By the Numbers: West Indies in 499 Tests

The West Indies are playing their 500th Test, in St Lucia against Bangladesh, and such a momentous milestone deserves a numerical breakdown, so without further ado, here are the Windies' stats since 1928.

The West Indies are playing their 500th Test, in St Lucia against Bangladesh, and such a momentous milestone deserves a numerical breakdown, so without further ado, here are the Windies' stats since 1928.

<b>173</b> – The Windies' first Test, in 1928 at Lord's, was the 173rd Test overall.

<b>6</b> – The number of ducks the Windies recorded in that game. They did not shine with the bat, and lost by an innings and 58 runs. Joe Small top scored with 52.

<b>0-3</b> – The scoreline of their first Test series, against England. They lost all three games by more than an innings.

<b>7</b> – Of their first 10 Test series, they faced England seven times. Their first ever series win came in 1934/35, also against England, winning two-one in the Caribbean.

<b>2</b> – Series played in the 40s. For obvious, war-time reasons, the Windies only played two series in that decade, both after 1946, on against England at home, and the other in India.

<b>3</b> – Five-Test whitewashes. The Windies won a five-Test series five-nil three times, but the last time was in 1985, against England. They last played a five-Test series in 2009.

<b>15</b> – The number of years they were unbeaten in a series, between 1980 and 1994/5. Nine series were drawn and 20 ended in the Windies skipper of the day lifting the trophy.

<b>20</b> – Years since they won a series away from home (against a side not Zimbabwe or Bangladesh). The last time they did so was in New Zealand, in early 1995. Since then they have found it impossible to win away from home against a top eight side.

<b>790/3</b> – Highest innings total. This was made in 1958 against Pakistan, and the Windies won by an innings and 174 runs. Some guy called Garry Sobers scored 365 not out, which was a world record at the time.

<b>21</b> – Sobers was just 21 at the time, and this was also his first Test century. It remained the record until fellow West Indian BRian Lara broke it. Sobers followed that knock up with two more tons straight afterwards.

<b>57.78</b> – Sobers' average. He played 93 Tests, and has the highest average for a Windies batsman with more than 50 Test caps. The highest is George Headley, who played 22 Tests from 1930. He averaged 60.38, with 10 tons.

<b>4</b> – The number of times the Windies made more than 700 in an innings. The last was in February 2009, against England. Only Sri Lanka have done it more often (5).

<b>400*</b> – The world record score. Held by Brian Lara to this day. He holds two of the top three scores, with his 375 against England the one to originally break Sobers' record after 36 years.

<b>47</b> – Lowest innings total. This low ebb was achieved in 2004, in Kingston, when England's Steve Harmison took seven wickets in the second innings. England won by 10 wickets.

<b>17</b> – Out for less than 100. The last time was in April 2004, in Bridgetown, again against England (same tour as the above).

<b>11912</b> – Most runs. Lara is the Windies' most prolific run-getter, followed by Shiv Chanderpaul. They are the only two Windies batsmen with more than 10 000 Test runs. This number puts Lara sixth on the overall list.

<b>157</b> – Most Tests. Chanderpaul hold the record for the most Test caps for the Windies, and is the sixth-most capped player in Test history. Only Sachin Tendulkar has hit the 200 mark.

<b>47</b> – Chanderpaul's not outs. He has the most not out innings of any Test batsman in history, and is still currently playing.

<b>69</b> – Viv Richards' scores over 50. Sir Viv, now a pundit, ended his career with an average over 50, with 24 centuries and 45 half tons to his name in 121 Tests.

<b>43</b> – Most ducks. Fast bowler Courtney Walsh was feared with the ball in hand but not so much with the bat. He has the most ducks in Test history, seven more than New Zealand's Chris Martin.

<b>519</b> – Walsh's wickets. He made up for his deficiencies with the bat by taking the most wickets of any Windies bowler. He is fifth on the overall wicket list, well behind Muttiah Muralitharan's 800.

<b>20.99</b> – Curtley Ambrose's bowling average when he retired. Walsh and Ambrose made the most feared pace pair in the world. Ambrose took 405 Test wickets, though played more than 30 Tests less than Walsh.

<b>9/95</b> – Best innings figures. This was achieved by Jack Noreiga in 1971. He ripped through India in 49.5 overs, though he only played four Tests in his career. These are the 13th-best Test figures.

<b>270</b> – Most keeping dismissals. This is obviously help by the great Jeff Dujon, who played 81 Tests. Not surprisingly, given who he was keeping to in the golden age of Windies pace, only five of those were stumpings. Dinesh Ramdin has 178 dismissals.