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5 longest unbeaten streaks by home teams at a particular venue

S Samaddar
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2nd Test - Australia v West Indies: Day 3
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Great cricket teams are famous for winning anywhere in the world but at the same time, those teams almost always have a mythical fortress of sorts where it is incredibly difficult to beat them and over the years, certain teams went through some stunning unbeaten streaks at particular venues.

The reasons behind a venue becoming a fortress could be manifold. First of all, there is the pitch, which might explicitly favour the traditional strengths of the home side and in addition to that, the crowds and the overhead conditions might also be in favour of the team.

Over the course of international cricket, plenty of long unbeaten streaks have been accomplished at certain venues but the truly remarkable ones have stretched over decades and have gone down in history as the graveyard of opposition teams.

Here is a look at 5 of the longest unbeaten streaks (by number of Tests) at a particular venue in Test cricket.

5 West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston 1958-1989

The West Indies were one of the most dominant sides in Test cricket history from the mid-1970s through to the early 1990s, but one venue where they were unbeatable for 31 years was at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

Right from the time that the West Indies beat Pakistan by an innings and 174 runs at Sabina Park back in February 1958, they went through 19 Test matches and 31 years without defeat at the venue.

Out of those games, they won 11 of them and drew the rest. Some of West Indies' biggest victories have been accomplished at the venue, including three back to back 10 wicket victories against Australia, New Zealand and England back in 1984, 1985 and 1986 respectively.

The glorious streak came to an end in February 1990, when they unexpectedly lost to England by 9 wickets at Sabina Park. Few years down the line, the decline of West Indies cricket would also commence.

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