.by Anura Guruge
1/ WI vs. NZ 2014 1st Test — June 11, 2014.
2/ Shillingford’s fastest 50 — June 13, 2014.
3/ Chanderpaul should bat #3 — June 13, 2014.
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I have only watched the highlights (‘hits’) from the first two days. In a few minutes, after writing a couple more posts, I will go and have my late, ‘FULL’ (day-off from running) breakfast and watch at least 40 minutes of Day 3.
The Day 2 batting by the West Indies was CLASS — and I have over the decades watched enough WI innings to know true class when I see it. This was not vintage but it was getting there. Kraigg Brathwaite was a revelation. 21 years old. He did good. Still not convinced about Darren Bravo though he too did good. Some beautiful, heart warming shots. The straight drives from both of them were so divine. I am sure the straight driving is a positive from ODIs. The West Indies play straight more than they hook. Actually they, in reality, rarely hook. More a pull shot as opposed to a Gordon Greenidge, Roy Fredericks, Collis King, Vivian Richards or a Clive Llyod, pivot on your heels, full-blooded hooks. [And when it comes to hooking I will confess that I was a fairly decent exponent too.]
Good game. Good test. Really enjoying it. Yes, of course, it helps if the Indies are batting like champs.
Well 3 more days to go.