West Indies v Australia, 1st ODI, Kingstown March 16, 2012

A ridiculous review and a ridiculously good catch

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The catch
Kieron Pollard didn't distinguish himself with the bat in this game but he certainly did in the field. For a big man, Pollard is incredibly agile and he thrilled the Arnos Vale crowd when he hurled himself low and to his left at cover to take an outstanding one-handed catch to remove David Warner off the bowling of Marlon Samuels. Pollard celebrated his success by taking off towards the outfield and lapping up the applause, and the adulation of his team-mates.

The arrival
The debutant Johnson Charles showed few nerves in his first over of one-day international batting. He was facing Brett Lee with the new ball and decided the best way to score his first runs was just to go for it, and he slapped Lee dismissively through midwicket for a boundary from the fourth ball he faced. That was followed two more fours in the next over from Clint McKay but his display was short-lived as he was caught at third man for 13.

The over
Australia didn't hit it a six in their innings, so Xavier Doherty must have wondered what was going on as he was mercilessly struck for three in his first over. Samuels defended the first two balls from Doherty and clearly liked what he had seen, for the next ball was deposited over long-off. The over finished with two more sixes down the ground, and Doherty could only smile in amazement as he walked back to his fielding position to reassess his methods.

The ridiculous review
That teams are only allowed one incorrect review per innings in ODIs has not yet eradicated the frivolous referral. Shane Watson was lbw to Dwayne Bravo in the eighth over of the match and he asked for a review of the umpire Peter Nero's decision. Replays showed he was about as plumb as could be, and the Australians were left without any reviews up their sleeves for the remaining 42 overs. Perhaps after a summer spent without the DRS at home against India they were a little rusty on its use.

The non-appeal
An over-the-top appeal might not convince an umpire to raise his finger, but a half-hearted one nearly always persuades him to keep his hands down. So it was when Kemar Roach fired in an accurate yorker to George Bailey in the 47th over of Australia's innings. The ball struck Bailey on the foot and in front of the stumps, but none of the West Indies were particularly enthusiastic in their appeal and the batsman survived. Replays showed he was plumb.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    J Carles is playing for west indies with an average of 19..the same reason Pollard plays 20/20 for west indies with a average of 12.66 and a ODI average of 23..so why is he playing for west indies.....

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 17, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Why did Shane Watson asked for a review ? He just wanted to" Tee Off" on our bowlers the way he usually does to others around the world, but he soon found out that was not to be . We are much better than our losing record indicates .

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Re the non-appeal mentioned above. Any appeal should be responded to, whether it is ferocious or half-hearted. 60 years ago, the bowler would still turn around and quietly enquire to the umpire.

  • POSTED BY dragline on | March 17, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    the refocussing of the wicb has caused some new energy and focus to the cricket in the west indies but the thought process that goes into the selection of the team is very confusing at best. in the absense of Barath and Simmons we have selected Kieron and Charles to open the batting, who are both new to international cricket and we have left out Dwayne Smith whose resurgence has been incredable good. Dwayne Smith is more experince, he bowls, score more runs and is an excellent fielder. Nursing Deonarine is scoring runs and is a handy off spinner and is a very good no. 4 batsman, who will add a lot to the team. he has been side lined, why? with the current team this will be my batting order. Charles, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Kieron Powell, Pollard, Bough, Ruzzel, Sammy,Roach and Narine.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 17, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    @subramani dharmar - bit sensitive, s'pose that is bound o happen when your team loses to Bangladesh!!!!

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | March 17, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    We should call the team Windward Island team and not West indies team. Every thing is geared towards the Windward Islands. What a blooming pity!!!

  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | March 17, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Shane Watson squandering reviews?! Hahaha, never heard that before! @ Subramani Dharmar, I didn't see anyone blaming India (or in fact, even talking about India) in this article. Did you?

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    just 1 review in odis disgusting wats the use???

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | March 17, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Shane Watson always tries it on with the most plumb decisions. Very selfish when it comes to DRS when he is batting.

  • POSTED BY rajpoot1979 on | March 17, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Can some please explain to me why that kid j Charles is playing for west indies who have an average of 19 in first class and list A with only 3 half centuries in 17 games

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    J Carles is playing for west indies with an average of 19..the same reason Pollard plays 20/20 for west indies with a average of 12.66 and a ODI average of 23..so why is he playing for west indies.....

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 17, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Why did Shane Watson asked for a review ? He just wanted to" Tee Off" on our bowlers the way he usually does to others around the world, but he soon found out that was not to be . We are much better than our losing record indicates .

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Re the non-appeal mentioned above. Any appeal should be responded to, whether it is ferocious or half-hearted. 60 years ago, the bowler would still turn around and quietly enquire to the umpire.

  • POSTED BY dragline on | March 17, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    the refocussing of the wicb has caused some new energy and focus to the cricket in the west indies but the thought process that goes into the selection of the team is very confusing at best. in the absense of Barath and Simmons we have selected Kieron and Charles to open the batting, who are both new to international cricket and we have left out Dwayne Smith whose resurgence has been incredable good. Dwayne Smith is more experince, he bowls, score more runs and is an excellent fielder. Nursing Deonarine is scoring runs and is a handy off spinner and is a very good no. 4 batsman, who will add a lot to the team. he has been side lined, why? with the current team this will be my batting order. Charles, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Kieron Powell, Pollard, Bough, Ruzzel, Sammy,Roach and Narine.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 17, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    @subramani dharmar - bit sensitive, s'pose that is bound o happen when your team loses to Bangladesh!!!!

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | March 17, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    We should call the team Windward Island team and not West indies team. Every thing is geared towards the Windward Islands. What a blooming pity!!!

  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | March 17, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Shane Watson squandering reviews?! Hahaha, never heard that before! @ Subramani Dharmar, I didn't see anyone blaming India (or in fact, even talking about India) in this article. Did you?

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    just 1 review in odis disgusting wats the use???

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | March 17, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Shane Watson always tries it on with the most plumb decisions. Very selfish when it comes to DRS when he is batting.

  • POSTED BY rajpoot1979 on | March 17, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Can some please explain to me why that kid j Charles is playing for west indies who have an average of 19 in first class and list A with only 3 half centuries in 17 games

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | March 17, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    West Indies seem to really be in T20 mode and I fear that will destroy West Indies cricket. In this match 15 4's and 7 6's were scored. Thats 102 runs of the 133 (7 extras). Thats a very scary thing. They need to learn how to rotate strike and choose what balls they dispatch. Wish Darren Bravo wasn't run out, might have been different then

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 17, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    I am now convinced that the problem with WI is not the lack of talent so much ,as the ability to read and play the game of cricket intelligently . We need a team psychologist to help our guys to engage the matter between their ears . What an embarrassing display of batting . Except for a couple of guys ,they all were trying to hurry back to the pavillion . Australia ,anything you can do ,we can do worse !!! I cry for you West Indies ,please apply yourselves and show some fight like a top levell team . This should be Baugh's last chance after getting out ,yet again ,playing that stupid sweep shot at such a crucial time .

  • POSTED BY AtticusFinch on | March 17, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    I think Kieron Pollard is the most over-rated player in the world. I know players from the Bangalore league who are way above his calibre. Wonder what Mumbai Indians see in him.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | March 17, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    The answer is, crikey, not a lot. Plodding to 204-8 in 50 overs with no-one getting a 50 isn't exactly the stuff of legend, and the bowling, admittedly half-strength, was no more than tidy. The guy who took the most wickets went for more than 6 an over. Australia turned up, and today that was enough.

  • POSTED BY twofer on | March 17, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    All teams should have a policy that batsmen do not review LBWs unless it has come off their bat or their helmet when they are jumping to head the ball over slips. They are not in a position to judge the line between their pads and the stumps, clearly they have not judged the correct position of the ball else why not strike it with the bat. Usually they have no clue about where they were struck. Rarely will they concede they were in line. This is often evidenced by their disorientation in trying to locate the direction of the pavilion after being given out. Some of the more friendly bowlers assist by pointing out the direction they should be heading.

  • POSTED BY Snowemu on | March 17, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Please get over it Subramani. Despite what you like to think, the whole world doesn't blame India for everything and that is not what the article is saying. The summer without DRS is just simple fact and worthy of the comment made. You may not like to hear it, but many people actually like India! Stop looking for insults that aren't there and enjoy the game.

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    west indies squandered a great opportunity. they are sure to get white washed now.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    So even if Australia waste their review, India is to be blamed? Wonderful.

  • POSTED BY crikey on | March 16, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Did australia do anything positive at all in their 64 run win Brydon?

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    west indies,west indies.......why, why, why,

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | March 16, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    LOL.........................................Great article.

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  • POSTED BY TheLight on | March 16, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    LOL.........................................Great article.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    west indies,west indies.......why, why, why,

  • POSTED BY crikey on | March 16, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Did australia do anything positive at all in their 64 run win Brydon?

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    So even if Australia waste their review, India is to be blamed? Wonderful.

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    west indies squandered a great opportunity. they are sure to get white washed now.

  • POSTED BY Snowemu on | March 17, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Please get over it Subramani. Despite what you like to think, the whole world doesn't blame India for everything and that is not what the article is saying. The summer without DRS is just simple fact and worthy of the comment made. You may not like to hear it, but many people actually like India! Stop looking for insults that aren't there and enjoy the game.

  • POSTED BY twofer on | March 17, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    All teams should have a policy that batsmen do not review LBWs unless it has come off their bat or their helmet when they are jumping to head the ball over slips. They are not in a position to judge the line between their pads and the stumps, clearly they have not judged the correct position of the ball else why not strike it with the bat. Usually they have no clue about where they were struck. Rarely will they concede they were in line. This is often evidenced by their disorientation in trying to locate the direction of the pavilion after being given out. Some of the more friendly bowlers assist by pointing out the direction they should be heading.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | March 17, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    The answer is, crikey, not a lot. Plodding to 204-8 in 50 overs with no-one getting a 50 isn't exactly the stuff of legend, and the bowling, admittedly half-strength, was no more than tidy. The guy who took the most wickets went for more than 6 an over. Australia turned up, and today that was enough.

  • POSTED BY AtticusFinch on | March 17, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    I think Kieron Pollard is the most over-rated player in the world. I know players from the Bangalore league who are way above his calibre. Wonder what Mumbai Indians see in him.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 17, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    I am now convinced that the problem with WI is not the lack of talent so much ,as the ability to read and play the game of cricket intelligently . We need a team psychologist to help our guys to engage the matter between their ears . What an embarrassing display of batting . Except for a couple of guys ,they all were trying to hurry back to the pavillion . Australia ,anything you can do ,we can do worse !!! I cry for you West Indies ,please apply yourselves and show some fight like a top levell team . This should be Baugh's last chance after getting out ,yet again ,playing that stupid sweep shot at such a crucial time .