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My “West Indies”, After A Decade, Play Like They Are Supposed To & Live Up To Their Storied Heritage.

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The 1st Test, West Indies v England, in Barbados, was something else. WOW. What a match. What sterling performances. 202* by Jason Holder no less. I like Jason, so this was good. Also Shane Dowrich. 116* by him.

England went in facing a target of 628 runs. 628 runs. This by the ‘modern’ West Indies. Hard to believe but true.

I kept on waiting for them to collapse as they so often have done in the last decade. Darren Bravo’s return didn’t impress. And in the 2nd innings they did collapse to 6-120. I expected the worse at that point. Then a 295 run, unbroken, stand. WOW. Just like the old days.

It was so amazing to watch. Just like the West Indians on the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

Lets hope that this new found form and purpose continues. It will do us, the long-suffering supporters, a world of good.


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Why The England Cricket Team Is Wearing Black Armbands During 1st Test Against Windies.

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I, of course, watched the highlights. Good game, so far. Windies did better than I had expected, but, again not surprisingly, caved towards the end. But, a better score than many, including I, would have dared predict.

But, I wasn’t sure as to who the black armbands were for. Had to look it up.

Ruth Strauss. Interesting. I wasn’t that familiar with Andrew, never mind the wife. But, he was a former captain and many of the players must have known both of them. So, it was good that they decided to show their respects.

Could prove to be quite the game. Let’s hope that it lasts at least 4-days.


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New Zealand’s Win Over Pakistan By 4-Runs, In The 1st Test, In Abu Dhabi, Was A Doozy.

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Wow. What a last day (the 4th). I have been following the whole series, the T20s, ODIs & now the 1st Test, with interest and joy. Some good, exciting cricket.

I had watched the Test match highlights each day — some while having lunch and the rest at night, over dinner. Exciting Test match.

Hats off, most certainly, to New Zealand. A totally unexpected win — against the grain. It only became a possibility right at the end. Poor Pakistan. They showed one of their fans, a middle-aged man, crying.

Amazing spin bowling by the debutant — Ajaz Patel. This was good for cricket.


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Test Matches Should NOT Be Played In Empty Stadiums — It Is NOT Cricket.

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I have already talked about this. Click image to access my post.


I have just been watching the highlights of the Pakistan v Australia 1st Test in Dubai, UAE.

It is bloody amazing. TOTALLY EMPTY STADIUM.

Just a sea of empty blue seats.

I do NOT think there is even 100 people there if you don’t count the teams and the support staff.

You cannot play Test cricket in an empty stadium. It just kills your spirits.

There should be an asterix in the record books for all Tests played where the average attendance was less than 10,000/day.

This is a travesty.

The ICC should NOT permit this. The umpires should call the match off. I am NOT kidding.


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Sri Lanka’s Constantly ‘Thanking God’ Niroshan Dickwella Is Run Out — Did God Forsake Him!

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Another example. Note hand is higher. Closer to grill.


The 1st innings run out. June 8, 2018. From YouTube. youtube.com/watch?v=p-ZtuDHnhsY


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Yes, of course, a lot of cricketers from various countries seek divine help especially when they are batting — and give ‘thanks’ — with eyes pointing up — when they reach a meaningful milestone.

Sri Lanka’s obviously Christian Niroshan Dickwella (from Sri Lanka’s 10% Christian minority) has taken this to ridiculous extremes.

When he is batting he is INCESSANTLY ‘crossing’ himself. Yes, some players do that once when they first come in … Not, Dickwella. He is crossing himself every few minutes. He kind of gets distracting and obnoxious.

But, we cricketers are a superstitious lot and I will indulge Dickwella in his giving thanks to God — so blatantly and constantly.

What puzzles me is how he reconciles his faith and trust in God when he gets out — especially this run out, on Day 3 (June 8, 2018) of the 1st Test against the Windies. It was pretty stupid. He was strolling oblivious that Braithwaite was going to take a shy at the stumps. Now God could have saved him. But, God forsook him! What does he do then? You don’t see him crossing himself when he gets out (or drops a catch).

That is my dilema. How does he rationalize his failures?

He also got suspended by the ICC for two ODI matches. God didn’t bail him out. But, he seems to ignore these let downs. Strange. Very strange.


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Windies v Sri Lanka 1st Test In Trinidad Being Played In An Empty Stadium.

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This was worse than the proverbial ‘one man and his dog’ because I couldn’t even spot a dog on the ground.

I think the crowd size was less than 100. Tops …. maximum counting all the staff etc. 250. It was a picture of space and emptiness.

Also, compared to other venues there was an acute shortage of advertising. First time in YEARS that I have actually see the boundary rope — sans advertising cushions.

No wonder the West Indies have financial troubles. The only revenue would have been from TV rights.

This is crazy. I know they all have to play a certain number of Tests to retain Test status but this was not the right series. They would have been better off not having any Tests and playing a few ODIs and T20s.


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A Test Win By Sri Lanka On 70th Anniversary, Independence Day, February 4, 2018, Will Make Their DAY!

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Having ‘just’ watched close-of-play, Day 4, on February 3, 2018 — I would have to say that Sri Lanka has a VERY GOOD chance of winning this 1st Test on Sunday, February 4 — Independence Day. With luck, they might even be able to get it done by mid-afternoon.

That would be VERY special for Sri Lanka.

An impressive Google Doodle and a Test Win. Doesn’t get much better than that.


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Famous & Climatic Victory By Sri Lanka Over Pakistan In The 1st Test In Abu Dhabi.

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From ‘cricinfo.com’ at: espncricinfo.com/series


Impressive stuff — BUT I have seen Sri Lanka do this, i.e., defend a small total on a turning 5th-day pitch with their gifted spinners, in this case Rangana Herath. That he got 400 wickets at the conclusion is quite an achievement. But, at 39, it is unlikely he will get much beyond 500 — at that. So, he will not be challenging those high in the table.

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Once Pakistan lost 4 wickets I knew their goose was cooked.

Sri Lanka did well, especially after the 0-9 drubbing they had received from India last month.

The last 1.5 days were exciting. Good Test cricket. This was good for the game and GOOD for Sri Lanka. I am glad.


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Sri Lanka v Australia 2016 2nd Test (Galle) — What A Match; Historic Series Win By Sri Lanka.

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From cricinfo.com‘ (of course).

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The 2nd Test, in Galle, was quite the epic. 22 wickets fell in the 2nd day. Starc getting 11 wickets in the match and Dilruwan Perera getting 6 for 70 in the second innings.

Who would have thought that Australia would CRUMBLE, this easy, for the 2nd time in a ROW! Wow.

The 1st Test was amazing too. Who would have bet on Sri Lanka winning after their 1st innings.

Tremendous come back from Sri Lanka after their shellacking in England. I guess it is true what they say that the Sri Lankans are hard to beat at home.

Well done. Great cricket.

So much cricket on TAP (yet again). I can’t keep up.


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