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My “West Indies” Win The 2nd Test & Series — Against England To Boot. Wow. Just Like The Ol’ Days.

by Anura Guruge


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The huge 381-run victory, against England, in the 1st Test match, at Brisbane, was special. But, I have seen enough disappointments, of late, to have got to excited and get my hopes up.

And then this … even with the death of Alzarri Joesph’s Mother on the morning of the 3rd Day. They played just like they used to play. It was a pleasure and to see my ol’ buddy Viv, in the stands, standing and applauding, made my day.

Wow. Have we finally turned the page? About time, I may add. But, cricket is a funny ol’ game. We still have another match and I see that Captain Jason Holder will have to miss it because of poor over rate. Shame. Very frustrating.


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by Anura Guruge


A Hundred & 5 Wickets In An Innings — Twice In 9 Days & Roston Chase In His 2nd Test Match.

by Anura Guruge


Both from ‘cricinfo.com‘.

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At least a couple of things of note here.

1/ Two instances in consecutive Test matches in a series … 9 days apart. 

2/ It was BUT Roston Chase’s 2nd Test match. That was SPECIAL.

Ashwin has done it twice BUT it appears that that is not that special! Dear Botham did it 5 times — twice in 1978. Very select list. Sobers, Mushtaq, Tony Greig, Imran, Wasim, Kallis …

I watched ALL of the Roston Chase century. It was special. I was impressed.

Well done Roston. That Vivian Richards was on his feet applauding him was wonderful to see. What a GREAT game


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West Indies vs. India 1st Test, Antigua — Sad & Sorry To See The Imposing BUT Empty Stadium.

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Now (i.e., Thursday, July 21) that I finally got to see the exciting end of the England vs. Pakistan 1st Test from Lord’s (after TEN screwed up the 3rd days highlights), I decided to watch the start of the West Indies v. India 1st Test, Day 1.

Could NOT believe how empty the stadium was. WOW. Talk about “one man and his dog”. As far as I could see there were hardly any paying spectators and definitely no dogs. Wow. I had heard that Test cricket was no longer that popular in the Indies but this was outrageous. Yes, ticket prices must have been a factor too. Has to be very dispiriting to play in such an empty stadium, especially when it is so big.

Got to see my hero (who I had met many times in the 1970s) Sir Vivian Richards. Wow. He has got dark. He was never that black. He looks older than what he is — though, as ever, he is remarkably trim. It was good to see him though it was a shock to the system.


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by Anura Guruge