England v West Indies, 1st ODI, West End

Smith the only sparkle for West Indies

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

David Hopps at West End

June 16, 2012

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Dwayne Smith made a powerful half-century, England v West Indies, 1st ODI, West End, June 16, 2012
Dwyane Smith briefly sparkled but otherwise West Indies were very disappointing © AFP
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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.

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Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by BRUTALANALYST 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

Posted by YorkshirePudding 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.

Posted by Philippe 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..

Posted by JG2704 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Dav1daKing 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.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST 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.

Posted by mrhamilton 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.

Posted by sugars 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..

Posted by   on (June 17, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Baugh for Ramdin? you can,t be serious, Baugh,s batting is poor, especially his shot selection. Baugh is capable of much more than he gives--Somehow when he comes to the wicket, it all seems to vanish.Ramdin did an excellent job behind the wickets--Forget it.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Bravo injured himself fielding, not bowling surely?

Posted by simonviller on (June 17, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

I don't know what some folks base their thinking about a player on ; but to replace Ramadin with Baugh ? Baugh is a good keeper and he has done a good job behind the wicket ,but not in front of the wicket . Did you Baugh fans see how he performed with the bat ? The way he got out for a senior player ? Face the facts guys ,whether you like it or not ,Ramadin is the best WI have .

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 17, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

@Darshan Dias Abeysinghe on (June 17 2012, 05:33 AM GMT), I'm sure that that was a fine over but it's hardly relevant here is it? I mean, England have already beaten both SL and Pakistan in ODI series in the last year so let's let them concentrate on WI for now shall we?

Posted by   on (June 17, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Over of the DAY? You mean Over of the MATCH. The over of the DAY was bowled by Thisara Perera which had 4 wickets in em.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 17, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

I understand that WI fans are starved for success and they will latch onto anything that gives them hope (believe me, England fans have done the same at times) but I think that expectations were just too high of these returning "IPL stars". Many England fans kept saying that it was going to be hard for those players to adjust from T20 in Indian conditions to 50-over cricket in what are still early-season English conditions. I'm sure that you're disappointed - I would be too - but maybe you should consider the fact that the England bowlers actually know how to bowl in their home conditions. India were WC champs when they last came over but, while England had some luck, they went home winless, only to then inflict the same on England in India soon after. This is a good England team in conditions that they know and these WI players will take time to adjust. Unfortunately, the series is likely to be lost before that time has passed.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 17, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

@aracer on (June 16 2012, 20:53 PM GMT), I haven't forgotten at all. Despite living on the other side of the world, I lost plenty of sleep staying up to watch as much of it as I could. England were only competitive in that series due to the bowlers. It's great to see them perform outside England but the batting was woeful. An innings defeat in the first match cannot be considered competing and, while England were in a position to win the second Test, their fourth innings capitulation was so absolute as to negate anything that went before. If a marathon runner is leading for 25 miles and then can't run another step they have not been competitive. England were white-washed and that is being dominated. England played that series as WI have many of there's lately: looked OK in patches but, in the end, just weren't good enough.

Posted by legend_963 on (June 17, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

NOW I KNOW FOR SURE ENGLAND WILL LOSE THIS SERIES

Posted by   on (June 17, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

why why why not play best rampaul or edwards? what a stupid move by west indies,,,puzzling

Posted by   on (June 17, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

"...... ramdin should be replaced by baugh" mrhamilton. He was better than more than half of the WI players, yet you want to replace him with Baugh. Did Sammy bowl well and bat well?Ramdin was better than Sammy and others. He was good behind the stumps. Now any right thinking person will know who should be replaced. I personally think Sammy is a great guy and blessed but as captain he....

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Not sure what was the reason to have Ramdin bat so early??? And to have Andre Russel back in the game so soon, bowling into the wind. Narine played as Boycott described him (interesting, nothing special) and the rest of the bowling was as good as they have ever been, really - why does the skipper not bowl his allottment anymore??? All in all, their heads were SEVERELY swollen before the game, and hopefully, they will find the time to earn the accolades used to describe their predicted victory!

Posted by JG2704 on (June 16, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

@aracer on (June 16 2012, 20:53 PM GMT) To be honest we weren't competitive in the 1st UAE test

Posted by mrhamilton on (June 16, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

so now all the gibson/sammy/WICB critics got their wish and their IPL windian heroes gayle,bravo snr, russell, pollard and bigshot mystery man Narine were bought back in.....what did we see them bring to the team......a return to chaos and disorder whether the pitiful fielding, lack of pride and fight, or pre fight nonsense (gayles injury).....maybe now u people see what sammy and gibson have bought to the team the last year....personally i think the test team just needs Gayle and sarwan back and that is it....narine and pollard and russell are overrated IPL products not ready or good enough for test cricket...bravo snr is washed up, and ramdin should be replaced by baugh...the way bishoo was discarded is shameful...

Posted by Matronze on (June 16, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

Watch a group of Jokers! Same Result, regardless of whom plays. I think it's time that West Indies Public realise that something is fundamentally wrong with these west indian cricketers ability to win matches...

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

IPL "STARS" still in IPL mood & gave us an IPL score.I do trust they'll change by Tuesday.

Posted by gloriouscricket on (June 16, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

This Windies team seems to have just lost their way;They have forgotten how to win, forgotten the FUN-DA =MENTALS of how to play winning cricket. Does Not seem to understand how to orchestrate a winning formula, seems like second best is good enough for them.England understands--You win in the dressing room, you win where the game is played--Execution on the field.All talk, very little substance. Simmons, Bravo & co. Pollard, Cpt.Sammy, How can you just fall away like that?The fans are owed an apology--I feel betrayed--Chanderpaul & Gayle will come to the fight, you guys need to show-up & perform.I could care less what method was used, You did not fight. Your passage is paid for with good money,at least Repay the fans.Kudos for Smith--He came to win.

Posted by aracer on (June 16, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

@jmcilhinney - have you forgotten the Test series against Pakikstan already? England might have lost every game, but they were also competitive in every game.

Posted by jackiethepen on (June 16, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

I sympathise about the awful change of name of the Rose Bowl. Can't fans keep it going? Durham's Riverside ground was renamed Durham Emirates International Cricket Ground. The name is so long and awful that we all call it the Riverside. KP did not forget his team mates. He sent a twitter to Cookie and the team wishing them luck and prophetically calling for Bell to be MOM!! Nice one Kev.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 16, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

I think that this game was probably disappointing for all concerned in the end. England haven't really been involved in much competitive cricket for a while now. They have mostly either dominated or been dominated recently. Hopefully WI can create a more even contest for the rest of the series. I would imagine that Australia, still ranked #1 in ODIs, should present stiffer opposition so hopefully England won't be the walk-overs there.

Posted by richeerich1966 on (June 16, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

So called IPL STARS?? SAME RESULT! Or even worse than possible playing without them. West Indies cricket team and fans deserves the same performances you give to your IPL teams as it was West Indies cricket that gave you the chance to make millions in the various 20/20 championships.

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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