Lucky Test cricket charms with which their captains have never lost a match - Part I

Published:19 July 2020


clive lloyd and roger harper

Every captain has preferred names in Test cricket, which they select based on the conditions of play. In return, some players help their captains gain great success with their efforts while few seem to carry with them the 'luck factor' and secure the same. We'll look at Test captains and their lucky charm players, i.e., captains who never lost a Test match when they pick a specific player in the XI game. It could be due to those players' results, or the balance they bring with their addition to the squad.

Clive Lloyd and Roger Harper
Roger Harper made his Test debut on their Indian tour in 1983/84, under the captaincy of Clive Lloyd. When the pacers dominated the domination of the Caribbean team in world cricket, the off-spinner got a chance. He played in the 1984 4-match home test series against Australia that West Indies won with a score-line of 3-0 after the first match ended in a draw.

A 5-0 whitewash over England was followed through their 5-match away series. West Indies won each of the first three matches in the 1984-85 season during the Australian tour that stretched their winning streak to 11, the then longest winning streak in Test cricket. Harper wasn't able to play the first two tests in Brisbane and Perth, but he featured a draw at the MCG in the Adelaide Test victory.

He did not play the final test in Sydney, which turned out to be Lloyd's final test as it was lost by the Caribbean side and ended a 27-match unbeaten streak in the longer format that is still a record. Under Lloyd, Harper played a total of 13 Tests from which West Indies won 11 while another two ended in a draw. The off-spinner bagged 32 wickets at an average of 28.56 in those 13 Tests.

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