West Indies v SA, 2nd Test, St Kitts, 5th day June 22, 2010

Smith wants more life in Barbados

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Graeme Smith is hoping the pitch in Barbados offers more than the dull surface in St Kitts following a dozy draw in the second Test. South Africa declared after tea at 235 for 3 to end a match containing only three innings, including scores of 543 for 6 declared and 546.

"This was not an exciting surface on which to play Test cricket," Smith said. "We were all looking for a good, even battle between bat and ball. Hopefully, Barbados will have a little bit more in the pitch, and it will be more of a fair challenge for both sides."

The match drifted terminally on the fourth morning when West Indies added only 39 runs for the opening session. Smith was surprised the hosts didn't push on in an effort to level the series at 1-1.

"Our tactics [on the fourth day] were that West Indies had batted themselves into a position, and being 0-1 down, we felt they had an opportunity to make a play," he said. "They didn't make the play, and they were defensive, which played into our hands, so we had to bat out today, and we head to Barbados still up 1-0."

However, Chris Gayle said he was "very happy with the result". "Our batting has been struggling, and to get over 500 runs is a great achievement," he said. "We must commend the guys for the way they batted. Shiv [Chanderpaul] and [Brendan] Nash getting hundreds was always going to be good for us."

The main thing Gayle took out of the match was the side's better batting performance in the first innings, even including the period on the fourth morning. "I am satisfied because our plan was to bat out the day, and when you looked at the way they bowled at us it was always going to be difficult for us to score," he said. "So we just tried to bat as many overs as possible." The final Test begins at Kensington Oval on Saturday.

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  • everfaithful77 on June 25, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    West Indies can beat any team even without Taylor and Edwards. Just recently we won test matches against Sri Lanka, South Afica and beat England at home. We came very close to winning twice against Australia in '09. We are only going to beat those top ranked teams convincingly with more self-belief and stronger leadership. WI had South Africa reeling at 107 for 5 in 47 overs in Trinidad with attacking field placings and soon as two batsmen put up a little resistance Gayle became more and more defensive (as usual). Result: SA got 352 in 129 overs. Almost impossible to recover from that. Fans want WI to be cautious after that humiliating defeat but pointless if team does not learn from mistakes. I agree with selecting Richards for opening slot. Dowlin should return to team but not as opener. I thought Jason Holder would be drafted for 5th test after his impressive performance at under-19 World Cup. RUSSEL is an exciting prospect & should be selected for test duty asap. Also Tonge.

  • ragamuffintuffy on June 24, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    There's something going on between de tiga & Nash; let's hope 'Bigga' Chris Gayle is aware of that partnership that always come to fruition - let them be a the crease together. Chris should also try an opening partnership N. Deonarine; ND can be defensive, but can also 'beat de ball', as they would say on Leg 1 island. Also, combinations of Chris, ND, A. Barath & A. Fletcher will eventually result in a good opening partnership in the future. Never liked G. Smith ever since he had a 'run-in' with Dwayne Bravo & Andrew Symmonds. Gee, the pitch was fine when SA made their score! During tests, can the pitch have a bit of wear & tear?

  • moneague on June 24, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Lets be honest WI does not have the bowlers necessary to bowl out a team like SA for a low score. Taylor is always injured and needs a year off, Edwards cant bowl long spells, Roach is fast but wayward, and not really fast in the true sense, Rampaul not ready. What we have really are medium pacers Bernard, Sammy, Pasqual are good but medium. Tonge and Russell are potential fast bowlers. We are riding skipper Gayle but he is only playing with what is given to him. We still need another opening bat and one batsman/keeper. Sorry Trinidad but Ramdin is not it. He must have something in his back pocket on one of the selectors why he keeps gettiing picked..not fair to other keepers in the WI. Surprised at the squad selection with Bernard and Baugh being left out. good luck to WI in the next match and skipper Gayle you are doing a good job!! big up!!

  • hazeltine on June 24, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    WIndies should be given credit for saving the test match in St Kitts. The truth of the matter is that we have not got a side to bowl ANY opposition out and our batting has only ONE test class batsmen which is Chanderpaul. So it was good that we did not hear any typical rubbish from Gayle about winning the test match after Sth Africa scored their first innings total, instead their was good sober batting which had character and fight, traits not associated with the WIndies side for the last FIFTEEN YEARS. These are the traits what I want them to show in their test matches with the type of side that we do have.

  • diri on June 24, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    For all of you that think it was south africas fault that the match ended in a draw .....yourl need to wake up seriously!! Paul harris did what any bowler would have done in that situation on that road( not pitch) A decent pitch and we wouldnt be discussing this, we would be talking about SA being 2-0 up and a whitewash on the cards!

  • on June 23, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    @Ajay... Although you might argue that the Windies were slow, I would say, Paul Harris equally contributed to the pain watching the test match. I sometimes feel if he's the next "Ashley Giles", who does'nt mind bowling 50 overs just to test people's patience. But all said, I feel it was a real morale boosting performance by the West Indies. Although they played defensively, the South African bowling (atleast in this match) looked weak and defensive.

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 23, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    this game was completely boring & pointless . thank God 4 the world cup lol

    WICB need 2 do sumn about the pitch @ warner park . the bats men already have it easy as its a small ground n so they dont need much help from the pitch .

  • on June 23, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Infact I have never seen Bravo play this defensively. I was surprised when even Benn and Rampaul could score at a faster rate than the top order. I feel the West indian top order played a selfish game just to get some match practice and left the enthusiastic west indian fans down!!

  • on June 23, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Lets face it. The west indies cricket board is tired of having the crap kicked out of their players by everyone including bangeladesh, so they made a flatty. They have managed to save being white washed in all three forms of the game. Should keep their sponsors from jumping ship for a couple of weeks.

  • Something_Witty on June 23, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    For those people who believe SA's bowling was the reason for the drawn match, think again. Bowling outside the leg stump does NOT make it impossible for the batsmen to score runs. And it should NEVER result in them taking 3 hours to score 50. Look at how Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood managed to score at a decent rate when Warne tried this sort of negative bowling in Adelaide in 06/07. No matter how negative the bowling, good batsmen should be able to score at more than one run per over. Especially when they've breezed past the follow-on mark and are batting on a totally lifeless pitch. The curator is to blame here, not SA's bowling.

  • everfaithful77 on June 25, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    West Indies can beat any team even without Taylor and Edwards. Just recently we won test matches against Sri Lanka, South Afica and beat England at home. We came very close to winning twice against Australia in '09. We are only going to beat those top ranked teams convincingly with more self-belief and stronger leadership. WI had South Africa reeling at 107 for 5 in 47 overs in Trinidad with attacking field placings and soon as two batsmen put up a little resistance Gayle became more and more defensive (as usual). Result: SA got 352 in 129 overs. Almost impossible to recover from that. Fans want WI to be cautious after that humiliating defeat but pointless if team does not learn from mistakes. I agree with selecting Richards for opening slot. Dowlin should return to team but not as opener. I thought Jason Holder would be drafted for 5th test after his impressive performance at under-19 World Cup. RUSSEL is an exciting prospect & should be selected for test duty asap. Also Tonge.

  • ragamuffintuffy on June 24, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    There's something going on between de tiga & Nash; let's hope 'Bigga' Chris Gayle is aware of that partnership that always come to fruition - let them be a the crease together. Chris should also try an opening partnership N. Deonarine; ND can be defensive, but can also 'beat de ball', as they would say on Leg 1 island. Also, combinations of Chris, ND, A. Barath & A. Fletcher will eventually result in a good opening partnership in the future. Never liked G. Smith ever since he had a 'run-in' with Dwayne Bravo & Andrew Symmonds. Gee, the pitch was fine when SA made their score! During tests, can the pitch have a bit of wear & tear?

  • moneague on June 24, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Lets be honest WI does not have the bowlers necessary to bowl out a team like SA for a low score. Taylor is always injured and needs a year off, Edwards cant bowl long spells, Roach is fast but wayward, and not really fast in the true sense, Rampaul not ready. What we have really are medium pacers Bernard, Sammy, Pasqual are good but medium. Tonge and Russell are potential fast bowlers. We are riding skipper Gayle but he is only playing with what is given to him. We still need another opening bat and one batsman/keeper. Sorry Trinidad but Ramdin is not it. He must have something in his back pocket on one of the selectors why he keeps gettiing picked..not fair to other keepers in the WI. Surprised at the squad selection with Bernard and Baugh being left out. good luck to WI in the next match and skipper Gayle you are doing a good job!! big up!!

  • hazeltine on June 24, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    WIndies should be given credit for saving the test match in St Kitts. The truth of the matter is that we have not got a side to bowl ANY opposition out and our batting has only ONE test class batsmen which is Chanderpaul. So it was good that we did not hear any typical rubbish from Gayle about winning the test match after Sth Africa scored their first innings total, instead their was good sober batting which had character and fight, traits not associated with the WIndies side for the last FIFTEEN YEARS. These are the traits what I want them to show in their test matches with the type of side that we do have.

  • diri on June 24, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    For all of you that think it was south africas fault that the match ended in a draw .....yourl need to wake up seriously!! Paul harris did what any bowler would have done in that situation on that road( not pitch) A decent pitch and we wouldnt be discussing this, we would be talking about SA being 2-0 up and a whitewash on the cards!

  • on June 23, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    @Ajay... Although you might argue that the Windies were slow, I would say, Paul Harris equally contributed to the pain watching the test match. I sometimes feel if he's the next "Ashley Giles", who does'nt mind bowling 50 overs just to test people's patience. But all said, I feel it was a real morale boosting performance by the West Indies. Although they played defensively, the South African bowling (atleast in this match) looked weak and defensive.

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 23, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    this game was completely boring & pointless . thank God 4 the world cup lol

    WICB need 2 do sumn about the pitch @ warner park . the bats men already have it easy as its a small ground n so they dont need much help from the pitch .

  • on June 23, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Infact I have never seen Bravo play this defensively. I was surprised when even Benn and Rampaul could score at a faster rate than the top order. I feel the West indian top order played a selfish game just to get some match practice and left the enthusiastic west indian fans down!!

  • on June 23, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Lets face it. The west indies cricket board is tired of having the crap kicked out of their players by everyone including bangeladesh, so they made a flatty. They have managed to save being white washed in all three forms of the game. Should keep their sponsors from jumping ship for a couple of weeks.

  • Something_Witty on June 23, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    For those people who believe SA's bowling was the reason for the drawn match, think again. Bowling outside the leg stump does NOT make it impossible for the batsmen to score runs. And it should NEVER result in them taking 3 hours to score 50. Look at how Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood managed to score at a decent rate when Warne tried this sort of negative bowling in Adelaide in 06/07. No matter how negative the bowling, good batsmen should be able to score at more than one run per over. Especially when they've breezed past the follow-on mark and are batting on a totally lifeless pitch. The curator is to blame here, not SA's bowling.

  • Metman on June 23, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    @Staal Burgher,excuse me!Of course it is SA fault.I agree 100 per cent with Kulaputra.I bet you were only watching the batsman.DIDNT YOU SEE HARRIS REPEATEDLY BOWLING OUTSIDE THE LEG STUMP TO BRAVO,WITH A FIELDER ALMOST BEHIND THE KEEPER?Hey! in future,you must watch both the bowler,and the batsman.@Abhisheck Mj.Didnt you watch also?How could the WI press for a victory with the SA skipper employing those negative tactics? GRAEME SMITH KILLED THE GAME,full stop.----- next topic, please!

  • shttypang on June 23, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    smith should stop being a hypocrite and cry baby .why did'nt he declared early if he wanted a competition . west indies did the right thing to make south africa soak up a lot of sun and they got good batting practice for the next test. smith should also stop crying about the pitch ,if you think you are that much better than the west indies then you should beat them on any type of pitch

  • StaalBurgher on June 23, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    @Kulaputra, excuse me? It is South Africa's fault? The ONLY issue is the ridiculous batting pitch that produced that had no hope of a result unless one team collapsed. Why should Paul Harris be forced to get smacked around with no hope of getting a wicket because the West Indies can't produce a decent Test match wicket? There needs to repercussion; not for the player or tactics BUT for a club that give such a no-result pitch.

  • Kulaputra on June 23, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    I blame Greame Smith and Paul Harris dishing out outside the leg stump stuff consistently to kill this game. I am surprised that the regulators allow this sort of thing.Cricket SA must be warned for murdering this game. Especially when there was no way SA would have lost this game. It is time that authorities and Smith realised that he is turning spectators away from the game, including a die hard test fan like myself.

    Where is the 'Spirit of cricket' ??? is it strictly for the birds ???

  • on June 23, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    What has happened to West Indies cricket! a draw seems like a victory for them!!

    although they did play well to prevent a batting collapse, it beats me as to why they did not push for a victory when they have such a flamboyant captain as gayle...west indies have been playing pathetic for long and their confidence seems on an all time low...i bet even a zimbabwe or an ireland would not find it difficult to beat the windies these days...whats gone so wrong??

    in the 1970s and 80s they were the team to beat. what a turnaround

  • diri on June 23, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    IF a weak westindies team can hold SA for a draw ....then you know that pitch is a road and the groundsman should be fired!

  • Shafaet on June 23, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Kill all the bowlers, play with tennis ball and let ballboys ball at batsmen. horrible pitch

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 23, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    I agree that W.I.improved batting is a + for them and weak teams must learn to draw b-4 they learn to win BUT cricket lost mainly due to yet another pathetic pitch. ICC...I wonder what does that governing body exist for. It seems the goal of curators these days is to inflate batsmen test averages.

  • Something_Witty on June 23, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    What a ridiculous pitch. I watched a fair bit of the match, (despite how boring it was) and I couldn't help but be reminded of Adelaide. I remember after WI held on for a draw in Adelaide, they were hailed for their progress, but I don't believe they made any, and I think this is exactly the same. Curators who produce pitches like this need to be punished in some way.

  • moneague on June 23, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    The decision to play for a draw was a good one. Skipper Gayle does not have enough batsmen on his team. Too many specialists. After Bravo..noone. He does not have the bowlers to bowl out SA for a low score. The pitch was not helping. Something s wrong when one bowler has to bowl 50 overs. SA batted too long in their first innings. After posying 450 only a draw could result. SA bowlers also bowled very negatively to the WI batsmen. All things considered it was a good decision. With ateam like this What difference would bravo make?

  • Woody111 on June 23, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    The question about curators role in test cricket needs to asked again. These roads do nothing for the game and it's becoming all too common in the WI. Admittedly WI could have been more aggressive too but since they lose more than they win they can be forgiven for the negativity.When England toured WI a couple of years ago and both sides just racked up 600 with ease there was noone watching as there isnt now. Who would bother rocking up to the ground to see pitches that blind grandmothers could make tons on?

  • overhere on June 23, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    Please, no more pitches like this, ever. We need an international convention of groundsmen, managers, captains, and fast bowlers to make sure the game is made fair again. The skewing of the game towards batsmen is a disaster. Bowlers like Morkel and Steyn are succeeding against the odds. But if a Morkel is made to bowl 35 overs an innings on a pitch like this his body will give in. And the game will be the loser. Enough.

  • everfaithful77 on June 23, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    CHRIS GAYLE has become one of the biggest under-achieving captains in West Indies history, so I'm not surprised at his comment that he was very happy with the outcome. I really don't see what there is to be happy about ? We are still trailing 0-1 in the series and contrary to some views, we didn't come out with any psychological advantage by time wasting and scoring 3 runs more on a placid pitch. Whereas I was excited by Windies batting on the 3rd day(Deonarine, Nash and Chanderpaul were outstanding), the decision to stonewall on the 4th day was ridiculous. Windies thanks to the effort of these batsmen had seized the iniative from SA and Gayle handed it back to SA the next morning. If you look at the history of Gayle's captaincy you will find very similar reports. WI needs an inspirational leader who has self belief, shows confidence in his team's ability, communicates effectively and is sound in tactics. Gayle fails in all these areas. Bravo would be a better choice for captain.

  • on June 23, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    wow i never thought i would see the day when the west indies was happy they got a draw .They have lost so many times that they dont know how to win or go for a win . They seem to think lets not loose first and take it from there wow wow a shame a crying shame .

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 23, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    . The St Kitts wicket needs relaying. Such a moribund surface helps nothing except batting averages,and the bore was accentuated by the miserable and stupid attitude of the WI batting on day 4. it was a crying shame as on the third day there had been some really good play by C'paul and Nash. I am surprised any captain would allow his men to bring the game into risibilty like that. Modern West Indian thinking though is a lot like that-totally negative as we saw last year vs England and their groundsmen seem happy to join the conspiracy. it really is time for a shakeup of Test surfaces and for organisers not simply to be driven by the profit motive which dictates the need for games to go on into the fifth day evening. Quality not quantity is required, and fast. it's time to declare the slow low universal pudding wicket outlaw, and spice up our entertainment.

  • on June 22, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    The Windies did bat well, and it is a positive thing, even if it was boring to some people. The West Indies team suffer from very harsh criticism, if they go for a win and lose they are criticised, if they go for a draw they are criticised. Everyone should get over that they are not as good as the past teams. Show some support! Man...I'm from Toronto and our Maple Leafs are supported no matter what...not always a good thing but the West Indies deserve some positive vibes.

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  • on June 22, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    The Windies did bat well, and it is a positive thing, even if it was boring to some people. The West Indies team suffer from very harsh criticism, if they go for a win and lose they are criticised, if they go for a draw they are criticised. Everyone should get over that they are not as good as the past teams. Show some support! Man...I'm from Toronto and our Maple Leafs are supported no matter what...not always a good thing but the West Indies deserve some positive vibes.

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 23, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    . The St Kitts wicket needs relaying. Such a moribund surface helps nothing except batting averages,and the bore was accentuated by the miserable and stupid attitude of the WI batting on day 4. it was a crying shame as on the third day there had been some really good play by C'paul and Nash. I am surprised any captain would allow his men to bring the game into risibilty like that. Modern West Indian thinking though is a lot like that-totally negative as we saw last year vs England and their groundsmen seem happy to join the conspiracy. it really is time for a shakeup of Test surfaces and for organisers not simply to be driven by the profit motive which dictates the need for games to go on into the fifth day evening. Quality not quantity is required, and fast. it's time to declare the slow low universal pudding wicket outlaw, and spice up our entertainment.

  • on June 23, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    wow i never thought i would see the day when the west indies was happy they got a draw .They have lost so many times that they dont know how to win or go for a win . They seem to think lets not loose first and take it from there wow wow a shame a crying shame .

  • everfaithful77 on June 23, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    CHRIS GAYLE has become one of the biggest under-achieving captains in West Indies history, so I'm not surprised at his comment that he was very happy with the outcome. I really don't see what there is to be happy about ? We are still trailing 0-1 in the series and contrary to some views, we didn't come out with any psychological advantage by time wasting and scoring 3 runs more on a placid pitch. Whereas I was excited by Windies batting on the 3rd day(Deonarine, Nash and Chanderpaul were outstanding), the decision to stonewall on the 4th day was ridiculous. Windies thanks to the effort of these batsmen had seized the iniative from SA and Gayle handed it back to SA the next morning. If you look at the history of Gayle's captaincy you will find very similar reports. WI needs an inspirational leader who has self belief, shows confidence in his team's ability, communicates effectively and is sound in tactics. Gayle fails in all these areas. Bravo would be a better choice for captain.

  • overhere on June 23, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    Please, no more pitches like this, ever. We need an international convention of groundsmen, managers, captains, and fast bowlers to make sure the game is made fair again. The skewing of the game towards batsmen is a disaster. Bowlers like Morkel and Steyn are succeeding against the odds. But if a Morkel is made to bowl 35 overs an innings on a pitch like this his body will give in. And the game will be the loser. Enough.

  • Woody111 on June 23, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    The question about curators role in test cricket needs to asked again. These roads do nothing for the game and it's becoming all too common in the WI. Admittedly WI could have been more aggressive too but since they lose more than they win they can be forgiven for the negativity.When England toured WI a couple of years ago and both sides just racked up 600 with ease there was noone watching as there isnt now. Who would bother rocking up to the ground to see pitches that blind grandmothers could make tons on?

  • moneague on June 23, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    The decision to play for a draw was a good one. Skipper Gayle does not have enough batsmen on his team. Too many specialists. After Bravo..noone. He does not have the bowlers to bowl out SA for a low score. The pitch was not helping. Something s wrong when one bowler has to bowl 50 overs. SA batted too long in their first innings. After posying 450 only a draw could result. SA bowlers also bowled very negatively to the WI batsmen. All things considered it was a good decision. With ateam like this What difference would bravo make?

  • Something_Witty on June 23, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    What a ridiculous pitch. I watched a fair bit of the match, (despite how boring it was) and I couldn't help but be reminded of Adelaide. I remember after WI held on for a draw in Adelaide, they were hailed for their progress, but I don't believe they made any, and I think this is exactly the same. Curators who produce pitches like this need to be punished in some way.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 23, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    I agree that W.I.improved batting is a + for them and weak teams must learn to draw b-4 they learn to win BUT cricket lost mainly due to yet another pathetic pitch. ICC...I wonder what does that governing body exist for. It seems the goal of curators these days is to inflate batsmen test averages.

  • Shafaet on June 23, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Kill all the bowlers, play with tennis ball and let ballboys ball at batsmen. horrible pitch