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It’s boom time for cricket in the Caribbean

SALUTE: Kemar Roach is applauded off the pitch by his teammates in Antigua after match figures of 8 for 82; inset, the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia where the Third test will be staged

HISTORY BECKONS as the Windies look to ‘whitewash’ England by completing a 3-0 Test series victory in St Lucia.

The third and final Test begins at the Darren Sammy Stadium this Saturday with the hosts aiming for the English jugular once more.

In the summer of 1984, the sport’s vernacular changed forever. On the final day of the series between England and West Indies at The Oval – West Indies won the match just before lunch to complete a 5-0 “blackwash” – hundreds upon hundreds of young black Londoners surged on to the pitch to gather outside the members’ pavilion to celebrate their victory over the old colonial masters.

Success in the two Tests in Barbados and Antigua ensured that Jason Holder’s Windies got their hands on the Wisden Trophy for the first time in 10 years.

History will be made when the first ball is bowled in England’s first ever Test match at the St Lucian venue and the thrilling battle between these two teams will continue over the five days of the Test match, which began on February 9.

The fifth one-day international (ODI) between the two sides starts three weeks later, Saturday, March 2, before history is made once again when the first ever Windies – England T20 international, also at the Darren Sammy Stadium, gets under way on Tuesday, March 5. It’s boom time for cricket in the region – organisers of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) say the economic impact of the tournament last year exceeded the US$100million (£76.8m) mark for the first time in the history of the competition.

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Windies commercial director, Dominic Warne, said: “The biggest England tour of the West Indies for 10 years is coming to St Lucia, and making history in many ways.”

“It’s the opportunity for fans to genuinely make the difference for the team. Fans will then get to see the Windies making their final ODI preparations before the World Cup. Finally, the first-ever T20 international between these two historic rivals in St Lucia goes under the lights in March.”

Windies captain Holder will miss the final Test against England after being banned by the International Cricket Council.

The all-rounder, 27, will serve a one-match suspension for his side’s slow over-rate in the 10-wicket win in the second Test in Antigua.

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