England v WI, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day May 28, 2012

Samuels' lone defiance

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the fourth day at Trent Bridge

Gesture of the day
At the end of West Indies' innings, England's players were about to run up the pavilion steps when many of them stopped. Trailing behind them was a dejected Marlon Samuels, trudging off the pitch knowing that the 193 runs he had contributed in the match would still not be enough to save his side from defeat. England appreciated the effort, though. They waited for Samuels, allowed him to climb the steps before them and applauded him all the way. Whatever else that has happened this series Samuels has earned the respect of this England team.

Review of the day
If West Indies were to have any chance of setting England a testing total, it was essential that someone in West Indies' tail stayed with Samuels well into the afternoon session. The dismissal of Kemar Roach snuffed out their last realistic chance. Roach was caught on the crease, playing across a straight one from James Anderson. While Asad Rauf, the on-field umpire, said not out' England were convinced and utilised the DRS. Replays showed that the delivery would have hit leg stump and, for the second time in the match, Rauf was over-ruled. It was due reward for another deserving display from Anderson but capped an uncharacteristically flawed performance from the normally excellent Rauf.

Shot of the day
Left with only Ravi Rampaul for company, Samuels decided the best response to the situation was to counter-attack. The second six in an over - the first one hit an unfortunate spectator - was a brutal blow over long-on off Graeme Swann and helped West Indies take 17 off the over. It was a rare moment of joy on another disappointing day for West Indies.

Miss of the day
By the time Andrew Strauss, on 34, edged Darren Sammy between the keeper and the wide first slip, the game was already decided. England were 64 without loss and required only another 44 for victory. By the fact that Denesh Ramdin did not even attempt the chance that flew a little way to his left provided an illustration of the ebbing spirit within this West Indies side. While they have, once again, fought hard for sustained periods, they have now lost six of their last eight Tests and have won only two of their last 32. After all that, do they really believe they can win?

Delay of the day
Jonathan Trott's ritualistic marking of his guard has been known to delay - and irritate - a few bowlers. While most have contented themselves with a few words and a mean glare, Marlon Samuels decided to make Trott wait for him. Having watched while Trott took guard, surveyed the field, adjusted his thigh guard to ensure it was comfortable and then checked his guard once more, Samuels could see the batsman was finally ready. Instead of bowling, though, Saumels aimed a practise delivery towards mid-on to leave a bemused Trott in the unfamiliar position of waiting for the bowler.

Frustration of the day
With only one wicket to his name and well over a hundred runs conceded, Shane Shillingford could not be said to have enjoyed a good match. But, as England closed on victory, there were a few signs of what might have been had West Indies top-order been able to deliver a larger target. Shillingford beat the bat on several occasions and, by drawing a bat-pad edge from Jonathan Trott that flew past short-leg, showed the skill that helped him take 10 wickets against Australia in his previous Test. He also beat Alastair Cook's forward grope with one that turned sharply past the batsman's outside edge. Had West Indies not endured that awful final session on day three, Shillingford might have been a dangerous proposition on the final day.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Steve on May 31, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: like they did against Pakistan in the Emirates right!? Englands old ways is looking terrible while getting thrashed at least in my memory of the late 80s and all of the 90s.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    I think the little experiment that Gibson & co have been trying out has run its course. Its time for serious changes as it could not be clearer that most of the people involved with WICB especially the Coaches, the selectors, Mr Hillaire & Hunte et al either are against progress or are going about it the wrong way. We need to put sensible people who know about business, media, cricket & management in charge of our cricket. I am sure persons like Lloyd, Croft, Walsh , Ambrose, Richards, Adams, Holding , Bishop, Lara would not do a worse job that the persons in charge now. Especially if persons like Cozier, Crossgill, Bell , Mohammed are aroun as well

  • ilyas on May 29, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Oh yes I forgot to mention the coach and the wicket keeper. Ottis needs to get real and understand that test cricket is not the place to blood a group of inexperienced players all at the same time - one or two is fine but not so many in absolutely crucial positions. The attitude and effort of the team has improved but thats not enough against top sides. As for Ramdin - did he not say before this series that he was planning to score three 50s? Too late for that! His basic flaw of hanging on the back foot has not been eradicated and at this stage will it ever be? Even being dropped for a year has not led to an improvement in his game and his wicket keeping has been terrible. WI cannot go back to Baugh and obviously Ramdin has to play the next test but WI should have a process in place to identify and groom some wkt keeping/batting talent as they cannot continue with Ramdin/Baugh batting at 7. Hell I reckon I could score more runs then them two combined!!!!

  • ilyas on May 29, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Enough is enough - in life, business and sport you learn from your mistakes and make the relevant changes. Unfortunately the opening 4 batsmen dont seem to be learning. They have talent but Powell needs to learn his game in the middle order, Barath is struggling due to the pressure of not having an experienced partner alongside him and Bravo and Edwards have technical flaws against the moving ball, especially Edwards. Windies need to have some experience at the top to help the younger players and Gayle is the person even though i have been very critical of his attitude. For the next test Fudadin and Deonarine have to play other wise what was the point of bringing them? They cannot perform worse than what is currently there - probably dropping Powell and Edwards!

  • Scott on May 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    West Indies need to teach some of these 'talented' youngsters a lesson and drop them for the 3rd test- Barath should go for Deonarine- who is a better bat and good 5th bowling option and Fudaddin should get a game in place of edwards. I believe that Bravo should open with Powel (he practicaly opens anyway)l, Fuddadin 3 Samuels 4 Chanders 5 Deonarine 6 Sammy 7 Randim 8 (and drop him as soon as you find anyone who can keep and hold a bat) Shillingford 9 Roach 10 Rampual 11. When the WICB get a life the team should be Gayle Powell Bravo Samuels Chanders Sarwan Russell/Sammy Baugh/Randim (both are useless) Rampaul Roach Narine By the way, can any of the windies batsman keep because they would sure do a better job than Randim.

  • trevor on May 29, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    I,ve said it before--Marlon Samuels is a special talent, a class act--his confidence is coming through, he along with Chanderpaul will lead this WINDIES team to a place of respectability in world cricket.This match wasn,t the one to play Shillingford in; I would,ve selected Deonarine--He is a good all rounder,his bowling is good, his fielding is good, he needs to be on the field.It,s difficult for me to bring back Powell, Barath or Edwards k for the third test[I know they will prove me wrong]. My team? Gayle, Dwayne Smith,Bravo,Samuels,Chanderpaul,Deonarine,Ramdin,Roach,Rampaul,Sammy,Russel.I KNOW K Edwards,Barath will work out their game;Powell needs to play some more first class games,his lack of maturity is beating him, he needs time.This team needs the experience of Gayle, Smith at the top,with Deonarine in the middle.Benn should retain a spot against New Zealand;His stats speaks loud.Thats it for now.Sammy keeps working--good man.Go Windies.

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    @satspeare, like your selection but you can't have Fudadin twice in the same eleven:)

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Now with Marlon Samuels batting true to his undeniable potential and in a dream run - add Shiv Chanders and Sammy ( yes he is good enuf with a century and bwled 35 overs- few allrounders today can do that). we need 3 more good batters - Darren Bravo ( another gem but dissapointing) & thats it - we need to oust 2 out of the first 3 who are the lamest sitting ducks among all the world batting lineups. Barath looks slightly better so can be retained . Now.. Let the past be past & get Gayle back & Sarwan ! All respect to the new culture trying to be fostered by Sammy-Gibson but performances on the field not resulting . Why? desire and discipline is fine but most imp is talent and ability! its not the other way round please ! So wud Narine wallk in & complte the batting wud be Deonarine who impressed against oz . And dont discard Dwayne Bravo- heck , its only runs on board which count - who cares if bravo plays an IPL style 50 - 50 is a fifty !

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Well done Samuels in a losing cause, you finally established some consistency after playing for more than 10 years. Perhaps you now need some support around you otherwise you can't do the lone act yourself especially when Chanderpaul and Sammy fails. All the best for he next test.

  • Orayne on May 29, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    @maximum6... I agree with you. It is no doubt that young Bravo is a talent but the problem is the failure of the top order to putting too much pressure on the young man. He still needs guidance and more development after all. Would love to see Narine in the maroon and Lendl Simmons wearing the keepers gloves.

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