and LP Rowan
CH Lloyd 50 (61)
GD McKenzie 4/85 (22.1 overs)
KD Walters 118 (185)
WW Hall 3/113 (26 overs)
324 (93 overs) 42/0 (8 overs)
BF Butcher 101 (233)
JW Gleeson 4/91 (26 overs)
KR Stackpole 21* (31)
AP Sheahan 21* (33)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 6 January was taken as a rest day.

Fourth Test

24–29 January 1969
(5–day match)
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
276 (65.3 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
533 (126.5 overs)
Match drawn
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: CJ Egar and LP Rowan
GS Sobers 110
EW Freeman 4/52 (10.3 overs)
KD Walters 110
LR Gibbs 4/145 (43 overs)
616 (137.2 overs) 339/9 (84 overs)
BF Butcher 118
AN Connolly 5/122 (34 overs)
IM Chappell 96
CC Griffith 2/73 (19 overs)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 26 January was taken as a rest day.

Fifth Test

14–20 February 1969
(6–day match)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
619 (152.7 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
279 (76.6 overs)
Australia won by 382 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: CJ Egar and LP Rowan
KD Walters 242 (412)
WW Hall 3/157 (35.7 overs)
MC Carew 64 (94)
AN Connolly 4/61 (17 overs)
394/8d (92 overs) 352 (64.2 overs)
IR Redpath 132 (277)
GS Sobers 3/117 (26 overs)
SM Nurse 137 (204)
JW Gleeson 3/84 (15.2 overs)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to field.
  • 17 February was taken as a rest day.

External sources

Annual reviews

  • Playfair Cricket Annual 1969
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1970

Further reading

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
  • Ray Robinson, On Top Down Under, Cassell, 1975
  • Phil Tresidder, Captains on a See-saw: The West Indies Tour of Australia, 1968-69, Souvenir, 1969
  • R.S. Whitington, Fours Galore: The West Indians and Their Tour of Australia, 1968-69, Cassell, 1969



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