|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
November 20, 2007
Bob Woolmer was a "little depressed" following his team's exit from the World Cup and he was looking forward to going home, according to an email that may have been his final words before his death in Kingston, Jamaica last March.
The email, which was sent to his wife, Gill, was read to jurors at the inquest into Woolmer's death. "Hi, darling, feeling a little depressed currently as you might imagine," the message started. "I am not sure which is worse, being knocked out in the semi-final at Edgbaston or now in the first round. Our batting performance was abysmal and my worse fears were realised ... I could tell the players were for some reason not able to fire themselves up."
He went on to say that he was glad not to have to travel to Guyana and was looking forward to seeing his family again. "I hope your day was better but I doubt it as you were probably watching ... not much more to add I am afraid but I still love you lots."
Mark Shields, Jamaica's deputy police commissioner who was at the heart of the investigation, read the email to jurors. He is among the final witnesses in the inquest which is expected to finish this week.
The fifth week of the inquest got off to a bizarre start when a subpoenaed witness failed to turn up. David Wong Ken, a local DJ who claimed to have evidence about Woolmer's death, failed to appear under instruction from his lawyer. "I take full responsibility for him not being here," his representative said. "It would be an exercise in futility, and a side-show that should not be allowed."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
Virat Kohli's innings on the final day transcended the conditions, the bowlers and his batting partners, and when it was all in vain, he displayed remarkable grace in defeat
The new stand-in captain has the makings of a long-term leader, given his ability to stay ahead of the game
Both batsmen seemingly have buckets of talent at their disposal and the backing of their captains, but soft dismissals relentlessly follow both around the Test arena
The failed gamble of handing Karn Sharma a Test debut despite him having a moderate first-class record means India have to rethink who their spinner will be
Turning your back on a system that the whole cricketing world wants a discussion on, refusing to discuss it because it is not 100%, is not good enough
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test