West Indian fielding

What was going on out there yesterday?

Three streakers, a batsman's helmet getting him out, a wicketkeeper getting hit in the face and fielding that made you want to cry for about a year, whether you were West Indian or not.

It was summed up quite well when Darren Powell came over to bring a drink to Fidel Edwards, who was fielding in front of our stand. The previous hour had contained a good percentage of the day's joke fielding. Someone in the crowd shouted: "Hey Darren. How do you get dropped from this team?"

Powell laughed, but it was a good question really.

The slow rolling ball that went straight between Jerome Taylor's legs and for four was our favourite. That happened immediately before lunch and the stand-in West Indies coach, David Moore, must have spent the next 40 minutes bollocking Taylor. In a fair world, Taylor wouldn't have reappeared after the break and Moore would still be bollocking him now, not having drawn breath at any point.

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 22-1

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

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