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West Indies took a first innings lead against Australia in the Barbados Test and attracted the attention of cricket lovers around the world. Alan Tyers in The Telegraph expresses his sadness at the current state of West Indies cricket and wishes to see more competition from cricket's erstwhile tormentors.
Even still, say many of their long-suffering admirers abroad, the West Indies had at least competed for three days. And they had been sporadically impressive during the two recent Test series against India. In last month’s one-day internationals against Australia, the West Indies drew, and even drew a big crowd to one match, as well as sharing the two Twenty20s.
It is often said that world cricket needs the West Indies. But when even West Indian cricketers do not need the West Indies, like the Indian Premier League’s Bravos, Gayles and Pollards, it is no surprise that a battling (or, at least, skirmishing) defeat is considered no disgrace for Darren Sammy’s men.