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Tests at St. John's, Antigua

The Antigua and Barbuda islands form an independent state in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea. They lie at the southern end of the Leeward Islands chain and have an area of 171 square miles (442 square kilometres). The capital is St. Johns.

First-class cricket has been played at the Antigua Recreation Ground at St. John's since 1959-60. Since then over 50 first-class matches have been played at this ground. The first international to be played here was the the one-day international match between the West Indies and Australia on 22-2-1978.

Three years later, in 1981, the ground hosted its first Test match, which was against England. In all 16 Test matches have been played here with the home team winning — six and losing three, while rest of the seven matcheswere drawn. India has played two matches here — in 1983 and 1997, both of which were drawn.

Highest team score: 593-5 decl. by WI v Eng (1993-94) Best by India: 457 v WI (1982-83).

Lowest Team score: 127 by Eng v WI (1997-98).

Highest individual scores: 375 by B.C. Lara for WI v Eng (1993-94).Best for India: 116 by M. Amarnath v WI (1982-83). (In all 32 hundreds have been scored at this venue).

Best bowling (in an innings): 6-54 by C.A. Walsh WI v Aus (1994-95) Best for India: 3-76 by S.B. Joshi (1996-97).

Best bowling (in a match): 11-110 by Wasim Akram Pak v WI (1999-00).

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