West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Roseau, 1st day March 20, 2013

Shillingford, Gayle put West Indies on top

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West Indies 114 for 2 (Gayle 61*) trail Zimbabwe 175 (Shillingford 5-59, Samuels 3-15) by 61 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Zimbabwe had lost 13 wickets to spin in Barbados. Roseau was supposed to help the slow bowlers even more and Zimbabwe were expected to have a tough time. A little while after tea on day one, the West Indies spinners had already pocketed eight wickets, five of them to local boy Shane Shillingford, and Zimbabwe had collapsed after starting at frenetic pace. Chris Gayle made it a thoroughly one-sided day with his first half-century in nine innings and by stumps West Indies had knocked off two-thirds of the deficit.

Again, just like in Barbados, none of the batsmen fell to unplayable deliveries, although there were several of them jumping and kicking around, rather surprising for a day one surface, especially outside the subcontinent. Instead, it was plain impatience and inability, a dangerous combination, that led to Zimbabwe falling apart.

Admittedly, there was generous help for the slow bowlers. The first delivery Shillingford bowled spun in sharply from outside off to hit Brendan Taylor on the flap of the pad outside leg, as early as the 19th over.

When so much is happening for the bowler, you don't go about reverse-sweeping him, especially when your concentration might not be at its keenest soon after the lunch break. Which is what Taylor attempted against Shillingford and missed, the ball bouncing into his chin and rolling on to the stumps after brushing his forearm. You could argue it was an unfortunate dismissal to continue a horror tour for the Zimbabwe captain, who seemed quite determined. But when Taylor was sweeping as well as he did in conventional fashion, reversing the stroke wasn't exactly judicious shot selection.

Malcolm Waller did worse than his captain, having a slog at Shillingford in the penultimate over before tea to hole out to deep midwicket.

Sean Williams battled in his debut Test, defending resolutely, playing late, keeping them down with soft hands and shaking his head in helplessness when beaten by the regular rippers. Craig Ervine fought as well, but both batsmen ended up falling to the offspin of Marlon Samuels, who, with seven wickets in two innings this series, might take offence to being labelled a part-timer.

There was absolutely no resistance from the tail, and when Tendai Chatara shouldered arms and crouched in the path of a Shillingford delivery on middle stump, the offspinner had successive five-fors, after his 6 for 51 in the second innings in Barbados.

Zimbabwe lost their last six wickets for 34 after going into lunch at 92 for 3. They had raced away to 42 for 0 following Darren Sammy's decision to bowl on what had appeared then to be a flat pitch. The way Vusi Sibanda began, even the West Indies attack appeared flat.

The beginning couldn't have been any more different from how the rest of the innings panned out. Early morning rain had forced a 30-minute delayed start and, armed with three specialist quick bowlers, Sammy had hoped to use the moisture in the surface. He must have been horrified at what followed. Kemar Roach and Tino Best were either too short or too full, and Sibanda tore into them with six fours.

There was no swing or seam in that initial period and the openers defended effort deliveries without any bother. There would have been a few already starting to doubt if West Indies had made the correct decision.

All that changed as soon as Shannon Gabriel came on in the ninth over and immediately settled on a good length. There was swing to be had, as Best had shown in the previous over when he finally found that length. Gabriel beat Tino Mawoyo a couple of times with away-going deliveries. The last ball of the over nipped in from a good length, Mawoyo shouldered arms, and lost his off stump.

In Gabriel's next over, Zimbabwe went from misjudgment to downright casual. Sibanda drove a full toss straight to a tumbling Roach at wide mid-on. Yet another promising Sibanda innings had been cut short in the thirties. Gabriel's figures read 4-4-0-2.

Shillingford needed six deliveries to strike. The second ball Masakadza faced from Shillingford, he charged out and had a blind heave, only to escape as the skier shot over slip. The sixth one was a flighted doosra, which Masakadza tried to turn to leg like a normal offbreak, and was bowled. The working over was a harbinger of the impending collapse.

Kieran Powell did a Sibanda when West Indies came out to bat, playing an aggressive cameo before falling to an inswinging Kyle Jarvis delivery again. In his next over, Jarvis handed Darren Bravo his first duck in Tests when he had the batsman flailing a wide delivery through to the keeper.

Gayle and Samuels dug in at 35 for 2. Gayle had little fluency for a long time as he jabbed half-forward to keep out length deliveries from the quicks. Nevertheless, he kept lashing the odd boundary down the ground or through the covers, and towards the end, started to look a lot more comfortable.

The Zimbabwe spinners made little impression, although Prosper Utseya got only three overs. Samuels had gone after Graeme Cremer in Barbados and here he stepped out to loft the legspinner for a straight six in his opening over. Both Cremer and Utseya did send down a few testing deliveries, but were too inconsistent to pose a threat.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY jb633 on | March 20, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    I think the WI side of present has an excellent chance of becoming a serious side if they are willing to reconsider how they approach the game. WI pitches are no longer good for fast bowling, the rock hard decks are a myth and they do not have the seamers to exploit them even if they were. However they do have a decent number of spinners around and they need to utilise them. At home WI should always play 2 frontline spinners and two frontline seamers with Sammy being used as the holding bowler. Over the past 3 years I just can't work out why they persist with 3 seamers and have only one spinner who looks the most threatening all game. I could not believe that Sammy was so reluctant to bowl Shillingford ealry and persisted with Roach and Best bowling their tripe. I think they need to give Bishoo another go in the longer format, I think he was harshly dealt with for no particular reason. Please reconsider selection ahead of the big series and play to your strengths.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Why no one is mentioning about Sarwan? He has got long way to go and he is good at both Test and ODI and he will be the best replacement for middle order and a good replacement for Chandrapaul.

  • POSTED BY king78787 on | March 21, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    i will now explain in great detail why the west indies hould be worried about their sides future. Chanderpaul is near retiremnt age and i cannot think of another replacement for him in this line up. Any replacement will not be half as paitent exposing the no 6 and 7. Ramdin is not good enough to bat at no6 and is only their so sammy can find his way into the side. Sammy is hit and miss with hsi batting and if his bowling can only take 0 zimbabwe wickets in 3 matches then it tells you something about his bowling. He cannot farm the strike,rotate the strike well or bat for long periods of time. His batting stratgey involves smacking every ball for 6 or defending.If he has more responsiblity thrust on him when chanders replacement fails he will fail putting his side in the mire

  • POSTED BY W.indies.foreverr on | March 21, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    West indies played well, little disappointed bravo got out for duck, he has excellent ave over 45, should have scored runs, he will if we bat again. LOOKS LIKE WE WILL WIN 6 TESTS I. ROW... WEST INDIES FOREVER

  • POSTED BY kentjones on | March 21, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    @jb633 I agree with you on three points:1. Wi has an excellent chice on becoming a good side. 2. The pitches are no longer good for fast bowling. 3. We should play two frontline spinners. However I do not believe Sammy can retain his place in the test side; although I have no problem with him leading the T20. His removal will allow for more options ( Bishoo, MIller, Permaul, Narine and maybe Deonarine, let these players compete for their places)2. we must give the young pacers a chance, Gabriel has shown his capability, Holder and Beaton are also knocking vigorously on the door. These guys are young fresh and bursting at the seams. Let them loose on the opposition. Bring these players in for an occasional game. We must not rely entirely on Roach, Best and Edwards, our fast bowling stock are pretty good, lets use them. In order for WI to rise again we must exploit all our resources and ensure that we always pick the right players. Sammy is an obstacle in the latter.

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | March 21, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Re: jb633,

    No. There are enough quality quicks around. The problem is that the selectors persist with guys like Fidel Edwards for way too long, instead of bringing in Delorn Johnson or Jerome Taylor. I defy anybody that claims Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor are not class bowlers. Johnson, once he has been given a run in the test side, will surprise a lot of people. I only hope that the selectors see fit to do it sooner rather than later. Regarding the pitches and selection/make up of the attack, to play two spinners would be a waste. Deonarine, Samuels and even Gayle all add viable options as a second spinner. Its too risky to play only two front line quicks, if one is injured then you are stuck with Sammy opening the bowling. An attack comprising three from Roach, Taylor, Johnson, Gabriel or Holder, plus either Permaul, Narine or Shillingford, with support from Sammy, Samuels or Deonarine and Gayle, would bring balance and potency to the Windies bowling.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | March 21, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Pretty certain the WI batsmen and the entire Caribbean were pleased to see Cremer in the Zim lineup.

    @Krishna you're quite correct about this - "Sibanda especially needs to improve his longevity at the crease ,he alone can dismantle this Windies attack". Hamilton has Test match temperament, and the ability to dominate and boss more than Sibanda albeit with less elegance. Considering that Sibanda is an opener and vulnerable early, Hamilton is the key.

    @SuperSharky, fielding Price is a luxury not a necessity! Just like most Zimbabwe batsmen during their innings, Jarvis was fetching because he's poor, Bravo & young Powell gifted those wickets.

    I wish Shillingford all the best going forward. I certainly hope to see him feature regularly in the top 5 Test bowlers. We might not have Warne and Murali anymore, but classy guys like Ajmal, Herath, Swann & now Shillingford (I don't rate any of the Indian spinners) keep the spinners department healthy.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | March 21, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @Shawn Shawn people like you would drop Sir Donald Bradman after his 21 st test match. The greats IVA Richard and BC Lara made 10 and 17 test match ducks respectively. Bravo is one for the future. How he recovers from his first innings failure will dictate his future; if he is psychologically frail. For the record when Sir Don made his first test match duck his next innings was a double century. Cricketers are humans who occasionally FAIL.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    why west indies play Darren Bravo in all 3 format

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    I am happy for Shane Shillingford as he wasn't giving a fair share after the England tour, but Narine would have done just as well against Zimbabwe, even Samuels looks like a world class bowler not turning the ball.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | March 20, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    I think the WI side of present has an excellent chance of becoming a serious side if they are willing to reconsider how they approach the game. WI pitches are no longer good for fast bowling, the rock hard decks are a myth and they do not have the seamers to exploit them even if they were. However they do have a decent number of spinners around and they need to utilise them. At home WI should always play 2 frontline spinners and two frontline seamers with Sammy being used as the holding bowler. Over the past 3 years I just can't work out why they persist with 3 seamers and have only one spinner who looks the most threatening all game. I could not believe that Sammy was so reluctant to bowl Shillingford ealry and persisted with Roach and Best bowling their tripe. I think they need to give Bishoo another go in the longer format, I think he was harshly dealt with for no particular reason. Please reconsider selection ahead of the big series and play to your strengths.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Why no one is mentioning about Sarwan? He has got long way to go and he is good at both Test and ODI and he will be the best replacement for middle order and a good replacement for Chandrapaul.

  • POSTED BY king78787 on | March 21, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    i will now explain in great detail why the west indies hould be worried about their sides future. Chanderpaul is near retiremnt age and i cannot think of another replacement for him in this line up. Any replacement will not be half as paitent exposing the no 6 and 7. Ramdin is not good enough to bat at no6 and is only their so sammy can find his way into the side. Sammy is hit and miss with hsi batting and if his bowling can only take 0 zimbabwe wickets in 3 matches then it tells you something about his bowling. He cannot farm the strike,rotate the strike well or bat for long periods of time. His batting stratgey involves smacking every ball for 6 or defending.If he has more responsiblity thrust on him when chanders replacement fails he will fail putting his side in the mire

  • POSTED BY W.indies.foreverr on | March 21, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    West indies played well, little disappointed bravo got out for duck, he has excellent ave over 45, should have scored runs, he will if we bat again. LOOKS LIKE WE WILL WIN 6 TESTS I. ROW... WEST INDIES FOREVER

  • POSTED BY kentjones on | March 21, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    @jb633 I agree with you on three points:1. Wi has an excellent chice on becoming a good side. 2. The pitches are no longer good for fast bowling. 3. We should play two frontline spinners. However I do not believe Sammy can retain his place in the test side; although I have no problem with him leading the T20. His removal will allow for more options ( Bishoo, MIller, Permaul, Narine and maybe Deonarine, let these players compete for their places)2. we must give the young pacers a chance, Gabriel has shown his capability, Holder and Beaton are also knocking vigorously on the door. These guys are young fresh and bursting at the seams. Let them loose on the opposition. Bring these players in for an occasional game. We must not rely entirely on Roach, Best and Edwards, our fast bowling stock are pretty good, lets use them. In order for WI to rise again we must exploit all our resources and ensure that we always pick the right players. Sammy is an obstacle in the latter.

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | March 21, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Re: jb633,

    No. There are enough quality quicks around. The problem is that the selectors persist with guys like Fidel Edwards for way too long, instead of bringing in Delorn Johnson or Jerome Taylor. I defy anybody that claims Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor are not class bowlers. Johnson, once he has been given a run in the test side, will surprise a lot of people. I only hope that the selectors see fit to do it sooner rather than later. Regarding the pitches and selection/make up of the attack, to play two spinners would be a waste. Deonarine, Samuels and even Gayle all add viable options as a second spinner. Its too risky to play only two front line quicks, if one is injured then you are stuck with Sammy opening the bowling. An attack comprising three from Roach, Taylor, Johnson, Gabriel or Holder, plus either Permaul, Narine or Shillingford, with support from Sammy, Samuels or Deonarine and Gayle, would bring balance and potency to the Windies bowling.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | March 21, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Pretty certain the WI batsmen and the entire Caribbean were pleased to see Cremer in the Zim lineup.

    @Krishna you're quite correct about this - "Sibanda especially needs to improve his longevity at the crease ,he alone can dismantle this Windies attack". Hamilton has Test match temperament, and the ability to dominate and boss more than Sibanda albeit with less elegance. Considering that Sibanda is an opener and vulnerable early, Hamilton is the key.

    @SuperSharky, fielding Price is a luxury not a necessity! Just like most Zimbabwe batsmen during their innings, Jarvis was fetching because he's poor, Bravo & young Powell gifted those wickets.

    I wish Shillingford all the best going forward. I certainly hope to see him feature regularly in the top 5 Test bowlers. We might not have Warne and Murali anymore, but classy guys like Ajmal, Herath, Swann & now Shillingford (I don't rate any of the Indian spinners) keep the spinners department healthy.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | March 21, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @Shawn Shawn people like you would drop Sir Donald Bradman after his 21 st test match. The greats IVA Richard and BC Lara made 10 and 17 test match ducks respectively. Bravo is one for the future. How he recovers from his first innings failure will dictate his future; if he is psychologically frail. For the record when Sir Don made his first test match duck his next innings was a double century. Cricketers are humans who occasionally FAIL.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    why west indies play Darren Bravo in all 3 format

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    I am happy for Shane Shillingford as he wasn't giving a fair share after the England tour, but Narine would have done just as well against Zimbabwe, even Samuels looks like a world class bowler not turning the ball.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @ delboy_my sentiment exactly!! well said.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | March 21, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Honestly..

    if Sammy was a good captain instead of a good friend to Shillinford , Zimbabwe would ahve been bowled out for 140 or less....

    and Gabriel would have run through the tail and taken 5 wickets...

    Shillingford was gifted the tail by his captain .....

    but he was totally out bowled by Samuels and Gabriel ....

    I DO NOT KNOW HOW TINO BEST WAS GIVEN MORE OVERS THAN GABRIEL ...

    that was just DUMB captaincy......

    Darren Ganga used to do EXACTLY the same thing to favour his brother ...... and it is one of the MAIN reasons why Darren Ganga is no longer Captain of T&T...

    So keep it up Darren Sammy.. and see if you will not eventually share the same fate as Darren Ganga ......

    Nepotism works well against weak opposition .....

    but you will eventually be found lacking against better opponents .....

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | March 21, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Even India and SL can't produce such spinning tracks.. Good job curator.. I love to see any track that is capable of producing results(even in 3 days) rather than the ones which produces full of runs and dull draws.

  • POSTED BY jahbert58 on | March 21, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Is it that hard too bat all day in tests cricket any more. know wonder the icc is taking away test cricket from the the lesser teams. gone are the days of 5 test series. maybe the cricket fans should demand three day games and maybe they'll get their money's worth. what should happened those two remaining days should go towards odi. it's a waste of traveling expensive and time wasted. the two teams should be able to work something out. (IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE)

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | March 21, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Zimbabwe need to work on their weakness. Otherwise they might even get whitewashed by BD. BD have some good spinners in their side. Zim seems to be ok with pace.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Test cricket is a patient cat and mouse game, the game is spread over 5 days, it is always embarrassing to be bowl out on the 1st day of test cricket, hopefully they have a next day to try and get some early wickets and make a match for it, otherwise west indies will be going 6th straight in their last 6 test matches, although the oppositions are lowly rated, it is a great achievement and built of confidence for stronger opposition ......Best of luck to both sides,, enjoy your game,,,, God blessings.......

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | March 21, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    what is the point of having zimbabwe and bangladesh as test playing nations? these teams are so bad that even mediocre teams like wi and sri lanka who only have one test class bowler can beat up on them. time to restructure test cricket and either get rid of teams who are not a joy to watch, or put them in a seperate league where they will remain until they are worthy enough as opponents to compete aginst the top teams.

  • POSTED BY mar2000 on | March 21, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    WI play 3 quicks in the final eleven and on day one of the Test match the spinners did the damage on a spinner paradise of a pitch .How can the quick men be happy for self, bowling on a track with no help to them on DAY ONE .

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 21, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Zimbabwe batting is a problem. No one seems to score big and once they are set they get out and have themselves to blame. This has been happening throughout this tour but their bowling looks pretty impressive especially the fast bowler Kyle Jarvis with his swings and accuracy but he needs a wicket taking supporter/partner which so far hasn't happened.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | March 21, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Well done Shane Shillingford. I wish Narine can also excel in tests.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | March 20, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Terrible batting by Zimbabwe and poor bowling by Roach.Best seemed to get better but Roach is terrible.This is not good for W.I cricket.Two match series and you do not get to try alternate players.Bravo and Roach had been disappointing.Bravo is lost and seems to be waiting to play one stroke.Kirk Edwards should be in mind to replace him.Johnson or Beaton to replace Roach.This will most likely not happen as there is no test for awhile.I am hoping that Barath shows signs that he is back to his old self.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | March 20, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    People will moan about the insignificance of the ZIM vs WI test. Its time the ICC either have a division featuring England, Aus, IND and SA and a further division with Sri Lanka, PAK, NZ, WI, BAN, KEN, ZIM or sort out the international scheduling so that competition is better the ranking are fair. Test matches between weaker teams and the top 3 are too far apart.

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | March 20, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Australia would hate this pitch, maybe West Indies would beat them :P

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | March 20, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Is Ray Price injured?? Apart from Jarvis, Ray Price is clearly Zimbabwe's best chance of taking a wicket. It's mind-boggling why he isn't picked to play for Zimbabwe in this Test.

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | March 20, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Re: Krishna Gopaul,

    ODIs are a young man's game. By not selecting Chanderpaul, brilliant though he is, the West Indies hierarchy have probably prolonged his test career by at least a year or two. Chanders has always had slight fitness concerns when the schedules have been arduous, and in the latter stages of his magnificent career I for one am happy to see him playing THE only form of cricket that truly matters.

    Re: Ist Day's play,

    A good day for the Windies. Zimbabwe will be sorely disappointed to have folded in the manner that they did, again to the spin of Samuels and Shillingford. Gabriel was the only quick to reap rewards due to his better control, but I really can't help but feel that the selectors missed out with the exclusion of the tall aggressive left armer Delorn Johnson. His high left arm angle would have troubled the tourists and offered balance to the attack. Perhaps the next test series will see them finally select this promising young quickie. Tomorrow, bat, bat, bat

  • POSTED BY ThatsJustCricket on | March 20, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Well...what can I say? The tests have absolutely no chance of lasting 5 days, so the curators are also providing a 3rd day pitch on day 1 :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Poor Cricket by Zimbabwe ..they need to play more test cricket ,yes ; however , the batsmen have to apply themselves ,which they are'nt ,and no disrespect to the Windies bowlers ,but this was way too easy ,Sibanda especially needs to improve his longevity at the crease ,he alone can dismantle this Windies attack . In addition ,this 6 th Test win for the West Indies ,while being a positive ,cannot distract from the fact that we are horrible in One Day Cricket. Our top order is weak ,and the blame is squarely on Chris Gayle. For me ,he has not done anything about learning to play leaft arm bowlers ,whether they are slow left arm or left arm fast or medium bowlers ,very disappointing for one of the premiere batsmen in ODI. Gibson is a fool for omitting Chanderpaul from the One Day side,and we saw evidence of that when West Indies could not bat for 50 overs in ALL 5 ODIs down in Australia !!!!

  • POSTED BY VEXXZ on | March 20, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Shilly doing it again . Just excellent bowling . Still cannot believe so much turn and bounce on a first day of a 5 day Test match.

  • POSTED BY VEXXZ on | March 20, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Shilly doing it again . Just excellent bowling . Still cannot believe so much turn and bounce on a first day of a 5 day Test match.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Poor Cricket by Zimbabwe ..they need to play more test cricket ,yes ; however , the batsmen have to apply themselves ,which they are'nt ,and no disrespect to the Windies bowlers ,but this was way too easy ,Sibanda especially needs to improve his longevity at the crease ,he alone can dismantle this Windies attack . In addition ,this 6 th Test win for the West Indies ,while being a positive ,cannot distract from the fact that we are horrible in One Day Cricket. Our top order is weak ,and the blame is squarely on Chris Gayle. For me ,he has not done anything about learning to play leaft arm bowlers ,whether they are slow left arm or left arm fast or medium bowlers ,very disappointing for one of the premiere batsmen in ODI. Gibson is a fool for omitting Chanderpaul from the One Day side,and we saw evidence of that when West Indies could not bat for 50 overs in ALL 5 ODIs down in Australia !!!!

  • POSTED BY ThatsJustCricket on | March 20, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Well...what can I say? The tests have absolutely no chance of lasting 5 days, so the curators are also providing a 3rd day pitch on day 1 :)

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | March 20, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Re: Krishna Gopaul,

    ODIs are a young man's game. By not selecting Chanderpaul, brilliant though he is, the West Indies hierarchy have probably prolonged his test career by at least a year or two. Chanders has always had slight fitness concerns when the schedules have been arduous, and in the latter stages of his magnificent career I for one am happy to see him playing THE only form of cricket that truly matters.

    Re: Ist Day's play,

    A good day for the Windies. Zimbabwe will be sorely disappointed to have folded in the manner that they did, again to the spin of Samuels and Shillingford. Gabriel was the only quick to reap rewards due to his better control, but I really can't help but feel that the selectors missed out with the exclusion of the tall aggressive left armer Delorn Johnson. His high left arm angle would have troubled the tourists and offered balance to the attack. Perhaps the next test series will see them finally select this promising young quickie. Tomorrow, bat, bat, bat

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | March 20, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Is Ray Price injured?? Apart from Jarvis, Ray Price is clearly Zimbabwe's best chance of taking a wicket. It's mind-boggling why he isn't picked to play for Zimbabwe in this Test.

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | March 20, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Australia would hate this pitch, maybe West Indies would beat them :P

  • POSTED BY delboy on | March 20, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    People will moan about the insignificance of the ZIM vs WI test. Its time the ICC either have a division featuring England, Aus, IND and SA and a further division with Sri Lanka, PAK, NZ, WI, BAN, KEN, ZIM or sort out the international scheduling so that competition is better the ranking are fair. Test matches between weaker teams and the top 3 are too far apart.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | March 20, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Terrible batting by Zimbabwe and poor bowling by Roach.Best seemed to get better but Roach is terrible.This is not good for W.I cricket.Two match series and you do not get to try alternate players.Bravo and Roach had been disappointing.Bravo is lost and seems to be waiting to play one stroke.Kirk Edwards should be in mind to replace him.Johnson or Beaton to replace Roach.This will most likely not happen as there is no test for awhile.I am hoping that Barath shows signs that he is back to his old self.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | March 21, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Well done Shane Shillingford. I wish Narine can also excel in tests.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 21, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Zimbabwe batting is a problem. No one seems to score big and once they are set they get out and have themselves to blame. This has been happening throughout this tour but their bowling looks pretty impressive especially the fast bowler Kyle Jarvis with his swings and accuracy but he needs a wicket taking supporter/partner which so far hasn't happened.