West Indian Summer: The Test Series of 1988 - Patrick Eagar & Alan RossLondon, Sydney, Auckland & Toronto: Hodder & Stoughton, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, slightly faded at the margins. Text complete, clean and tight but a very little age-tanned.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;
From the cover: “Although West Indies had achieved their famous ‘Blackwash’ of England in 1984, and doubled it in 1985-86, by the time the 1988 Cornhill Tests were due to be played, the balance between the sides seemed to have shifted. England had reached the final of the 1987 World Cup in India, but the West Indies had only managed to draw against Pakistan at home in the Caribbean. In addition England then began the season by winning the three one-day Internationals for the Texaco Trophy, 3-0. As Alan Boss writes, the one-day matches had been both an eye-opener and, from England’s point of view, a comfort. But they were not the real thing, and no-one believed that they were’. Nor did they prefigure the problems the English selectors were to find themselves facing. Such was the background to the eagerly awaited 1988 series which, despite a growing imbalance between the two sides, contained a great deal of exciting cricket that will remain in the minds of spectators and which deserves the fine record it has now been given by Patrick Eagar through his magnificent and superbly sharp and revealing photographs in both colour and black and white, and by Alan Ross who as a writer has no equal in conveying economically the atmosphere of a match or the quality of a player, whether it be the ‘savage glamour’ of Vivian Richards’ 80 at Trent Bridge or, in the same match, Malcolm Marshall setting about Emburey ‘as greedily as Richards had done’.”