Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Embers: Payback Time for All the Humiliation

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Embers: Payback Time for All the Humiliation

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ENGLAND have been urged to show a ruthless streak - just like the great West Indies teams of old. Michael Vaughan's men know that the Wisden Trophy, captured on home soil four years ago, is already safe and sound for another spell following those 10 and seven-wicket victories in Jamaica and Trinidad.

And even a draw in the Third Test, which starts here on Thursday, will be enough to guarantee Vaughan's team a slice of history as the first England outfit to win a series in the Caribbean for 36 years.

But John Emburey, who understood what it was like to play against a West Indies side that seemed just about invincible, is keen to see the visitors triumph at Kensington Oval - and then win again in Antigua to complete a 4-0 whitewash.

"The West Indies were ruthless when they were on top of the world and Australia are just the same now," said former England spinner Emburey.

"That's the way it should be when you are winning and that's the approach England need to adopt.

"It's been fantastic to watch them win the first two Tests but now is certainly not the time for anyone to start feeling sorry for the West Indies.

"They didn't show any sympathy to opponents when they had those four great fast bowlers and a wonderful batting line-up. There was no question of them feeling sorry for us during those two 5-0 whitewashes in the 1980s - and nor should there have been.

"When you are winning, keep winning. That's the only attitude."

Emburey played 64 Tests for England, briefly captained them in 1988 - against West Indies - and was assistant coach to David Lloyd when Mike Atherton's team lost 3-1 in the Caribbean six years ago.

But, like a host of others who were in their prime during the 1980s, he found himself on the receiving end much more often than not when opposed to West Indies.

Emburey appeared in four of the five Tests during England's 1986 tour.

West Indies won the lot and, having already achieved a whitewash when they were the visitors in 1984, a sequence of 10 consecutive victories went down in the record books. …

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