England v West Indies, T20I, Trent Bridge

Hales falls short, Bairstow clings on

Plays of the Day from the one-off T20 international between England and West Indies

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

June 24, 2012

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Alex Hales leaves the field after a matchwinning contribution, England v West Indies, T20I, Trent Bridge, June, 24, 2012
Alex Hales fell one run short of becoming the seventh man to score a T20I hundred © Getty Images
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Disappointment of the Day
Alex Hales' dismissal for 99. In a game where personal milestones sometimes obscure team achievement, the disappointment of Hales and his home crowd was perfectly understandable. Had Hales scored just one more, he would have become just the seventh man to record a century in a T20 International and it would have been the first for England. He later said that he could not have asked for a more obliging delivery from which to score his century - it was a quick half-volley, really - but instead he was bowled. He need not worry: it is a team game and here he produced the matchwinning contribution.

Wicket of the Day
West Indies recovered well through Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, but the early wicket of Chris Gayle was still a vital moment in this match. It meant West Indies endured a sluggish start - they scored only 38 off their first eight overs - and, despite some steep acceleration towards the end of their innings, they never fully made up time. Gayle was the victim of good planning and good fast bowling: cramped for room by a sharp, short ball from the distinctly hostile Steven Finn, Gayle was unable to control the stroke and top-edged to fine leg. It was the first of two very well judged catches from Jonny Bairstow and also reward for some smart captaincy from Stuart Broad, who had just moved the deep fielder from square to fine leg.

Catch of the Day
Sometimes, given his skill in the outfield, it is hard to remember that Bairstow is also a wicketkeeper. His catch to dismiss Lendl Simmons, running in from the midwicket boundary and diving, was exceptionally good. Bairstow not only covered the ground quickly but, despite the potential distraction of Hales, running back from midwicket, threw himself forward to cling on to the ball. It was an example not only of Bairstow's value to England, but also of the team's athleticism and skill in the field. In a format where games can be decided by such moments, it provides England with a substantial advantage.

Shot of the Day
As ever in T20 cricket, there were several contenders for this: Ravi Bopara, with some elegant cuts, and Hales with a series of pulls and hooks, were impressive, but for sheer power West Indies' batsmen were hard to beat. Smith, in particular, hit the ball murderously hard and struck five sixes in all. The second of them, a lovely straight drive off Graeme Swann, landed in the second tier of the Radcliffe Road Stand and almost hit a cameraman. It was an enormous hit.

Milestone of the Day
So long has Broad been a fixture of the England team that it can easily be forgotten how youthful he remains. Broad celebrated his 26th birthday at Trent Bridge and, while some people might balk at the idea of working on their birthday, the prospect of leading his side to victory on his home ground would have softened the blow. Already the most-capped player in this side, Broad could have the best part of a decade of international cricket ahead of him and may well break every England wicket-taking record in all formats. He and Graeme Swann already hold the record (41 apiece) for most T20I wickets for England.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by JG2704 on (June 26, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

@whatawicket/demon_bowler - I think WI haven't done so badly on the tour. In the tests they had periods of ascendancy and in the last test they were probably on top at the end of it. Don't forget WI/Aus was on WI soil and while Eng beat WI more convincingly in the tests they won ,WI are a far tougher side at home. But I do think Oz would have won 3-0 had the other test ran it's natural course.Re "The tests should have been 2-1 to WI" - How do you work that out? Aus won 2 tests fair and square regardless of how we thought the other test might have gone.

Posted by whatawicket on (June 25, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

demon_bowler you must understand that you are only as good as your opposition . the WI found a team the aussies of similar ability so the odis ended level. the tests should have been 2 - 1 to the WIs

Posted by Patchmaster on (June 24, 2012, 22:15 GMT)

The Aussies must wish they had such depth in batting as ENG........unless they bring back Haddin...he he.....

Posted by demon_bowler on (June 24, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

I can't remember a more perfectly judged run chase in a T20 international by England. But West Indies were very poor in the field today, and were not well captained either. They have not given a good account of themselves on this tour, especially compared to how well they played against Australia. Hales and Bopara showed that there is life in T20 cricket for England after KP.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 24, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

"...it is a team game and here he produced the matchwinning contribution." Indeed! Remember this all who say cricket is an 'individual, lonely game'... Well played England. Great game, great result, great prospects for the future of English cricket in all formats!

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