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CRICKET: Can Nicholas Pooran Do For the West Indies What Eon Morgan Has Done For England! – By Tony McWatt

By Tony McWatt

Nicholas Pooran

Now that he has been appointed captain of the West Indies ODI and T20 teams, Trinidad-born Nicholas Pooran might be seeking to emulate the outstanding accomplishments of England’s white-ball cricket skipper Eon Morgan. The question to be asked and answered is, can he?

Eoin Morgan’s tenure as England’s white-ball captain began ignominiously with the team having endured a most disappointing campaign at the 2015 ICC World Cup. Since then, however, Morgan has led England to championship victory at the 2019 ODI World Cup. The country’s first captain to ever do so.

Morgan was also at the helm for England’s top-four finishes at the 2016 and 2021 T20 World Cups. Indeed, since 2015 and under Morgan’s leadership, England has also been consistently ranked among the world’s top three teams in both of the ODI and T20 formats.          Continue reading

Cricket: Samuels, openers spark Windies to big win over Australia

Samuels, openers spark Windies to big win over Australia

Marlon Samuels

Marlon Samuels

A rollicking opening stand and a Marlon Samuels special lifted West Indies to their second victory of the triangular series over an uncharacteristically sloppy Australian side in St Kitts.From the strong platform of 139 for 1 after 27 overs the visitors’ innings lost momentum, and the target of 266 was vulnerable to an early assault on the short boundaries of Warner Park.

Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher duly hurled themselves at a bowling attack, which was missing Mitchell Starc, and were helped by a pair of dropped catches from Usman Khawaja.   Continue reading

The Politics of West Indies Cricket – by Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Politics of West Indies Cricket – by Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Kevin Pietersen’s book is a good place to start. His views are less about cricket and more about the politics of pettiness in English cricket.

After criticizing the state of English cricket Pietersen says, ‘you need stars if you want to grow your game.’ There is word that another star Shivnarine Chanderpaul is writing a book about his treatment by the cricket administration in the West Indies. When this book is published will we read about the politics of West Indies manipulative tactics?

Here is one for the purists: In November 2013 Dave Cameron, President of the West Indies Cricket Board, paid tribute to Shivnarine Chanderpaul for becoming the first West Indian to play in 150 Tests.  Continue reading

Cricket: West Indies defeat England in 3rd Test – draw series 1-1

West Indies v England, 3rd Test, Barbados, 3rd day

Windies defeat England, draw series 1-1

Darren Bravo

Darren Bravo

BRIDGETOWN, (Reuters) – A century partnership between Darren Bravo and Jermaine helped West Indies to win the third and final test against England at Barbados’ Kensington Oval by five wickets today to draw the series 1-1.

Set a target of 192 to win on the third day, after bowling England out for 123, the home side knocked off the total thanks mainly to a 108 run fifth wicket partnership between Bravo (82) and Blackwood (47 not out). Continue reading

West Indies draw first Test against England – in Antigua

West Indies draw first Test against England – in Antigua
Published on April 18, 2015
NORTH SOUND, Antigua — Jason Holder struck a superb maiden first-class and Test century to guide West Indies to a hard-fought draw in the first Test against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Friday.

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Jason Holder

The 23-year-old six-footer played a match-saving innings under great pressure to finish 103 not out off 149 balls with 15 fours in 3 1/2 hours. West Indies got support from a crowd of over 9,000 and batted close to 130 overs in their second innings to close on 350-7 after being set 438 to win.

Holder earned the Man-of-the-Match award and shared a resolute seventh-wicket stand of 105 with captain Denesh Ramdin, who made 57 off 141 balls. Continue reading

Cricket: Where have all the tall men gone ? – By Hubert Williams

Cricket: Where have all the tall men gone ? – By Hubert Williams

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Former West Indies Test cricketer Ian Bishop seems a giant against small- statured Dwayne Bravo, captain of the West Indies limited-overs team in India

A little while ago, I used the photograph at the bottom of this article to make a comparison between the stature of most of today’s leading West Indies cricketers and the giants in many opposing teams of the other cricket-playing countries, and asked the question: Where have all the tall men gone?

A photo today of a scene in India provides the answer: They have drifted into the past, and are re-emerging as broadcasters. Just look at the photo here of a current West Indies major player and a major one from the past: Dwayne Bravo seems a tiny mite standing beside retired player Ian Bishop.  Continue reading

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