The Chris Gayle shuffle
Proof that Chris Gayle is cooler than Mawson's Hut was evident in his celebration of his maiden Test century against Australia. Triumphant waves of the bat bookended a short dance sequence that featured the kind of rhythmic sashaying that would have proven a hit in the nightclubs of Kingston. Gayle looked decidedly less graceful several overs later when he was struck by cramp. Gayle's nickname among team-mates is "crampy", a Jamaican expression for slow movement, and his seizing muscles served to decelerate his scoring rate for a time, but he picked it up at the end of the day.
Brother, can you spare a wicket?
Australia's inability to take 20 wickets proved a curse in recent losing campaigns against India, South Africa and England, and the lack of an enforcer returned to haunt them on Monday. Without the services of the incapacitated Peter Siddle, who has a hamstring problem, for much of the day, Australia struggled for impact against a resolute West Indies batting unit on a benign Adelaide surface. Nathan Hauritz could not replicate the bounce or bite of Sulieman Benn the previous day, while Mitchell Johnson lit up the start and the end, but not in the middle. It was a tough time at the office.
Tall tales of Big Benn
Sulieman Benn said it wasn't until he was about 14 that he began getting taller than most of his friends, but at 28 it seems he's still enjoying a growth spurt. The story of his success on the third day in Adelaide turned into a tall tale - but just how tall depended on whose story you read. His profile page on Cricinfo lists him as 6ft 7in, which equates to 200cm, but in the Herald Sun he had grown to 204cm and in the Australian he had shot up to 207cm.
Save the umps
The Gould League is an Australian organisation that, among other things, aims to protect the environment. Umpire Ian Gould might just need his own group if he keeps getting in the way of Gayle drives. Gayle crunched a straight one that clipped the fingers of the bowler Marcus North, but that didn't take much of the pace off the ball. It promptly ricocheted into Gould's ankle, sending the umpire hobbling in pain and denying Gayle a boundary.