Shivnarine Chanderpaul's hundred not enough for him

We've just got back from day five of the Old Trafford Test. We've never been to the Monday of a Test before. It's the missing link between county cricket crowds and Test match ones. It had the attendance of a Test match, but everyone was watching intently.

If you want to hear some guy shout to another three rows in front of him: "Graham: Show us your tats. Graham, Graham, show us your - oh... you're not Graham..." then attend a Test on a Saturday. If you want to hear a heartfelt standing ovation for a magnificent fourth innings hundred, go on a Monday. Both are good in their own ways.

That magnificent fourth innings hundred was of course that of Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Any batsman could learn a thing or two from Shiv. He's got one of the clearest batting minds in the game. He's forever weighing up the field, the pitch, the state of the game and how many balls he can let his partner face.

It was no mean feat to pass 100 on a pitch where consecutive deliveries from Monty Panesar bounced over the wicketkeeper's head and ran along the floor, despite pitching in roughly the same spot.

After the last wicket fell, we glanced at the big screen. In the background, Shiv was walking off the field shaking his head vigorously. It could have been about that final wicket, but more likely he was dissatisfied at having fallen short in what would have been a world record run-chase.

If you've watched much of the West Indies' last two tours to England, Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be a familiar sight. He now averages 68 in 10 Tests in this country.

England v West Indies, third Test, day three at Old Trafford
England 370 (Ian Bell 97, Alastair Cook 60)
West Indies 229 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 50, Monty Panesar 4-50)
England 313 (Alastair Cook 106, Kevin Pietersen 68, Darren Sammy 7-66)
West Indies 394 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 116 not out, Runako Morton 54, Monty Panesar 6-137, Steve Harmison 4-95)

England win the Test and hold an unassailable 2-0 lead with one Test to go.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

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Anonymous Mahinda said...

From the moment he came out to bat, I was predicting a century for Big Shiv.

He makes me happy.

I particularly like the way he always looks slightly mean. As though Rob Key's stolen his place in the lunch queue.

10:58 am  
Anonymous Rohan said...

Mmmmm. Not sure I agree with you on the last day of the test match analysis. Maybe up North - down here whenever there is the possibility of a squeeky bum finish in the test match and it's a sunny day everyone piles in and treats it like a normal day at the cricket (i.e. four beers before lunch). That's not to say people don't watch the game - it's just to say it's treated like any other day - great cricket and a great day out (as long as the boss doesn't see you on the highlights).

5:14 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

Well we've only got one Monday to go off. One stand was pretty rowdy. Maybe that we'd feel different if we'd sat there.

5:54 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

Besides, we thought that every day was like an off-season Sunday in a seaside town at Lord's.

We mean quiet...

5:56 pm  

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