West Indies cricket May 20, 2012

Champion teams know how and when to defend

The great West Indian teams of the 80s, while always associated with dashing batsmanship, were capable of obdurate, defensive batting as well
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As I watch Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul bravely battle at Lord's on this Sunday morning, I am reminded yet again of an often overlooked fact: that the great West Indian teams of the 1980s, while always associated with dashing, hard-hitting batsmanship, were eminently capable of obdurate, defensive batting as well.

West Indies won a lot of Test matches in the 1980s (and later as well) not just because their fast bowlers blew away opposing sides (and contrary to the mythology perpetuated in Fire in Babylon, with more than just bouncers), but because their batsmen were often able to suppress an attacking instinct and put their heads down for the sake of the team. The image of the 1980s West Indies as all batting pyrotechnics, all the time, is one of the most persistent and enduring misconceptions of that great team. It is the converse of the suggestion that the West Indies fast bowling merely intimidated and battered the opposition into submission.

As but one example: During the 1984 Old Trafford Test, West Indies were 70 for 4 when Jeff Dujon joined Gordon Greenidge to put on 197 runs; Dujon batted at a strike rate of 44 to score 101 in six hours; Greenidge ended up with a 223 that took ten hours to complete. The West Indies won by an innings and 64 runs.

Consider for instance that Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes were easily capable of riding out opening attacks from opposing sides, not by trying to belt the cover off the ball in the first ten overs of the innings, but by picking and choosing which deliveries to play. Both of these great openers were classical opening batsmen with rigorous defensive techniques, ones that enabled them to produce their stellar batting record over an extended period. Larry Gomes could be as sticky a customer as Chanderpaul, and Clive Lloyd, while capable of playing a furious match-winning innings in the 1975 World Cup final, was, in his later incarnation, a solid provider of cement to the West Indian middle order, eschewing the flamboyance most often associated with him.

The impression of the 1980s West Indies batting line-up as a bunch of carefree, calypso types is a function, I suspect, of the oversized role played by Viv Richards in the cricket fan and journalist's imagination. The King's body language, his persona, his frequent and successful playing across the line, his often-dismissive strokeplay, and his actual strike rate in many innings contributes to this. But Richards, too, was capable of reaching into his defensive arsenal, and pulling out spells of defensive batting when required. It is not an image often associated with him, but it is a part of his cricketing self, and one that deserves acknowledgement.

No great Test team wins as consistently as West Indies did during their glory days by simply attacking all the time. The opposition's bowlers may be inspired, the pitch might be helpful, the scoreboard might indicate early crisis; the reasons for circumspection and discreetness in strokeplay can be manifold in a Test. West Indies won again, and again, (and then again), because they had so many batsmen in their line-ups who had successfully internalised both attacking and defensive modes of play. Acknowledging the defensive facet of the 1980s West Indies does not diminish them in the least; their defensive ability was an essential component of their greatness.

Samir Chopra lives in Brooklyn and teaches Philosophy at the City University of New York. He tweets here

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  • Robertson S Henry on June 22, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Very good article on that overlooked ability of the 1980s team. Another example to reinforced the point is the Port-of-Spain Test match during the 1976 India tour of the Caribbean, when Richards put his head down to score 120 on a turning wicket in ensuring the hosts had a challenging total. Had it not been for over six dropped catches, West Indies would have won that Test match.

  • gladstone on June 21, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    The west Indies selector is at fault for all the problem the team is having because the they don t know the players abilities and to place them into the right areas when mostly needed also the coach to me is not knowledgeable enough coach that team instead of grouping the players together he trying single them out for faults and cause division among them they players cannot play the game as a unit they have to be teach I have heard and see many people are saying that this team cannot be the team like the great players of 70s and 80s we have to remember those players had leaders that will lead by example also they know that if they make a mistake is their responsibility to back and work on their skills

  • `bernard Williams on June 14, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    west Indies now have the fire power to regain their no.1 spot in world cricket. However,the selectors need to pick the correct team.The one-day team they pick to play England should have been the test team with the inclusion of chanderpaul and Roach and the exclusion Charles. They keep saying that Pollard and Dwayn Smith are not ready for test cricket but the present crop of men are not winning thus we need to operate outside the box and try other things.My 14man squad for New Zealand would be: Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Darren Bravo, Samuels,Dwayne bravo,Pollard,Ramdin,Russell,Sammy,Roach,Narine,K Edwards,Shillingford and Rampaul

  • Randy Bridgeman on June 12, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Good article.The bowling was the key for us,though the batting played its part admirably.To have 2 fearsome flamethrowers coming at you constantly wasn't an easy thing for opposing batsmen. Whereas one would hope for a little respite when Lloyd made the first change,it never happened that way. First Garner was thrown the ball then Croft would come on at the other end as second change. Pure fire and venom! These fellows were after you and they left no doubt in the batsman's mind that they were. Of course this constant,lethal attack would wear down even the most obdurate of batsmen. Therein was the WI trump card: the dreaded 4-prong! Our attitude as a team then was if we scored 150,the most the opposition will get is 149. I remember one series in'88-'89 against Pakistan when both Salim Yousuf & Abdul Qadir were competing with the square leg umpire for space,such was Marshall's ferocity!! Yousuf actually complained to Richards who simply told him to go and face the music like a man.

  • Clive on May 25, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    The scoring rate has a lot to do with the type of wickets. If the West Indies players of the late 70s through the 8os had the tracks on which cricket is played today, thousands would be made in some innings. Look at the class of Dujon batting at number 7. I remember when the coaches were trying to get him to stop playing this square drive, frontally facing the bowler, on his toes, a right hander looking over his right shoulder as the ball, cut the grass on the way to the square cover boundary. The shot was just spell-binding. You cannot COACH that!! There are some shots that coaches do not know, believe me

  • UmeshD on May 24, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    Been a pleasure reading this article. Many thanks Samir for bringing back the memoirs of yesteryears and the WI masters.

  • Raj Datta on May 24, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    I once read an interview of the great Viv where he said that in his school days he was not an out-and-out attacking batsman. He had worked on his technique from a very young age (5 or similar), and only in high school he got comfortable playing unorthodox attacking strokes. I remember his words: "Before you start breaking rules, you have to know what they are"

  • Malvern on May 24, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with the foregoing analysis and commentary. I would also venture to say that the problem with many on the current team is that they have no idea how to "craft an inning" even when being paired with Chanders whom they might well wish to emulate. I suspect the problem is that they really don't know how or lack the ability to do so. This brings up the question for the upcoming two Tests on the inclusion of someone such as Nash , now playing county cricket, who understands what is required in the middle order and can usually be counted on as a steadying force there as well as being able to contribute a 50 or 60 runs as well. With Gayle and himself in the lineup England could be fight.

  • Jeff on May 24, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Meety makes a great point above about run rates in the 80s.

    Statsguru shows that the Windies average run rate in the 80s was 3.15. While this was higher than any other team at that time (next highest was India at 2.99) – it is actually LOWER than the Windies average run rate over the last 10 years (3.17) !!

    In fact, EVERY test match team except Bangladesh and Zimbabwe has a higher run rate over the past 10 years than the Windies had during the 1980s.

    It just goes to show the impact that ODI and especially T20 cricket has had on test match scoring rates over the past decade.

  • Kent Jones on May 24, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Very good article that illustrates the true depth of the W.I in 80s and 90s. Not just fast bowling but excellent sold batting as well.

  • Robertson S Henry on June 22, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Very good article on that overlooked ability of the 1980s team. Another example to reinforced the point is the Port-of-Spain Test match during the 1976 India tour of the Caribbean, when Richards put his head down to score 120 on a turning wicket in ensuring the hosts had a challenging total. Had it not been for over six dropped catches, West Indies would have won that Test match.

  • gladstone on June 21, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    The west Indies selector is at fault for all the problem the team is having because the they don t know the players abilities and to place them into the right areas when mostly needed also the coach to me is not knowledgeable enough coach that team instead of grouping the players together he trying single them out for faults and cause division among them they players cannot play the game as a unit they have to be teach I have heard and see many people are saying that this team cannot be the team like the great players of 70s and 80s we have to remember those players had leaders that will lead by example also they know that if they make a mistake is their responsibility to back and work on their skills

  • `bernard Williams on June 14, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    west Indies now have the fire power to regain their no.1 spot in world cricket. However,the selectors need to pick the correct team.The one-day team they pick to play England should have been the test team with the inclusion of chanderpaul and Roach and the exclusion Charles. They keep saying that Pollard and Dwayn Smith are not ready for test cricket but the present crop of men are not winning thus we need to operate outside the box and try other things.My 14man squad for New Zealand would be: Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Darren Bravo, Samuels,Dwayne bravo,Pollard,Ramdin,Russell,Sammy,Roach,Narine,K Edwards,Shillingford and Rampaul

  • Randy Bridgeman on June 12, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Good article.The bowling was the key for us,though the batting played its part admirably.To have 2 fearsome flamethrowers coming at you constantly wasn't an easy thing for opposing batsmen. Whereas one would hope for a little respite when Lloyd made the first change,it never happened that way. First Garner was thrown the ball then Croft would come on at the other end as second change. Pure fire and venom! These fellows were after you and they left no doubt in the batsman's mind that they were. Of course this constant,lethal attack would wear down even the most obdurate of batsmen. Therein was the WI trump card: the dreaded 4-prong! Our attitude as a team then was if we scored 150,the most the opposition will get is 149. I remember one series in'88-'89 against Pakistan when both Salim Yousuf & Abdul Qadir were competing with the square leg umpire for space,such was Marshall's ferocity!! Yousuf actually complained to Richards who simply told him to go and face the music like a man.

  • Clive on May 25, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    The scoring rate has a lot to do with the type of wickets. If the West Indies players of the late 70s through the 8os had the tracks on which cricket is played today, thousands would be made in some innings. Look at the class of Dujon batting at number 7. I remember when the coaches were trying to get him to stop playing this square drive, frontally facing the bowler, on his toes, a right hander looking over his right shoulder as the ball, cut the grass on the way to the square cover boundary. The shot was just spell-binding. You cannot COACH that!! There are some shots that coaches do not know, believe me

  • UmeshD on May 24, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    Been a pleasure reading this article. Many thanks Samir for bringing back the memoirs of yesteryears and the WI masters.

  • Raj Datta on May 24, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    I once read an interview of the great Viv where he said that in his school days he was not an out-and-out attacking batsman. He had worked on his technique from a very young age (5 or similar), and only in high school he got comfortable playing unorthodox attacking strokes. I remember his words: "Before you start breaking rules, you have to know what they are"

  • Malvern on May 24, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with the foregoing analysis and commentary. I would also venture to say that the problem with many on the current team is that they have no idea how to "craft an inning" even when being paired with Chanders whom they might well wish to emulate. I suspect the problem is that they really don't know how or lack the ability to do so. This brings up the question for the upcoming two Tests on the inclusion of someone such as Nash , now playing county cricket, who understands what is required in the middle order and can usually be counted on as a steadying force there as well as being able to contribute a 50 or 60 runs as well. With Gayle and himself in the lineup England could be fight.

  • Jeff on May 24, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Meety makes a great point above about run rates in the 80s.

    Statsguru shows that the Windies average run rate in the 80s was 3.15. While this was higher than any other team at that time (next highest was India at 2.99) – it is actually LOWER than the Windies average run rate over the last 10 years (3.17) !!

    In fact, EVERY test match team except Bangladesh and Zimbabwe has a higher run rate over the past 10 years than the Windies had during the 1980s.

    It just goes to show the impact that ODI and especially T20 cricket has had on test match scoring rates over the past decade.

  • Kent Jones on May 24, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Very good article that illustrates the true depth of the W.I in 80s and 90s. Not just fast bowling but excellent sold batting as well.

  • Harsh Thakor on May 24, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Primararily it was the agression of the 4 pronged pace attack-arguably the best of all time that put the Calypsos on top.In their peak era the likes of Greenidge and Viv Richards never curbed their attacking instincts.However an exception was Clive Lloyd who in the latter half of his career batted in the Javed Miandad or Ian Chappell mould when his team was in difficulty.Lary Gomes's batting too posessed that restraint.

    In matches I still mantain that agression and attack were the main factors ,otherwise many games could have petered out into draws.This very approach rarely placed their side in a crisis and they ruled the world like a great emperor.

  • Harsh Thakor on May 24, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    You make valid points and there is no doubt in my mind that in stages one has to go defensive.However West Indies taught the cricket world that attack is the best form of defence.This was their very strategy after their 5-1 loss in Australia,which started in Kerry Packer World Series Cricket.Their batsmen would score at a phenomenal rate while their pace bowlers reminded one of a Greek God extinguishing fire.This characteristic agression,particularly of the paceman when there was no restriction on bouncers won many a game for the West Indies.Rarely did we see the likes of Viv Richards,Clive LLoyd or Gordon Greenidge play to save a game .I can't forget Lloyd's blitzkreig in Calcutta in 1983 ,when he added 149 runs with Andy Roberts for the ninth wicket,which turned a match in his team's favour.Even on difficult tracks,Viv Richards was always on the offensive.

    Defensive cricket rarely wins a game,which was amply demonstrated by Australian top sides in recent years.

  • Raj on May 23, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Haynes, Greenidge, Lloyd, Richards, Dujon, Roberts, Garner, Holding, Marshall, Ambrose et al were masters of their craft, had every stroke or delivery at their disposal. They were not only highly skilled they were great athletes and supremely fit. These attributes are seldom highlighted and instead we repeatedly read stereotypes of aggressive brawn over brain, natural talent over hard work and application written in their name. Usually from the same quarter, those that were dealt great blows to their previous dominant standing. As if this supposedly deserving status,hard earned through diligence skill and courage, could only be brought done by mindless brute strength and underhanded duplicity (eg. incessant barrage of bouncers, doctored reverse swing, doosras etc)

  • narine persaud on May 23, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    The present team in England needs K.Edwards to be dropped.He does

    not know about swing bowling.The same goes for Powell.Gayle and

    Narsingh are needed in there.Narsingh played in Englang

    already.The selectors and coach need sacking.End there stint

    NOW.We DON'T NEED bias SELECTORS AND COACH.The captain does not

    serve any purpose in there.He does not fit in the team

    balance.The team does too much fitness training which I feel

    stresses out our players.The 1980's team were never doing all

    these training that GIBSON does now.

  • S Nityananda on May 23, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    The author has rightly spotted a high point of the recent Lord's Test. The WI batsmen were prepared to battle it out and score at only around 1.5 runs per over. They were also comfortable off the backfoot.

    After the disasters in UK ( 2011) and Australia ( 2012) we in India cannot say the same of most of our up and coming players.

  • Amrith on May 23, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    You are absolutely right. Very few people give credit for technical soundness of those WI players. Most of them were brought up on english conditions were swing and seam with the new ball were always there and typically since almost all west indies fast bowlers played in counties they ended up playing against most of the good bowlers of their time.

    Very often I have seen lloyd (in his later years) / gomes occupy the grease at one end in difficult batting conditions to give the team fighting totals and the bowlers did the rest.

    Holding,garner, clarke, holding, roberts, marshall,rice, botham, le roux, proctor, ben stephenson, willis, dilley, imran, akram, hadlee were some of the fast bowlers you faced if you play in the top 4 of any county. Without a sound defense you had no chance.

    Their slip catching was outstanding as well. Today's slip catching is terrible mainly because you hardly see 3 slips and a gully even in good bowling conditions.

  • Rahul on May 22, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Very well said. I think the same can be said about the great Aussie team of 90's and 2000's. The likes of Slater, Waugh brothers, Ponting and Hayden (to name a few) were efficient in attacking, but when the time called for it, they could grind the opposition and play a waiting game to get the initiative back with them. Great test teams are not just made up of excellent fast bowling attacks and spinners, but that is a good way to start.

  • Anonymous on May 22, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    maybe someone should realized that the past WI teams were balanced with great all rounders. This current WI team has poor seclectors who want to control the game both on and off the field.

  • SANDANAM BALAKUMAR on May 22, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    They say attack is a better form of defence. Viv Richards is a classic example.This is a well written article.Yes they collapsed sometimes But the records speaks itself.

  • Syed Ammar Saeed on May 22, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Oh dear.. what a name you have mentioned of Larry Gomes of WI... today's generation may be can't even imagine that one such player was associated with the WI team of 80s... he was perhaps the Mudassar Nazar of WI....you really hardly believe that such a typical, slow style (left arm) batsman was part (probabaly an essential part) of that famous WI batting line up... so atleast he got his name mentioned here...otherwise some one as great as Javed Miandad can hardly bee seen on cricinfo pages....

  • Meety on May 22, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Whilst I do not want to argue with Samir, the fact is when mentioning Dujon scoring at a S/R of 44, that equates to around 240 runs in a day, which was a poor scoring rate back then. Funnily enough on the first day of the current test just played, the WIndies only just made that in a full day. So whilst I do agree, the WIndies weren't just about flat out attack, their "slower" batting periods were still relatively quick. What I think was the hallmark of the WIndies (other than just their pace battery), was that they were a) they had the best bowlers, b) the best fielders & c) the best batsmen. That meant that at some stage SOMEBODY would step up & win the game for them - it was almost innevitable! There were times during the 80s Oz removed some cheap WI wickets, (@MCG the WI were 4 for not many & Sir Viv blasted a 240 which is almost the only runs he scored in the series, the Lloyd 100 @ Adelaide). Always seemed that someone would step up to save the day.

  • Ajay on May 22, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    The West Indies team was good because they had the firepower to bowl out the opposition even if the target was small and the pitch was a flat track. One of the bowler would take 3 wickets and by the time he got tired the next bowler would take the other 3 wickets. (unlike what happened today when there was no one to support Roach)

    Their batting was sometimes brittle even in those days but the bowling attack would take care of even the smallest target.

  • Imran Awan on May 21, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    I am watching cricket from many many years, I am Pakistani and Pakistan has produced many great players. But if I had to pick 1 great cricketer, to me the great man Viv Richards was no 1 and he has no match.

  • bala on May 21, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Very valid point. This immediately brings to my mind the recent Bayern's (overly attacking) defeat at the hands of Chelsea(resolutely defensive) in the champions league final , though cricket and football are like chalk and cheese.

  • Kunal Talgeri on May 21, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    In attack or defence, it never looked like West Indian batsmen could be dislodged. That is what made their batting collapse in the 1983 World Cup final exceptional, even if it was in an ODI. I hope their current Test team rises to those heights. They sure have the talent.

  • Shadab Raza on May 21, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    I salute the writer. Clive Lloyd's century in Adelaide test 1980 was a solid defensive display, where west indies scored 115 in first session and only 60 runs in second (approx figures). It is very rightly mentioned that Richards was a solid defensive player too.

  • afridi on May 21, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Fully agree with the author.during the 1988-89 series between Pakistan and West Indies, Wasim was repeatedly bouncing to Richards. But the great Richards who was such a fearless hooker did not play even a single hook because the series was tied at 1-all and his wicket at the stage could have taken Pakistan to victory.Those West Indians were great in every way. I agree with the author that one dimensional teams cannot perform consistently for a long time. Look at the current England or India side.they have been No 1 but they are not the best on all surfaces.

  • Kiran DS on May 20, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Fully agree with whatever is written here. We always seem to think that it was Viv Richards all the way but there were some worldclass batsmen in the West Indies team during the 80s. Greenidge, Haynes, Kallicharan, Gomes, Lloyd and to a certain degree Rowe and Dujon. I remember a couple of obdurate but match-winning innings played by Larry Gomes in Australia in 1981 and in England in 1984. Lloyd won many Tests by taking the bowlers on when the WI were in danger of collapsing. One particular innings in Adelaide comes to mind. And of course that famous innings by Desmond Haynes in 1981 when WI beat England by two wickets in the first Test of the series.

  • ADD on May 20, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    The converse is also true. Losing teams know how and when to attack. It's a pity they don't do so often enough.

  • Jerry on May 20, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Very good article. This little-publicized fact about this team should never be overlooked.

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  • Jerry on May 20, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Very good article. This little-publicized fact about this team should never be overlooked.

  • ADD on May 20, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    The converse is also true. Losing teams know how and when to attack. It's a pity they don't do so often enough.

  • Kiran DS on May 20, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Fully agree with whatever is written here. We always seem to think that it was Viv Richards all the way but there were some worldclass batsmen in the West Indies team during the 80s. Greenidge, Haynes, Kallicharan, Gomes, Lloyd and to a certain degree Rowe and Dujon. I remember a couple of obdurate but match-winning innings played by Larry Gomes in Australia in 1981 and in England in 1984. Lloyd won many Tests by taking the bowlers on when the WI were in danger of collapsing. One particular innings in Adelaide comes to mind. And of course that famous innings by Desmond Haynes in 1981 when WI beat England by two wickets in the first Test of the series.

  • afridi on May 21, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Fully agree with the author.during the 1988-89 series between Pakistan and West Indies, Wasim was repeatedly bouncing to Richards. But the great Richards who was such a fearless hooker did not play even a single hook because the series was tied at 1-all and his wicket at the stage could have taken Pakistan to victory.Those West Indians were great in every way. I agree with the author that one dimensional teams cannot perform consistently for a long time. Look at the current England or India side.they have been No 1 but they are not the best on all surfaces.

  • Shadab Raza on May 21, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    I salute the writer. Clive Lloyd's century in Adelaide test 1980 was a solid defensive display, where west indies scored 115 in first session and only 60 runs in second (approx figures). It is very rightly mentioned that Richards was a solid defensive player too.

  • Kunal Talgeri on May 21, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    In attack or defence, it never looked like West Indian batsmen could be dislodged. That is what made their batting collapse in the 1983 World Cup final exceptional, even if it was in an ODI. I hope their current Test team rises to those heights. They sure have the talent.

  • bala on May 21, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Very valid point. This immediately brings to my mind the recent Bayern's (overly attacking) defeat at the hands of Chelsea(resolutely defensive) in the champions league final , though cricket and football are like chalk and cheese.

  • Imran Awan on May 21, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    I am watching cricket from many many years, I am Pakistani and Pakistan has produced many great players. But if I had to pick 1 great cricketer, to me the great man Viv Richards was no 1 and he has no match.

  • Ajay on May 22, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    The West Indies team was good because they had the firepower to bowl out the opposition even if the target was small and the pitch was a flat track. One of the bowler would take 3 wickets and by the time he got tired the next bowler would take the other 3 wickets. (unlike what happened today when there was no one to support Roach)

    Their batting was sometimes brittle even in those days but the bowling attack would take care of even the smallest target.

  • Meety on May 22, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Whilst I do not want to argue with Samir, the fact is when mentioning Dujon scoring at a S/R of 44, that equates to around 240 runs in a day, which was a poor scoring rate back then. Funnily enough on the first day of the current test just played, the WIndies only just made that in a full day. So whilst I do agree, the WIndies weren't just about flat out attack, their "slower" batting periods were still relatively quick. What I think was the hallmark of the WIndies (other than just their pace battery), was that they were a) they had the best bowlers, b) the best fielders & c) the best batsmen. That meant that at some stage SOMEBODY would step up & win the game for them - it was almost innevitable! There were times during the 80s Oz removed some cheap WI wickets, (@MCG the WI were 4 for not many & Sir Viv blasted a 240 which is almost the only runs he scored in the series, the Lloyd 100 @ Adelaide). Always seemed that someone would step up to save the day.