West Indies v England, 3rd T20, Barbados March 13, 2014

Jordan stars on homecoming to lift England

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England 165 for 6 (Lumb 63, Hales 38, Jordan 27*) beat West Indies 160 for 7 (Simmons 69, Ramdin 33, Jordan 3-39) by five runs
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Dobell: Jordan made all the difference

The last time Chris Jordan batted at Kensington Oval, the ground was being developed for a Caribbean World Cup and he gazed up at the stands as a teenager with the world before him wondering if he might play one day for the West Indies. This time, he was an adult in an England shirt and when he gazed at the stands it was not in wonder, but because he was looking to see where his next six had landed.

England, clinging to any encouragement they can find, will look at a feverish five-run win in a dead rubber - the series already won by West Indies - and wonder if they have found a World T20 talisman. An unbeaten 27 from only seven balls duly pocketed, Jordan followed up with the wickets of Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels in his first two overs and then pulled off a wonderful catch at deep square-leg as Dwayne Bravo fell to Ravi Bopara's long hop.

James Tredwell old-manned his way through another parsimonious spell, Bopara conceded only 28 despite spilling 18 from an over, but thanks to another skilful contribution from Lendl Simmons, as ever strong on the cut, when Jordan returned for his final over, the 19th, West Indies were still in touch with 32 needed from two overs and Darren Sammy still lurking in the dugout.

Jordan had shown strength and vitality, now he needed to hold his nerve. Twice, he found his yorker, he conceded a nicked boundary from the next then sent Denesh Ramdin's leg stump flying to end a sixth-wicket stand with Simmons of 73 from 46 balls. But Jordan spilled boundaries from his last two balls. West Indies were still in it: 17 needed off the last over and Jade Dernbach to bowl it.

Sammy's flat-bat six left West Indies seven short with two balls left and set up a memorable conclusion: Sammy firstly beaten by bouncer, Dernbach then bowling a wide to leave Sammy needing six off the last ball to win the match, and then bowling what would have been a wide-and-a-half were it not for the fact that Sammy made the mistake of hitting it. "I think we still had a chance if I hadn't got a bat on that," Sammy grinned.

As the screams subsided at Kensington Oval, Dernbach said: "To be honest, we had a pretty clear plan to Sammy." He looked so boisterous, a much-maligned death bowler who this time had clung on, but it was hard not to laugh. England, regarded as no-hopers three-and-a-half hours earlier, now travel to Bangladesh knowing that with fortune in their favour they can beat the defending champions. Such are the small margins of T20.

It was Jordan's batting cameo that gave England the edge. They entered the last over at 139 for 6, an innings frittered away after Michael Lumb's T20-best 63 had given them a rapid start. They finished it 27 runs to the good as Jordan struck Bravo for four sixes, two over the offside, then two to leg. The hometown boy had come good. For England, it was payback time on an investment. For the West Indies, it was galling, an export they could have done without.

Jordan gained his opportunity when England rested Tim Bresnan and in one over he became a serious contender for his allrounder's place at World Twenty20. Even with his freewheeling finale, England's total was an average one for this ground - nowhere near the 190 they must have felt was in their grasp - but the pitch was the slowest and grippiest of the series and it proved to be competitive.

England's two Powerplays in this series had been atrocious: starts of 36 for 2 and 30 for 3. Lumb surpassed both those scores single-handedly in less than four overs, reaching 38 in only 18 balls. Sunil Narine's unconventional spin had led Ashley Giles, England's coach, to call for a sea change in attitudes across English cricket towards mystery spin, but Lumb recognised no mystery at all as he slog-swept him with abandon.

After six overs, England were 64 without loss: a rare luxury indeed. But England gradually lost momentum. Lumb's escapade ended against Sheldon Cottrell, a mighty skier which Dwayne Bravo claimed at cover. Cottrell marked the catch - and his first T20 wicket on his debut in this format - with a salute to acknowledge his days as a soldier. Cottrell's first cost 17, but he recovered to take the first two wickets, Alex Hales also succumbing, this time to a flat-batted pull. Cottrell saluted again.

England had lost impetus. They responded by promoting their most destructive pairing, first Eoin Morgan, who dragged Narine to deep midwicket, and then Jos Buttler, who launched another clever slower ball skywards, this time against Krishmar Santokie, whereupon Sammy clamped big hands around a swirling catch and fell backwards with the contented air of a man in love with his rum bottle. Santokie, no saluter, as his ear rings and jewellery might have suggested, grinned and blew a kiss instead.

When Ben Stokes fell first ball to Santokie, bowled by another deceptive slower ball which gripped back off the pitch, and Moeen Ali pushed blindly at Narine as if he had never seen anything quite like it, nothing seemed to have changed. Thanks to Lumb, England had bolted, but increasingly they had bolted like lettuce.

When Santokie athletically fielded off his own bowling to run out of Moeen, who would have made his ground if he had dived, it again suggested that England's domestic Twenty20 is not producing ready-made battle-hardened cricketers. Moeen should at least have risen from the earth covered in dust. But the sprinkling of dust belonged to Jordan and you could imagine the flashes of gold in it.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Juiceoftheapple on March 16, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    England need to poach abroad for the following reasons: There is no cricket played in most primary schools, it is largely only played in rural state secondary(comp) schools, it rains constantly, there are no public pitches in cities and towns, you cant use club nets if you are not a member, there are very few public nets none in Bristol and few in London. There is no live cricket on terrestrial Television, cricket highlights on TV is past childrens bed time (after 7pm), no county cricket is shown, cricket kit is expensive, housing and living costs are expensive for most, there are many other sports easier to access and which recieve far more coverage. So you see very few people play cricket and IT IS ONLY DADS, THE PRIVATE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THE COUNTY YOUTH PROGRAMMES AND ELITE SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS THAT CLINGS ENGLAND TO THE TOP TABLE OF WORLD CRICKET, PLUS THE POACHING OF OVERSEAS TALENT. As cricket lovers I'm sure you'll agree this is sad.

  • wirus on March 15, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Does anyone else find it odd that some of our most experienced players make some incredibly poor decisions? Take Bravo's over to Jordan. If that had been Cotterel or some other inexperienced bowler one would have understood - pressure of the moment and all that. But it was the "great" Dwayne Bravo - IPL star and oft spoken of as an outstanding all-rounder. How can someone that experienced not know how to adjust when batsmen attack?!! Rampaul is another who tends to fall apart when batsmen go after him. Problem is that WI have no surprises to take to the WT20 this time (maybe Santokie might be unknown to most). Narine is no longer feared in the same way and they have no genuinely fast bowler of the Edwards / Roach type who make batsmen consider their own safety as well as runs. So much depends on Gayle at the top and Sammy at the bottom of the batting, which is not a bad one by any means but it has to be backed up by some penetrative, smart bowling. Not sure we have enough of that.

  • JG2704 on March 14, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    @Charlie101 on (March 14, 2014, 16:11 GMT) Think one of the probs is that we have such a poor reputation that so few of our players would get picked. A number of our players put themselves forward and went unsold. I think KP was the only guy who went and he is no longer an Eng player. I reckon Morgan would have been taken but I reckon he's been all but promised a spot in the test side if he stays in England and Buttler may have gone had he put his name down with a sensible base price. The IPL franchises arent charities and they will only pick players who they think will do a job or pull crowds and we have few they see fit to do either. Sky are covering IPL from next year on so it'll be interesting to see if this means that there will be more Eng players being given a chance out there

  • Charlie101 on March 14, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    We have virtually no chance of winning the T20 WC because we can not slog / hit out against spin whereas the other International top players such as Gayle and AB De Villiers practice in the subcontinent every year at the IPL for 6 weeks. It is time that we let a number of our ODI and T20 team get involved in the IPL so we have a chance to win the world cup.

  • JG2704 on March 14, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @ Ross O'brien on (March 14, 2014, 0:25 GMT) You talk about Sammy , like clearing the ropes (which he would have had to have done) was a gimme.Yes he maybe should have had the wherewithal to leave that ball for a wide but the guy's SR was 250 (which was nearly 100 more than the 2nd best in the WI side and over double the rest of the side) and he got them close.

    @ AJ_Tiger86 on (March 14, 2014, 4:16 GMT) Yeah , I'm not sure what they see in Stokes at the moment in the shorter formats. Someone like Patel would be much better for the balance of the side - better with both bat and ball in these conditions.

    @ JohnYelton on (March 14, 2014, 0:47 GMT) I wouldn't say he fully held his nerve as he bowled a shorter ball which went for 6. If WI needed between 8-10 runs you'd say he did hold his nerve but you'd expect your death bowler to defend 17 runs. I think I'd still generally back Dernbach with the ball over Stokes,Broad and Bres right now

  • Hutton364 on March 14, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Well done Jordan. But from an English point of view, how unsatisfactory that a precocious West Indian schoolboy poached by an English public school - Dulwich - wins the game for England. This is nothing for English cricket to shout about. We continue to scrape the barrel for players. the Aussie XI is something an Aussie can be proud of whereas ours is patched together from the English public schools, foreigners, and the occasional Yorkshireman, where cricket is still strong. Okay, that's an oversimplification. But how is it that 12 of the 15 in the last England rugby team were state-educated, but so very few England cricketers (especially batsmen) now are. What can we learn from rugby?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 14, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @ge123- This win or series-for WI-for that matter don't mean much in larger scheme of things,i.e t20 wc . 1st -the tourney is in BD ,so automatically count Eng out-they can't play spin. WI are made to look better by Eng and this win in totally diff. conds. is mot ideal prep. anyways. Though ,they haye some hitters, spining pitches will find them short as playing big shots is more likely to fail than come off vs the turning ball. WI fielding is also going to be a big letdown. In any case Aus,SL and Pak are the real powerhouses and are well rounded . They are going to be tough to beat for any other team. SA/NZ are an even chance to grab 4th semi/f spot.

  • ge123 on March 14, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Glad to see,England finally getting some momentum for the t20world cup,as far as West indies is concerned,they do have good chances to win the world cup

  • AJ_Tiger86 on March 14, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    How Stokes still gets a game for England is anyone's guess. His last few innings at the international level: 0, 4, 0, 4, 5, 5, 0. That's horrendous. And to make matters worse, his bowling is even more terrible. Completely ordinary and highly overrated cricketer.

  • Vijay_P_S on March 14, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Another foreign player? Well done England!

  • Juiceoftheapple on March 16, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    England need to poach abroad for the following reasons: There is no cricket played in most primary schools, it is largely only played in rural state secondary(comp) schools, it rains constantly, there are no public pitches in cities and towns, you cant use club nets if you are not a member, there are very few public nets none in Bristol and few in London. There is no live cricket on terrestrial Television, cricket highlights on TV is past childrens bed time (after 7pm), no county cricket is shown, cricket kit is expensive, housing and living costs are expensive for most, there are many other sports easier to access and which recieve far more coverage. So you see very few people play cricket and IT IS ONLY DADS, THE PRIVATE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THE COUNTY YOUTH PROGRAMMES AND ELITE SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS THAT CLINGS ENGLAND TO THE TOP TABLE OF WORLD CRICKET, PLUS THE POACHING OF OVERSEAS TALENT. As cricket lovers I'm sure you'll agree this is sad.

  • wirus on March 15, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Does anyone else find it odd that some of our most experienced players make some incredibly poor decisions? Take Bravo's over to Jordan. If that had been Cotterel or some other inexperienced bowler one would have understood - pressure of the moment and all that. But it was the "great" Dwayne Bravo - IPL star and oft spoken of as an outstanding all-rounder. How can someone that experienced not know how to adjust when batsmen attack?!! Rampaul is another who tends to fall apart when batsmen go after him. Problem is that WI have no surprises to take to the WT20 this time (maybe Santokie might be unknown to most). Narine is no longer feared in the same way and they have no genuinely fast bowler of the Edwards / Roach type who make batsmen consider their own safety as well as runs. So much depends on Gayle at the top and Sammy at the bottom of the batting, which is not a bad one by any means but it has to be backed up by some penetrative, smart bowling. Not sure we have enough of that.

  • JG2704 on March 14, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    @Charlie101 on (March 14, 2014, 16:11 GMT) Think one of the probs is that we have such a poor reputation that so few of our players would get picked. A number of our players put themselves forward and went unsold. I think KP was the only guy who went and he is no longer an Eng player. I reckon Morgan would have been taken but I reckon he's been all but promised a spot in the test side if he stays in England and Buttler may have gone had he put his name down with a sensible base price. The IPL franchises arent charities and they will only pick players who they think will do a job or pull crowds and we have few they see fit to do either. Sky are covering IPL from next year on so it'll be interesting to see if this means that there will be more Eng players being given a chance out there

  • Charlie101 on March 14, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    We have virtually no chance of winning the T20 WC because we can not slog / hit out against spin whereas the other International top players such as Gayle and AB De Villiers practice in the subcontinent every year at the IPL for 6 weeks. It is time that we let a number of our ODI and T20 team get involved in the IPL so we have a chance to win the world cup.

  • JG2704 on March 14, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @ Ross O'brien on (March 14, 2014, 0:25 GMT) You talk about Sammy , like clearing the ropes (which he would have had to have done) was a gimme.Yes he maybe should have had the wherewithal to leave that ball for a wide but the guy's SR was 250 (which was nearly 100 more than the 2nd best in the WI side and over double the rest of the side) and he got them close.

    @ AJ_Tiger86 on (March 14, 2014, 4:16 GMT) Yeah , I'm not sure what they see in Stokes at the moment in the shorter formats. Someone like Patel would be much better for the balance of the side - better with both bat and ball in these conditions.

    @ JohnYelton on (March 14, 2014, 0:47 GMT) I wouldn't say he fully held his nerve as he bowled a shorter ball which went for 6. If WI needed between 8-10 runs you'd say he did hold his nerve but you'd expect your death bowler to defend 17 runs. I think I'd still generally back Dernbach with the ball over Stokes,Broad and Bres right now

  • Hutton364 on March 14, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Well done Jordan. But from an English point of view, how unsatisfactory that a precocious West Indian schoolboy poached by an English public school - Dulwich - wins the game for England. This is nothing for English cricket to shout about. We continue to scrape the barrel for players. the Aussie XI is something an Aussie can be proud of whereas ours is patched together from the English public schools, foreigners, and the occasional Yorkshireman, where cricket is still strong. Okay, that's an oversimplification. But how is it that 12 of the 15 in the last England rugby team were state-educated, but so very few England cricketers (especially batsmen) now are. What can we learn from rugby?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 14, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @ge123- This win or series-for WI-for that matter don't mean much in larger scheme of things,i.e t20 wc . 1st -the tourney is in BD ,so automatically count Eng out-they can't play spin. WI are made to look better by Eng and this win in totally diff. conds. is mot ideal prep. anyways. Though ,they haye some hitters, spining pitches will find them short as playing big shots is more likely to fail than come off vs the turning ball. WI fielding is also going to be a big letdown. In any case Aus,SL and Pak are the real powerhouses and are well rounded . They are going to be tough to beat for any other team. SA/NZ are an even chance to grab 4th semi/f spot.

  • ge123 on March 14, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Glad to see,England finally getting some momentum for the t20world cup,as far as West indies is concerned,they do have good chances to win the world cup

  • AJ_Tiger86 on March 14, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    How Stokes still gets a game for England is anyone's guess. His last few innings at the international level: 0, 4, 0, 4, 5, 5, 0. That's horrendous. And to make matters worse, his bowling is even more terrible. Completely ordinary and highly overrated cricketer.

  • Vijay_P_S on March 14, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Another foreign player? Well done England!

  • AJ_Tiger86 on March 14, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    @PatchMaster: Bopara once again brilliant bowling figures of 4-0-28-2 picking up 2 crucial wickets to help England to a victory. He's without doubt England's best T20 cricketer right now.

  • landl47 on March 14, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    I suppose you could say it was an interesting game, though there wasn't much quality on display, but it descended into farce with Dernbach bowling wides and Sammy being foolish enough to try and hit them. England threw away a good start, the WI recovered after an awful start and then England nearly threw the game away at the end. Jordan played very well apart from his last two balls (why bowl short when bowling full has been successful?) and Dernbach's last over was pitiful. Still, Lumb and Hales batted well, Tredwell and Bopara bowled well as they have all series and Jordan hit 4 beautiful sixes. At least it's a small crumb going into the WC.

    @Patchmaster: why pick on Bopara? He made 6 from 9, Buttler made 3 from 8, Moeen made 3 from 5 before running himself out and poor Stokes looks as though he's never held a bat before, bowled first ball through a gate big enough for a Clydesdale to get through. Bopara was the best of the four, though that's not saying much, and he bowled well.

  • on March 14, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Where is Jerome Taylor, WICB should bring back Rex?

  • jmcilhinney on March 14, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    The shorter the format the more of a lottery the game becomes so anyone can beat anyone on any given day, so anyone who thought that England couldn't beat the defending champions is a fool. In the long run though, the better teams are going to win more games. England have plenty of talent and ability in the team but they just aren't able to play to their potential often enough and, most importantly, more than one or two players at a time to win consistently. They'll need to play out of their skins and have some luck to win in Bangladesh.

  • on March 14, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    Why is Dernbach still playing. Can't remember him having a great game in years.

  • SixSmasher on March 14, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Player of the series Sammy? He only scored 45 runs in the series and took no wickets whilst going at 10.75 an over...

  • JohnYelton on March 14, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    How come link says "Dernbach kept his nerve". With 7 required to win and 6 to tie, it was not too clever to bowl a wide, followed by another (which Sammy touched).

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 14, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    This series betw. 2 avg. sides-irrespective of victor- does'nt give true pic. of them.And no indicator of how they'll go in BD shortly.Conds. will be v dissimilar-spin.Eng,WI struggle v spin,bowl/fielding is weak.Powerhouses-Aus,SL,Pak-the big favorites.

  • on March 14, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Well, well, well, well..... what did I say after the second game? West Indies are rubbish and are over-estimating their ability versus a weak England side... then, what do you know, they lose the third one to them. See you in Bangladesh Windies, and please know this, none of us fear you - at all. Gayle, Shamyle... and Bravo? Let's usher forth the irony revolving that surname.... The winner of this tournament will come from NZ, Aus or Sri Lanka... end of story. Put my house on it. Or I would if I owned it! lolz.

  • on March 14, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    Darren Sammy---negating a wide and a chance of tying or winning the match from the next delivery.

    The lack of common sense, as demonstrated here, must be a worry for many West Indian fans. Hopefully, he learns from this gaffe!

  • stumpedlloyd on March 14, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    Oh, crap. As glad as I am that England won, you do realize that since Dernbach "held his nerve" and didn't let the West Indies win in the final over, he will now be selected again and again and again and again until perpetuity based entirely on this performance.

  • JohnYelton on March 14, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    Bopara was not playing for his average. That's crazy. He couldn't put bat on ball. No-one cares about an average for a number 7 in a T20. His batting does not always come off. He justifies his place because his bowls medium pacers better than anyone else available.

  • MeijiMura on March 14, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    A bitter pill for the West Indies to swallow - being beaten by one of their own - Barbados-born Chris Jordan.

  • GRivado on March 13, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    I hate to seem negative but this was a team without Gayle - who needs no introduction - and Badree who looked excellent in the first two T20s . Bearing this in mind England still almost managed to lose the game despite an impressive start. On the positive side Jordan played magnificently and actually made a game of it. I'll be interested to see how we fare in Bangladesh. Never say never and all that....

  • Rally_Windies on March 13, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Why was Badree "rested" ? he was robbed a "man of the series" award .......

    typical ...

    and badree was moving up in the world rankings....

    So nice of the sectors for making Badree loose points for missing a game ....

    Sammy will never miss any games .... just to protect his rating.....

  • 64blip on March 13, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    Dernbach defended 17 off a final over? Respek!

  • on March 13, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    Nick Knight to Dernbach "you've had a great tournament". Dernbach's figures in the 3 T20Is - 11 overs, 2 for 104. Econ rate of 9.45 lol , I want to know why Ali wasn't given cherry, seems like Broad and Morgan both wants to dent his confidence .

  • on March 13, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    @Saj_PakPassion: Nick Knight to Dernbach "you've had a great tournament". Dernbach's figures in the 3 T20Is - 11 overs, 2 for 104. Econ rate of 9.45 lol , I want to know why Ali wasn't given cherry, seems like Broad and Morgan both wants to dent his confidence .

  • on March 13, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    WI boasted about a 3 nil T 20 against England. Do they really believe they can defend that title with the kind of selection and performance they are displaying right now? This game needs brains (Strategy) not might.

    Any team with consistency in both bat and ball will walk away with the trophy. You just can't depend on a few guys muscles to win this competition.

    Honestly is this team really balanced? Give them all the luck. They will need it.

  • martyn_2014 on March 13, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    A good opportunity for a couple other players on the WI team to get in some practice. It turned out to be much more exciting than the 1st T20.

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    @Patchmaster on (March 13, 2014, 19:44 GMT) Do you not think Bopara is worth his place in the side for his bowling - regardless of his batting? Only him and Tredwell have shown any consistency with the ball. As for with the bat in this game - he came in after Buttler and Morgan and didn't do any worse than Ali and Stokes with the bat. Jordan played a freak inns (few balls) and he is usually more likely to miss a ball than hit it cleanly. I'm not shy of criticising Ravi but I think you're looking at making Ravi a scapegoat for all our problems.There are at least 3 worse serial performers with the ball

  • on March 13, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    I'm not convinced by England's victory. I think this match still morally stands with the West Indies for almost pulling it off had it not been for the misjudged last ball.

    At least teams in the WT20 have a nice template for how to deal with England. Take a few blows from Lumb if you don't get him out right away, have the middle order fold and not concede that much bowling to Jordan and voila! Game is yours. West Indies are in fine nick. Remove Johnson Charles, reinstate Gayle, drop Russell, bing back badree and WT20 Title defended.

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    One thing I liked - although it didnt work out due to both players (esp Jos) loking out of nick - was Morgan and Buttler coming up the order. I still feel Jos needs to come up the order , esp if they want him to be a test player. One thing I find funny about the pundits is that they always seem to want players to move up the order. They have said it re Morgan,Butler and now Bopara. I strongly agree with the latter but regardless these players cant all move up the order

    From the squad we have right now my 11 would be

    Hales,Lumb,Bell,Ali,Morgan,Buttler,Bopara, (toss up between Bres,Stokes,Jordan) Tredwell,Parry,Dernbach

  • Nutcutlet on March 13, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    I'd rather have a fit & firing Chris Jordan playing in Bangladesh than a captain on a wobbly knee. England may just about know what their top order is, but from 8-11 is anyone's guess. If form counts for anything, it's difficult to overlook CJ now, but don't expect any logic from England.

  • Test_fan_7831 on March 13, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Always liked the look of Jordan, he has attitude and skill.

    Not much hope in the WC for us, but at least we can hope to show some heart.

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    I think we won this game purely because of Lumb/Jordan's bursts with the bat and the reliable bowling of Tredwell and Bopara. There are however many things I'm failing to understand

    1 - Bell's omission - I was thinking that Bell was not a member of the T2OWC squad and they wanted to give their squad players the best opportunity - but he IS in the squad. Bearing in mind that Stokes bowled no overs (and I'm not saying he should have) are they saying that Stokes is a better batting option? Was this not the perfect game to play him in?

    2 - Ali not bowling - Thought he did ok in the ODIs and I'm surprised at how they ignored his bowling

    3 - Why Dernbach bothers bowling anything other than full length deliveries. Whenever he bowls short the ball seems to end up in the stands. When he bowls full he looks our best pace bowler

    All in all I think the balance of our side is wrong - someone like Patel should be there in place of Bres or Stokes.

  • JoshFromJamRock on March 13, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    After this series, both ODIs and T20s, I have found my XI best performers would should make the XI.

    1)Gayle 2)Smith 3)Samuels 4)Simmons 5)Bravo 6)Sammy 7Russell 8)Ramdin 9)Narine 10)Badree 11)Santokie

    I also believe only five bowlers should be used.

    Santokie - Open the bowling with two first up and two at the death. (overs 1,3,18,20)

    Badree - Open the bowling and use his four straight up. (Overs 2,4,6,8)

    Samuels - Should come on after Santokie's first two and bowl his four straight up. (Overs 5, 7,9,11)

    Bravo - Should come on after Badree finishes. (Overs 10, 12, 14, 16)

    Narine - Should come on at the death. (Overs 13, 15, 17, 19)

    Why this isn't done baffles me. Sammy and Russell are not cutting it with their bowling. The opposition definitely sees them as the "soft spots" of this bowling attack. Its best they save their strength for the late hitting and athletic fielding.

    To my WI fellow fans....doesn't this make sense?

    Lets hope the management sees this quickly.

  • tutorial on March 13, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Well done England!!! Smith,Charles,Russell should be drop immediately, Sammy should be batting up the order after all this is not base ball we don't need a finisher!!! his drama full acting couldn't help him or the team this time, Sammy need to stop hiding from bowling and bat up the order or he is of no use to the team, one performance ever so often is not going to help him or the WI....Ramdin should be captain for the world cup....selectors and Gibson are not doing there job effectively because they keep selecting guys who don't belong in the team and the ones who can bat is not given a strategy for each innings the bat,this is my opinion Sammy did nothing to deserved the man of the series award also Gibson should help WI cricket by hand in his resignation.

  • on March 13, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    The third game again was a thriller with the heroics of the local lad in Jordan, but for England side with his 9 ball 27 & was amongst wickets, along with a fabulous catch. Lumb had a brisk scoring rate. When it was a face of, between Dernbach & Sammy requiring 6 runs in the last ball, Darnbach & England had the last laugh, with a 5 run win !

  • on March 13, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    this west indies side is extremely dangerous and a big threat for any team in t20 world cup,no any other teams have strong hitter if you compare it with them,but once they relax they even then lose to ireland,

  • Bagpuss_Strikes_Back on March 13, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Patchmaster, you clearly have an axe to grind with Ravi Bopara, but your comments are becoming rather tedious and clearly misplaced. My dear departed mother used to say: "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say it." Advice that you would do well to accept.

  • on March 13, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Though this last game was played more for academic interest, as WI had already clinched the series, Lumb had scored quite brilliantly and Jordan did a fantastic job with the bat, ball and with his fabulous catch and his strike rate was 300% ie 27 runs in 9 balls with 4 boxes from D.Bravo in the last over.

    Though WI lost the initial momentum,they came back strongly due to brisk scoring from Simmons. By this time the game was evenly poised. In the last over in the last ball WI needed 6 runs with Dernbach bowling and Darren Sammy facing and the atmosphere was electrifying.Finally England had the last laugh with a 5 runs victory. In short, if both the teams take their form as such to the T20 World Cup, it will be adding quite entertaining value to the fans. The local lad from Barbados in Jordan, now playing for England is poised to adore a role as an all rounder, if some groomed & encouraged a bit !Kudos to him for his knock & allround gliterring performance and cement his place !

  • GrindAR on March 13, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    As called out earlier in the comments... last over of 1st innings is the differerence

  • on March 13, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    England wouldn't have won without Jordan. His 9 ball 27 run made a big difference. He should definitely become player of the match and England should start including him in the playing XI

  • GrindAR on March 13, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    WIn against WI. Shame on england

  • Patchmaster on March 13, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Bopara - playing for his averages AGAIN - scoring at way less than a run a ball, at the end of the innings. Typically selfish. What a shame for the team.

  • mirandola on March 13, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Jordan can hit them so they stay hit - why wasn't he higher up the order?

  • on March 13, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    A bit late now consdering the series is gone...Typical England!!

  • german1 on March 13, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Do you need a PHD to figure out that Sheldon Cotrelll dont belong in the WC squad. NIKITA Miller would have been a much better pick. No one can understand WI selector logic. Cotrell has no experience at the international level and you put him in the WC squad.

  • on March 13, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    barnwell where is he?

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  • on March 13, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    barnwell where is he?

  • german1 on March 13, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Do you need a PHD to figure out that Sheldon Cotrelll dont belong in the WC squad. NIKITA Miller would have been a much better pick. No one can understand WI selector logic. Cotrell has no experience at the international level and you put him in the WC squad.

  • on March 13, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    A bit late now consdering the series is gone...Typical England!!

  • mirandola on March 13, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Jordan can hit them so they stay hit - why wasn't he higher up the order?

  • Patchmaster on March 13, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Bopara - playing for his averages AGAIN - scoring at way less than a run a ball, at the end of the innings. Typically selfish. What a shame for the team.

  • GrindAR on March 13, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    WIn against WI. Shame on england

  • on March 13, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    England wouldn't have won without Jordan. His 9 ball 27 run made a big difference. He should definitely become player of the match and England should start including him in the playing XI

  • GrindAR on March 13, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    As called out earlier in the comments... last over of 1st innings is the differerence

  • on March 13, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Though this last game was played more for academic interest, as WI had already clinched the series, Lumb had scored quite brilliantly and Jordan did a fantastic job with the bat, ball and with his fabulous catch and his strike rate was 300% ie 27 runs in 9 balls with 4 boxes from D.Bravo in the last over.

    Though WI lost the initial momentum,they came back strongly due to brisk scoring from Simmons. By this time the game was evenly poised. In the last over in the last ball WI needed 6 runs with Dernbach bowling and Darren Sammy facing and the atmosphere was electrifying.Finally England had the last laugh with a 5 runs victory. In short, if both the teams take their form as such to the T20 World Cup, it will be adding quite entertaining value to the fans. The local lad from Barbados in Jordan, now playing for England is poised to adore a role as an all rounder, if some groomed & encouraged a bit !Kudos to him for his knock & allround gliterring performance and cement his place !

  • Bagpuss_Strikes_Back on March 13, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Patchmaster, you clearly have an axe to grind with Ravi Bopara, but your comments are becoming rather tedious and clearly misplaced. My dear departed mother used to say: "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say it." Advice that you would do well to accept.