West Indies tour of England and Ireland, 2007 / Commentary

The Wisden Trophy - 3rd Test

England v West Indies

England won by 60 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

15.1

Bravo to Vaughan, 1 leg bye, a nasty loosener down the leg side

15.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, good length and an improving line, but still too leg side. It jumps up a touch on Cook who rides the bounce and pushes it off his hip

15.3

Bravo to Cook, 1 run, again outside leg and he turns it around the corner

15.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, ah, lovely bowling, a little awayswinger from Vaughan who shapes to play before rightly deciding to withdraw his bat, watching the ball zip through to the wicketkeeper

15.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, firmly clunked off the back foot to mid-off

15.6

Bravo to Vaughan, 2 runs, guided off the back foot past gully

England 79/1   DJ Bravo 1-0-3-0

17.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, short of a length forcing Vaughan onto the back foot who shuffles across and defends, his bat as straight as an arrow

17.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, ooh Vaughan gets into a good position to drive this - and he does drive it, but straight to mid-off

17.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, punched with a flourish into the covers

17.4

Bravo to Vaughan, 1 run, calmly pushed to mid-off, timing it rather better than he thought, and he scampers through for a single. As does Cook, obviously, as it takes two to tango

17.5

Bravo to Cook, 3 runs, that's a good one, bending back into Cook who squirts it off the outside edge down to third man. Not the most convincing of strokes but played with soft hands

17.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, excellent ball swinging into Vaughan who drives it back to the bowler

England 83/1   DJ Bravo 2-0-7-0

19.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, swinging away from Vaughan who defends it back to him

19.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, on off stump, Vaughan cautiously defends

19.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, fabulous ball! It drew Vaughan into a drive, swinging away from him at the last moment and causing Bravo, the wicketkeeper and slips to roar their approval in unison

19.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, creamed straight to short extra cover. Ganga, the captain, is there...and that'll sting

19.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, Bravo finds this to straighten on Vaughan who defends it solidly on the front foot, imploring Cook to stay where he is. "No, no no no," he shouts

19.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, another fine delivery, Bravo's really making it move around here - this keeps low on Vaughan who tries to cut, but it nearly scythes his ankles (and stumps) in half

England 87/1   DJ Bravo 3-1-7-0

21.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, good length, and Vaughan is forward, pushing it out to cover

21.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, a really good length from Bravo again, pitching it right up to Vaughan - hoping to take advantage of what little swing there is. Vaughan pushes it back to him

21.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, on middle-and-off, bending away from the batsman who nudges it to short extra cover, jogging on the spot after he does so, but declines a run

21.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, clunked to mid-off

21.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, on middle stump this time, and Vaughan again drives but he can't time it

21.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, elegantly defended to mid-off

England 89/1   DJ Bravo 4-2-7-0

23.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, the most solid of forward defensives there. Mightily defended

23.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, a tighter line again, on off stump, and it's defended

23.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, drifting down leg, Vaughan smears it to midwicket

23.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off

23.5

Bravo to Vaughan, FOUR, ah an excellent ball, causing a false stroke from Vaughan for once who edged it...the ball falling short of first and second slips, neither of whom are able to stop it

23.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, punched to cover

England 97/1   DJ Bravo 5-2-11-0

25.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, ooh a good line here, Vaughan wisely leaving it alone outside off

25.2

Bravo to Vaughan, FOUR, a superb stroke from Vaughan, a bottom-handed whip wide of mid-on. He was well onto the front foot, making it into a half volley and whipping it to leg

25.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, firmly defended outside off this time

25.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, elegantly driven but extra cover does well, diving to his right to prevent a single

25.5

Bravo to Vaughan, 1 run, and again he cover drives, opening the face of the bat and the ball races to backward point who dives and does well to prevent four

25.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

England 108/1   DJ Bravo 6-2-16-0

27.1

Bravo to Cook, no run, too wide of the left-hander's off stump. He ignores it and it swings further away from him en route to the wicketkeeper

27.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, a more testing line on middle-and-off, Cook nudges it to leg

27.3

Bravo to Cook, FOUR, calmly prodded, punched, past point - and such is the timing it'll go for four. Nothing more than a defensive poke

27.4

Bravo to Cook, no run, ah, shot - another poke but this time it's straight back past the bowler. No timing this time

27.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward, opens the face of the bat to guide it down to gully. Expertly played there and, for a fleeting moment, showed shades of Mark 'Tubby' Taylor

27.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, firmly blocked out to end the over

England 112/1   DJ Bravo 7-2-20-0

51.1

Bravo to Bell, FOUR, magnificent stroke, sheer class, easing it through extra cover with the minimum of fuss.

51.2

Bravo to Bell, no run, too short and wide, Bell watches it sail by

51.3

Bravo to Bell, no run, again, too wide to trouble Bell who comfortably leaves it alone. Encouraging swing, though, under cloudy skies

51.4

Bravo to Bell, 1 wide, very wide and rightly wided. No chance of reaching that

51.4

Bravo to Bell, no run, lovely delivery this time, shaping away from Bell who...well, he probably hid his bat behind the pad, but only at the very last moment

51.5

Bravo to Bell, no run, ignored outside off this time

51.6

Bravo to Bell, no run, well, a good line in the channel outside off...but it's too short and Bell leaves it well alone

England 166/4   DJ Bravo 8-2-25-0

53.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, more awayswing for Bravo here, though a little too wide of the off stump

53.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, good ball, right in the channel and Prior leaves it alone. No great swing this time

53.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, and that's a nice delivery again from Bravo, gently bending away from Prior who, very wisely, completely ignores it

53.4

Bravo to Prior, no run, but a touch fuller, Prior drives cleanly to mid-off

53.5

Bravo to Prior, no run, well bowled! Very, very close to finding Prior's outside edge, the right-hander going for an expansive drive and missing it completely

53.6

Bravo to Prior, no run, on off stump, Prior nudges to leg

England 167/5   DJ Bravo 9-3-25-0

55.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, fired in flat, just outside off, Prior defending down with a smothering bat

55.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, shouldered arms to one which flew down the channel, hovering and curving away

55.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, on middle-and-off, more away swing, Prior trapping the ball down under his bat

55.4

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, Prior's excited by that width outside off, throwing his hands into a drive, but it doesn't go through cover, rather through point

55.5

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, pushed off the back foot through mid-on. Pure timing

55.6

Bravo to Prior, no run, on middle, Prior looks to turn the ball into midwicket, but it's a better length than he was expecting

England 175/5   DJ Bravo 10-3-33-0

57.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, plants on a good length, Prior defends forward

57.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, a smidgen of room outside off, Prior drives square, not entirely deliberately

57.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, a fullish delivery dug towards mid-off

57.4

Bravo to Prior, no run, straight, a touch short, and defended down off the back foot

57.5

Bravo to Prior, no run, full and defended on the front foot

57.6

Bravo to Prior, no run, squared up by one which nips back, gets some bat on it, but not convincingly

England 177/5   DJ Bravo 11-4-33-0

60.1

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, outside off, half-volley, driven through cover

60.2

Bravo to Prior, 2 runs, swing in the air but the direction is wrong - too wide outside leg, so even though the ball drifts back onto leg, it's worked in front of square

60.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, outside off, Prior looks to drive to the covers

60.4

Bravo to Prior, no run, outside off, full, driven to short mid-off on the up

60.5

Bravo to Prior, no run, defended off the back foot to gully

60.6

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, driven well through the gap at extra cover and just to say beats the chasing fielder

England 192/5   DJ Bravo 12-4-43-0

62.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, outside off, worked into the covers

62.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, nipped back in outside off, worked off the back foot to gully

62.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, straight, short, defended down

62.4

Bravo to Prior, no run, defended on the front foot

62.5

Bravo to Prior, no run, defended down on the back foot this time, just for variety

62.6

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, reaches out and somehow steers the ball behind the two gullies and in front of the slips

England 200/5   DJ Bravo 13-4-47-0

64.1

Bravo to Bell, no run, outside off, defended into the covers

64.2

Bravo to Bell, no run, outside off, room enough to drive to cover once the swing has been negotiated

64.3

Bravo to Bell, no run, slower ball, disguised well (no silly false nose and glasses for Bravo), driven into the covers

64.4

Bravo to Bell, no run, on the money, just on off, driven to mid-on without much power

64.5

Bravo to Bell, FOUR, outside off, climbs into a short one with a cut in front of point

64.6

Bravo to Bell, no run, driven to mid-off, softly

England 205/5   DJ Bravo 14-4-51-0

73.1

Bravo to Prior, 1 run, driven with a flourish through the covers, there's a man in the deep to give the bowler additional protection and so only a single

73.2

Bravo to Bell, no run, Bell takes a skippy stride down the pitch and pushes to mid-off

73.3

Bravo to Bell, no run, back and across , cuts but mistimes the shot and the ball trickles to point

73.4

Bravo to Bell, no run, pushed to mid-off, again with little power

73.5

Bravo to Bell, 1 run, finally Bell takes enough pace of the easy drive to allow him to call for and get the run to mid-off who appeared to have dropped a couple of yards too deep

73.6

Bravo to Prior, no run, Prior walks down the pitch and plays a Pietersenesque swish into the on side but fails to beat midwicket

England 240/5   DJ Bravo 15-4-53-0

75.1

Bravo to Bell, FOUR, sweetly steered wide of the slip, very fine. It wasn't that wide, but Bell squeezed it from close to him and there's a big gap down there

75.2

Bravo to Bell, no run, a bouncer at 77mph, hardly denture-chattering stuff

75.3

Bravo to Bell, no run, short, Bell tries to help it over the slips but misses

75.4

Bravo to Bell, 2 runs, flicked through midwicket, well placed and Bell called early for two and got it

75.5

Bravo to Bell, 1 run, slower ball, pushed into the covers for a single

75.6

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, another bouncer, and at 75mph that's a high-risk strategy. Prior waits and hooks that behind square between deep midwicket and long leg

England 258/5   DJ Bravo 16-4-64-0

77.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, dug in and Prior gets in a tangle ...he was going to block, decided to duck, and the ball clipped his shoulder as it passed

77.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, another short one, this time Prior moves ever so slightly back to allow it to pass

77.3

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, too short - not a bouncer - outside off and Prior goes back and larrups that behind square on the off. The man sweeping had no chance of getting round

77.4

Bravo to Prior, OUT, dug in for a third time in four, Prior goes to pull but doesn't get on top of it and the ball arcs right into the hands of Morton 10 or 15 yards inside the midwicket boundary. That was shorter and wider than the other ones and of them all, that was the one to leave ...

MJ Prior c Morton b Bravo 40 (116m 66b 7x4 0x6) SR: 60.60

77.5

Bravo to Bell, 2 runs, short- throat height - Bell back and pulls all along the ground to deep midwicket

77.6

Bravo to Bell, no run, wide, swinging away from the right-hand batsman who leaves

England 266/6   DJ Bravo 17-4-70-1

79.1

Bravo to Plunkett, 2 runs, shortish outside off and Plunkett swats it far from convincingly to deep midwicket

79.2

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, fuller and slower, Plunkett not sucked in, he waits and blocks

79.3

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, dug in, too much so, Plunkett turns his head as he gets out of the way

79.4

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, the ball flicks the pad as it goes down the leg side, Ramdin makes a good stop diving low to his left

79.5

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, too wide down the off, Plunkett isn't going to nibble at those

79.6

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, banged in again, Plunkett having none of it and he flicks his head out of the line

England 269/6   DJ Bravo 18-4-72-1

81.1

Bravo to Bell, no run, shortish, pulled hard to midwicket who picks it up and hurls the ball to the keeper just as hard

81.2

Bravo to Bell, 1 wide, dug in, very short, Ramdin makes a rather balletic leap to gather high above his head

81.2

Bravo to Bell, 1 run, tucked into the off side

81.3

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, slower ball, fuller as well, Plunkett spots it

81.4

Bravo to Plunkett, 2 runs, another short one and Plunkett has had enough ... he hooks, quite well, along the ground

81.5

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, yorker length but the line was wrong, outside off, Plunkett toe-ends the ball into the covers

81.6

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, driven across the line to midwicket

England 274/6   DJ Bravo 19-4-76-1

97.1

Bravo to Bell, no run, Bell takes a big stride and angles the ball into the off side, slightly too fine and finds the fielder rather than the gap

97.2

Bravo to Bell, no run, very wide and Bell plays one of those shots that involves planting your feet, sticking your backside out and reaching for the ball ... he misses

97.3

Bravo to Bell, no run, again Bell finds backward point instead of the space

97.4

Bravo to Bell, 1 run, at last he gets the single, driven to deep cover

97.5

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, blocked, no heroics called for with his partner in the nineties

97.6

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, more solid defence, all very correct and reassuring for Bell

England 336/8   DJ Bravo 20-4-77-1

99.1

Bravo to Bell, 1 run, elegantly pushed to mid-off, coming right forward to guide this along the turf. No power in the stroke though

99.2

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, ooh just short of the first of the two gullys. Outside his off stump, Sidebottom cut and connected with it well...the ball landing inches short of the man at the first gully

99.3

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, short, rising onto Sidebottom - and that's a good bouncer from Bravo, Sidebottom attempts an ambitious hook but can't connect

99.4

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, a waste of a delivery, despite Bravo's excitement, down the leg side. In fact it sounded as though it struck Sidebottom on the shoulder which probably explains Bravo's yelp

99.5

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, much better - there's the length from Bravo. Now he just needs to sort out his line, as this was a little too wide of the off stump

99.6

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, the inswinger and Bravo yelps another strangled (albeit delayed) appeal. Excellent delivery, but Sidebottom got an inside edge

England 338/8   DJ Bravo 21-4-78-1

101.1

Bravo to Sidebottom, 1 run, dropped! well, well, well. That was absolutely dreadful. A bouncer which Sidebottom tried to hook, but could only sky it to Jerome Taylor at cover who was never in a position to take the catch. Bravo is spitting nails out there

101.2

Bravo to Panesar, no run, ooh another bouncer, left alone this time

101.3

Bravo to Panesar, no run, Monty drops his hands to this one outside the off stump. Not interested

101.4

Bravo to Panesar, 1 run, a huge cheer for Monty who gets off the mark with a smart prod to midwicket

101.5

Bravo to Sidebottom, FOUR, Sidebottom is hook-happy at the moment. Bravo dropped it in short once more and Sidebottom went for an almighty heave, again skying it - but this time over the wicketkeeper's head

101.6

Bravo to Sidebottom, 1 leg bye, a slower delivery on a better length which bobbles off Sidebottom's pads

England 349/9   DJ Bravo 22-4-84-1

103.1

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, cracked back to the bowler who fields it on his follow through, and shadows a throw down at the stumps

103.2

Bravo to Sidebottom, FOUR, shot! Sidebottom finally connects with a hook for the third time, smacking it in front of square for four

103.3

Bravo to Sidebottom, 1 run, pushed out to cover

103.4

Bravo to Panesar, no run, far too wide, Monty tries to lace it for a Trescothick-esque cream-bunned four, but misses it completely

103.5

Bravo to Panesar, FOUR, and he's absolutely nailed this through the covers. Far too wide, Monty latches onto it and laces it front of square for four

103.6

Bravo to Panesar, 1 run, Monty's on the pull now, can't quite get hold of it

England 361/9   DJ Bravo 23-4-94-1
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Series Results
England v West Indies at Chester-le-Street - Jun 15-19, 2007
England won by 7 wickets
England v West Indies at Manchester - Jun 7-11, 2007
England won by 60 runs
England v West Indies at Leeds - May 25-28, 2007
England won by an innings and 283 runs
England v West Indies at Lord's - May 17-21, 2007
Match drawn
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Jun 11, 2007

Monty Panesar makes an unsuccessful appeal, England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Old Trafford, June 11, 2007

Monty Panesar makes an unsuccessful appeal

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Jun 11, 2007

Monty's flying purpose - Panesar celebrates removing Corey Collymore to seal the series,  England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Old Trafford, June 11, 2007

Monty's flying purpose - Panesar celebrates removing Corey Collymore to seal the series

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