West Indies v England, 2nd ODI, Antigua

Bravo's nasty blow from Broad

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second ODI

David Hopps

March 2, 2014

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Stuart Broad struck Dwayne Bravo a painful blow on the head, West Indies v England, 2nd ODI, North Sound, March 2, 2014
Stuart Broad inflicted a hefty blow on Dwyane Bravo © Getty Images
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Blow of the day

The days of lightning-fast Caribbean pitches appear to be behind us but, although a fairly docile surface in Antigua, there was still some encouragement for a bowler prepared to bend his back. Stuart Broad did just that at the start of Dwayne Bravo's innings with a sharp bumper which Bravo turned his head from and received a nasty smack in the back of the neck, the helmet only partially taking the impact. It shook Bravo up and he was down for a while and needed treatment from the physio.

Error of the day

There was general agreement that Jos Buttler's attempting stumping of Dwayne Bravo was inconclusive. Even Buttler's sheepish expression seemed to give the game away. The decision by TV umpire Marais Erasmus took the wind out of West Indies' sails as they entered the Powerplay with a new batsman at the crease. There again, you could wonder what Bravo was doing charging down the pitch to James Tredwell in the first place.

Catch of the day

James Tredwell does not immediately strike the onlooker as a slick fielder, but his slip catching has long been held in respect by those most au fait with his game. His quick catch to remove Kirk Edwards was further evidence of his ability: a lightning-fast dart with the right hand to hold a thick edge that came to him very quickly

Befuddlement of the day

Luke Wright's understated gesture to Michael Lumb at the non-striker's end told it all: he cannot pick Sunil Narine. Narine bowled him three legspinners in an over, he did not connect with any of them and the third smacked into his offstump. Narine is a special talent, but it all encouraged the belief that, whatever Wright's qualities in T20, he does not warrant a place in England's ODI side.

Walk of the day

Ben Stokes walked when he tickled Nikita Miller down the legside, oblivious to the fact that the umpire, Joel Wilson, was shaking his head to reject the appeal. It was not immediately apparent whether he would have been given out on review. If it is unfair to castigate the likes of Stuart Broad for following the majority attitude by not walking, it would be shameful if Stokes was lectured within the dressing room for his honesty.

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Posted by mondotv on (March 4, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

"There's a grave mis-conception about Gilchrist's walking at the WC 2003. What really happened was, the edge was blatantly clear to all, except the umpire and Gilchrist never thought he would be given not out. That's why he 'walked'. And took all the credit for it by misleading the others!" Gilchrist always walked AFAIK. I once saw him walk because a ball deviated to 2nd slip and his bat had hit the ground as the ball went past. He just assumed he'd hit it and walked off the field. Replays showed he'd missed the ball by about 6 inches and it had deviated off a footmark on the pitch. He did like to chase the wide balls.

Posted by mondotv on (March 4, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

"There again, you could wonder what Bravo was doing charging down the pitch to James Tredwell in the first place" Dear David - its perfectly understandable that it must seem strange to an English cricket writer that batsmen actually do use their feet to spinners. You've probably rarely seen such foolish things before - except maybe from KP. He might have even been stumped a couple of times - totally stupid of him of course - had no business being out of his crease in the first place. Same goes for Bravo. In fact he deserved to get out. Its obvious to me now. Come on David - surely the idea of one day cricket is to score runs quickly and one way of doing that is coming down the track. Its a risk/reward thing. Bravo had no way of knowing that the rest of the team would capitulate. We should NEVER discourage batsmen like Bravo from using their feet.

Posted by Damian123 on (March 3, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

There's a grave mis-conception about Gilchrist's walking at the WC 2003. What really happened was, the edge was blatantly clear to all, except the umpire and Gilchrist never thought he would be given not out. That's why he 'walked'. And took all the credit for it by misleading the others!

Posted by CUPULW on (March 3, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

RE: Stokes. Similar thing happened in WC when Gilchrist walked caught off Aravinda. There too the ump was not giving him out. There was wide-spread condemnation of that mainly in OZ press and within the team too, from some comments made by Ponting et al.

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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