WI v Australia, 1st Test, Bridgetown, 5th day April 11, 2012

Sammy's glimpse of paradise

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Kensington Oval's dressing rooms are close together, only a clear glass partition separating the viewing areas of the two competing teams. Upon leaving the field in the aftermath of a three-wicket defeat, West Indies captain Darren Sammy had an eyeful of what it means to win a great Test match. On the other side of the glass Australia's players had dissolved into a huddle of embraces, whoops and back-slaps, while the disconsolate hosts looked on.

Sammy's team is developing slowly, but must learn the hard lessons of how to keep fighting over five days of a Test. And how to resort to more than cynical delaying tactics when the result of a match is in dispute. But Sammy said the sight of Australia rejoicing would stay with him, until he has the chance to do it himself.

"We dominated a top side with some good players and the way I heard them celebrating on the balcony means a lot to me," Sammy said. "We'll take that to heart and look to come back strong in Trinidad. I told the guys at the end of the Test match to keep their heads up. We did a lot of good things. I can remember in the pre-match interview both captains said one bad hour could turn the game around and that's exactly what happened in this Test match. We dominated Australia for three and a half days and even today when we bowled, we made them fight for that 190."

Since becoming captain and forming his alliance with the coach Ottis Gibson, Sammy has taken West Indies closer to earning respect as a battling, striving team. However the lessons of past matches, including two keenly fought series against India at home and away in 2011, are as yet not fully learned.

However Sammy also pointed to the gains of the first innings, in which Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards showed the way before Shivnarine Chanderpaul maintained his command of Caribbean batting. West Indies' bowling was steadfast, augmented usefully in the second innings by Narsingh Deonarine's off breaks - though the more mysterious finger spin of Sunil Narine was missed.

"We've learned a lot of lessons. Remember Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi [where West Indies played last November]. Basically similar things keep happening," Sammy said. "We keep getting close but we just need to find a way to get over that hurdle. That last hurdle. We've just got to come back strong. I think the bowlers stuck to the plan most of the time. The way the batters batted in the first innings, leaving alone a lot of balls and stuff like that and Shiv again, showing his experience, the two young openers - Kraigg and Barath - at the top. We did some good stuff, we just lost it in the second innings there.

If Sammy's tactics lurched towards the defensive for too much of Australia's chase, he said he had been trying to keep a balance between searching for wickets and trying to tease the visitors out by withholding runs. Australia's captain Michael Clarke refused to criticise his opposite number for tactics that the tourists would have been unlikely to employ, and offered supportive words for the vanquished.

"I think they're probably in a tough position because they haven't got a full-strength team, do they? That must be hard for them," Clarke said. "I want to give West Indies a lot of credit. I thought the way they batted in their first innings was outstanding. I think their bowlers knew the conditions well and they bowled pretty well.

"I want to take nothing away from the guys in our change room. I thought a lot of credit needs to go to them to be able to get a win out of 450 [by the opposition] on the board on the first two days and our backs against the wall, but I'll take nothing away from West Indies. I thought they fought really hard, I think it was a fantastic Test match. "I know everybody at the ground enjoyed it, and hopefully the people back home and all around the world that watch continue to enjoy Test cricket. For me as captain, it's very important we continue to make this great game very enjoyable and we want people to come out and support us and watch, and hopefully we get a great crowd in Trinidad as well."

A memorable match will live long in Clarke's memory. As for Sammy, it will burn deeply into his.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY on | April 14, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    "A lot of credit must go to Ottis Gibson and Darren Sammy," Aussie coach Mickey Arthur said in the aftermath of the Kensington Oval escape. "They've really turned this team around. They're playing for each other, they're playing with a spirit that's great. It is just so good to see West Indies cricket on the up again. We've only got respect and admiration for what they've done." If the opposition can see how much we have achieved why do we continue to bash Darren Sammy, who by the way is the top WI player in the ICC Rankings in every form of the game, every time? West Indies is on its way back up and its not due to any players who lack loyalty to the West Indies team but the lethal combination of Darren and Gibson

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | April 14, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    There is a difference, Sammy is not a great captain, but he also isn't a bad one. With the Windies how they are, you can't argue against the latter for now.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 13, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Talent is a great thing ,but to be able to transform that talent into meaningful productivity ,needs more than basic application . WI need to work diligently with the psychological aspect of each player ,in order to help them cope with the stress - level of international cricket ,for what other reason can there be for players who perform so well in regional first class level ,to fail so miserably at test level ..I don't buy the " regional- substndard " argument ,because what's good for one ,should be good for the other . Those who possess the greater" intestinal fortitude" ,do better when combining the two . [ talent/mental toughness]. I could mention a few at this time who in my opinion lack the later , but I'll refrain from doing so at this point .

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Sammy is trying his best he is just unlucky. The catch he dropped of Roach & how he kicked the ball onto his stumps is a testament to that. What he needs to work on is his tactics & aggression. he could have tried bowling more spin & put 3 or 4 men around the bat when Fidel & roach couldn't get the breakthrough we needed. Also when we should have bowled pace so that their would have been more of an issue with the light & the time taken to get through the overs he chose to bowl spin. that was not a smart move. The Coach should have suggested changing up the batting order a bit maybe opening with Sammy to get a few quick runs. It is obvious that Brathwaite has problems batting in the second innings so he should not have been sent out to open.

  • POSTED BY noplay on | April 13, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Of course Sammy is a great captain...he led West Indies to a first innings score of 449, a failure to end Australia's first innings, a collapse in West Indies second innings, a decision to waste time to secure a drawin the match and four fortuitous wickets for Deonarine in Australia's second innings. What more do we want?

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 13, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    "To those whom it may concern "; I do not proclaim Sammy to be the" captain superior" ,but that he is doing a great job all things being considered, as much as anyone else whom we have had in the past 15 years . To focus so much on the man ,as some are, is superfulous . As I have said before ,I'll say it again ;" the captain is only one musician in the orchestra,not the whole orchestra" and with good performing musicians his skills would be more than enough . If certain individuals had read into the game and applied themselves ,we would be having different conversations now .

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 13, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    @Coll Gayle - I don't think anyone is saying that Sammy is a great captain, although he does lead the team well, which is too seperate things. The leadingership side of Sammy is that the team at least seems to be trying hard to compete, which is something that was lacking over the last 15 years with the WIndies. Gayle is a better player, & slightly better tactician then Sammy, but the side was uninspired under him. That is not the case with this mob under Sammy (IMO)!

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Simonviller Sammy became a talking point because of you guys who are giving him name as great captain when he is no better than any other captain in the 21st century. Sammy is a fit for the T20 & ODI but not for Test in my opinion. I would like to point out some think I notice from the WI tour of India Sammy was not 100% fit he did not bowled 28.1 overs of his possible 50 in the ODI when he is one of the main bowler in the set up and I am seeing the same problem in this series, If he and the management truly love WI cricket he should voluntarily sit out the next Test.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    @clive Gibson basically said that he wanted his senior players to produce as though they were senior. For too long we had players who were running the show, now the WICB, gibson and sammy are running it, things seem to be on the way up. The players understand that they must either produce or roll out.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    well i must admit that the only good thing gibson bring to the team is that the bowling has improve a lot and that's what the team of old was missing if there is any separation in the team is he who started it for if he did have his way chanderpaul wouldn't been in the team just like gayle and sars. and i don't no if i was the only one who notice but anyone who can get the clip of when chanderpaul makes the hundred and every one clapping and laughing not a smile come out of him and that's not his reaction when some of his boys do something good before anyone jump up one side of me and down the other side try and get a look at the replay and see for yourself if gibson did come in and try and work with the team they would be in a better position some people say gayle is selfish but if someone just after loosing the captain go out and make 333 run under the new captain and its right after that they go to the w.c where the whole team fail and the coach blaming a few players that was wrong

  • POSTED BY on | April 14, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    "A lot of credit must go to Ottis Gibson and Darren Sammy," Aussie coach Mickey Arthur said in the aftermath of the Kensington Oval escape. "They've really turned this team around. They're playing for each other, they're playing with a spirit that's great. It is just so good to see West Indies cricket on the up again. We've only got respect and admiration for what they've done." If the opposition can see how much we have achieved why do we continue to bash Darren Sammy, who by the way is the top WI player in the ICC Rankings in every form of the game, every time? West Indies is on its way back up and its not due to any players who lack loyalty to the West Indies team but the lethal combination of Darren and Gibson

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | April 14, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    There is a difference, Sammy is not a great captain, but he also isn't a bad one. With the Windies how they are, you can't argue against the latter for now.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 13, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Talent is a great thing ,but to be able to transform that talent into meaningful productivity ,needs more than basic application . WI need to work diligently with the psychological aspect of each player ,in order to help them cope with the stress - level of international cricket ,for what other reason can there be for players who perform so well in regional first class level ,to fail so miserably at test level ..I don't buy the " regional- substndard " argument ,because what's good for one ,should be good for the other . Those who possess the greater" intestinal fortitude" ,do better when combining the two . [ talent/mental toughness]. I could mention a few at this time who in my opinion lack the later , but I'll refrain from doing so at this point .

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Sammy is trying his best he is just unlucky. The catch he dropped of Roach & how he kicked the ball onto his stumps is a testament to that. What he needs to work on is his tactics & aggression. he could have tried bowling more spin & put 3 or 4 men around the bat when Fidel & roach couldn't get the breakthrough we needed. Also when we should have bowled pace so that their would have been more of an issue with the light & the time taken to get through the overs he chose to bowl spin. that was not a smart move. The Coach should have suggested changing up the batting order a bit maybe opening with Sammy to get a few quick runs. It is obvious that Brathwaite has problems batting in the second innings so he should not have been sent out to open.

  • POSTED BY noplay on | April 13, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Of course Sammy is a great captain...he led West Indies to a first innings score of 449, a failure to end Australia's first innings, a collapse in West Indies second innings, a decision to waste time to secure a drawin the match and four fortuitous wickets for Deonarine in Australia's second innings. What more do we want?

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 13, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    "To those whom it may concern "; I do not proclaim Sammy to be the" captain superior" ,but that he is doing a great job all things being considered, as much as anyone else whom we have had in the past 15 years . To focus so much on the man ,as some are, is superfulous . As I have said before ,I'll say it again ;" the captain is only one musician in the orchestra,not the whole orchestra" and with good performing musicians his skills would be more than enough . If certain individuals had read into the game and applied themselves ,we would be having different conversations now .

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 13, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    @Coll Gayle - I don't think anyone is saying that Sammy is a great captain, although he does lead the team well, which is too seperate things. The leadingership side of Sammy is that the team at least seems to be trying hard to compete, which is something that was lacking over the last 15 years with the WIndies. Gayle is a better player, & slightly better tactician then Sammy, but the side was uninspired under him. That is not the case with this mob under Sammy (IMO)!

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Simonviller Sammy became a talking point because of you guys who are giving him name as great captain when he is no better than any other captain in the 21st century. Sammy is a fit for the T20 & ODI but not for Test in my opinion. I would like to point out some think I notice from the WI tour of India Sammy was not 100% fit he did not bowled 28.1 overs of his possible 50 in the ODI when he is one of the main bowler in the set up and I am seeing the same problem in this series, If he and the management truly love WI cricket he should voluntarily sit out the next Test.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    @clive Gibson basically said that he wanted his senior players to produce as though they were senior. For too long we had players who were running the show, now the WICB, gibson and sammy are running it, things seem to be on the way up. The players understand that they must either produce or roll out.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    well i must admit that the only good thing gibson bring to the team is that the bowling has improve a lot and that's what the team of old was missing if there is any separation in the team is he who started it for if he did have his way chanderpaul wouldn't been in the team just like gayle and sars. and i don't no if i was the only one who notice but anyone who can get the clip of when chanderpaul makes the hundred and every one clapping and laughing not a smile come out of him and that's not his reaction when some of his boys do something good before anyone jump up one side of me and down the other side try and get a look at the replay and see for yourself if gibson did come in and try and work with the team they would be in a better position some people say gayle is selfish but if someone just after loosing the captain go out and make 333 run under the new captain and its right after that they go to the w.c where the whole team fail and the coach blaming a few players that was wrong

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    What is the status of Andre Russell. I think if he comes in for Deonarine he will give us the firepower for bowling and batting. Although Deonarine cant be dropped after taking those wickets in the 2nd innings. I do believe that Rampaul will come in for edwards. The question is if Rampaul is fit enough.

  • POSTED BY noplay on | April 12, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Dominating a top team is winning 3-0 at a neutral venue. not losing 2-0 away or scoring 449 in a first innings over two days at home and not bowling out the opponents in two innings. Until Sammy learns what dominating means, West Indies are doomed

  • POSTED BY lenedwards96yahoo.co.uk on | April 12, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    We are living in fools paradise if we think Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Samuels would have made a difference to the winning or losing of this game. Our batting collapses when the fight is really on as the second innings testifies and we have a bowlers who either bowl too short or too full.

    Furthermore, we have a captain who is NOT WORTH HIS PLACE IN THE SIDE because he cannot bat or bowl to an effective test standard and until this issue is remedied WIndies WILL NEVER become an effective test side.

    In finishing, it shows how stupidly ill discipline members of the WIndies team have become, when a total under achiever such as Carlton Baugh can shout his mouth off about Bishoo, a bowler who CONSISTENTLY bowls a "four ball" an over and does not take enough test wickets to ever justify his inclusion. By the way, we will lose the series 3-0

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Here we go again looking for moral victory for the WI team praising a captain that he and his team lost a game that there opponent could not win on less they give it to them. To all the WI fans please I am asking you all to stop matching Sammy with other WI captain just enjoyed the scattered victory that will come our way here and there because Sammy will not enjoyed no more success than any other WI captain in the 21th century. The difference between Sammy and the other captains their individual cricket skill was for superior over Sammy"s so the expectation was far higher. I can tell all the Sammy lovers they are not truly WI fans because there is no way we can win on consistent basic with this captain and team, just look at their batting and bowling average.

  • POSTED BY Alexei on | April 12, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Also I have to give much respect for Roach for the way he bowled. He bowled stupendously and attacked as much as he could with not much luck. Roach is looking like WI's best pacer

  • POSTED BY Alexei on | April 12, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    @Warren ...this is the West Indies's home season, the best time and conditions to play test cricket here...its the only time they can schedule matches otherwise matches will be rained out. I think Rampaul should come back in for Edwards cuz he can bat and he is a very hard worker when he bowls, I've seen things that Edwards have done and I know Rampaul would have done better. Also WI lost this match because of negative tactics on day 5... they never attacked so they could take wickets and they're also a bit unlucky not to get Watson and Warner much earlier

  • POSTED BY aiksa on | April 12, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    My analysis of WI loss is that they simply relaxed mentally in the 2nd innings thinking it was a drawn game at best with just over a day left in the match. They forgot that cricket is the most unpredictable game. No game is won, lost or drawn until & unless it is actally done. Very well done Australians and specially Clarke. You are professional, tough and very smart cricketers.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 12, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    For someone to blame captaincy for WI loss is nonsense . Did the captain bat or bowl for the entire team ? That's where we lost the match ,especially our batting and that late evening spell of our seamers ,which frankly, I believe would have been better served by the same captain which some of us despises . But wait aminute ! He's too slow to bowl ahead of the quicks ,because this is not a one -man team .

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 12, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Why are people still picking on Sammy ? Yes his batting needs to improve ,but the same goes for so called star-bats in the team . WI need Sammy's bowling ,because he's the only consistent bowler,with direction and ability who breaks the opening partnership most of the time and not waste the ball .As for Clark, he looks great because of WI poor application with ball and bat and not the ability of the players themselves . This team was capable of winning the match ,but for some poor shot selections alone not to mention the bowling . As for coptaincy Sammy is doing a great job if some of us would just admit it and stop hating on the guy .

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Windies did Good against a superior opposition on paper but on the field they looked evenly matched.... only took a slip up from either side to gift a win... to have australia bat to the very end on the last day deserves applause win, lose or draw. If can windies play like this that means the players are getting better and they are rallying around a captain who gives his best every match... Its not the most talented that win is the hardest worker and the most determined.. I think Sammy has that mentality and the rest players are getting it also aka we aint never scared.. as for sammy not having a place in the team is rubbish just look who removed both openers and had warner twice and have better bowling stats than the rest bowlers... Sammy batting improved and i think his role as a bats man is not to be a blocker but attack like gale does which can throw off any bowling... personally rampaul needs to replace edwards as a better bowler and late order batsman.Roach is a hard worker :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    It is not Russell and Samuels who are being missed but Gayle, Sarwan and possibly Dwayne Bravo. Gayle and Sarwan could have made a difference in the second innings and possibly help to improve the scoring rate in the first.Sammy's presence in the team provides an imbalance. Perhaps Rampaul should replace Fidel Edwards for the next match. If Narine was available he could have replaced Bishoo. The main reason for losing was insipid captaincy. Given that they collapsed in the second innings had the filed been more attacking in the second innings Windies might just have pulled it off. Also the bowlers were not used smartly. Bishoo should have been pulled off the attack earlier. Edwards should ahve been given a try towards the end.

  • POSTED BY rollertroy on | April 12, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    australia didn't win this game, windies lost it with terribly negative tactics on the final day. 4 boundary sweepers from the off gave australia too many opportunities to score easy runs. windies have the team to win games, but needed to put some pressure on the batsmen on a very worn pitch. new batsmen came to the crease being able to milk easy singles. fiedel was hooping the ball early to 2 slips and no gully. how they expected to take 10 wickets with these tactics i'll never know. the windies should have been the team celebrating, and could have been with the right attitude to build pressure...

  • POSTED BY Akoben on | April 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Tough loss to take, especially after the way we battled for the first 3 days. Have to keep reminding myself that this is a young team, and they are getting better everyday. Agree with 'tanstell87' that Rampaul was needed and that having the six batsmen plus Sammy losses us a seamer/pacer. I still believe Sammy has to bat at 6. We have to make that gamble, so that we have the necessary firepower to take down the top teams. Something tells me with Rampaul the Aussies would not have reached 400, maybe not even 350! In Trinidad something tells me they will drop Edwards for Rampaul (his backyard) while leaving the unlucky Roach in. The Aussies backed themselves when they were in a tough spot and now so must we. We are going down fighting, which is good to see. Time to shed some blood too!! Sammy at 6, and Rampaul in for Deonarine for the next test. Make it happen Gibs!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    well done sammy. work still needs to be done. Tell yours bats get to 15 and then start from zero again.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | April 12, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    test match for the fans who love test matches...the Windies collapsed again in 2nd innings just like their last test in Mumbai....they need to fight it out until last day if they are to win any test....Rampaul should have been playing in place of maybe Bishoo or Deonarine....Sammy is the captain & because of his presence WI cant play 3rd seamer & that definitely affects the team balance...is Lendl Simmons fit again...is Dinesh Ramdin fit again...Sarwan is playing county cricket with an eye on England tour...anyways hats off to both teams !!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | April 12, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Australia cruised to victory, which proves why they should be up there with SA fighting for the #1 spot. How embarassing would it have been if we got rolled for 51 by this attack! HAHA!

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Please, please, will somebody tell the WICB not to schedule any games during the IPL season? If they are going to do this, then why not just say they are sending West Indies A team? All the cricket history books will say is that WI were beaten again by Australia. This is humiliating for the fans and for the national pride of an entire region. If we don't have our best players available, then let's just not play. Brazil wouldn't play the World Cup without it's key guys if they were too busy playing for Chelsea and Real Madrid, so why is this situation happening?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 12, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @Sinhaya - none of the players you noted are missed! Russell is unproven, & Samuels is about the worst top order batsmen to score 1800 runs in Test cricket history - EVER! Narine is an X-Factor, no one knows how well he would of gone, to say he would of done well based on ODI performances is shallow - just ask SLs mystery flick spinner - Mendis! The players that were missed is Gayle & Taylor - with Rampaul injured. @Vista12 - I'd argue that the WIndies do have world class players - Chanderpaul, Edwards, Bravo are 3, with a question mark next to Roach & Bishoo. @Chesty-la-roux - perhaps you better familiarise yourself with the events of March 2009. 4th test WIndies 749, Anderson 37-9-125-3, Broad 32-4-113-0 Sidebottom 35-4-146-1. The WIndies also got over 500 in the next test - LOL!

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | April 12, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I don't think you're giving Clarke credit for his declaration of 50 behind, he felt it was the right time to get the windies in and have a go at them. It was a brave decision because it could easily have backfired and it puts his head on the chopping block. West Indies batsmen need to improve, but I think their bowling attack will start to keep them interested more test matches. If their batting improves, they could have a decent side, and the world class players are what push them onto the next level

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | April 12, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Great character showed by Windies in this test match but they lost the battle in second innings. Most of the key players participating in IPL really hit them badly. I think next steps to be followed for them is to replace out of form Barath with somebody more consistent. Brendan Nash or Assad Fudadin could be the options with Kirk Edwards doing the opening duties. Other desired replacements could be Rampaul instead of inconsistent Fidel and Gary Mathurin or Suleiman Benn or Ryan Austin instead of impressionless Bishoo. Other than these replacements they seek more consistence from their established batsmen Kirk Edwards, Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo too. Darren Sammy is showing lot of character as a leader but needs to improve his catching and penetration in bowling. A leader could be successful leader only if he leads with example.

  • POSTED BY rienzied on | April 12, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Clarkes declaration being 40+runs behind was a master stroke. a great game but I think the bubbe has burst and with only Edwards, Bravo, C'paul looking any class v the Aussies, I think the rest of the series will be a washout. Good to see Deonaraine back, but I would have prefered Sunil over Bishoo as he is unpredicatable and can win a match for you, albeit unproven at Test level at all. Clarke is proving to be a very good captain and his postive batting and leadership is rubbing off after Ponting had become too stale..

  • POSTED BY imransmalik on | April 12, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Hats off to both teams, Australia must be congratulated on this win.Their Positive attitude has brought result in the match. Any Captain would not dare to declare with margin of forty runs with a prospects to play on 4Th. innings in these days. The other prohibiting factors were playing in foreign tour and opponents have one off spinner and one reputed leg spinner. West Indies also have to patted for their display since many a players have gone for Gold Mining.

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | April 12, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    WI are making progress - just compare with last year home tests with India. The results will come as soon as they become stronger in their heads. With the skills they are already at the similar level to Aussies. Hope they keep believing

  • POSTED BY Chesty-la-roux on | April 12, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    While Australia have done well to win this match there is still much to worry about. I cannot imagine Barath, Brathwaite Edwards and Bravo all facing in excess of 100 balls against James Anderson and Stuart Broad on any surface, there needs to be a vast improvement in the attack if Australia are to threaten against stronger batting line ups. Also Watson at number 3 does not fill me with confidence. Clarke needs to step up in the interim and move Watson down the order to five. I don't think 3 is the best position for Clarke long term but I dont see a suitable alternative just now.

  • POSTED BY Vista12 on | April 12, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    The problem with West Indies cricket is they don't have any world class players - Bravo may be the only one in the making and as a consequence they have an aura of a team that you can always beat no matter what situation you are in. I guarantee that Clarke would never declare 50 first innings runs behind England or SA. Clarke knew that they had the beating of this West Indies side as they have no players who can take the game from them. Windies are rebuilding and how I wish they can be a superpower once again but they simply don't have the players in the longer format. Windies v New Zealand would be a cracking series although it would be a level below the likes of SA, Eng and now Australia and Pakistan. Windies have been poor for a while now (I would say 14 years) and it's a real shame.

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | April 12, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    It's comments like that which make Michael Clarke so much more likeable than his predecessor. Clarke is a dilpomatic statesman, willing to work to ensure that everybody is encouraged, that everyone can look back at a match well-played and learn from them. Australia is a much better-liked team to the neutrals under his captaincy. I hope this team will go on to greater things, if only to prove to Australia that you can be nice and still be a winning team.

  • POSTED BY harikeshan on | April 12, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    This present lot of Windies players can surely walk with their heads held high. Even without the big stars who were lured by the big bucks of IPL and put self before Country.This team is slowly but surely rising. Sammy may not be as talented as those before him whove commanded but sure leads by example and gives his all. Young side needs to learn to win and make it a habit. Australia on the other hand proved once again to the rest of the world that they can rise from the Ashes. Winning is a mindset that even in the most challenging conditions can turn up trumps.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | April 12, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Spot on right Clarkey! Windies are badly missing their stars like Narine, Russell and Samuels who are currently in IPL. Windies again showed that they came close to winning against Australia just like what happened in the 3rd test in Perth in 2009 where Aussies won by 35 runs. Hope Windies fights hard at Port of Spain.

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  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | April 12, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Spot on right Clarkey! Windies are badly missing their stars like Narine, Russell and Samuels who are currently in IPL. Windies again showed that they came close to winning against Australia just like what happened in the 3rd test in Perth in 2009 where Aussies won by 35 runs. Hope Windies fights hard at Port of Spain.

  • POSTED BY harikeshan on | April 12, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    This present lot of Windies players can surely walk with their heads held high. Even without the big stars who were lured by the big bucks of IPL and put self before Country.This team is slowly but surely rising. Sammy may not be as talented as those before him whove commanded but sure leads by example and gives his all. Young side needs to learn to win and make it a habit. Australia on the other hand proved once again to the rest of the world that they can rise from the Ashes. Winning is a mindset that even in the most challenging conditions can turn up trumps.

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | April 12, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    It's comments like that which make Michael Clarke so much more likeable than his predecessor. Clarke is a dilpomatic statesman, willing to work to ensure that everybody is encouraged, that everyone can look back at a match well-played and learn from them. Australia is a much better-liked team to the neutrals under his captaincy. I hope this team will go on to greater things, if only to prove to Australia that you can be nice and still be a winning team.

  • POSTED BY Vista12 on | April 12, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    The problem with West Indies cricket is they don't have any world class players - Bravo may be the only one in the making and as a consequence they have an aura of a team that you can always beat no matter what situation you are in. I guarantee that Clarke would never declare 50 first innings runs behind England or SA. Clarke knew that they had the beating of this West Indies side as they have no players who can take the game from them. Windies are rebuilding and how I wish they can be a superpower once again but they simply don't have the players in the longer format. Windies v New Zealand would be a cracking series although it would be a level below the likes of SA, Eng and now Australia and Pakistan. Windies have been poor for a while now (I would say 14 years) and it's a real shame.

  • POSTED BY Chesty-la-roux on | April 12, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    While Australia have done well to win this match there is still much to worry about. I cannot imagine Barath, Brathwaite Edwards and Bravo all facing in excess of 100 balls against James Anderson and Stuart Broad on any surface, there needs to be a vast improvement in the attack if Australia are to threaten against stronger batting line ups. Also Watson at number 3 does not fill me with confidence. Clarke needs to step up in the interim and move Watson down the order to five. I don't think 3 is the best position for Clarke long term but I dont see a suitable alternative just now.

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | April 12, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    WI are making progress - just compare with last year home tests with India. The results will come as soon as they become stronger in their heads. With the skills they are already at the similar level to Aussies. Hope they keep believing

  • POSTED BY imransmalik on | April 12, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Hats off to both teams, Australia must be congratulated on this win.Their Positive attitude has brought result in the match. Any Captain would not dare to declare with margin of forty runs with a prospects to play on 4Th. innings in these days. The other prohibiting factors were playing in foreign tour and opponents have one off spinner and one reputed leg spinner. West Indies also have to patted for their display since many a players have gone for Gold Mining.

  • POSTED BY rienzied on | April 12, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Clarkes declaration being 40+runs behind was a master stroke. a great game but I think the bubbe has burst and with only Edwards, Bravo, C'paul looking any class v the Aussies, I think the rest of the series will be a washout. Good to see Deonaraine back, but I would have prefered Sunil over Bishoo as he is unpredicatable and can win a match for you, albeit unproven at Test level at all. Clarke is proving to be a very good captain and his postive batting and leadership is rubbing off after Ponting had become too stale..

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | April 12, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Great character showed by Windies in this test match but they lost the battle in second innings. Most of the key players participating in IPL really hit them badly. I think next steps to be followed for them is to replace out of form Barath with somebody more consistent. Brendan Nash or Assad Fudadin could be the options with Kirk Edwards doing the opening duties. Other desired replacements could be Rampaul instead of inconsistent Fidel and Gary Mathurin or Suleiman Benn or Ryan Austin instead of impressionless Bishoo. Other than these replacements they seek more consistence from their established batsmen Kirk Edwards, Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo too. Darren Sammy is showing lot of character as a leader but needs to improve his catching and penetration in bowling. A leader could be successful leader only if he leads with example.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | April 12, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I don't think you're giving Clarke credit for his declaration of 50 behind, he felt it was the right time to get the windies in and have a go at them. It was a brave decision because it could easily have backfired and it puts his head on the chopping block. West Indies batsmen need to improve, but I think their bowling attack will start to keep them interested more test matches. If their batting improves, they could have a decent side, and the world class players are what push them onto the next level