Dwayne Bravo should aim higher

By the standards of this West Indies side, Dwayne Bravo has had a decent series, but those standards aren't good enough.

Five times in seven innings he's been out between 40 and 60. At least one of those should have been a hundred. The stage was set yesterday when West Indies were trying to save the game and he was batting alongside Shivnarine Chanderpaul - a man who likes getting out as much as he likes being kicked in the balls.

For some reason, Dwayne Bravo started playing a load of shots after lunch England hadn't felt like they could remove either batsman before the break, but now they were given hope. That hope was justified and once Bravo had departed, the procession began. Bravo was as culpable as anyone for the West Indies' defeat. He was actually in a position to prevent it.

If someone else other than Shiv starts taking some responsibility, perhaps some of the other players might follow suit. Dwayne Bravo seems the most likely to lead the way.

Despite never quite making the most of his chances, Dwayne Bravo will have learnt a lot on this tour. He's only 23 and this was his second Test tour to this country. On this occasion he spent a long time batting with Chanderpaul throughout the series and we dare say he'll learn more from that than any coaching or theoretical exercise.

We're presuming that Shiv actually shares information at the crease. If he does, then Bravo will have benefited hugely. Shiv knows what the bowling side are trying to achieve at any one time and he knows how to foil them.

Shiv hasn't really had the opportunity to pass on any knowledge to the likes of Runako Morton who didn't stay at the crease long enough to acknowledge a 'hello'. If Chanderpaul retires without helping at least one player, then the West Indian batsmen will be totally cut off from a line of communication that supports every Test side.

England v West Indies, fourth Test, day five at Chester-le-Street
West Indies 287 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 136 not out, Ryan Sidebottom 5-88)
England 400 (Paul Collingwood 128, Andrew Strauss 77, Matt Prior 62, Fidel Edwards 5-112)
West Indies 222 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 70, Chris Gayle 52, Monty Panesar 5-46, Matthew Hoggard 3-28)
England 111-3

England win the series 3-0

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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Blogger The Atheist said...

Does Chanders not talk to people he's not batting with?

In fairness, this isn't a bad strategy in life. It keeps you away from boring, non-cricket related conversations.

I hate it when people talk about jobs and futures and things. I missed the escape route that international cricket always offered me. Chanders: once again, shows his genius.

10:35 am  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

He tries to talk to people he's not batting with, but he forgets the really, really important points he was going to make.

"It was, it was... Ohhhh, I had it a minute ago. What was happening? Panesar was bowling. Something about Panesar maybe? No, that wasn't it. Never mind. It'll come back to me."

But it doesn't.

11:23 am  
Blogger GAAR said...

Given the Windies Injuries, coupled with the fact that the three additions to the one day squad don't arrive until the day of the game up at Worcester, surely Otis Gibson should be a nailed on certainty to start against the England Lions, as they only have 10 available players at present.

Maybe he could talk to the other bowlers andpoint out where they are supposed to bowl

12:25 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

We wouldn't be too confident about the West Indies succeeding in organising anything as complicated as that.

Our money's on someone from the crowd.

12:31 pm  

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