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  • Uncertainty looms over the planned tours by Ireland and Sri Lankan cricket teams

    Posted on June 12, 2014 by Selby

    Karachi: Uncertainty looms over the planned tours by Ireland and Sri Lankan cricket teams to Pakistan this year following the terrorist attacks at the Karachi airport here."We were going to sign an agreement with the Ireland cricket body on the sidelines of the ICC executive board meeting in Melbourne this month. They had agreed to come and play three one-day internationals in Lahore in September," a senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI.

    "We had also got positive vibes from Sri Lankan cricket authorities about the invitation we sent them last month to come and play a short one-day series anytime this year."

    "But now, after this attack, it would be fair to say these projects appear very dim," the official added.

    He said the idea to invite Ireland came about as the board was keen to have some sort of international cricket in Pakistan.

    "The English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke had played a part in helping us in this project and convincing Ireland it was safe to play in Pakistan and we would provide them top security," he said.

    "But now it appears everything has gone down the drain," he said.

    No Test team has played in Pakistan since March 2009, when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in which six Pakistani policemen and a van driver were killed and some of the visiting players also wounded leading to abandonment of the tour.

    PCB chairman Najam Sethi had in recent press interactions hinted at giving some good news to Pakistani cricket fans and supporters and insisted the board was making serious efforts to get international cricket back to Pakistan.

    Another official said the Sri Lankans had also reacted positively to the invitation sent to them.

    "Now we have to start afresh and this incident also means that now when we go to the ICC meeting to sign bilateral agreements with different boards for the next five to eight years it will be hard convincing them to keep the option of playing in Pakistan open," the official said.

    He said Pakistan had negotiated well with some boards who had agreed to play bilateral series as part of the new FTP calender.

    Tony Selby

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  • As Jos Buttler going to be in the news especially at Edgbaston a quick profile update

    Posted on June 2, 2014 by Selby

    Full name Joseph Charles Buttler
    Born 8 September 1990 (age 23)
    Taunton, Somerset, England
    Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
    Batting style Right-handed
    Role Batsman, Wicket-keeper
    International information
    National side
    ODI debut (cap 226) 21 February 2012 v Pakistan
    Last ODI 31 May 2014 v Sri Lanka
    ODI shirt no. 63
    T20I debut (cap 54) 31 August 2011 v India
    Last T20I 20 May 2014 v Sri Lanka
    T20I shirt no. 63
    Domestic team information
    Years Team
    2009–2013 Somerset (squad no. 15)
    2013–2014 Melbourne Renegades
    2014–present Lancashire (squad no. 6)
    Career statistics
    Competition ODI T20I FC LA
    Matches 32 36 51 93
    Runs scored 732 506 2,283 2,730
    Batting average 33.27 22.00 32.61 49.63
    100s/50s 1/4 0/2 3/12 3/19
    Top score 121 67 144 121
    Balls bowled 12
    Wickets 0
    Bowling average
    5 wickets in innings
    10 wickets in match n/a n/a n/a
    Best bowling
    Catches/stumpings 48/4 10/1 91/2 92/9
    Source: CricketArchive, 31 May 2014

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  • Jos Buttler produced arguably England's greatest one-day innings

    Posted on June 2, 2014 by Selby

    Jos Buttler produced arguably England's greatest one-day innings - his first ODI hundred, the fastest for the country and the fastest at Lord's - but Sri Lanka clung on to level the series in a contest that became gripping during the latter stages of the chase.

    Buttler's 61-ball century, eclipsing the 69-ball record of Kevin Pietersen at East London, brought England's requirement down to 12 off the final over but Lasith Malinga held his nerve as Chris Jordan holed out and Buttler was run out for 121 off 74 with two balls of the innings remaining.

    He had come to the crease to join Ravi Bopara with England listing on 111 for 5 in the 29th over with the innings having included just four boundaries. They proceeded to add 133 in 16.2 overs to bring the equation down to 62 required off the last six when Bopara top edged a sweep off Ajantha Mendis.


    But Buttler responded by taking 20 off the next over - bowled by Nuwan Kulasekara - including two skimming sixes over extra cover. Jordan dug out singles and twos where he could, scampering manically between the wickets, although it was basically down to Buttler who reached his hundred with a brace off Mendis. The force was with England but a single to Buttler off the first ball of the final over ate up a priceless delivery, especially when no runs were scored as Jordan was dismissed next ball at long-on.

    It was a breathless finish to a match that was seemingly dribbing to a rather soporific conclusion. England needed to achieve their highest chase on home soil to seal the series after Sri Lanka posted 300 for 9 but for more than half the chase there was barely a whimper. They lurched to 10 for 2 against a supreme new-ball spell by Malinga and could never find the impetus to mount a challenge. At one point they went 130 deliveries without hitting a boundary before Buttler began his mission with a reverse sweep in the 31st over.


    It was a performance that added fuel to well-worn arguments that England do not possess the required top-order power when a large score - and 300 is no longer the gargantuan total it was - is either there to be chased down or needed to be set. At one point Alastair Cook could be seen with head in hands on the balcony. He perked up during Buttler's onslaught, but his overriding emotion is likely to be one of frustration.


    Sri Lanka would have struggled to accept this match slipping away although some of their bowling and fielding slipped under pressure. But they ultimately claimed victory and for much of the game it was another display of their resilience. Conditions were markedly different from Old Trafford yet it was still another striking turnaround having been bowled out for 67 three days ago led by Kumar Sangakkara's first hundred at Lord's.


    Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan added 172 for the second wicket - Sri Lanka's third best stand for that wicket in ODIs - to form the backbone of the total. Although England fought back in the final 10 overs, a final-ball boundary by Mendis enabled Sri Lanka to cross the psychological 300 marker: England had only ever chased down more than 300 twice in their ODI history.

    Sangakkara's innings will not get him a spot on the honours board - that is reserved for Test hundreds - but it did tick off one of the missing milestones in an illustrious career.


    His previous best at Lord's in any format was 65 and he needed 13 balls to get off the mark but then progressed silkily to his hundred off 95 deliveries. The first of his 14 boundaries, a hook against Chris Jordan, did not come until his 27th ball but it was the three in a row he took off Joe Root that really launched his innings. When he was stumped off James Tredwell in the 43rd over he left to a standing ovation.

    Sangakkara worked hard to find his timing before he clicked into gear with three consecutive boundaries off Root; twice using his feet to loft down the ground and then a peachy cover drive. Beautiful footwork also helped him beat mid-on off Tredwell and he latched on to loose deliveries from Ravi Bopara, who strayed on both sides of the wicket. The 10 overs combined of Bopara and Root cost 76 runs.

    Sangakkara and Dilshan joined forces after Kusal Perera, brought in as Sri Lanka shuffled their order, edged a wild mow to slip. Dilshan scratched around, reaching 13 off 29 deliveries, before scooping James Anderson and following that with another boundary to fine leg.

    Dilshan brought up his half-century the ball after Sangakkara but it always more of a battle for him. His last 21 runs soaked up 37 deliveries and he was also discomforted after a collision with Root in the bowler's follow through.


    He fell in the first over of the batting Powerplay, attempting to scoop a full delivery from Anderson which took leg stump, and England regained a semblance of control. Mahela Jayawardene has been short of runs in this series and it was a scratchy innings from him. The final 10 overs brought 83 runs, fewer than Sri Lanka would have wanted.


    Malinga produced a wicked four-over spell, trapping Cook lbw with one that swung back in and was overturned by the DRS and then finding Ian Bell's edge to slip. He did not concede a run until his 18th delivery and even then it was a squirted edge to third man.


    Root and Gary Ballance tried to rebuild but it was painful progress. After the first 10 overs England were 34 for 2 and there was precious little lifting of the run rate. Ballance struggled against the spin of the recalled Ajantha Mendis and Sachithra Senanayake before edging a reverse sweep which summed up the innings which used 69 deliveries. Root had only faced one ball fewer when he top edged to fine leg.


    England put great stock in the ability of their middle order but the asking rate was approaching eight when Eoin Morgan walked in and did not dip. Morgan could not find the boundary in 16 balls and was then stumped. The game appeared up. It wasn't. What followed was epic and will give England much food for thought. For Sri Lanka there was just relief.

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  • Peter Moores makes an impressive return as England Cricket Coach

    Posted on May 11, 2014 by Selby


    One-day international, Aberdeen:

    England 167-6 (20 overs) beat Scotland 133-9 (20 overs) by 39 runs (D/L method)
    Match scorecard

    England beat Scotland by 39 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-reduced one-day international to give Peter Moores a winning start in his second spell as head coach.

    After showers delayed the start until 16:00 BST, Ian Bell scored 50 to help England reach 167-6 in 20 overs.

    Michael Leask kept Scotland in contention with 42 off 16 balls.

    But his wicket triggered a collapse as the Scots slumped from 95-4 to 133-9, with James Tredwell taking 4-40.

    The unlikely venue of Mannofield Park in Aberdeen provided the backdrop for the start of a new era in English cricket as they look to recover from a chastening winter in which they were whitewashed in the Ashes and crashed out of the World Twenty20 at the Super 10 stage.

    Cricket memorabilia from England v Scotland First class matches is increasing in popularity and we hope to have signed cricket bats and autographed cricket memorabilia from the match

    Moores, who has replaced Andy Flower to reprise a role he held between 2007 and 2009, handed a debut to Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer Harry Gurney.

    Brilliant Bell

    Ian Bell surpassed Alec Stewart to become England's second-highest one-day run-scorer.

    Paul Collingwood is top of the pile with 5,092 runs, followed by Bell on 4,685, Stewart on 4,677 and Kevin Pietersen on 4,422.

    But for much of the day, it looked unlikely that any match would take place as persistent rain swept across the ground.

    However, 17 minutes before the final cut-off time for a match to start, Alastair Cook and Bell walked out to bat after being put in by Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer.

    The veteran duo quickly settled into a steady groove as they put on 87 for the first wicket.

    Bell was more aggressive, bringing up his fifty off 33 balls only to get be bowled by the following delivery when he missed a paddle sweep at Rob Taylor.

    Further rain resulted in the match being reduced from 23 to 20 overs, but England continued to bat with authority in spite of some outstanding Scottish fielding.

    Cook was brilliantly caught on the boundary by a running Calum MacLeod for 44 and Jos Buttler fell to an even better catch by Rob Taylor, who reached above his head to pluck the ball out of the air.

    Eoin Morgan kept England on course for an imposing total with some clean hitting before he was caught behind slashing at a wide ball from Iain Wardlaw.

    England's summer series

    20 May - 3 June: Twenty20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka

    12 June: First of two Tests against Sri Lanka

    9 July: First of five Tests v India

    27 August: First of five ODIs and one T20 against India

    Josh Davey took two wickets in two balls in the final over but Chris Jordan ensured England ended on a high when he thrashed the last ball of the innings down the ground for six.

    James Anderson denied Scotland a fast start when he bowled both openers inside the first three overs.

    Buttler did his chances of replacing Matt Prior as England's Test wicketkeeper no favours when he dropped a regulation chance to remove Coetzer.

    But Scotland's captain did not go on to make the innings his team required as he was bowled around his legs in Tredwell's first over.

    Leask entertained the crowd and kept the contest alive with three huge sixes off Ravi Bopara and Tredwell.

    But just when Cook was beginning to look concerned, Leask picked out Anderson, who took the catch on the long-on boundary at the second attempt.

    From then on, the Scots imploded with four further wickets falling in the next five overs to guarantee England a morale-boosting victory.

    England will next face Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 international on 20 May before five one-day matches and 2 Tests.

    Tony Selby

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  • Peter Moores confirmed as England head coach

    Posted on April 20, 2014 by Selby

    Peter Moores factfile

    • Born 18 December, 1962 in Macclesfield
    • First-class appearances: 231
    • Wins County Championship as coach with Sussex in 2003
    • England coach, April 2007 - January 2009
    • Test record as coach - played 22, won eight, lost six, drawn eight
    • ODI record as coach - played 36, won 14, lost 18, tied one, no-result three
    • T20 record as coach - played 10, won five, lost five
    • Coaches Lancashire to 2011 County championship

    The Lancashire coach, 51, previously led the national team between 2007-09 but was sacked after being involved in a dispute with batsman Kevin Pietersen.

    Moores, who took Lancashire to the 2011 County Championship title, succeeds Andy Flower, who resigned in January after a 5-0 Ashes defeat by Australia.

    "Peter is the outstanding coach of his generation. This is the future," said England managing director Paul Downton.

    "Things are so delicate around the England camp. At least Peter Moores knows how the system works.

    "He hasn't played international cricket himself and that was an issue as far as Kevin Pietersen was concerned, that credibility of never having been out there and played Test cricket or one-day international cricket himself, when they fell out in 2009.

    "But Pietersen isn't there any more and it's a very different England set-up now - new players are coming in and having to work very hard to get over what has happened this winter."

    "He will return to the role as England head coach with a great deal more experience and understanding of the challenges that the role presents," added Downton, who replaced Hugh Morris as MD and commenced his role in January. "I believe that this is his time."

    Moores will take charge of England's Test, one-day international and Twenty20 teams, a position one-day coach Ashley Giles had been favourite for following Flower's resignation.

    Giles lost what proved to be his final match with the limited overs side, a World T20 game against minnows the Netherlands last month, but Downton said: "The defeat didn't cost Ashley Giles his job.

    "I think this has just come too early for Ashley - but it's by no means the end - I'll be surprised if he doesn't come back and maybe in the future he will be England coach."

    Others under consideration for the post included Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell, Sussex's Mark Robinson and former Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss.

    Downton revealed that "advanced negotiations" were in place to appoint an assistant coach, thought to be current Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace, who formerly worked at Kent and Yorkshire.

    "In the past we have split the roles, but a senior assistant seemed to be the best way forward. I'm comfortable if we can make that appointment it will work well," Downton added.

    Moores led England in seven Test series, starting with a 3-0 win over West Indies, after replacing Duncan Fletcher as coach before a breakdown in his relationship with then captain Pietersen.

    A former Worcestershire and Sussex wicketkeeper, Moores was appointed as Lancashire coach in February 2009 on a three-year contract, having previously led Sussex to the County Championship title in 2003.

    Lancashire had not won the championship outright since 1934 when he arrived. They ended the long wait in 2011 but were relegated 12 months later, bouncing back as Division Two champions last year.

    "It's exciting," he said of his return to the international arena. "I loved my time the first time round. I would do certain things differently, but I'm looking forward to another go and building for the future.

    "No one has a right to the job at all. You have to earn that right.

    "Since being England coach first time I've had five years at Lancashire which I've loved. Coaches have to develop and I think I've done that, and I'm looking forward to bringing that back here.

    "You learn from mistakes. You develop. I look back at last time and I'm proud of some of the things that happened. But you try and help players as a coach, you learn to help people in a better way. That's something I've got better at over time and can hopefully bring that to the set-up."

    England Test and ODI captain Alastair Cook was the third member of the panel at the media conference and he said: "For me it's a very exciting time, I've kind of been in limbo since Andy Flower resigned. It's going to be small steps and it's going to take time to rebuild."

    England's next match is a one-day game against Scotland on 9 May.

    That precedes a limited-overs and Test series against Sri Lanka, which starts with a Twenty20 match at The Oval on 20 May.

    Cricket Update

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  • England Ladies World Twenty20 Cricket win over South Africa

    Posted on April 5, 2014 by Selby

    England (102-1 off 16.4)) ladies great 9 wicket win against SA(101 off 19.5) to reach the final of the Women's World Twenty20 . England helped by five run-outs  dismissed South Africa for 101, with only Chloe Tryon on 40 runs and Mignon du Preez  scoring 23 making double figures.

    Cricket memorabilia will be available from this prestigious match from April 8, currently we have autographed cricket bats and signed tour paraphernalia

    With England looking for a third straight  Twenty20 World Cup  the Aussies have it all to do in Sunday's final.

    Looks like a promising start to the England season!!!

    Tony Selby

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  • Umpires, Frank Chester Herbert George Baldwin 1948 Cricket Memorabilia and controversial modern day decisions

    Posted on April 3, 2014 by Selby

    Worst LBW decision ever

    A culmination of circumstance appears to be effecting "match in play" umpiring decisions. The DRS, decision review system which was first introduced in Test Cricket in 2008 India v Sri Lanka, is there for the sole purpose of testing controversial decisions by Umpires and deciding whether the player is out or not

    We currently have a number of items of items of Cricket Memorabilia, signed team sheets and signed cricket bats which have also been signed by the Umpires, Frank Chester Herbert George Baldwin in the 1948 4th test England v Australia at Headingley (AUS won by 7 wickets resulting in a 3-0 series win) a very fine example is a fully signed cricket bat in good condition with legible signatures

    Today bad light and weather decisions are often contradictory as are some fine catches taken low in the infield which are now decided upon by the 3rd umpire. A recent decision giving  Mahela Jayawardene the benefit on his first delivery was seen to be incorrect and proved to be game changing, camera angles in these circumstances can be misleading, yet are regarded as the final word

    The Ladies second semi final T20 England v South Africa takes place at Dhaka on Friday, which will be watched with interest Cricket Collectables hope to add to their Ladies memorabilia with some match signed cricket bats and teamsheets

    Lydia Greenway looks a fair bet at 9/2 to make the most runs!!!

    Tony Selby

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  • Bangladesh v West Indies, T20, Mirpur Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on March 26, 2014 by Selby

    West Indies had batted poorly against India in a seven-wicket defeat on Sunday. Their batsmen didn't look entirely convincing against Bangladesh either, but they scored 171, thanks to Dwayne Smith's 43-ball 72 and some amateurish work in the field.

    The target proved well beyond the reach of the hosts, who were bowled out for 98. Dew, which had been a big factor in Mushfiqur Rahim sending West Indies in at the toss, barely played a role as Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine and Krishmar Santokie - a left-arm seamer by definition but a quickish left-arm spinner in reality - had no difficulty in gripping the ball in achieving figures of 12-0-49-8 between them.

    Badree and Santokie sent back three of Bangladesh's most dangerous batsmen within first four overs. Tamim Iqbal went first, driving Badree uppishly to a diving Dwayne Bravo at mid-off. Bravo would later throw an even harsher light on the gulf between the two fielding sides by hurling himself to his right at point to grab a low one-handed catch and dismiss Mushfiqur.

    Before that, though, Santokie struck twice in two balls with his slower offcutters. First, he spun it past the groping outside edge of the right-handed Anamul Haque for Denesh Ramdin to effect a brilliant stumping, then spun his next ball through the gate of the left-handed Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh were 16 for 3 in 3.2 overs and the match, as a contest, was over.

    Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur fought on for the next six overs, but the required rate was always running away from Bangladesh. Once the two were dismissed, Badree - who finished with four wickets - and the rest of West Indies' attack had no trouble running through the rest. In the end, the margin of victory reflected Bangladesh's inadequacies rather than anything spectacular from West Indies.

    Having been sent in, West Indies, for most part, had struggled to put Bangladesh's bowlers away on a slow pitch. Smith, who had scratched his way to 11 off 29 balls against India, was in much better touch though, and provided West Indies impetus that they never lost despite their two best batsmen - Gayle and Marlon Samuels - facing 70 balls between them for 66.

    Smith profited from some poor bowling, particularly from Sohag Gazi. Smith greeted the offspinner by sweeping him for two fours off his first two balls, both of which were directed towards leg stump, a dodgy idea with fine leg in the circle.

    In the 10th over, Smith struck him for four successive fours. He manufactured the first - a reverse-sweep off a decent ball, but the next three came from ordinary deliveries that would have disappeared in any format of the game. The last of these, a flat-batted sweep, took Smith to 50. The landmark had come up in 34 balls.

    Despite this, West Indies' run rate, at the end of the 10th over, was still under eight an over. At the other end, Gayle was playing a bizarre innings. It wasn't a surprise that he was slow off the blocks - he usually is before picking up the rate later. That simply didn't happen today. Part of this had to do with Gayle struggling to time the ball on a slow pitch, and part of it had to do with intent - unless the ball was in his hitting zone, he simply didn't go after it. He was slow between the wickets too, and appeared in some discomfort, suggesting he might not have been fully fit.

    After Smith's dismissal in the 12th over, Mushfiqur brought on Shakib Al Hasan for the first time, and the left-arm spinner struck first ball getting Lendl Simmons stumped down the leg side as he went off on a strange wander out of the crease.

    In came Samuels, who added 53 in 37 balls with Gayle even though neither batsman looked particularly threatening, as Bangladesh's fielding disintegrated despite two blinders from Tamim. Gayle went from 26 from 38 - at that point the second-slowest score of 25 or more in the history of international T20 - to 30 from 39 - the 14th slowest - courtesy Anamul's slippery fingers at long-on. In the next over, the 17th, Mushfiqur let successive deliveries from Shakib scoot between his legs for four byes. In the last two overs, Bangladesh also dropped three catches - Mahmudullah's two missed chances at long-off adding eight runs to Darren Sammy's score.

    Al-Amin Hossain bowled a tight last over, picking up three wickets, but would have wished the spell had been part of a better team performance.

    tony selby



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  • Cricket Memorabilia - some interesting items at past auction sales

    Posted on March 13, 2014 by Selby

    Some items of cricket memorabilia  sold at auction

    Keith "Nugget" Miller (1919-2004) Notts, Nsw, Vic, Mcc, was an Australian Test cricketer and a Royal Australian Air Force pilot during the second World war he was capped 53 times scoring 28,377 First Class runs  –  in 2004, £16,000 was paid for the cap worn during the 1954 -55 season  the year after he led NSW to the Sheffield Shield title, Miller may well have been Australia greatest all rounder

    Garry Sobers, The Legendary  left handed West Indian batsman who in 1968 hit six consecutive sixes in one over  in a County match playing for Notts against Glamorgan. the last ball to be  used during this memorable County innings was sold at auction in 2006 for £26,000

    Victor Trumper (NSW, AUS) 214 runs not out, top test score, 300 not out in First Class cricket, Victor's green cap,  sold at auction for £33.500, playing for Australia in England in 1902 Victor scored 2750 in 53 innings To quote Plum Warner"No one ever played so naturally. Batting seemed just part of himself, and he was as modest as he was magnificent.

    The bat used by Don Bradman during the 1946-7 Ashes series sold for £42,484) at  Auctions in December 2012, Sid Barnes and Bradman made a record 5th wicket partnership of 405 runs (both Sid and Don scored 234 runs in the 2nd Test)

    Tony Selby


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  • Bopara was calmness personified in Antigua as England batsmen flapped all around him and his unbeaten 38 secured a desperately-needed victory in a mundane contest.

    Posted on March 3, 2014 by Selby

    Ravi Bopara has been an England batting enigma: a man proud of his streetwise upbringing in East London but rarely able to bring that sense of astuteness to the 22 yards of turf that will make or break his cricketing reputation. But Bopara was calmness personified in Antigua as England batsmen flapped all around him and his unbeaten 38 secured a desperately-needed victory in a mundane contest.

    This three-match series will be settled on the same ground on Wednesday and one hopes it will be more enthralling than this. At least England's stumbling display racked up the tension before they edged home by three wickets with more than five overs to spare. After a winter like the one they have endured, they will accept the win with relief.

    A year ago, the England side contesting this ODI series in the Caribbean would have been presumed to be a 2nd XI. That might be regarded by some as an alibi, as a reason for patience, but without Bopara's poise, skittishly supported in an eighth-wicket stand of 58 by his captain Stuart Broad on a day when his luck was in, it would also have been presented as proof of the pitiful levels to which England's one-day cricket has sunk.

    A turgid pitch, an eminently achievable target of 160 for all that, a maladroit batting performance: such was the story of a humdrum match in which England combined bewilderment against the spin of Sunil Narine with a series of soft dismissals. Had Broad's contest with Ravi Rampaul not been so blessed - a decision overturned on review, a hook falling safely at fine leg, a drop by Dwayne Bravo at slip - West Indies might have been celebrating a series win.


    Ravi Bopara was very composed in getting England back on track, West Indies v England, 2nd ODI, North Sound, March 2, 2014

    Ravi Bopara stayed cool to steer England home © Getty Images 


    Shorn not just of the ego of Kevin Pietersen, but the more socially acceptable egos of Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales because of injury (the prognosis on both, incidentally, is more encouraging), England began by looking short of nous. Moeen Ali hooked into the wind, Luke Wright was bowled as he consistently failed to read Narine and when Michael Lumb's innings came to grief courtesy of Nikita Miller's lbw, self-doubt set in.

    Root played Narine well, but he was deceived by a Dwayne Bravo delivery that stuck slightly in the wicket. Jos Buttler fell first ball, failing to ride the bounce of a bumper down the leg side, and Tim Bresnan was excellently run out by Dwayne Bravo from wide mid-on. In between that, Ben Stokes tickled Miller onto his pad and looped a catch to Denesh Ramdin, and chose to walk even as the umpire Joel Wilson shook his head. Stokes should not be castigated for his integrity, not for one moment, but one can bet that some place, some time, he will receive an homily about "professionalism".

    If they were grateful for Stokes's honesty, West Indies had reason to be aggrieved about a pivotal event in their innings - the dismissal of Dwayne Bravo. From the moment TV umpire Marais Erasmus ruled Jos Buttler's stumping of Bravo was legitimate, West Indies' flow silted up like a Somerset river. The dismissal came the ball before the compulsory Powerplay and, instead of marching into it with two batsmen set - Bravo and Lendl Simmons - they reached it at 133 for 5 and lost five more wickets for 26, Rampaul illustrating their mental collapse when he holed out at long-off against James Tredwell with more than five overs left.

    The on-field umpires had turned to Erasmus when Bravo was drawn down the pitch by Tredwell and Buttler lost the ball in the process of completing the stumping. Buttler conceded that he was unsure when the ball had escaped his grasp and TV replays seemed maddeningly inconclusive, but not so for Erasmus who ruled that Bravo was out. Ottis Gibson, West Indies' coach, did not hide his exasperation, rising from his laptop to hold out his hands towards the middle in disbelief.

    Stephen Parry, England's debutant left-arm spinner, finished with three wickets and the man-of-the-match award. Parry is very much a one-day specialist, having played only six first-class matches by the age of 28. He acquitted himself well, showing none of the qualms suffered by another Lancashire slow left-armer, Simon Kerrigan, on his Test debut against Australia at The Oval last season.

    His contribution in the batting Powerplay was crucial. Simmons had again played judiciously and when he struck Parry over long-on for six, the stakes were ramped up. Parry held his nerve, the next ball was a touch shorter, and Simmons's half-hearted attempt at a repeat fell well short. As West Indies fell away, Parry picked off Darren Sammy at short midwicket and had Sunil Narine stumped, this time a fail-safe affair from Buttler.

    The first half of West Indies' innings was a drag. For those who missed the first one-day international in Antigua, the teams staged a repeat. England again managed four wickets by halfway, West Indies' top order played with a bit more energy, but effectively the outcome was the same: a collection of spin bowlers drawing suspicion from West Indies' batsmen as they wheeled away to good effect.

    Root's dismissal of Kirk Edwards was the highlight, owing much to a fast catch by Tredwell at slip as the batsman tried to force through the offside. Broad had good moments against the Bravos, causing Darren to drag on from the wicket and finding enough venom in a bouncer to strike Dwayne on helmet and neck and necessitate treatment.

    If Broad could therefore claim to have two Bravos, it was Bopara who ultimately got three cheers. Sheepish cheers perhaps, but it was a celebration that England desperately needed. "We made it quite hard work for ourselves," Broad said.

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