Congratulations to the English team for a well deserved victory. I think
that they played with character and determination, with most of the
players giving their best effort. The positive thing for the English is
that Illingworths' strategy won't be criticised for a while. The reverse
is true for the WI.
After day four I guess that most WI fans were hoping for the best, knowing
that the odds were firmly in favour of England. Why? WI seldom win
matches because of consistent batting which was required in this match.
Once the bowlers are unable to 'humble' the opponents WI defeat is
virtually inevitable. I was hoping that Lara might have been able to
occupy the crease for a while but that was not to be, apart from Campbell,
the other batsmen were apparently out of the depths. It was rather
unfortunate that he did not get his maiden test century. Although the
bowling was consistently good (?), there is no excuse for the poor
It is clear that changing the batting order is not the solution to our
performances. The opening is not any better than the series with
Australia, albeit good individual performances. Again I will open with
RR, if history is any guide RR has made most of run when he goes to the
wicket early (no excuse for his poor performance in the middle order).
Hooper will remain erratic, the closer to eleven the better. KA is
basically in the same boat as Hooper. Adams not
being able to make big scores, Lara still not showing why he is regarded as
the best with the bat. Murry is apparently out of form ie with the bat, I
think Browne might be a better (not sure about the keeping). I hope that
Kenny will be back for the next test. Will Chanderpaul get a
chance?.....will have to wait and see.
If I can recall correctly, WI batsmen hardly ever get two good score in
the same match. Can one of our statisticians substantiate? this match is
a good example.