England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day May 25, 2012

Samuels century turns the heat on England

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West Indies 304 for 6 (Samuels 107*, Sammy 88*, Anderson 2-58) v England
Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary

For two sessions, West Indies, debilitated by the IPL, were routinely preyed upon by England. Six wickets down for 138 shortly before tea, their plight was there for all to see. Things were so bad, it was hard to be optimistic about the future for West Indies Test cricket. Then Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy organised a recovery that made a mockery of what had gone before.

The Trent Bridge pitch went flat and England, so close to achieving what would surely have been an impregnable position, went flatter. By the close their stand was worth 167 runs in 41 overs. Samuels commands respect and received warm handshakes after reaching his third Test hundred. Sammy relished driving England's bowlers to distraction especially James Anderson, whose frustrated commentary on his unorthodoxy led the umpire, Aleem Dar, to intervene.

Samuels reached his century in the penultimate over of the day, with a clip to long leg off Anderson for only his third hundred in 39 Tests. At 31, he has finally understood his potential. His previous boundary had been blissful, an easeful extra-cover drive against Tim Bresnan, proof in a single shot that if he maintains the discipline he has shown in this series there can still be many more.

Once again, DRS proved its worth. The umpire, Asad Rauf, gave out Samuels lbw to Bresnan when he had only made a single, only for replays to suggest on West Indies' review that the ball was way too high.

Sammy, 88 not out from 121 balls at the close, has also answered his critics - although in Anderson's case they were prone to answering back. He has been characterised as a one-day cricketer in charge of a Test side, not quite good enough to prosper as a third seamer and reliant upon a rough-hewn batting style that prevents his promotion above No. 8.

But his innings had an endearing simplicity. He is the most convivial of biffers, a batsman of prodigious strength. Even block drives fly off his bat with meaning and when he puts his body into it, he has the strength of a coal miner. He can punish off-colour attacks and England, who conceded 106 in 23 overs up to the new ball, should be wary of the message. Bresnan, preferred to Steven Finn, might have won all his 12 Tests for England but he is a lucky charm in need of a polish.

When Sammy muscled Trott over mid-on after reaching his 50, one sensed that he did not believe he had a prayer against the second new ball. But he survived it, grinning at two midwicket whips against Anderson which flew to the third man boundary, smiling again (more sheepishly) at a perilous leave.

Their stand was the highest seventh-wicket partnership for West Indies against England and in Tests at Trent Bridge, surpassing the achievement of Collie Smith and John Goddard in 1957 - another alliance between a captain and a Jamaican. There are no better statistics than those that connect the generations so neatly.

It had all looked so different. West Indies opted for the offspin of Shane Shillingford in the expectation that he would come into his own on the last two days, especially with the hot forecast. The only challenge was exactly how they intended to reach them. By the morning drinks they were three wickets down for 42 and the doleful figure of Shivnarine Chanderpaul came out to the middle to sip a refreshment he did not need and observe a scoreboard he did not relish.

Anderson had a hand in all four morning wickets, dismissing Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo in an opening spell of 9-4-22-2 and holding two slip catches as Stuart Broad accounted for the openers, Adrian Barath, without scoring, and Kieran Powell for 33.

Anderson has an outstanding Test record at Trent Bridge, 33 wickets at 17 runs each going into the Test. He was initially so content that he might have won an advertising contract for camomile tea, even though while he held slip catches for Broad, others were spurning them off his own bowling. Long before the close, though, he was a camomile cricketer no longer.

Broad struck first: Barath edging a back-foot force in his second over and Anderson pulling off a nonchalant, fast, one-handed catch at third slip. For his own bowling, England's fielding lacked the same grace. He might have dismissed Edwards for a single, but Bresnan erred in the same position.

Edwards' tour of England has been a difficult one. He scored a century on Test debut against India last year, but he has yet to reach double figures on tour. Anderson jagged one back through the gate as once more he seemed late on the shot. He switched around the wicket to persuade Bravo to prod a wide-ish delivery to Graeme Swann at second slip.

And so, with indecent haste, it was time for Chanderpaul. He dug in for nearly ten-and-a-half hours at Lord's, but Anderson's bouncer almost dislodged him first ball as the ball flew off his arm guard and over the wicketkeeper, Matt Prior. An edge in Anderson's next over flew at catchable height between Bresnan's half dive and Swann's crouch as neither locked on to the coordinates. Broad completed an excellent morning's work by England as Powell edged a good-length delivery to Anderson at third slip.

England, who reduced West Indies to 79 for 4 by lunch, squeezed them dry in the first hour of the afternoon. Chanderpaul and Samuels added 13 runs in as many overs before Chanderpaul's unwieldy straight drive brought the first boundary of the afternoon. He had nine boundaries, including a few covert flicks and edges and even a couple of drives, before Swann intervened.

For Swann, to be an England spinner on his home ground at Trent Bridge had been to feel like the unwanted child. Finally, after two Tests in which he was limited to 17 overs, he had a wicket against his name. His toy to play with was Chanderpaul: not so much Action Man as Inaction Man but invaluable for all that.

Chanderpaul fell for 46, as Swann found first-day turn around off-stump and struck him on the back leg to have him lbw, but only after a successful review. "Nearly there," thought England as Bresnan bowled Denesh Ramdin. But nearly was not quite enough.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • godfreyse on May 27, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Roach is bowling well and seems to be coming back to form.

  • JG2704 on May 26, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    @kenishah on (May 26 2012, 07:55 AM GMT) To be honest , it could be that MS might prefer batting at 6 amd moving him up the order might hinder his recent form. Edwards and Bravo were averaging around 50 each pre tour so maybe they'll come good but I hear your points

  • AKS286 on May 26, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    @ Keran Karsan Kerai& vivrichards after a long long time more than a decade WI shows some fight. always this point comes outside WI Fight well. the result of the fight is always zero. wi loose matches outside as well as at home. WI is not capable to even draw a series.

  • Shan156 on May 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @landsite, "they cant beat anybody of note outside of damp,overcast and cold England." can they now? Well, if you say Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Colombo are in England and these tests were played in damp, overcast conditions then good for you.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on May 26, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    A good comeback from West Indies from 136-6 showed real application and spirit, saying that it has been excellent batting conditions with little assistance for the bowlers so a score of at least 400 would be par. If the hot weather continues for the duration then maybe Shillingford could be key in the last innings so England will need to post a lead, as I write the first wicket has gone so probably advantage WI. (no ball) so disregard that.

  • davidlister on May 26, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    England 200 first inning lead WI 2nd Innings 220 all out England win by 10 wickets

  • SuperSharky on May 26, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Go Sammy, you're not only the coolest head in the squad and the good loyal son of windies cricket, but you have leader abilities and player-skills. And Marlon Samuels !!! Jimmy Anderson also showed some world class bowling. Great Test Cricket. I've also decided that I will watch the IPL during lunch and tea breaks and I will follow the IPL highlights after stumps in the Test cricket. Long live Test Cricket !

  • CollisKing on May 26, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Great Fightback from our beloved Windies.

    I predicted Samuels would score two centuries in the Series. Now Captain Sammy needs to get three figures. Post a 390 first innings total, and it is game on.

  • JG2704 on May 26, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    I must admit that I am very disappointed in the 1sts days play - from an England point of view and to be honest I still don't fully trust our batsmen to show what a flat pitch it is

  • JG2704 on May 26, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @Sinhaya on (May 26 2012, 05:07 AM GMT) - I guess Jimmy got a little frustrated , it happens although I'm sure you'll say other teams don't do that sort of thing when things aren't going their way. Still well done for noticing it when it happens to England. You are very vigilant when noticing bad points in the English game but I've not noticed one of your posts giving credit to England when they've done well.

  • godfreyse on May 27, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Roach is bowling well and seems to be coming back to form.

  • JG2704 on May 26, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    @kenishah on (May 26 2012, 07:55 AM GMT) To be honest , it could be that MS might prefer batting at 6 amd moving him up the order might hinder his recent form. Edwards and Bravo were averaging around 50 each pre tour so maybe they'll come good but I hear your points

  • AKS286 on May 26, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    @ Keran Karsan Kerai& vivrichards after a long long time more than a decade WI shows some fight. always this point comes outside WI Fight well. the result of the fight is always zero. wi loose matches outside as well as at home. WI is not capable to even draw a series.

  • Shan156 on May 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @landsite, "they cant beat anybody of note outside of damp,overcast and cold England." can they now? Well, if you say Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Colombo are in England and these tests were played in damp, overcast conditions then good for you.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on May 26, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    A good comeback from West Indies from 136-6 showed real application and spirit, saying that it has been excellent batting conditions with little assistance for the bowlers so a score of at least 400 would be par. If the hot weather continues for the duration then maybe Shillingford could be key in the last innings so England will need to post a lead, as I write the first wicket has gone so probably advantage WI. (no ball) so disregard that.

  • davidlister on May 26, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    England 200 first inning lead WI 2nd Innings 220 all out England win by 10 wickets

  • SuperSharky on May 26, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Go Sammy, you're not only the coolest head in the squad and the good loyal son of windies cricket, but you have leader abilities and player-skills. And Marlon Samuels !!! Jimmy Anderson also showed some world class bowling. Great Test Cricket. I've also decided that I will watch the IPL during lunch and tea breaks and I will follow the IPL highlights after stumps in the Test cricket. Long live Test Cricket !

  • CollisKing on May 26, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Great Fightback from our beloved Windies.

    I predicted Samuels would score two centuries in the Series. Now Captain Sammy needs to get three figures. Post a 390 first innings total, and it is game on.

  • JG2704 on May 26, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    I must admit that I am very disappointed in the 1sts days play - from an England point of view and to be honest I still don't fully trust our batsmen to show what a flat pitch it is

  • JG2704 on May 26, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @Sinhaya on (May 26 2012, 05:07 AM GMT) - I guess Jimmy got a little frustrated , it happens although I'm sure you'll say other teams don't do that sort of thing when things aren't going their way. Still well done for noticing it when it happens to England. You are very vigilant when noticing bad points in the English game but I've not noticed one of your posts giving credit to England when they've done well.

  • kenishah on May 26, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    i tink WI have done a briliant job fighting bak and i admit even tho im a indian fan tht WI have done way beter than india last year but only problem wit WI is their top order so id suggest tht they bring marlon in at 3 as he showed yesterday tht he can survive the new ball. this way the WI can get a gd start and people like chanderpaul and bravo dnt have 2 worry about the score too much soo they can play their natural game

  • PanGlupek on May 26, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    @GerrardLK: Even though England looked toothless in the last session today, "Another mediocre performance by the English bowlers" is way off the mark: How many other poor bowling performances have they had recently? Even when they got thumped by Pakistan they bowled well. When they lost to SL they bowled well. When they kept India under 300 in every test last summer they bowled well (even though India were awful). Even the Aus team with Warne, McGrath, Gillespie (when he was good) & Lee had the odd bad session here & there.

  • FAB_ALI on May 26, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Really, the thirst or hunger to fight & win can be seen from how the West Indies are playing in England. They have already done better than India did last year and that thirst is the difference. Most of the players in Indian team have achieved a lot already and don't seem to be too keen to fight and that's why I think it is much needed to built up a new team of youngsters for Indian Test cricket, who can at least fight if not win...for some time..............

  • jonesy2 on May 26, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    englands medium pace bowling lineup seem to have lost any ability to swing the ball. imagine how bad they are going to get a beating from south africa. south africans will certainly be hoping bresnan keeps getting picked. i hope he is still around for the ashes next year along with broad, finn, bell, strauss etc. cant see england recovering from the imminent slide down the rankings.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 26, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    good fight back from wi batsmen.eng has to get either marlon or sammy out early otherwise they might take the game away from eng.good to see sammy scoring runs ,it's important for a captain to perform when the chips are down hope sammy continues the good work.good luck wi.

  • Sinhaya on May 26, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    I opted to watch the test match rather than IPL cos this was a real treat by Sammy! Hope Sammy targets a 150 plus and Samuels posts a double ton. Rampaul too an chip in with a 50 meaning Windies can pass 500 hopefully! Main disruption to scoring 500 will be nothing but Anderson's sledging to disrupt the batsmen's concentration! What desperation by the number 1 test team when they cant get wickets!!

  • Marcio on May 26, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Similar to the first test in many ways. The ENG bowlers rely heavily on swing and seam, and when it goes they look a bit pedestrian, as none of them is particularly fast. There was a no spin, so Swann couldn't do much more than hold up an end. On the other hand, the usual issues at the top of the WI top order - any movement and they are all at sea. I'd say 350-400 would be a par score on this pitch. Like Lords, it is rather flat. Still, if the WI get 400 ENG will have to get the runs, so it might get interesting. And they will have to bat last, and if the wicket deteriorates they won't want to be chasing anything to great.

  • g.narsimha on May 26, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    This team is shapingin to BE AFORMIDABLE ONE if GYLE, NARAINE BRAVO SR are selected this team can beat any top team on a given day , really enjoyed the batting heroics by SAMY, SAMUEL now its up to administrators , if wisdom prevails they will select right combination , it proved that WI still have talented players but they have to perfom as a unit i really enjoyed this match , hope wi will consolidates its position by adding an other 150 runs than the match will be very interesting to watch ,

  • simonviller on May 26, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Good to see some fight from WI again . Is this going to be the dawning of a new era for Samuels and Sammy ? I see no reason why not,the ability is there ,just try to maintain that consistency . It's known what ability Samuels has ,but I think that Sammy has shown great improvement starting with the last test ,in which his defense was much improved from the Australian series ;and that has allowed him to build on a better innings . You're getting there Mr Sammy ,just keep the effort up and greater things will happen in the future .

  • pvwadekar on May 26, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Very good partnership by Samuels and Sammy. Samuels needs to bat throughout the 2nd day and try and get a personal score of 250+, while Sammy, Roach and Rampaul should sensibly and support him . A score of 580 to 600 is definitely within the reach and it would really demoralize the English players. This west indies team is looking really good and united. Seems that they are fighting for a cause.With Roach bowling magnificently and supported by Rampaul, Shillingford, Sammy and Samuels, this test should be a good contest. Get the runs on the board and try and win the test. Then in the next test, England are under lot of pressure.

  • Gizza on May 26, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Day 2 Session 1 is going to be absolutely crucial for the Windies. If they get through that session they have a great chance at dominating the match. At the very least the Windies should aim to still be batting by lunch by ideally at least one of Sammy or Samuels should be at the crease by the ~118 over mark. Then England in their first innings for the first time is around 3 years will be with batting under huge pressure at home. Pressure affects people and it will be no different for the current No. 1 team's batting lineup. Anyway let's wait 'til tomorrow!

  • landl47 on May 26, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Great effort from Samuels and Sammy, especially when you consider that one more wicket and England would have been among the non-batsmen. I thought (and said, as you'll see from the first post on this thread) that Finn should have been in instead of Bresnan; his extra pace would have been more difficult for Sammy, in particular, to cope with. This looks to be a very flat wicket and we'll see what Roach and co can get out of it. This was a very entertaining day's cricket, let's hope the other 4 are just as good.

  • howardroark_fh on May 26, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    sincerely hope westindies to strengthen their top order with gayle. A strong n fighting westindies team is good for cricket. they surely deserve much higher ranking than india in tests.

  • VivGilchrist on May 26, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    A lot of people lament that Sammy throws out the balance of this WI side, whereas I would argue that what throws out the balance is that no WI wicketkeeper can bat. Sammy is well suited to no7. He adds depth to both the batting and the bowling. WI need a keeper that can bat at no6. At the moment WI need Sammy at 8, and therefore losing a bowler, because they can not guarantee any runs from there keepers (Ramdin or Baugh). Can Simmons keep wicket? If he can a balanced WI will result. Deonarine, Bravo, and Russells selection will come into fruition if this is the case.

  • rbj1112 on May 26, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    you people are really sad! you bash players & as soon as they perform you always had believed in them! these guys are humans and they do the best they can with whatever talent they have! if you give them your support & back them & try to lift in times of bad they could do better! sammy is not the best of nothing in cricket but what he has done is having his team play the cricket on the field & nowhere else! west indies could take years to be a dominant force in cricket again, but we must support whoever is selected to play whatever role!

  • mahjut on May 26, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    @pommyadders ... this is NOT meant to undermine Swann you're stretching tthe truth in calling swann 'great'. he's had a great season and a half - maybe two but i don't think he's a great spinner. still, I think he edges Tahir in the few outings Thir's had he's done nothing outstanding - or untoward. Anderson is fantastic and he ans Steyn, for me, are the two best bowlers going (Steyn is the number 1 but it;s marginal) Morkel and Broad then? again, this is personal, especially after Broad gets wickets but i can;t see it in him ... i give his wickets to Anderson (mean, but that's how i see it). Bresnan vs Philander ... a little hard to say as we've not seen a huge amount of philander at Test level ... but what we've seen we have to give him that head to head. My next comment pains me cos i love Bouch but these are two pretty closely matched teams seperated mainly by Prior...My money would have SA edging both the bowling and the batting but Prior really evens it out. more pertinent: go WI

  • larayokar on May 26, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    I think Sammy has a great opportunity to silence his critics tmr. If he goes on to score a century and help WI reach 400 runs that would be an awesome contribution. But don't get excited, a test match is 5 days long.

  • on May 26, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    I'm a Pakistan supporter but if I had a second team it would surely be the Windies! Love the flamboyant style, resembles our playing style. Hoping for a double century for Samuels along with a century plus for Sammy! Go on lads win this test and then include Gayle for the next test lol

  • Puffin on May 25, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Again we see evidence that England aren't the next Australia, the real thing would never have let their foot off the opponent's neck for long like this. Perhaps just as well not to have one team so much better than everyone else, it got a bit boring. Perhaps the WI bowling will take heart from and make use of this batting effort. Good test match pitch giving us an interesting game hopefully.

  • RakeshGPradhan on May 25, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    well done windies - showing a lot of fight.. a bit of gayle up front ..some sarwan in the middle and the magic of narine would make the windies a huge threat ,, come on WICB sort it out

  • pommyadders on May 25, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    @Nampally "Shortcomings in the England bowling" ???? Surely that must be a joke?? I know it's a favorite pastime to take pot shots at England around here, but at least keep the criticisms realistic. This England bowling lineup is the best in the business right now, only South Africa come close but having a great spinner gives Eng the edge for balance. Credit should be given to Sammy and Samuels for a great fightback, and one session of hard slog for the bowlers does not mean they all of a sudden have "shortcomings" Great to see the Windies being competitive and this test is now perfectly set up for a great 5 days of cricket.

  • Sehwag3rd300 on May 25, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Was watching this game then switched over to csk vs dd but kept an eye on this game great job samuels and sammy plz continue this tmrw

  • MattyP1979 on May 25, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    First off I would like to say well done WI, but we have to put this into context. This is a prettty flat pitch and Eng have yet to bat and WI bowling looks thin at best. Sammy for all his plaudits here scored probably the luckiest 80 odd in the history of the game. Samuals batted extremly well though and probably deserved a lucky partner. We will know more by day 3 but I still feel Eng will win this game from here.

  • VivGilchrist on May 25, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    @AKS286, everything you say in every post you write eludes to the fact that you know absolutely nothing about cricket. Test cricket is played over 5 days, not 1 session.

  • heathrf1974 on May 25, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    We done Windies. However, England are yet to bat. I think Shillingford will be crucial for the Windies.

  • Erebus26 on May 25, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Really thought that Samuel's innings was top class today. I know it was a flat pitch and he could play his shots but great credit must be given to both him and Sammy for the way they batted after the Windies crashed to 136-6. I hope Marlon now kicks on and starts making big scores now in both teat and one day cricket. When he is in full flow his style of batting is easy on the eye. I've always thought he was a present day Carl Hooper, a player of great ability but without the average to match(at test level) but Samuels has still got the time to become a consistent performer for the Windies. Love how he credited that innings to his kids too. Great bloke. Hope Sammy can get his hundred tomorrow - it might silence a few critics!!!

  • slugger1969 on May 25, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge...Terry Alderman, Keith Miller, Mike Proctor just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are many more.

  • srriaj317 on May 25, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    So where are those Pommie 'sirs' who spent the whole first 2 sessions mocking the West Indians calling Chanderpaul a barnacle and a turtle...and saying Sammy was only fit enough to sore 7 runs? Showing your colonial attitudes as soon as the table shows you at the top is it? Trust me, your words will come back to bite you in the arse one day!

  • andyemra on May 25, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    A good recovery though it's a 450 pitch so only about par (let's not get too excited), gives W.I. a chance of scrapping a draw. More realistically England pile on monster score and W.I. implode with tragic predictability.

  • SurlyCynic on May 25, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Is 'the fortress' crumbling already? What would Mark Nicholas say?

  • RohanMarkJay on May 25, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Great to see West Indies fight hard and do well against England. What I like about this WI team is they are making it as hard as possible for England. It would be a brilliant effort if they can come out of this series a draw. I hope WI after good performances against Eng and Aus get the respect they richly deserve from commentators in these countries. I do notice a bit of a lack of respect for WI from supporters and some commentators in Eng and Aus.

  • trini459 on May 25, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    I have been a disbeliever in conjunction with Sammy in the test side. He is a good guy and great in the limited overs. However after this inning I believe, he has proven that he belongs. Even though I don't agree with everything that's happening with the leaders (WICB, Gibson) we have to admit that the spirit of the has changed. Good job Sammy, lets try and win this one and keep the record intack

  • dinosaurus on May 25, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    @FFl, I think you will find that a certain Keith Miller was a more than handy opening bowler, a useful slipper and a batsman well worth his place!

  • yorkshirematt on May 25, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    England have decent bowlers but it can't just be me that thinks they struggle to prise batsmen out who sit in and wait for the bad ball of which there were many today, and try not to get themselves out, proper test match batting if you like. I only saw the first four wickets but they were all a result of a rash shot. Then Sammy and Samuels knuckled down and gave the English bowlers nothing. India and Australia didn't really do this last year, hence the heavy victories for england.

  • Cric_whiz on May 25, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    WI are showing that England's No.1 Test status is a very much temporary, The hyped up english pace battery was very flat today! Sky pundits comparing this english lot vs the great west indies pace attack of 80's is a joke..Still expect Windies to roll over 3-0 this series, it will be due to the limited resources at the windies disposal rather than english brilliance..I am waiting for Amla, Kallis & Co to tear into this attack in part 2 of this english summer!

  • Shan156 on May 25, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    @Bollo, @rahulraja2009, thank you but I was referring to other England teams where all bowlers averaged less than 30. Well played the Windies. Excellent batting by Samuels, and Sammy has done great too by securing his highest score. If England don't get these two quickly tomorrow, we would be looking at a huge first innings score. And, then they have to bat really well. The pitch is quite flat but Roach and co, with the support of a huge first innings score, can prey on the England batsmen's minds. While England's bowling is getting slated for their mediocre display in the 3rd session, we have to agree that they have done well till that point. Finn may or may not have made a difference but you could see that Bresnan was trying his best there. You got to give credit to Samuels and Sammy. England ought to bat really well but first quick wickets are needed on the 2nd morning. Let's see how it pans out.

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on May 25, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    well done ... yes the strays have come home they are making england their home, wonderful performance... this is not the west indians of yesterday.... this is the resergence of the once fallen Giants

  • landsite on May 25, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    England again showed that they are not the true number one,that position was achieved by luck,at present they are just about capable of beating a Windies team of sorts.Today it was annoying to see tham holding the "teapot pose" everytime something went against them,they also appeal non stop.They obviously thought that they were going to roll over the Windies and when it didn't materialise their heads dropped in the sunshine.Witout their type of Summer they are useless,damp and overcast that is what they like they cant beat anybody of note outside of damp,overcast and cold England.If Windies had a better captain at Lords things would have been much mor difficult for England to win,if Samuels and Sammy keep the bowlers for the first half hour we can expect another 100,lets see the number one on the back foot then.

  • JG2704 on May 25, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Disappointing day from England's point of view.But have to say well played to MS and DS. Many folk would have wanted players like Dwayne Bravo and even Pollard in the lower middle order. Would these 2 guys have done any better than MS? As for Sammy , how many people have questioned his position in the side? He averages around 30 with the ball and can score handy runs with the bat. In a struggling team that is good form I'd say. He let's his cricket do the talking and I feel he is a great person to unite the team. On the radio today Sir Viv said what I said about team unity being more important than individual talent.

  • hhillbumper on May 25, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    should have picked Finn and held some catches but well done to the Windies

  • cyborg on May 25, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    what a great session for the windies , great stuff to watch , england looked ragged which i liked seeing as they face other teams down the line, go windies , i wonder what would happen if anderson wasn't on top of his game today what would happen

  • JG2704 on May 25, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (May 25 2012, 17:27 PM GMT) Re Finn - Yes I'd like him in as a 5th bowler.I've given my reasons before , but another reason which did not apply in UAE so much is the difficulty in bowling sides out on flat tracks. A team can win matches when scoring lower totals but can't win matches if they are not taking wickets at a significant rate.

  • bvnathan on May 25, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    WOW!!! this partnership is a great game changer. Hats off to Samuels and Sammy for a wonderful partnership. GO WI's and build on a total of 400+ ... THE GAME IS ON ... To my fellow readers ... no need to bring in INDIA in this discussion forum ... if you wish to support WI do that whole heartedy to motivate them to perform well

  • SSRajan on May 25, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Lunge : So the name Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers never occurred to you at all? Batsman, slip fielder, fast bowler (including opening as well), spin bowler, slip fielder, short leg fielder, captain and I don't know what all !!! BTW, Sunil Gavaskar as well sometimes bowler, and recently Dilshan, and god knows how many that I don't know about.

  • Erebus26 on May 25, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Marlon Samuels was simply class today. Ok the pitch was flat and he could play his shots but the England attack don't give you many freebies. Also it's not easy to come back from 136-6 before tea or something like that and still be there at the close of play. I honestly thought Samuels would end up stranded with England obliterating the tail but credit must also go to Sammy. I thought he might biff a quick 20 or 30 and then get out but he's made 88 and played very well. The Windies do need to sort out their top order, with Gayle needing to come back and give it a bit of stability. Powell and Barath have both looked promising in the series but have both got out after making starts whilst Edwards has looked all at sea.

  • Regulator on May 25, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Great innings by the Skipper. Text book batting by the manual. (Marlon Samuels) I predict the entire dressing room of Windies players will raced on the field to congratulate their captain on a brilliant hundred tommorow. GO WINDIES!!!!!

    CHRIS AND POLLARD FOR THE THIRD TEST.

  • 19jra74 on May 25, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    If Eng restrict them to less than 375 than I still think they will be happy. I think Eng will or should have the best days of batting on days 2 and 3 especially if it stays hot. Hopefully they will rack up enough to bat once. England will still fancy their chances as this is a pretty ordinary bowling attack with the exception of Kemar Roach. No-one to keep the pressure on at the other end. Don't necessarily think the pitch will cut up though. That seems to be the case here now!!! Hope it does rather than just goes flat. 500 playing 500 is boring cricket!!!!

  • Peterincanada on May 25, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    @Michael Boss Jr Francis Agree with you 100%. A wonderful stand that has brought WI back to level pegging after a disastrous start. Sammy may not be the most talented cricketer but he is as gutsy as anyone. I too hope he goes on to his ton. Then hopefully all the Sammy bashers will be quiet for a while because there is NOBODY else to captain the side. On the last tour of England the skipper joined the side on the morning of the first test with predictable reults. The team as a whole is showing the ability to fight back rather than just lie down and die when the going gets tough.

  • JackTrez on May 25, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    "...initially so content that he might have won an advertising contract for camomile tea, although while he held slip catches for Broad, others were spurning them off his own bowling. Long before the close he looked as if he had overdosed on caffeine."

    Brilliant line!...

    Congrats Samuels! Fantastic innings!

  • CheeseOnAStick on May 25, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Great effort by Samuels and Sammy to see the WI pass 300. To be honest though, against just 3 bowlers + Sammy, I expect England to make 500+ in good time and bat WI out of the match. Should have dropped K. Edwards for a bowler and push everyone from Sammy up the order.

  • Marcio on May 25, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Unfortunately, @front-foot-lunge, statistically as an opening bowler Anderson is only average if we look at the history of test cricket. Shane Watson is a good slipper, and has a better bowling average in tests, ODIs and T20, not to mention averaging 30 runs more with the bat in tests.

  • aclarity on May 25, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    I have been a very harsh critic of Samuels but in his last two innings I must admit there was a major transformation. He used his feet well, was not stuck in the crease and made Swan a non-bowler. Against the pace bowlers he was very decisive in his movement. My advice is keep on trucking, keep moving your feet. Congratulations!

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    @front_foot_lunge Ian Terrence Botham may of been an allrounder but he was also an opening bowler and slipper

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Guess a few people spoke too soon. C'mon the Windies!

  • Nampally on May 25, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    What a show by Samuel & Sammy!. They really exposed the shortcomings in the England bowling. If they bat for one more session of play on Day 2, then it might put them in a commanding situation.If only Gayle & Dwayne Bravo were in the side, it might have been even better score. Well played WI. Keep it up.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    @AKS286 the west indies are not good enough yes but then again at least they are fighting this series. then again they have out batted india, sri lanka and few other team in this series. as those team were meek last year. pride has to go to those who fight would you have banned in england in the 90 as they were the worst test team in the world. thing go around and we might see a new west indies from it. just let them fight as long as they try to play well it alright this from an england fan. respect hard work.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    WI are always a great team in my book. The passion they bring into the field is amazing. They enjoy their game irrespective of win/loss. Revival of WI to Test no 1 and dominance over the world is definitely coming soon.By the way it will not be easy for England to win the series 3-0. Sorry guys this summer its the West Indians not the East Indians who lost almost all tests by an innings last summer pathetically and got the burden of Test no 1 status off their back.

  • Valavan on May 25, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Absolutely brilliant. Great job. we want windies of the past. This is how its done in England, all subcontinent teams should take a leaf out of this innings, from an english fan, cricinfo please publish.

  • Trickstar on May 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    The one thing that I haven't enjoyed too much this series although it's part of the modern game, is these last 2 pitches have been flat and slow. I know in England we don't get enough hot weather to harden the pitches like SA or Aus and rely on cloud cover and humidity for the ball to swing but there hasn't been nothing in these pitches compared to last year, where as both grounds the ball was swinging and the pitches were faster. England will be looking to restrict them to around 350 and if they can see off the new ball, will look to bat once and get as many as they can as quick as they can. Unlike Lords this pitch may offer something for the spinners on day 4 and 5 so we'll see. Good day for WI showed some guts, England will fancy restricting them in the morning and after losing the toss if they can restrict them to less than 350 they will be well pleased with that.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Samules is playing with responsibility as he sees that Narsingh is a credible and potent replacement. Bring back Gayle and Sunil Narine and we may have WI winning test matches.

  • delboy on May 25, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    How many will give credit to those players who are now putting pressure on certain individuals to prove they are worth a place in the team? Good performance from Sammy with the bat; his shot selection has not improved but is proving effective. I hope his catching and field setting does improve in this game. Winning at Trent Bridge is important to saving this series as well as preserving the fact that the WI have not lost any of their previous 8 tests at this venue.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on May 25, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    WI will clearly have surprised some people today, not least some of the earlier posters to this thread. It would be hard however for anyone but the most partisan of England fans not to have appreciated the way they fought back during the third session today. I hope this shows that they are gathering some momentum from the good fight they put into the second innings at Lords' and that they will really make a game of it in this match. WI can also take heart from the fact that England seemed to get very frustrated when things didn't go their way; the England seam bowlers almost seemed to be expecting things to be relatively easy on a ground on which all 3 of them have enjoyed success in the past, and didn't really have an idea what to do when things started getting tricky. @Front-Foot-Lunge; two opening bowlers who stick in my mind as being very handy slip fielders in their day were Mike Hendrick and Terry Alderman, although neither probably took as many wickets/catches as Anderson

  • suniljoseph on May 25, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    What a comeback from the windies. I have always had a belief that samuels is world class batsman.If he just keeps this consistency going he is going to be a great batsman, probably greater than chanderpaul since he will win matches for the carribean side. i think the total of 450 is really on the cards since all the three men to follow can hang around. In the morning sammy should get to his ton and then he should blast the english. If west indies can score around 450 they have a really good chance of winning it. Let me remind you, west indies have never lost a test match at Trent Bridge. Go WINDIES.

  • rahulraja2009 on May 25, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    @shan156 former windies team had 5 bowlers who were averaging below 25 and 3 below 22.

  • StatisticsRocks on May 25, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    What a knock from Samuels and also by Sammy. WI have already crossed 300 twice in 3 innings unlike India who did it only once in 12 innings. Add Gayle and Narine to this side and the series will come alive. I guess Bresnan has played his last test match of this series barring a miracle giving him 7 or 8 wickets in this test match. It all depends on how much more WI can add to day one's total. Should they cross 400, it might make this very interesting.

  • Bollo on May 25, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    @Shan156, actually see Aus 2012 - Cummins (ave 17), Harris (24), Hilfenhaus (28), Lyon (28), Pattinson (19), Siddle (29), Watson (29)...

  • on May 25, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Go windies.. Samuels is a wonderful talent.. Wonder why he was left out of AUS squad.. Cant help thinking if only Narine had played last match, we might have had a different result..

  • GerrardLK on May 25, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Another Mediocre performance by the English bowlers. They just don't look like getting wickets. Very average & secondary bowling side. How on earth can you call this side the no.1 side? With this bowling side, don't even think of defending the Ashes. Anyhow before that Proteas are going to thrash them this summer, that's for sure. Hard luck poms.

  • Balb on May 25, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Not to be too spontaneous or rather be carried away. I must say good come back by WI and brillinat batting by both Samuels and Sammy. Hope you can build on this Sammy. I was hoping you can bring home the final test for WI but it is too early to tell about this one. Good luck WI

  • jmcilhinney on May 25, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Was I the only one wondering whether Finn could have made a difference during that long partnership? I know JG2704 was, although more as in addition to rather than in place of Bresnan. I'm not so sure about that but, when the ball wasn't doing much, you just have to wonder whether Finn's extra pace coupled with his height could have made the difference. They say that you're always a better player when you're out of the team though, and we can't necessarily assume that he would have done any better. Even if Bresnan doesn't really do any wrong though, unless he does something special I would probably like to see Finn in for the third game. Call it rotation or whatever but I think it will benefit England to give as many bowlers as possible a go at the top level, for variety if nothing else.

  • on May 25, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    West indies is playing lot be better than India in England.

  • jmcilhinney on May 25, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Superb fight-back from WI. When they lost the toss, if you'd told England that they'd finish the day with WI at 303-6 they'd probably not be too disappointed. Given that WI looked in danger of being bowled out for less than 200 at one point, England will be a bit disappointed not to have kept them to 250 and definitely sorry to see them cross 300 with 4 wickets still in hand. Conditions have been pretty good for batting though and Samuels and Sammy have certainly taken advantage. A little luck along the way but few good innings are made without a little luck. England will be desperate to keep WI to below 350 but who knows how far these two could take it. I fancy England to make some runs though so a result is probably not a certainty at this point. I reckon England would love to finish WI quickly tomorrow, bat for two days and then see if Swann can make a difference towards the end. That's all academic at this point though. They need to break this partnership first of all.

  • on May 25, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    WI is a really talented side...once Gayle and Bravo joins them they are going to be simply unbeatable......

  • Kulaputra on May 25, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    With the best of the West Indian lot playing in Chennai, Pune and Bangalore, the level of the game is down. ICC better wake up to this reality, accept IPL as a part of world cricket and ensure that it is not disturbed and ensure that all other schedules have a meaning.

    Who wants to watch full fledged England beat half baked West Indies ?? Not too many I guess

  • creekeetman on May 25, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    i was against the return of samuels, but this has been an impressive knock, especially taking into consideration the match state when he came in.. congrats.

  • on May 25, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    great performance by the WI captain Darren Sammy and also to Marlon Samuels who's playing another brilliant innings.but big credit to Sammy who is stepping up as the captain and puttin on a great fight for WI.once again not a good performance from the top order and i think WICB should really look into that.and i think it would really see a debut 100 from Sammy and to see him carry the WI in this innings.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on May 25, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    When are Wisden/Cricinfo going to do a special report on the fact that Anderson is clearly unique amongst fast bowlers as an expert slip fielder as well as leader of the attack? Can anyone name any other bowler in the world, or the history of cricket for that matter, who is as good a slip fielder and opening bowler combined as Anderson is? What a cricketer.

  • AKS286 on May 25, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    WI WILL loose this match. WI is not eligible for test believe me. if eng loose any of test match then credit will goes to eng for not playing well ITS A whitewash series. WI must play in ICC intercontinental cup things are tough and not easy for WI in intercontinental cup. now fans will shout bring gayle, sarwn, bravo,russell,pollard, and WI fought very bravely! if all players will come WI again gonna loose. WI is struggling since 93 all out wills WC to now. WI is lacking behind in all dept. WI dont have attitude and never give up tendency. what happen when shivy retires. gayle has to take retirement from test so he can play the T20 tournament and make money without any questions and expectation.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 25, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    All SANE people ask yourselves this valid question: "Does this series HAVE to take place right now ?". What a waste of everyone's precious time. They could be playing a series of T20s now given the world cup for T20 is only a few months away. PLUS, good ol' England are the defending 'champs'. WI can also be pretty competitive in the limited forms of the game. Test cricket or rather 'pest' cricket is irritating already as it is and when you have a team like the current WI setup, it makes it appalling to witness. I feel sorry for Shiv Chanderpaul.

  • lyl67 on May 25, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I have said before Kirk Edwards is technically not good enough to bat in English conditions, he may score runs in the West Indies, and in Asia because their grounds are similar. The Selectors has to made to understand that the public is not going to put up with this dreadful cricket. Please pick your best players and leave by the wayside those making slow progress. We do not want to wait another ten years before we win a test series.

  • on May 25, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    there is no point of Gayle not playing. Love to see him in the next match.

  • Shan156 on May 25, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Did you all notice that Broad's career bowling average is below 30 now. Hopefully, it will keep going under. Jimmy got it below 30 recently but only for a brief time - it is now just above 30. If Jimmy and Broad manage to get it under 30, then England will have four bowlers (plus Finn) who will have bowling average under 30. Has it ever happened before? However, Bresnan's average is climbing.

  • on May 25, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    This test will be the watershed for the WICB. Whatever the plan is/was regarding the 1st 3 batters, it's not working. It's time to move to plan B. As I look around the region I do not c any other promising openers. The board has to get real. If Gayle is your best, just simply invite him to play. Let him refuse & then the fans will all be satisfied. However, I don't think he will. Yes we were losing with him in the team but give him the benefit of the doubt. He might be seeing things differently now. Come on guys just do the sensible thing. We need the experience at the top.

  • on May 25, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    England and India play good only @home!

  • JG2704 on May 25, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @Chris Sun on (May 25 2012, 10:32 AM GMT) Maybe one point is that the guys you mentioned actually want to play test cricket. That has to be a starting point

  • Dazako on May 25, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Its like deja vu` of almost every 1st innings score ive seen for the last year or so. Watched the aussies post these sorts of starts on a regular basis, now the Windies are doing it. Hope Shiv digs his heels in and the tail has a bit of a wag.

    I Think Deonarine should be in the squad he had a good series against aussies made a start in most innings and posted at least one half century. Offered good support to Shiv and I think he had the 2nd highest aggregate behind Chandepaul. Also offered some useful off breaks. Windies are moving in the right direction tho and I hope this game goes down to the wire also. These sorts of matches build character.

  • ilyas on May 25, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    To be a good test cricketer you have to learn from your mistakes and develop your game for different conditions. Currently Barath, Powell and Edwards do not seem to be able to develop and Bravo Jnr is starting to fall into the trap of not knowing where his off stump is. I am not a fan of Gayle but if he is available then he should be playing as he would take the pressure of these inexperienced players. Gayle might not score many runs but he would worry the England Team just with his presence and allow the other players to play their game without being in the full glare of the England bowlers. The current batting strategy is not working and has not worked for the last 5 tests. The selectors need to understand this otherwise all the promise being shown by the younger players will be lost and swallow their pride and bring Gayle in. As for Sarwan, terrible attitude towards training and fitness and he will not score runs at the highest level and Nash is not better than Deo!

  • Balb on May 25, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    I am now wondering why WI took Deonarine and Fudadin to England? The top three batsmen keeps failing and they continue getting selection. Fudadin is also an opening batsman and Deonarine is a sound middle order batsman. Fudadin can very well do better than either of the existing top three, and Deonarine in the middle will allow Chanderpaul to bat higher. I see no problem having Samuels and Deonarine in the same match. Now you will get both batting and bowling support from Fudadin, Deonarine and Samuels.

    Common WI help us to win at least the last test.

  • on May 25, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Since Gayle and Sarwan was discarded, the top three batsmen always fails to score big. Sounds like WI just carrying baggage at the top.

    And they do want Chanderpaul to score big so they are stifling him at number five under immense pressure rather to bring him at three or four to help the young ones, to support, to protect, to save, and to score much much more needed runs.

    If this trend continues, England will have no problem scoring three/Nil in this series.

  • on May 25, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Edwards may have scored hundreds early in his career but England is proving too hard for him. Welcome to the birthplace of cricket. It swings and seams, it's lively, and it doesn't stay low. To do well in England you have to be a great cricketer. Dravid and Chanderpaul are both great.

  • on May 25, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    If WI want to win, replace one of the top order with Gayle. Why keep trying with someone who will not perform? They did that for a long time with Daren Ganga and now they are doing it with Barath and Powell. They may have potential but potential is the world's most wasted resource. What value do they have in the team. They need someone who can make an immediate impact. The WICB should let go of the Gayle saga and let him play. The WICB's thinking is not based on logic, and in fact it doesn't even care about its cricketers.

  • landl47 on May 25, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    WI look stronger and better balanced with Shillingford and Rampaul in the side. It was always likely that Bresnan would keep his place for England, although I would have preferred to see England look beyond this game and pick Finn. Winning the toss evens up the playing field a little, but unless WI can get off to a good start they're facing another uphill battle; England has a lot of depth and it will be hard for WI to bowl them out twice.

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  • landl47 on May 25, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    WI look stronger and better balanced with Shillingford and Rampaul in the side. It was always likely that Bresnan would keep his place for England, although I would have preferred to see England look beyond this game and pick Finn. Winning the toss evens up the playing field a little, but unless WI can get off to a good start they're facing another uphill battle; England has a lot of depth and it will be hard for WI to bowl them out twice.

  • on May 25, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    If WI want to win, replace one of the top order with Gayle. Why keep trying with someone who will not perform? They did that for a long time with Daren Ganga and now they are doing it with Barath and Powell. They may have potential but potential is the world's most wasted resource. What value do they have in the team. They need someone who can make an immediate impact. The WICB should let go of the Gayle saga and let him play. The WICB's thinking is not based on logic, and in fact it doesn't even care about its cricketers.

  • on May 25, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Edwards may have scored hundreds early in his career but England is proving too hard for him. Welcome to the birthplace of cricket. It swings and seams, it's lively, and it doesn't stay low. To do well in England you have to be a great cricketer. Dravid and Chanderpaul are both great.

  • on May 25, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Since Gayle and Sarwan was discarded, the top three batsmen always fails to score big. Sounds like WI just carrying baggage at the top.

    And they do want Chanderpaul to score big so they are stifling him at number five under immense pressure rather to bring him at three or four to help the young ones, to support, to protect, to save, and to score much much more needed runs.

    If this trend continues, England will have no problem scoring three/Nil in this series.

  • Balb on May 25, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    I am now wondering why WI took Deonarine and Fudadin to England? The top three batsmen keeps failing and they continue getting selection. Fudadin is also an opening batsman and Deonarine is a sound middle order batsman. Fudadin can very well do better than either of the existing top three, and Deonarine in the middle will allow Chanderpaul to bat higher. I see no problem having Samuels and Deonarine in the same match. Now you will get both batting and bowling support from Fudadin, Deonarine and Samuels.

    Common WI help us to win at least the last test.

  • ilyas on May 25, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    To be a good test cricketer you have to learn from your mistakes and develop your game for different conditions. Currently Barath, Powell and Edwards do not seem to be able to develop and Bravo Jnr is starting to fall into the trap of not knowing where his off stump is. I am not a fan of Gayle but if he is available then he should be playing as he would take the pressure of these inexperienced players. Gayle might not score many runs but he would worry the England Team just with his presence and allow the other players to play their game without being in the full glare of the England bowlers. The current batting strategy is not working and has not worked for the last 5 tests. The selectors need to understand this otherwise all the promise being shown by the younger players will be lost and swallow their pride and bring Gayle in. As for Sarwan, terrible attitude towards training and fitness and he will not score runs at the highest level and Nash is not better than Deo!

  • Dazako on May 25, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Its like deja vu` of almost every 1st innings score ive seen for the last year or so. Watched the aussies post these sorts of starts on a regular basis, now the Windies are doing it. Hope Shiv digs his heels in and the tail has a bit of a wag.

    I Think Deonarine should be in the squad he had a good series against aussies made a start in most innings and posted at least one half century. Offered good support to Shiv and I think he had the 2nd highest aggregate behind Chandepaul. Also offered some useful off breaks. Windies are moving in the right direction tho and I hope this game goes down to the wire also. These sorts of matches build character.

  • JG2704 on May 25, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @Chris Sun on (May 25 2012, 10:32 AM GMT) Maybe one point is that the guys you mentioned actually want to play test cricket. That has to be a starting point

  • on May 25, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    England and India play good only @home!

  • on May 25, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    This test will be the watershed for the WICB. Whatever the plan is/was regarding the 1st 3 batters, it's not working. It's time to move to plan B. As I look around the region I do not c any other promising openers. The board has to get real. If Gayle is your best, just simply invite him to play. Let him refuse & then the fans will all be satisfied. However, I don't think he will. Yes we were losing with him in the team but give him the benefit of the doubt. He might be seeing things differently now. Come on guys just do the sensible thing. We need the experience at the top.