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England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Rauf overturned, Anderson overheated

Plays of the Day from the first day of the second Test between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

May 25, 2012

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Aleem Dar has a word with James Anderson, England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day, May 25, 2012
James Anderson had to be told to calm down by the umpires © Getty Images

Selection of the day
The selection of offspinner Shane Shillingford was widely anticipated. Not only did West Indies miss the variation of a specialist spinner at Lord's, but there was a concern that the burden on Kemar Roach was growing too heavy. Conditions in Nottingham may prove tough for Shillingford, though. Going into this game, Graeme Swann had not taken a Test wicket on the ground (he has played two Tests at Trent Bridge before this one) and since 2008 spin bowlers have taken just four wickets here for a cost of 561 runs. That is an average of 140.25 per wicket. Even if wickets prove hard to come by, however, Shillingford should at least help Darren Sammy retain a measure of control in the field: he is slightly more economical than Swann and, in his last game, claimed ten wickets against Australia.

Review of the day
West Indies were 64 for 4 when Asad Rauf adjudged Marlon Samuels, who had made only a single, lbw to Tim Bresnan. The review subsequently showed that the ball would have passed well over the top of the stumps and a reprieved Samuel went on to play perhaps the finest and important innings of his career. It was an out-of-character error from the normally excellent Rauf, who did not enjoy the best of days. But for the DRS, West Indies would have been 64 for 5 and Samuels would have endured a miserable - and unfortunate - day.

Wicket of the day
Bearing in mind that Shivnarine Chanderpaul is rated as the No. 1 Test batsman and that, until that moment, he had resisted for 510 deliveries and scored 224 runs for only one dismissal in the series, his wicket was automatically crucial. But on this occasion it was relevant for two more factors. For a start it was the second time in the day that a decision by Rauf had been overturned upon review and it was also Swann's first Test wicket at Trent Bridge. It was a fine delivery, too, drawing Chanderpaul forward and then turning past his bat.

Shot of the day
There are several candidates, most of them provided by Samuels. An apparently effortless on-drive off the bowling of Stuart Broad, a delightful stroke that raced back past the stumps for four, was hard to beat, but the shot of the day was the one that brought Samuels his second half-century of the series. The ball from Bresnan was neither particularly wide nor particularly short, but Samuels forced through cover off the back foot to reach 50 for the 17th time in his Test career. While Samuels endured a turbulent start to this innings, he later provided a reminder as to why he once seen as the future of West Indies' batting.

Quote of the day No. 1
Asked how hard it was to have endured a prolonged period out of the West Indies side, Marlon Samuels replied with a phlegmatic shrug: "I wouldn't tell you it was difficult … I got to spend quality time with my family and go to the beach."

Heated moment of the day
Frustrated after a day that included a couple of dropped chances, James Anderson's temper came close to boiling point after an lbw appeal - a very long lbw appeal - against Darren Sammy, on 79, was turned down by Aleem Dar. A few moments later, Anderson threw away the pieces of his broken sunglasses and Dar asked him to pick them up. In the end Swann picked them up, put them back together and placed them around Dar's sunhat. Combined with Anderson's 'talkative' approach to Samuels and the England fast bowler may well be called to see Roshan Mahanama, the ICC match referee, at the end of the Test. "Things can get a little bit out of hand," Anderson admitted afterwards. "He just told me to be careful. He said if the cameras caught me I could get a punishment, but it all seemed quite friendly at the time. My sunglasses broke. In frustration, I tossed them away."

Quote of the day No. 2
Asked about Anderson's commentary on his batting - a feature of the day - Samuels replied: "James Anderson should know I am batting for the team. A lot of balls that could've been hit for the boundary I left them alone. But when I get a double [century] tomorrow, I would like James Anderson to say something to me."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 20 
Posted by   on (May 26, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

Quote no. 2 is jus awesm...keep goin samuels...

Posted by   on (May 26, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

MARLON SAMUEL'S word's distinctly portrays the correct attitude of a Full Blooded Cricketeer:-

""James Anderson should know I am batting for the team. A lot of balls that could've been hit for the boundary I left them alone. But when I get a double [century] tomorrow, I would like James Anderson to say something to me."

Sledging should be banned as it has only brought negativity to the game of cricket! Its presence can only widen the gap.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 26, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

@zenboomerang on (May 26 2012, 04:41 AM GMT) You're right , but as that actually helped WI with the right decision most folk on these threads would not notice it. Just think if Gayle , D Bravo and the oh so mighty Pollard were in the side they'd have posted 600 yesterday and probably would have won by an inns today with Narine's bowling.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

WI please bring entertainment back to cricket.. It is needed so much and fans around the world need you as the specialists..

Posted by zenboomerang on (May 26, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

Where are all those whom were whinging about DRS in recent series?... Imagine the travesty if no DRS & Samuels had to walk on such a low score, the match probably going Englands way strongly at that point & all out for 150 instead of 6/304... Sure Rauf had a bad day & is normally much better, but that decision would have definitely changed the match... Seen too many umpires have bad days for me not to want to see DRS used & even upgraded with better 3rd umpire decisions...

Posted by gloriouscricket on (May 26, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Marlon Samuels is a batsman of class; Focus Marlon, you ,re batting for Windies, their fans & yes your family. Bat on.God knock by the cpt. Sammy will come good as an all rounder,He will pass 50 at least 2 more times,;He is painfully aware of the need for a Win. Don't let the Psychological warfare beat you--press on. Win Widies.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (May 26, 2012, 3:41 GMT)


Posted by gloriouscricket on (May 26, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

Marlon Samuels is a special talent;Today he showed his class.Marlon must understand his talent, he must understand that he must always be focus, play with purpose--Your purpose is to WIN. As a senior player you,re an integral part of this team, you're supposed to be dominating bowlers all over the cricketing world. You are supposed to be Captaining this team.You,re responsible along with Sammy, Chanders, Roach, & Bravo you guys are supposed to make the path, the others will follow.I blogged that this tour will be Sammy,s coming out tour, that he will approach his role as a bats man with more purpose--He has to--Sammy needs to win to shut up his critics also to show that he is a winner. He knows WINDIES can Win, We will create our chances, everyone needs them. Windies staged an excellent recovery;Congrats to Samuels & Sammy, yet some fans are saying wait until England bat.Windies already have over 300 on the board; England is yet to bat.Keep on DOING Sammy,Go Windies.

Posted by howardroark_fh on (May 26, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

wow.. thats The attitude :) love to see more on the series.

Posted by meervys on (May 26, 2012, 2:35 GMT)

Well said Samuels,talk to me when I get a double hundred tomorrow.Sounds a bit like Sir Viv. Well done to Captain Sammy those who critise could talk to you when you get yor 150 plus runs tomorrow..........and we win the game on Monday.

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