West Indies v England, 1st ODI, Antigua February 28, 2014

New Sirs complete Knights XI

ESPNcricinfo staff
ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the first ODI in Antigua

Team of the day

West Indies now have a full XI of knighted cricketers after a ceremony between innings in Antigua conveyed the honour on Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose and Andy Roberts. Ambrose planned to celebrate by playing bass guitar at a St John's casino. It is certainly a formidable XI, the stuff of dreams. If Garry Sobers bowls left-arm slows, it is even well balanced: Conrad Hunte, Richie Richardson, Viv Richards, Clyde Walcott (wk), Everton Weekes, Frank Worrell (capt), Garfield Sobers, Learie Constantine, Wes Hall, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose.

Catch of the day

Kieron Powell pushed the offspin of Joe Root to short extra cover and Chris Jordan dived to his right and grabbed the catch an inch above the ground, a fabulous reaction to get down so quickly and hold on. It kick started an excellent first hour-plus for England and was the latest of several smart grabs Jordan has clung onto in his short international career.

Wide of the day

In the 45th over, Dwayne Bravo walked across his stumps to the offside so Tim Bresnan followed him: wide. Later in the over, the same situation occurred: an even harsher wide was given by Marais Erasmus with Bresnan well inside the guideline. Broad, England's captain, requested an explanation from umpire Erasmus. Increasingly, the regulations in one-day cricket are tipped towards batsmen. It is certainly no time to be a bowler.

Debut of the day

Moeen Ali has bags of talent and, if he makes the grade, the cohesive social effects of his success as an England player should not be lightly dismissed. But a critical assessment would conclude that too often he is a maker of bright 30s and 40s. He was much in character on his England debut, beginning serenely, slowing in the latter part of his innings then holing out for 44.

Debut of the day #2

While not quite on international debut, Michael Lumb was making his first appearance in 50-over cricket for England. It was one to remember with a fine century to put England firmly in charge of their chase. Lumb became just the second man to score a century on ODI debut for England after Dennis Amiss in 1972, against Australia at Old Trafford.

Momentum changer of the day

Although England had slowed, they remained on track for victory as Lumb notched his debut hundred. But then it all started to go wrong. And, as so often, it happened in a Powerplay. Lumb charged at Ravi Rampaul but could only find cover and before England knew it the asking rate was over eight.

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  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Just to clarify: Antigua and Barbuda is a constitutional monarchy which recognises Queen Elizabeth as its head of state. The Queen is represented by a Governor and it is she who RECOMMENDS to HM that certain citizens receive various honours (although it is hard to imagine a circumstance in which that recommendation would not be acted upon!). There are examples of citizens of countries for whom HM is not head of state receiving honorary knighthoods, but whether - in the case of Clive Lloyd - the government of Guyana would have to request such an honour is not clear.

  • Deena on March 1, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Antigua still has a Governor. Guyana has severed all ties with Great Britain so Clive Lloyd won't be knighted. Trinidad is a Republic so Brian Lara won't either.

  • Simon on March 1, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    If I may just provide a bit of information in response to some of the posted querries and concerns.......West Indies cricketers are knighted by their individual countries, so in the case of Marshall (for example) it's up to the Government of Barbados to honour him. In this case, Antigua has seen it appropriate to honour her heroes. Additionally, citizens from Republican countries like Guyana, Trinidad and Dominica are not constitutionally eligible for Knighthood . That is why cricketers from those countries may have not been, and may not be knighted

  • Android on March 1, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    How are Border, S Waugh, McGrath, Warne and Ponting not sirs then?

  • Heath on March 1, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Richie Richardson? and not Clive Lloyd?

  • Navaneethan on March 1, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Congrats gentlemen it is an honour....

  • Muhammad on March 1, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Wonder what is the criteria of knighthood? If performance, quality and records are the basis then Holding, Walsh and Marshal are more deserving than Roberts. Similarly Lloyd, Kanhai, Haynes, Chanderpaul and Greenidge are far superior than Richardson.

  • Michael on March 1, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    That is quite an XI WI knights put out. Congratulations to the latest ones. Formidable foes all. So where is the next batch coming from? Surely time for a West Indian big revival!

  • S on February 28, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    I don't think I would ever want to bat against a bowling line up of Hall, Roberts, Constantine and Ambrose.

  • Nicholas on February 28, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Bright 30's and 40's are fine by me, so long as they're consistent. A ton, followed by four ducks seemed to be the norm. for other batsmen that still were persisted with in the past.

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