May 27, 2012

West Indies in England 2012

Roach's no-ball woes

Siddhartha Talya

Kemar Roach's blunders on the second day in Trent Bridge should prompt an urgent course-correction for West Indies, writes Michael Calvin in the Independent on Sunday.

The West Indians are being treated with a generosity of spirit they rarely showed in the halcyon days of Holding, Richards & Co. Coach Ottis Gibson and Sammy are winning friends, if not influencing too many people, by trying to develop a Caribbean version of England's corporate culture.

They want brand ambassadors, rather than boogie children.

Given the front-foot no-ball rule has been in existence for so long, there is no excuse for bowlers to overstep. Fast bowlers, though, have always stretched the limit, writes Simon Hughes in the Daily Telegraph..

There is a danger of the game becoming over-sanitised and aggression in the middle must not be discouraged completely, writes James Anderson in the Daily Mail.

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