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ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the first ODI in Antigua
February 28, 2014
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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