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Didn’t Take My “West Indies” Long To Quickly Descend Back To Their Losing Ways.

by Anura Guruge


Base graphic from ‘cricinfo.com’, of course.


I always had a nagging fear that the form the West Indies showed during the first two Tests against England, in 2019, was but a fluke.

And as I dreaded they folded and played dismally APART from Roston Chase’s 2nd innings century when the Test was already lost.

Yes, you can claim that they had won the series so they were off the boil. You hear that often in cricket. But, their performance was again at their pathetic best.

Yes, it is also true that Jason Holder, their motivating and of late ‘match-winning’ captain was precluded from playing. By the ICC for poor over rate delivery. That is frustrating. I think ICC has gone too far.

But, we are back to where we were …

The West Indies playing like a bunch of girls.

I don’t even want to get into Shannon Gabriel’s sledging. All so stupid and uncalled for. He will now miss a game or two or three. Crazy.


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My “West Indies” Win The 2nd Test & Series — Against England To Boot. Wow. Just Like The Ol’ Days.

by Anura Guruge


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The huge 381-run victory, against England, in the 1st Test match, at Brisbane, was special. But, I have seen enough disappointments, of late, to have got to excited and get my hopes up.

And then this … even with the death of Alzarri Joesph’s Mother on the morning of the 3rd Day. They played just like they used to play. It was a pleasure and to see my ol’ buddy Viv, in the stands, standing and applauding, made my day.

Wow. Have we finally turned the page? About time, I may add. But, cricket is a funny ol’ game. We still have another match and I see that Captain Jason Holder will have to miss it because of poor over rate. Shame. Very frustrating.


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West Indies & England Cricket Teams Wearing Black Armbands To Honor Alzarri Joseph’s Mother.

by Anura Guruge


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So for the second Test in a row the players are wearing black armbands. This time for poor, 22-year old Alzarri Joesph’s mother who died ahead of the 3rd day of the 2nd Test between the West Indies and England. I do not know the details. I assume she must have been ill. But, Alzarri did not, from what I saw, show any signs of distress the day before. He bowled quite. I like him. He has potential. This will be a setback. It is a great testament to his character that he continued to play. Him dropping out would have been a bitter blow to the West Indies. I am very proud of him ad this will be remembered for years to come. I wish him well.


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My “West Indies”, After A Decade, Play Like They Are Supposed To & Live Up To Their Storied Heritage.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and enjoy here. Also from ‘cricinfo.com’ — of course.


The 1st Test, West Indies v England, in Barbados, was something else. WOW. What a match. What sterling performances. 202* by Jason Holder no less. I like Jason, so this was good. Also Shane Dowrich. 116* by him.

England went in facing a target of 628 runs. 628 runs. This by the ‘modern’ West Indies. Hard to believe but true.

I kept on waiting for them to collapse as they so often have done in the last decade. Darren Bravo’s return didn’t impress. And in the 2nd innings they did collapse to 6-120. I expected the worse at that point. Then a 295 run, unbroken, stand. WOW. Just like the old days.

It was so amazing to watch. Just like the West Indians on the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

Lets hope that this new found form and purpose continues. It will do us, the long-suffering supporters, a world of good.


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Why The England Cricket Team Is Wearing Black Armbands During 1st Test Against Windies.

by Anura Guruge


 




I, of course, watched the highlights. Good game, so far. Windies did better than I had expected, but, again not surprisingly, caved towards the end. But, a better score than many, including I, would have dared predict.

But, I wasn’t sure as to who the black armbands were for. Had to look it up.

Ruth Strauss. Interesting. I wasn’t that familiar with Andrew, never mind the wife. But, he was a former captain and many of the players must have known both of them. So, it was good that they decided to show their respects.

Could prove to be quite the game. Let’s hope that it lasts at least 4-days.


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New Zealand’s Win Over Pakistan By 4-Runs, In The 1st Test, In Abu Dhabi, Was A Doozy.

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. What a last day (the 4th). I have been following the whole series, the T20s, ODIs & now the 1st Test, with interest and joy. Some good, exciting cricket.

I had watched the Test match highlights each day — some while having lunch and the rest at night, over dinner. Exciting Test match.

Hats off, most certainly, to New Zealand. A totally unexpected win — against the grain. It only became a possibility right at the end. Poor Pakistan. They showed one of their fans, a middle-aged man, crying.

Amazing spin bowling by the debutant — Ajaz Patel. This was good for cricket.


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Test Matches Should NOT Be Played In Empty Stadiums — It Is NOT Cricket.

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I have already talked about this. Click image to access my post.


I have just been watching the highlights of the Pakistan v Australia 1st Test in Dubai, UAE.

It is bloody amazing. TOTALLY EMPTY STADIUM.

Just a sea of empty blue seats.

I do NOT think there is even 100 people there if you don’t count the teams and the support staff.

You cannot play Test cricket in an empty stadium. It just kills your spirits.

There should be an asterix in the record books for all Tests played where the average attendance was less than 10,000/day.

This is a travesty.

The ICC should NOT permit this. The umpires should call the match off. I am NOT kidding.


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