England v West Indies, 1st ODI, West End June 16, 2012

Smith the only sparkle for West Indies

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the 1st ODI at West End

Disappointment of the day #1
Chris Gayle's anticipated return to the West Indies side after 15 months had caused a late spike in ticket sales for the first ODI, so imagine the disappointment of the 14,000 spectators who turned up to West End to find that Gayle had been ruled out of the match with a foot injury. His involvement in the rest of the series remains uncertain.

Disappointment of the Day #2
West Indies. Lauded for the six-hitting prowess throughout their order, they were presented by much of the English media as favourites for the series. They hit two sixes all day and lost by a street. Only Dwayne Smith twinkled in his red boots. They must now win at The Oval and Headingley to take the series.

Jetsetter of the Day
Kevin Pietersen found something productive to do with his weekend after retiring from England one-day internationals. He flew to Johannesburg to watch South Africa win the rugby union international against England, met up briefly with family and friends and planned to be back in England by Sunday. Judging by that, he is not about to spend his retirement gardening.

Over of the Day
That it could be Ian Bell's day became evident in the sixth over of the game. Andre Russell, running into a buffeting wind, conceded 18 runs with Bell beginning with a serene straight six against his first ball. By the end of the over, he had lashed a short ball over point, executed a controlled pull and driven uppishly through extra cover. He was on his way to a second ODI hundred

(Re)Name of the day
Traditionalists will not like it, but The Ageas Bowl was everywhere to be seen. The six-year commercial rebranding of The Rose Bowl has helped to ease Hampshire's precarious financial position and the ground's new name was not just displayed around the ground, but on AA road signs and warning signs above the M3. In the pubs, too, Hampshire fans were heard using the term without any sense of shame. When it comes to naming rights, attitudes are shifting, in Hampshire at least.

The Gordon Greenidge Moment
At 156 for 7, Darren Bravo limped out to bat at No 9. He had injured a groin while bowling and under new ICC regulations he was not allowed a runner. With West Indies's defeat seemingly inevitable after a disappointing batting display, it seemed pointless, unless he was about to revive memories of one of the most ferocious West Indies batsmen of all, Gordon Greenidge, who was always at his most dangerous when limping.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on June 19, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    @SIRSOBERS - I'm actually a little perplexed by your comments here. Correct me if I'm wrong here but I take it you're saying that England should have put back the Test series so that 7th ranked WI side could have their IPL players available? Just a few points 1/ Wasn't there a HOME series vs Aus which overlapped IPL - So it's a bit rich asking ECB to do what WICB didn't? 2/ Didn't all the Aus test players manage to do the test series before going IPL - so why couldn't WI players have done the same? 3/ How much difference would the IPL players have made? I mean I'm not sure Gayle was too happy about playing test cricket in Eng anyway and who else would have been selected? Who - besides Gayle if he had the right mindset - would have done any better than the players they had on show? I do actually find it quite funny that you attribute blame to ECB rather than WICB for not picking them or more likely the players for chosing IPL over WI test cricket.Please publish

  • o on June 18, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    I know pudding extremely wishful thinking but it was understandable after how England just faired v Ajmal in Dubai also as we know these late spring pitches are not even typical late spring pitches as it has been one of the worst starts to the English summer in yrs. It's sad the ECB couldn't of put this whole series back for an IPL window so we could have seen a full side and hopefully less rain intervals instead we have a meaningless Aus odi series, regardless one thing no one else has mentioned along with the fact W.I did a lot better than India in the test series was that the conditions were also even harder than when India were here in late summer hopefully next time W.I tour England it can be a main series in the heart of summer

  • Jason on June 18, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    @SIRSOBERS, you have a point about Narine, but we were told by WI's fans that he would rip england apart even on Late spring wickets, and having seen him bowl he doesnt really live up to the reputation that he has been given in some quarters. Looking at his figures in India, where pitches traditionally offer more help for the spinner, he played 3 games and had a return of 3-121, but hes still young and spinners tend to mature I just hope that he doesnt go the same route as Mendis did.

  • PV on June 18, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    smith is good player, technique wise as well as attitude wise.. he will rise to some good heights in world cricket.. my personal views.. Pollard should start thinking about himself.. he is proving waste for WI.. most of the times he throws his wicket..

  • John on June 18, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @Dave Kelly on (June 18 2012, 04:50 AM GMT) Someone else I remember said that about dropping Pollard and another responded that he averaged 55 in his most recent series vs Australia.

  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Why do the Windies keep picking Pollard? Nowhere near good enough for international cricket, as he proves time and time again.

  • Dave on June 17, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Drop Sammy, Play F. Edwards. Drop Russell, Play Tino. Drop Ramdin, use Simmons as a keeper!! hence :Gayle, Simmons, Smith, DM Bravo, Samuels, DJ Bravo, Pollard, Best, Rampaul, Narine, Edwards. Simple as ABC. Give the captaincy to Gayle.

  • o on June 17, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Team of Superstars ? the star batsman Gayle and main bowler Roach with the backbone Chanderpaul were all out as was Darren Bravo who was injured in the field resulting in a 10 man chase as he couldn't have a runner which is the reason Ramdin came in at 3 and for some reason Gibson didn't play any bowlers other than Rampaul. Obviously Narine isn't going to do anything on a damp early English wicket anyone who thought otherwise or is now writing him off already is crazy. Look I'm not one of those people who were talkin about IPl stars or any other nonsense but the English fans need to get of their highhorses the rain and weather also played a factor with both Bravo and Pollards wickets falling during a downpour that had left the crowd running for cover.

  • anthony on June 17, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    @ashook persad you want to talk about "right thinking people" and than claim " he was good behind the stumps and better than half the windies players"...did you not see the mishaps and overthrows in the game? so what if ramdin made a early 20s score on a day when only 1 of the windian batters performed (smith). Baugh and ramdin have similar stats but the fight back last year has been with baugh playing the vast majority of games. Ramdin may have scored a century this tour but his last was also v england many years ago. He brings a petulant, indisciplined attitude as witnessed by his antics after his century last week. Like viv said scoring a goal when ur team lost 5-0 isnt very clever viv and windian cricket aspire to higher standards.

  • RAYMOND on June 17, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    here we go with the sammy should be replaced again..all you call for all allu IPL superstars and the failed..narine allu wanted so bad don[t seem to be racking up the wickets as you guys hoped and the whole display was plain dissappointing..with your team of superstars still can't compete with england..

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