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

A ridiculous review and a ridiculously good catch

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first ODI between West Indies and Australia in St Vincent
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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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  • dummy4fb 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.....

  • 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 .

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!!!

  • Paceman49 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!!!

  • 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?

  • dummy4fb on March 17, 2012, 7:28 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

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