West Indies v South Africa, 1st Test, Trinidad, 3rd day June 12, 2010

Steyn and Morkel put South Africa on top

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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Close: South Africa 155 for 2 (Smith 79*, Kallis 40*) and 352 lead West Indies 102 (Deonarine 29, Steyn 5-29, Morkel 4-19) by 405 runs
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South Africa ended the third day at the Queen's Park Oval in a position of total dominance thanks to the fearsome bowling combination of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, who combined to skittle West Indies for just 102 in their first innings.

After Morkel's opening burst left the hosts' top order in tatters, Steyn ripped through the middle and lower order to take 5 for 29 and become the fourth fastest bowler to reach 200 Test wickets behind Clarrie Grimmett, Dennis Lillee and Waqar Younis. Graeme Smith gave his bowlers a rest after their hard work, choosing not to enforce the follow-on, and by the close he had found the form that had eluded him on the tour thus far to take South Africa to 155 for 2 with an unbeaten 79, a lead of 405.

Morkel bowled with great effort to extract life from a slow, low pitch and bully the top order from the crease in the morning session, reducing West Indies to 12 for 3 as Travis Dowlin, Brendan Nash and Chris Gayle were removed with back-of-a-length deliveries.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine rallied briefly with a 59-run fourth-wicket stand, but Steyn then tore through the middle order, reverse-swinging the ball at high pace as six wickets fell for just four runs in 28 deliveries. Denesh Ramdin showed some pluck as he took West Indies' score past 100 in a 27-run partnership with No. 11 Nelon Pascal, but Jacques Kallis then returned for a second spell and wrapped up the innings with the wicket of the tailender.

South Africa were in control of the game within the first hour, as Morkel bowled with discipline and patience and found pace and alarming bounce off a placid pitch. Dowlin had stern questions asked of his technique against the short ball, and the whereabouts of his off stump, before he lost patience and pushed at one that he should have left.

Morkel made it two wickets in two balls when he had Brendan Nash caught behind off the glove with the first delivery of his next over. Umpire Steve Davis didn't think he had got anything on it, but the South Africans were convinced and asked for a referral, upon which Davis's decision was overturned. With the first ball of his next over Morkel got the wicket that South Africa really wanted, as Chris Gayle went to pull a back-of-a-length delivery that wasn't quite short enough for the shot and the resulting inside edge cannoned into his stumps to put West Indies in serious trouble at 12 for 3.

With Morkel and Steyn taken off after their opening spells, Chanderpaul and Deonarine began to settle and took a particular liking to Paul Harris, who bowled six unsuccessful overs for 25 runs. They managed to weather another short burst from the opening pair before lunch, but when they returned, refreshed after the break, West Indies' capitulation was quick in coming. The partnership was broken as Steyn went round the wicket and sent down a brutal bouncer at Chanderpaul, who gloved an easy looping catch to Mark Boucher.

Dwayne Bravo, too, was bounced out shortly afterwards, although in his case it was a lack of bounce that contributed to the dismissal. Morkel dug one in halfway down and Bravo, expecting the ball to rear up at him, crouched and turned his head away but the ball kept low and flicked the glove on its way through.

In a sustained assault of fast bowling of the highest standard, Deonarine was next, shouldering arms to a delivery that reversed in to him from around the wicket to have his stumps splayed. Shane Shillingford fell to the very next ball as Steyn continued to find devilishly late movement at high pace and the batsman was struck on the pad right in front of the wicket.

Ramdin managed to survive the hat-trick ball - though it was wide of off stump and he flashed wildly at it - but three balls later Steyn reached the 200-wicket milestone by beating Sulieman Benn for both pace and movement to rattle his stumps.

His fifth wicket came just two balls later, as Ravi Rampaul - like Deonarine before him - failed to pick up the reverse swing as Steyn came round the wicket and he left a ball that clattered into his off stump. With that, West Indies were 75 for 9 and Steyn's four overs since the lunch break had yielded five wickets, for the cost of just four runs.

When Ramdin took three boundaries off his 14th over, Steyn was pulled out of the attack, but the fightback was a brief one as Kallis nipped Nelon Pascal out in the second over of his spell. Deciding against the follow-on, Smith and Alviro Petersen put on 56 without much discomfort despite the fact that the pitch was beginning to exhibit huge variations in bounce. After Petersen was trapped in front of his stumps by Benn for 22, Hashim Amla suffered his second failure of the game, driving Shillingford uppishly into the hands of a diving Deonarine in the covers to reduce South Africa to 79 for 2.

But Smith fought to a half-century off 78 balls and Kallis was also in belligerent mood, his first boundary a massive six over long-on off Shillingford. He took South Africa's lead past 400 with a savage pull off Pascal before fading light forced the players from the field.

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  • PierreC on June 13, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I think that Dale Steyn is the first South African to finally surpass the long lasting legacy of the legendary Allan Donald. Does anyone else agree with me?

  • Silva-Surfa on June 13, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Another woeful and heartbreaking performance by the Windies. I haven't been this down since the horror-show in Brisbane. That's not taking away the credit from Steyn and Morkel. They both exploited a friendly-paced wicket, with aggression, discipline and intelligence. Some people are making Gayle the scapegoat, but there's a much bigger problem within the whole structure. Dowlin looked like a rabbit in headlights, Nash was unlucky, but he's not a number 3 and the others used very poor judgement. I'm surprised Smith batted again, if the remaining days get weather like day one, that decision could backfire. Bar a good, fighting batting performance in the second innings, changes will have to be made. Dale Richards and Darren Bravo come to mind. Hopefully first choice members Sarwan, Barath, Taylor and Roach will be fit, before the end of the series.

  • djdrastic on June 13, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    People who don't acknowledge Steyn's brilliance are ignorant and uninformed.He is taking scalps every 40 balls in a era where multiple batsmen in one line-up averaging 45+ is not uncommon.

  • Rhoad on June 13, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Interestingly, when West Indies was beating every cricket team in sight and dominated the game with its arsenal of stars, no one called for a second tier format.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 13, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    @harbinsera. I understand where u guys r coming from but to me, teams like Bang, W.I., NZ,Zim and to a lesser extent Pak are way way better than assoc. teams bar an upcoming Ire (at times) and I would hate to see them relegated to those leagues playing against such teams REGULARLY. I am in favour of shorter series vs. the big 4 and every now and again a couple of warm up matches vs. assoc. teams (to expose the assoc. teams to better competition). Do u really think Bang would have improved if they weren't playing nations at a higher level? The only thing they gained from beating a last min., strung together W.I. n Zim was some confidence n that didn't stop them from losing evry match including t-20's since then. To me they improved by learning on the job, by playing against big boys n winning small battles n sessions. I also think many warm up matches vs top club sides will aid Bang, W.I., NZ etc whenever they tour, n they must tour regularly to learn how 2 play away from home.

  • SettingSun on June 13, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Just want to add my name to the growing list of those rightly highlighting the comments of @Peter Langston as being totally off the mark. Steyn is a marvellous fast bowler although it pains me to say it as I dislike South Africa immensely - he is completely superb on lifeless surfaces, and every bit the bowler I wish James Anderson had become. He is playing in an era of covered pitches and the most lifeless surfaces I've ever seen, as well as an era where more cricket is being played than ever. Barring major injuries, I'm sure he will become the most successful non-spinner wicket taker in test history.

  • hazeltine on June 13, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    That WIndies gave away 100 runs too many and batted spinelessly and as a result will lose the first test should be of no surprise to anyone, they have been doing this for 15 years. Come the end of this match it will be interesting to hear the totally pathetic comments if any, Otis Gibson and Chris Gayle are going to make. No doubt they will say "everybody is working hard" (not) and nonsense about "not stepping up to the plate" (whatever that means). I will keep saying this, UNTIL Gayle and Gibson start to publicly acknowledge that their attitude towards test cricket is totally unprofessional, THEY WILL NEVER and do not deserve to win test matches against test playing nations.

  • windiescricetfan on June 13, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Another spineless gutless pointless performance by the west indies, but by all means blame Ramdin, one of 3 people who actually made it to double figures. Perhaps we can drop him for Baugh, drop Rampaul for Darren Powell and drop Bravo for Dave Bernard Jr and complete the West Indies stupidity. I hope they do get relegated. Then maybe they can chop off the cancer that is chris gayle with his we just need to go out there and relax mentallity. Perhaps what they really need is the threat of a sound "cutass-trophe" to really get them motivated.

  • Homer007 on June 13, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    @peter the problem with comparing a player over time - you lose perspective... Grimmett bowled on uncovered wickets - against a weak SA team too. plenty of cheap wickets for him there. Lillee - had a few weak teams too (though less than others) and Waqar had plenty of Zim tests to fill his boots with. You just can't make the comparison - all were exceptionally skilled players. No doubt George Lohmann fans were complaining about the upstart Grimmet as he shot past his records too. I agree that Steyn needs to do more to reach the greats, but I remember that morning session in India when he cleaned them up before lunch on day 1! you have to have something special to do that

  • harbinrensa on June 13, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    In the 50 over version of the game we have different leagues. Why not in tests as well (I apologise if I am showing any ignorance here)? I really believe we should have a promotion relegation system in place. At the end of each test cycle the team who is at the bottom of Test Nations A get relegated to the B or Associates league and visa a versa. it gives an incentive for the lower teams to improve and it makes sure that the Test playing nations maintain a level that is expected of a team in the A league. Any comments?? I am tired of watching the WI and Bangladesh get hammered series after series. Yes Bangladesh have improved but how many times do you need the stuffing beat out of you before you lose confidence? I would like to hear constructive thoughts about this. BTW - STEYN YOU BEAUTY!

  • PierreC on June 13, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I think that Dale Steyn is the first South African to finally surpass the long lasting legacy of the legendary Allan Donald. Does anyone else agree with me?

  • Silva-Surfa on June 13, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Another woeful and heartbreaking performance by the Windies. I haven't been this down since the horror-show in Brisbane. That's not taking away the credit from Steyn and Morkel. They both exploited a friendly-paced wicket, with aggression, discipline and intelligence. Some people are making Gayle the scapegoat, but there's a much bigger problem within the whole structure. Dowlin looked like a rabbit in headlights, Nash was unlucky, but he's not a number 3 and the others used very poor judgement. I'm surprised Smith batted again, if the remaining days get weather like day one, that decision could backfire. Bar a good, fighting batting performance in the second innings, changes will have to be made. Dale Richards and Darren Bravo come to mind. Hopefully first choice members Sarwan, Barath, Taylor and Roach will be fit, before the end of the series.

  • djdrastic on June 13, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    People who don't acknowledge Steyn's brilliance are ignorant and uninformed.He is taking scalps every 40 balls in a era where multiple batsmen in one line-up averaging 45+ is not uncommon.

  • Rhoad on June 13, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Interestingly, when West Indies was beating every cricket team in sight and dominated the game with its arsenal of stars, no one called for a second tier format.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 13, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    @harbinsera. I understand where u guys r coming from but to me, teams like Bang, W.I., NZ,Zim and to a lesser extent Pak are way way better than assoc. teams bar an upcoming Ire (at times) and I would hate to see them relegated to those leagues playing against such teams REGULARLY. I am in favour of shorter series vs. the big 4 and every now and again a couple of warm up matches vs. assoc. teams (to expose the assoc. teams to better competition). Do u really think Bang would have improved if they weren't playing nations at a higher level? The only thing they gained from beating a last min., strung together W.I. n Zim was some confidence n that didn't stop them from losing evry match including t-20's since then. To me they improved by learning on the job, by playing against big boys n winning small battles n sessions. I also think many warm up matches vs top club sides will aid Bang, W.I., NZ etc whenever they tour, n they must tour regularly to learn how 2 play away from home.

  • SettingSun on June 13, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Just want to add my name to the growing list of those rightly highlighting the comments of @Peter Langston as being totally off the mark. Steyn is a marvellous fast bowler although it pains me to say it as I dislike South Africa immensely - he is completely superb on lifeless surfaces, and every bit the bowler I wish James Anderson had become. He is playing in an era of covered pitches and the most lifeless surfaces I've ever seen, as well as an era where more cricket is being played than ever. Barring major injuries, I'm sure he will become the most successful non-spinner wicket taker in test history.

  • hazeltine on June 13, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    That WIndies gave away 100 runs too many and batted spinelessly and as a result will lose the first test should be of no surprise to anyone, they have been doing this for 15 years. Come the end of this match it will be interesting to hear the totally pathetic comments if any, Otis Gibson and Chris Gayle are going to make. No doubt they will say "everybody is working hard" (not) and nonsense about "not stepping up to the plate" (whatever that means). I will keep saying this, UNTIL Gayle and Gibson start to publicly acknowledge that their attitude towards test cricket is totally unprofessional, THEY WILL NEVER and do not deserve to win test matches against test playing nations.

  • windiescricetfan on June 13, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Another spineless gutless pointless performance by the west indies, but by all means blame Ramdin, one of 3 people who actually made it to double figures. Perhaps we can drop him for Baugh, drop Rampaul for Darren Powell and drop Bravo for Dave Bernard Jr and complete the West Indies stupidity. I hope they do get relegated. Then maybe they can chop off the cancer that is chris gayle with his we just need to go out there and relax mentallity. Perhaps what they really need is the threat of a sound "cutass-trophe" to really get them motivated.

  • Homer007 on June 13, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    @peter the problem with comparing a player over time - you lose perspective... Grimmett bowled on uncovered wickets - against a weak SA team too. plenty of cheap wickets for him there. Lillee - had a few weak teams too (though less than others) and Waqar had plenty of Zim tests to fill his boots with. You just can't make the comparison - all were exceptionally skilled players. No doubt George Lohmann fans were complaining about the upstart Grimmet as he shot past his records too. I agree that Steyn needs to do more to reach the greats, but I remember that morning session in India when he cleaned them up before lunch on day 1! you have to have something special to do that

  • harbinrensa on June 13, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    In the 50 over version of the game we have different leagues. Why not in tests as well (I apologise if I am showing any ignorance here)? I really believe we should have a promotion relegation system in place. At the end of each test cycle the team who is at the bottom of Test Nations A get relegated to the B or Associates league and visa a versa. it gives an incentive for the lower teams to improve and it makes sure that the Test playing nations maintain a level that is expected of a team in the A league. Any comments?? I am tired of watching the WI and Bangladesh get hammered series after series. Yes Bangladesh have improved but how many times do you need the stuffing beat out of you before you lose confidence? I would like to hear constructive thoughts about this. BTW - STEYN YOU BEAUTY!

  • flashgordon214 on June 13, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    The Westindies contain atleast two players who are being selected despite non- performances from them in any of the formats. They are Deonarine and Ramdin. Why Sammy is always kept out? It is high time that the Gayle quit as the Captain. Even Otis Gibson is a failure. It has become a useless team. There is no zeal to stay in the pitch and fight.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 13, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    NeutralFan, that's why I suggest that the weakest sides should play mainly home series and play 4 days instead of 5. A weak side can fight for a draw over 4 days, when it would slip to heavy defeat over 5. Learn to avoid defeat and then you may start to win a few too.

  • _Rafi_ on June 13, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Its shame that Dale Steyn's bowling figures are deteriorating by extremely bowling friendly condition. He would have averaged under 18 if bowling condition remained the same as 90s. He is in the category of all time best for me. Because there were very few bowlers in history who could ball such lightning speed with such a venomous swing of both side. Again its shame he has to play such as unfair condition.

  • Chairtruck on June 13, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Dale Steyn is THE BEST bowler of this era. There is no-one else currently playing cricket who is better than Steyn. Morkel might be as good as Steyn, but it is difficult to take wickets when Steyn is taking one every 39 balls.. Absolutely incredible. Steyn will be remembered just like McGrath, Lillee, Younis, Akram and Donald. He is the modern Tendulkar of fast-bowling

  • on June 13, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Good to hear about SA bowlers!

  • Markus971 on June 13, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Well Done! to D.Steyn. No doubt 'a Champion Bowler'.

  • nataraajds on June 13, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    another bad performance by WI and great bowling by syeyn and morkel. seinor WI players need to set example for others but this is not happening here. hope they bat well in the second innings, let's see

  • AMowlana on June 13, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Ardent W.Indies fans(some from other cricketing nations, like me) have made several critical but constructive comments. I don't know whether anyone from WICB give importance to reads these comments. WICB seem to have taken the attitude of " LET THE DOGS BARK THE CARAVAN MOVES". I think ICC are mistakenly allowing Windies as test playing nation based on past glory. They should be immediately demoted . The statistics show their decline. This will hit them where it matters(financially) and then you may see things will turn around. Unfortunately, this seems to be the only way to turn it around. Otherwise what is the use of having such a shameless bunch of players who only know to give disrespect and pain to their fans.especially their own fans ? Their suffering, embarassment and ignominy is too much to ignore, considering what a great cricket team the windies used to be.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 13, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer. Its best u add Pak and NZ to the list. W.I. without Edwards n Taylor put up a better show in Aus than Pak and NZ vs Pak was as close a series as 1 could get. There is quite a gap between the top 4, which will pretty much swap around the #1 rank, and the rest. I am skeptical towards the 2 div plan. I think the 2 division system will only broaden the gap.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 13, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    I agree with Andre King, Richards was pretty good during the ODI's, if I was W.I. I would definitely squeeze him in at the top.

  • Proteas_Supporter on June 13, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    this was expected, as i had mentioned in the day 2 comments. absolutely fantastic bowling by steyn and morkel, it was like seeing allan donald and fanie devilliers bowl. deonarine and ch'paul batted well but couldn't continue in the 2nd session, probably they would'v had heavy lunch. smith and kallis played sensibly although they didn't have any pressure. first failure for amla but he'll comeback strongly, no doubt. @ peter langston and @ djdrastic, certainly steyn cannot become like waqar, but waqar can never ever become like the "white lightning" allan donald. see batsmen of the past cannot be compared with modern day batsmen, i agree due to the commercialization of the pitches but in that very few can become great players. as far as bowling is concerned the yesteryear bowlers bowled in bowler friendly conditions and the pitches helped them but nowadays the pitches are absolutely flat and its bowlers nightmare to bowl on those pitches. please don't compare the bowlers its unfair...

  • kingkarthik on June 13, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Geez, i can't believe that there are still people out there who don't recognise Dale Steyn as the most devastating and complete faster bowler since the haydays of the last of the great bowlers such as Akram, Younis, Ambrose, Walsh, McGrath, & Donald graced the cricketing field. He is the sole flag bearer for what great fast bowlers used to be like, not these bowlers who depend on overhead conditions, filthy pitches or bad batting line ups to get wickets. I really hope that cricket looks at giving the dues for the bowlers in order to encourage the development of future fast bowling devils rather than pampering to the wimps and fancies of medicore batsmen. Case and point, Raina and Pathans are though of in India as great players, well of they would be when they face bowler like P.Kumar, Sreeshanth, I.Sharma and M.Patel on flat track belters, but the momonet they come up against a bit of true fast, hostile, accurate and thinking bowling they wilt. Long live the KING, DALE STEYN.

  • emmwill on June 13, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Windies! Windies! Worst Indies! I weep for the once world-dominating West Indies cricket team. West Indies cricket today is a very weak cousin to West Indies cricket twenty years ago. This is embarrassing!! We can't even keep our main strike bowlers fit to be in the same team in the same match. We can't even string together some good partnerships. Scandalous> Pathetic. The ICC should probably remove test status from this ridiculous excuse for a cricket team. My GOD!!!!!!!!!

  • hiroshan on June 13, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Dale Steyn is one of the best bowler of this era. The best thing of his bowling is; he can generate great pace without ptting lot of pressure on his body keeping him fit copmared to others with his pace and other is his accuracy.He always starve for accuracy making him best nowdays. I agree that nowdays it is more batsman friendly pitches; but bowlers have incresed opportunity as batsman's are playing more shots. SO if someone is really accurate and aggressive; he can pick many wickets.

  • on June 13, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    I believe this is the time to re-think about West Indies !! Forget about past glories !! Past is past !! present if the main thing. I guess they should give chance to play against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to make them more competitive. They could win a match or two against those same strength sides, which will boost WI confidence. It's just three days and they played only one session !! How pathetic !! I guess they can send their team with a name A team to play in Australian League and SA League to make them more comfortable in bouncy peace !! Okay Gayle and Chanderpaul don't need to go, because they are world class !! but ater them, those players are pretty average !!

  • on June 13, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    another day of dissapointment for west indies fan. Congrats to Steyn on yet another outstanding performance. Our bowling attack is now at its weakest and our battin performance is not at its best neither.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 13, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    In 12 months, the ICC will be carrying three Test-playing sides who are uncompetitive against the big boys: Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and, sad to say, the West Indies. Whether we like it or not, Test cricket will effectively split into two divisions. It's time to accept the reality of it and give these three sides mainly home series and, perhaps, 4-day Tests to make it easier to avoid defeat.

  • gudolerhum on June 13, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Why would anyone be discounting Steyn's achievement? More cricket is played now than previously but he has done extremely well to reach this milestone. Well done to him. No one can help the WI, they are in a self destruct mode. Only they can reach inside and fight their way out. The public has been offended by the comments about lack of education but it really is a lack of cricket education. Sitting in Club pavilions after play with the great players of the day listening to them and learning from their stories and experience, evidently that no longer happens and the regional game is the poorer for it. I was fortunate to have that experience but not the talent to take my game further, how lucky are these guys with talent but no capacity to learn. Please do not start the old game of complaining at every doubtful decision. It is swings and roundabouts! The Wi get as many good decisions as they get bad ones. Suck it up and move along.

  • Professor_king44 on June 13, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    W.I cricket needs immediate interventions. The board need to stop doing things the old way, which is obviously not working. Time for some innovation to rescue the game in the region, and to start improving. Since 1996, we have been going down hill, and all we are hearing is plently ole talk of going around the curve, of resurgence... Now is the time to act! Now is the time to strangle the incompetencies and failures, and work together for a better tommorow of cricket in W.I. We need to rid ourselves from the politics, the chains of dependency and laziness of the colonial past, and build a society of cricketers who are committed in the frame of nationalism and patriotism, who exudes intellegence, serious work ethics in and off the field.

  • on June 13, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    wow i can't believe the west indies could not muster the guts to fight south africe where only chanderpaul and narsingh got starts,, it sys our bowling is improving but the battiing is shaking like a rusty gate,

  • djdrastic on June 12, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    You're right Peter , he will never come close to the greatness of Waqar even though he uses the exact same techniques that brought Waqar so many wickets on flat lifeless wickets namely:High Speed , Late Swing and Aggression.

    LOLWUT ?

  • Synaesthesia on June 12, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    No doubt Steyn is a fantastic strike bowler and real find for South Africa, however his stats have gotten a bit of a boost against some weaker teams. Still he's a great bowler and very impressive together with Morkel.

  • zeesh1986 on June 12, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    @ Peter Langston...Saying that its easier to achieve greatness in this era may be correct for batsmen to some degree...but to say that its easier for bowlers as well is ridiculous...is this not the era of batting...an era where bowlers have to bowl on batting friendly pitches more often than not...for Steyn to even come close to those figures is quite amazing...give credit where its due!!!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 12, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Sad to see W.I. crumble, the game was shaping up so well after the 1st day but I did predict Steyn to wreak havoc. As I said b-4, he's good against the best batsmen and unstoppable against the lower batting line ups ala W.I. ala N.Z. for example. The match could well be over but if W.I. can bat out 3-4 sessions it would be a minor victory for them. @ Peter Langston...very old. Truth is, post 2000 is the era of the bat n unfairly so to the point of ridiculous. To see a bowler like Steyn shine in such an era is 1 of the greatest sights for a cricket fan and the most incredible thing is that he stays fit most the time unlike Bond, Lee and Shoaib who all once had the world at their feet. For me he has 1 foot in the all-time greats door and for me is the only 1 U30 yrs of age that can claim so.

  • alfredmynn on June 12, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Agree with hamwil80. Dale Steyn - more than anyone else in this era - deserves his place among the very best of any period. Very few bowlers can have hurled a cricket ball across 22 yards with more fire, aggression and skill.

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 12, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    im going 2 put on the sports channel & watch the Pakistan tour of England. Watching / listening 2 West Indies cricket is a bloody waste of my time

  • on June 12, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    west indies cricket is in total dissaray and how on earth dowlin get selected before richards;a man that plays short -pitched bowling very well.and i don't care if samuels just came off ban he should have been in the squad.

  • on June 12, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    For years the West Indies fast bowlers just run in and bowl like if the batsman should be affarid of them, those days r gone u guys have to work for wickets. WI bowlers are not even smart enough to stick to a plan. Bowling all over the place do they wacth what the other team is playing? WI need to be more displine in their cricket and be smart. Batsmen need to bat for longer periods even if they are not scoring, can't make runs in the pavalion guys. Just focus.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on June 12, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    Where is Viv Richards.... He should come out and say I will take a job and coach my team for batting... He said to coach Indian team for just T20 world cup failure... I think nobody cares about West Indies cricket anymore...This team will soon join rankings with Bangladesh. They lost 5 ODI white washed..and they are going to loose all the test matches

  • chrisrandom9 on June 12, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    You're kidding Peter right? Seriously, pitches have becime totally lifeless and offer almost no help for the bowler. For Steyn to achieve what he has in the modern era is even more special.

  • on June 12, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    No surprises here. Waste Indies are performing as their ranking suggests. Some people criticised Ernest Hilaire recently when he spoke the truth about the lack of professionalism and pride these present crop of players have in representing their region but with every disgraceful performance they justify his comments. They play like a community side. No coach (foreign or local) has an answer for this team. They are just pathetic and have no knowledge of how to win games. They just seem to go out there and do their own thing and make the coaches look bad. I would stay away from this side if i were a coach.

  • on June 12, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Gayle's performance as a test batsmen is still mediocre for an opening batsman av barely 40. Gayle has showed up 1 out of 4 innning with a fifty or more!!!!Hopefully he will shoe up soon . The WI team was blown away what is new?

  • griqua96 on June 12, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    @Peter Langston: Standards may or may not be the same as they were in the past (difficult to compare objectively) but you can't blame Dale Steyn for that. He's a fine bowler whp has placed himself head and shoulders above his peers by displaying great pace and a skill set that comes from the era you see to be pining for. If the standards were really that woeful the surely we'd see more bowlers with similar stats to Steyn. He is quality and I have no doubt that people will continue to speak of him in the same breath as many of the great fast bowlers who have come before for a long time to come.

  • baobabjim on June 12, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    peter L...seriously, what is your problem? Are you saying the greats of the past are the only greats and modern players are not capable of the same feats? Sad. Well done Steyn - awesome bowling.

  • on June 12, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Well done Dale! For him to achieve such a feat in todays modern game is quite remarkable. Batsmen have never been stronger with the flat pitches, broad bats and shortened boundaries, and he definitely deserves the plaudits. And im sure bowlers like Waqar and Lillee will testify to this. A true and rare quick!

  • on June 12, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Another spineless display by the windies. If Gayle does not show up, the rest also stay home!

  • on June 12, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    I know, I know, I'm getting old but ... saying Dale Steyn in an ajoining breath with Grimmett, Lillee and even Waqar just seems like you're gasping in the act of running out of air. The standards of the world game are not what they were. It appears easier to achieve greatness than at any time in the 140 year international history of the game.

  • on June 12, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Somebody should seriously help West Indies.... Its high time that WI board rethink on the strategy and make some serious decision.... Even with some quality players like Gayle, Sarwan, Chandrapaul and Bravo and team still struggles.... May be some foreign coach should help... MAY BE.....

  • hamwil80 on June 12, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Looking at Steyn's career strike rate of under 40, nobody other than Waqar comes close in the modern era (all the other top bowlers on the 'best strike rate' list are from the 19th century mainly. Just shows what a great bowler this man is, especially in a decade which has been blamed for its favouritism to batsmen. Let's have less encomiums to Sehwag and co on cricinfo and more on great bowlers like this man.

  • olepolice on June 12, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Can someone say on what evidence Nash was given out by the third Umpire ? if we can show we are capable of fighting we will show up in the series

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  • olepolice on June 12, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Can someone say on what evidence Nash was given out by the third Umpire ? if we can show we are capable of fighting we will show up in the series

  • hamwil80 on June 12, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Looking at Steyn's career strike rate of under 40, nobody other than Waqar comes close in the modern era (all the other top bowlers on the 'best strike rate' list are from the 19th century mainly. Just shows what a great bowler this man is, especially in a decade which has been blamed for its favouritism to batsmen. Let's have less encomiums to Sehwag and co on cricinfo and more on great bowlers like this man.

  • on June 12, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Somebody should seriously help West Indies.... Its high time that WI board rethink on the strategy and make some serious decision.... Even with some quality players like Gayle, Sarwan, Chandrapaul and Bravo and team still struggles.... May be some foreign coach should help... MAY BE.....

  • on June 12, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    I know, I know, I'm getting old but ... saying Dale Steyn in an ajoining breath with Grimmett, Lillee and even Waqar just seems like you're gasping in the act of running out of air. The standards of the world game are not what they were. It appears easier to achieve greatness than at any time in the 140 year international history of the game.

  • on June 12, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Another spineless display by the windies. If Gayle does not show up, the rest also stay home!

  • on June 12, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Well done Dale! For him to achieve such a feat in todays modern game is quite remarkable. Batsmen have never been stronger with the flat pitches, broad bats and shortened boundaries, and he definitely deserves the plaudits. And im sure bowlers like Waqar and Lillee will testify to this. A true and rare quick!

  • baobabjim on June 12, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    peter L...seriously, what is your problem? Are you saying the greats of the past are the only greats and modern players are not capable of the same feats? Sad. Well done Steyn - awesome bowling.

  • griqua96 on June 12, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    @Peter Langston: Standards may or may not be the same as they were in the past (difficult to compare objectively) but you can't blame Dale Steyn for that. He's a fine bowler whp has placed himself head and shoulders above his peers by displaying great pace and a skill set that comes from the era you see to be pining for. If the standards were really that woeful the surely we'd see more bowlers with similar stats to Steyn. He is quality and I have no doubt that people will continue to speak of him in the same breath as many of the great fast bowlers who have come before for a long time to come.

  • on June 12, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Gayle's performance as a test batsmen is still mediocre for an opening batsman av barely 40. Gayle has showed up 1 out of 4 innning with a fifty or more!!!!Hopefully he will shoe up soon . The WI team was blown away what is new?

  • on June 12, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    No surprises here. Waste Indies are performing as their ranking suggests. Some people criticised Ernest Hilaire recently when he spoke the truth about the lack of professionalism and pride these present crop of players have in representing their region but with every disgraceful performance they justify his comments. They play like a community side. No coach (foreign or local) has an answer for this team. They are just pathetic and have no knowledge of how to win games. They just seem to go out there and do their own thing and make the coaches look bad. I would stay away from this side if i were a coach.