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Top Performances - Batting

Everton Weekes 162 v India, Kolkata, 1948-49

Later in the same match, Weekes made a Test-record fifth consecutive hundred - but it was his first-innings knock that really stands out. West Indies were in trouble at 28 for 2 when he arrived; though wickets continued to tumble, he blasted the Indian bowling to all parts. On a tricky, grassy pitch, his technique and craft were absolutely imperious. In just over three hours Weekes struck 24 hours until he was caught and bowled by Ghulam Ahmed. His runs came out of just 256 scored while he was at the crease.

Clyde Walcott 220 v England, Barbados, 1953-54

Between 1952-53 and 1954-55 Clyde Walcott, in the middle of an unimaginable purple patch, made a staggering 10 centuries in 12 Tests. Yet only one of them came in victory: that was this match- winning 220 against England on his home ground, easily the highest score of his glorious Test career. Walcott came in with West Indies 11 for 2 on the first morning; soon they were 25 for 3, but Walcott counter-attacked fiercely. It was a bruising, brutal innings: he smashed 28 fours and a six, accounting for well over half West Indies' total. On a turning pitch, on which Ramadhin and Valentine would later wreak havoc, he had England's much-feted spin duo of Jim Laker and Tony Lock in his pocket.

Frank Worrell 191* v England, Trent Bridge, 1957

Before this innings Worrell had only ever opened once in a Test - and then he made a duck. But with West Indies needing the small matter of 470 to avoid the follow-on, he stepped up to the plate gloriously. No other West Indian reached 50, but Worrell carried his bat through almost 10 hours of wonderful defiance. Fred Trueman and Jim Laker, who shared eight wickets between them, had no answer to Worrell's remorselessly dead bat. And when the ball was there to be hit, he hit it, crashing 26 fours. Worrell soon went back into the middle order, where he belonged, but this left quite a legacy from his brief career as an opener.

Conrad Hunte 260 v Pakistan, Jamaica, 1957-58

One of the most gargantuan support acts in sporting history. Anyone who scores 260 has the right to expect a few headlines. But though Conrad Hunte was ultimately overshadowed by Garry Sobers' world-record 365 in the same innings, this was the finest innings of his fine career. Hunte crashed 28 fours and a six, adding 446 with Sobers - and he might have gone to the record himself, had he not been run out. Not bad for a man playing in his debut series. Strangely, Hunte struggled in Jamaica Tests after this, following up with scores 7, 40, 9, 1 and 0. But this mighty 260 more than made up for any fallow periods that followed.

Garry Sobers 365* v Pakistan, Jamaica, 1957-58

We all come of age when we reach 21. But at Sabina Park on March 1, 1985, Garry Sobers did that and more. Not content with reaching his first Test century the previous day, he converted into a monumental unbeaten 365 - a Test record that stood for 36 years. After a mighty partnership of 446 with Conrad Hunte ended, Sobers just kept on and on until he passed Len Hutton's then- record 364. A delirious crowd swarmed onto the field, so damaging the pitch that the last hour of the fourth day could not be played. But as anyone who was there would surely tell you, it was well worth it.

Garry Sobers 168 v Australia, Sydney, 1960-61

The magnificence of this innings was made greater by the poor run of form Sobers was in: it sandwiched scores of 14, 9, 0, 1 and 1. He was circumspect at the start, but blazed away against the second new ball to add 72 in as many minutes before the close of the first day. It was breathtaking stuff: nobody else got past 43 in West Indies' first innings on a pitch that was already offering plenty of turn. West Indies went on to square the series with a 222-run victory, so Sobers could technically have scored a duck and West Indies would still have won. Technically.

Seymour Nurse 258 v New Zealand, Christchurch, 1968-69

This was a low-scoring series, in which both sides often struggled to get to 300. Yet Seymour Nurse nearly did it on his own. In tricky light, and on a slow, low surface - only one other West Indian passed even 10 - Nurse drove superbly off the back foot to reach his highest Test score. In all he batted for eight hours with great responsibility, striking 34 fours and a six. For someone playing what turned out to be his final Test innings, this was a spectacular way to say goodbye.

Gordon Greenidge 134 v England, Old Trafford, 1976

The situation demanded caution. West Indies were on the ropes at 26 for 4, with four of their biggest hitters back in the pavilion, and England's debutant Mike Selvey was swerving the ball all over the place. So Greenidge started swinging like Rocky Marciano. When he was out the score was just 193, and the tone was set. This was a match played on a seriously tricky pitch, in which no Englishman made more than 24 in either innings. From being level in the series at 0-0, West Indies careered out of sight and pummeled England for the rest of a long, hot summer. From that, their four fast bowlers ruled the world for 20 years. How different history might have been but for Greenidge.

Gordon Greenidge 214* v England, Lord's, 1984

England held most of the aces, but West Indies had the joker - Greenidge on one leg. Unable to run properly, he simply pummeled the boundary boards: 29 fours and two sixes. England had had the impertinence to declare, setting the Windies 342 to win. They got there inside 66.1 overs, with nine wickets to spare and Ian Botham, who had taken eight first-innings wickets, was slammed all round Lord's. England had hoped to square the series at 1-1; instead, Greenidge's assault left them 2-0 down and on the way to being 'blackwashed' for the first time.

Des Haynes 143 v Australia, Sydney 1988-89

A masterful exhibition of technique and concentration. As usually happened in the 1980s, West Indies struggled badly against the turning ball at Sydney, but though they fell to defeat Haynes played one of the great rearguard innings. With the ball turning almost square, he suffocated the spin for more than five hours, all the while putting away the bad balls to fashion an epic 143, made out of just 232 while he was at the crease. The captains - Viv Richards and Allan Border, who both been round the block a few times - both considered it one of the finest innings they had ever seen.