London - England
may be third in the Test rankings and the West Indies eighth, but
history will be against Joe Root's tourists when a three-match series
gets underway in Barbados on Wednesday.
Only two England sides have won Test series in the Caribbean during the past 52 years.
A look back at those most recent England campaign
triumphs, which both featured members of the Jones family - left-arm
quick Jeff Jones starring in 1968, with the Welshman's son, Simon, a
right-arm paceman, playing in 2004.
1967/68: West Indies 0 England 1 (five-match series)
This series went England's way thanks mainly to a seven-wicket win in the fourth Test in Trinidad.
England were left to score 215 in two-and-three quarter hours
following a sporting declaration by West Indies captain Garry Sobers.
But England, with captain Colin Cowdrey making 71, follow his
first-innings 148, and opener Geoffrey Boycott 80 not out, got the runs
just in time.
There was one more twist to come in the fifth Test in Guyana when,
with England nine wickets down, No 11 Jeff Jones survived the last over
of the match to secure a draw that sealed the series win.
2003/04: West Indies 0 England 3 (four-match series)
England made a spectacular start to win the first Test in Jamaica by 10 wickets and never looked back.
Fast bowler Stephen Harmison, inflicting the kind of damage
associated with legions of West Indies' quicks, took an extraordinary
seven wickets for 12 runs in 12.3 overs as the hosts collapsed to 47 all
out in their second innings.
But after further convincing wins in Trinidad and Barbados, they were denied a 4-0 clean sweep in Antigua.
West Indies captain Brian Lara regained the world record for the
highest individual Test score with an innings of 400 not out in a
colossal total of 751 for five declared.
But by batting so long on a placid pitch, Lara reduced the time
available for his bowlers to take 20 wickets and England captain Michael
Vaughan, albeit his side followed on, made 140 as the match ended in a