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Tigers_eye
May 17, 2007, 09:23 AM
At Lords.

Umpires Asad Rauf (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/engvwi/content/current/player/39219.html) (Pakistan) and RE Koertzen (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/engvwi/content/current/player/45830.html) (South Africa)
TV umpire NJ Llong (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/16314.html)
Match referee AG Hurst (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/engvwi/content/current/player/5732.html) (Australia)
Reserve umpire RA Kettleborough (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/15872.html)


Visitors:
CH Gayle (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/51880.html), <NOBR>D Ganga (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/51872.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>DS Smith (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/52962.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>http://img.cricinfo.com/engine-nav/captain.gifRR Sarwan (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/52969.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>S Chanderpaul (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/51469.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>RS Morton (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/52445.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>DJ Bravo (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/51439.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>http://img.cricinfo.com/engine-nav/keeper.gifD Ramdin (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/52917.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>DB Powell (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/52790.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>CD Collymore (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/51481.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>JE Taylor (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/player/53191.html)</NOBR>

Hosts: AJ Strauss (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/20387.html), AN Cook (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/11728.html), OA Shah (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/20123.html), KP Pietersen (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/19296.html), IR Bell (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/9062.html), <NOBR>PD Collingwood (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/10772.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>http://img.cricinfo.com/engine-nav/keeper.gifMJ Prior (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/18675.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>LE Plunkett (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/19264.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>SJ Harmison (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/14054.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>MJ Hoggard (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/14236.html)</NOBR>, <NOBR>MS Panesar (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/18655.html)</NOBR>

England is far superior team even without Flintoff in the line up. WI is missing Lara on their side. Hope to see some fight from the WI.

Tigers_eye
May 17, 2007, 09:25 AM
Cook looks strong and on his way to a big total. England 158/2. 43 overs going on (second session). Powell took both wickets.

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR bgColor=#cccccc height=25><TD colSpan=3> England 1st innings</TD><TD align=right>R</TD><TD align=right>B</TD><TD align=right>4s</TD><TD align=right>6s</TD><TD align=right>SR</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right>http://img.cricinfo.com/engine-nav/captain.gif</TD><TD noWrap width=192>AJ Strauss (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/20387.html)</TD><TD width=246>c Smith b Powell</TD><TD align=right>33</TD><TD align=right>70</TD><TD align=right>6</TD><TD align=right>0</TD><TD align=right>47.14</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right></TD><TD noWrap width=192>AN Cook (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/11728.html)</TD><TD width=246>not out</TD><TD align=right>82</TD><TD align=right>130</TD><TD align=right>7</TD><TD align=right>0</TD><TD align=right>63.07</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right></TD><TD noWrap width=192>OA Shah (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/20123.html)</TD><TD width=246>c Smith b Powell</TD><TD align=right>6</TD><TD align=right>19</TD><TD align=right>1</TD><TD align=right>0</TD><TD align=right>31.57</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right></TD><TD noWrap width=192>KP Pietersen (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/19296.html)</TD><TD width=246>not out</TD><TD align=right>26</TD><TD align=right>40</TD><TD align=right>4</TD><TD align=right>0</TD><TD align=right>65.00</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right></TD><TD noWrap> Extras</TD><TD>(lb 9, w 1, nb 1)</TD><TD align=right>11</TD><TD align=right></TD><TD align=right></TD><TD align=right></TD><TD align=right></TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD></TD><TD></TD><TD></TD><TD align=right bgColor=#000000>http://img.cricinfo.com/spacer.gif</TD><TD></TD><TD></TD><TD></TD><TD></TD><TD></TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right></TD><TD noWrap> Total</TD><TD>(2 wickets; 43 overs)</TD><TD align=right>158</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

BonBon
May 17, 2007, 09:27 AM
I dont feel so strong about the WI..they looked kind of desolate and no so organized..bad light stopped the play. English bowlers will have the key role in this match as WI is vulnerable

gatekeeper
May 17, 2007, 09:54 AM
This is the real basement battle!!!

chinatown
May 17, 2007, 10:05 AM
poor O.shah after long time he finally get chance but got out cheaply

Sohel
May 17, 2007, 10:21 AM
The so called Sarwan-era begins today. The Era of Uncertainty would have been the more accurate way of putting it. Brian Charles Lara, after shouldering the declining legacy of West Indian cricket almost entirely on his own, decided to call it quits a few years too soon - and however hard to believe it still may be, here we finally are.

It's been the bowling, we've been told time and again and they were right. We've learned to root for Sri Lanka in the mean time, and they're still singing the same old song. Before long, our very own Bangladesh will start to bring the dreams of our fellow 150 million Bangladeshis to life and the same damn island tune will continue reverberate throughout the world until West Indian selectors fabricate the sort of cohesive courage that looks beyond temporary plug-ins and start the process of restoring West Indian cricket back to its rightful place. They need to take chances with what they have and remember that excitement and victory can regenerate interest, and revitalize the pool of talent from within the rich cricketing culture faster than the lax, play it safe-type of mediocrity that has stagnated West Indian cricket over the past decade, despite the heroic resistance of legends like Brian Charles Lara.

Sure... Powell, Taylor, Lawson and Edwards can still develop into the new fearsome foursome all of us WI die-hards wish for, but the part time antics of Chris Gayle still remains a band-aid solution in our search for that essential spinner. The likes of Nagamutoo never cut the mustard and never will in the future. Find that spinner out there somewhere, before fielding a test side at this day and age, I'd say.

Sarwan, Gayle, Chanderpaul, Samuels and Ganga need to realize for once and for all, that the honeymoon is over, that Lara's not around anymore, and that it's time to deliver on all that promise with type of consistency that can start the process of the much awaited revival of West Indian cricket. Bravo and Ramdin are good finds, but they need to consistently improve, and play out of their skins until better players come along. That's a tough ask through a divided system still dependent on talent, rather than talent and the structure to develop that talent - still lurking in places like Guyana, Trinidad and parts of Jamaica - into the type of steady match-winning performances that defined Caribbean cricket during the latter half of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even the early part of the 90s. Maybe the time has finally come for a genuinely unified cricket board, and the gradual implementation of an Australian-style, more systematic approach to find, harness, and develop the Laras and Holdings yet to come.

Good luck guys, we'll always believe that you can do it.

Tigers_eye
May 17, 2007, 10:45 AM
Where is mohammad the spinner. What happened to him? Just because it is in england you don't exclude spinners. Warne, Murali bamboozled these English time and again.

Mahir
May 17, 2007, 11:17 AM
Dave Mohammed struggled the last time he faced England. His FC career isnt dangerous enough to scare the English. WI always seem happy to stick with their 4 main seamers and Gayle to carry the spin load.

tonoy
May 17, 2007, 11:27 AM
pietersen gone! man I wish someone could pm me a damn link. I mean come on... is it too much to ask?

rah
May 17, 2007, 11:40 AM
pietersen gone! man I wish someone could pm me a damn link. I mean come on... is it too much to ask?

yeh man any links out der

Sohel
May 17, 2007, 12:07 PM
i never could fathom the strange love WI selectors have for corey collymore. even talha's better than him.

Sohel
May 17, 2007, 12:47 PM
light stops play... great. powell's looking good, as expected.

Yasin
May 17, 2007, 01:06 PM
A century for Cook. Awesome youngster. Awesome find for England.

Sovik
May 17, 2007, 01:32 PM
it doesn't feel the same.

Tigers_eye
May 17, 2007, 01:40 PM
i never could fathom the strange love WI selectors have for corey collymore. even talha's better than him.
He got the prize wicket. Having a good econ rate. Can give you 25 overs a day.

I am still hopeful on Talha. He should be under consideration within a year or two. Age is on his side.

Yasin
May 17, 2007, 02:09 PM
it doesn't feel the same.

True. Time to get used to harsh reality.

Sohel
May 17, 2007, 03:45 PM
it doesn't feel the same.

you said it bro... :(

Sohel
May 17, 2007, 03:47 PM
He got the prize wicket. Having a good econ rate. Can give you 25 overs a day.

I am still hopeful on Talha. He should be under consideration within a year or two. Age is on his side.

ya, ya... but why can't they play edwards and lawson. they may spray a little, but the pace can get those wickets too!... /:)

Yasin
May 18, 2007, 07:04 AM
Day 2 - Lunch

England 278/4. Cook gone for 105. Taylor took his wicket.

cleazer
May 18, 2007, 07:23 AM
West Indies had a few chances but failed to capitalize.
But overall, their bowling wasn't that bad.
Perhaps they'll hold on to their catches in the second session.

Sovik
May 18, 2007, 10:48 AM
still not feeling anything. is there any cricket going on in england. i would love to follow northamptonshire than following windies

Hatebreed
May 18, 2007, 12:30 PM
England dominates the second day also!

<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr bgcolor="#cccccc" height="25"><td colspan="3">England 1st innings</td> <td align="right">R</td> <td align="right">M</td> <td align="right">B</td> <td align="right">4s</td> <td align="right">6s</td> <td align="right">SR</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right">http://img.cricinfo.com/engine-nav/captain.gif</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="192">AJ Strauss (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/20387.html)</td> <td width="246">c Smith b Powell</td> <td align="right">33</td> <td align="right">100</td> <td align="right">70</td> <td align="right">6</td> <td align="right">0</td> <td align="right">47.14</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right">
</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="192">AN Cook (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/11728.html)</td> <td width="246">c Bravo b Taylor</td> <td align="right">105</td> <td align="right">
</td> <td align="right">196</td> <td align="right">9</td> <td align="right">0</td> <td align="right">53.57</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right">
</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="192">OA Shah (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/20123.html)</td> <td width="246">c Smith b Powell</td> <td align="right">6</td> <td align="right">20</td> <td align="right">19</td> <td align="right">1</td> <td align="right">0</td> <td align="right">31.57</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right">
</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="192">KP Pietersen (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/19296.html)</td> <td width="246">c Smith b Collymore</td> <td align="right">26</td> <td align="right">77</td> <td align="right">44</td> <td align="right">4</td> <td align="right">0</td> <td align="right">59.09</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right">
</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="192">PD Collingwood (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/10772.html)</td> <td width="246"> b Bravo</td> <td align="right">111</td> <td align="right">
</td> <td align="right">209</td> <td align="right">14</td> <td align="right">0</td> <td align="right">53.11</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right">
</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="192">IR Bell (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/9062.html)</td> <td width="246">not out</td> <td align="right">109</td> <td align="right">
</td> <td align="right">190</td> <td align="right">11</td> <td align="right">0</td> <td align="right">57.36</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right">http://img.cricinfo.com/engine-nav/keeper.gif</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="192">MJ Prior (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/england/content/current/player/18675.html)</td> <td width="246">not out</td> <td align="right">126</td> <td align="right">
</td> <td align="right">128</td> <td align="right">19</td> <td align="right">0</td> <td align="right">98.43</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right">
</td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> Extras</td> <td>(b 8, lb 17, w 8, nb 4)</td> <td align="right">37</td> <td align="right">
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</td> <td nowrap="nowrap"> Total</td> <td>(5 wickets; 142 overs)</td> <td align="right">553</td> </tr></tbody></table>

Yasin
May 18, 2007, 01:08 PM
What a knock by Prior...trying to cement his ODI place with a test knock?

Sohel
May 18, 2007, 04:32 PM
it's getting too painful to watch... :(

OZGOD
May 18, 2007, 05:24 PM
This is going to be an absolute thrashing.

Hatebreed
May 19, 2007, 02:12 AM
Her Royal Highness chats with England Captain Andrew Strauss (http://www.cricket365.com/story/0,18305,6673_2134048,00.html).

One World
May 19, 2007, 02:25 AM
Anybody has a video of Prior innings. This should be worth to watch.

fai_hasan
May 19, 2007, 04:01 AM
england should have declared yesterday. the rain is gaming into play, so it would be hard for them to play all five days.

Sohel
May 19, 2007, 08:17 AM
prior looks like a find... a possible sarwan century's the only thing of interest for me at this point... lara's absence is still a bit too palpable for me... :(

cricman
May 19, 2007, 11:00 AM
It's up too Chanderpaul and Ramdin to help the West Indies avoid follow-on, Windies showing some real fight here.

Sovik
May 19, 2007, 12:03 PM
ramdin has been playing well. but he will have to finish the day and fight back tomorrow.

tonoy
May 19, 2007, 01:19 PM
now ramdin gone. Good fight from the WI. But I did feel that it was due to England not spearheading their bowlers that well. To think If flintoff was there and hoggard... I just hope they are ready by the time India arrives cause that will just be fun :lol:

One World
May 19, 2007, 02:12 PM
wow, what a reply from Chanderpaul. Definitely things have changed after Lara.

Yasin
May 19, 2007, 04:07 PM
Game seems to be heading for a draw..though anything can happen...panesar might be handful on day 5 if given the chance to bowl

Sovik
May 20, 2007, 06:30 AM
windies didn't do too bad. late order played really well

Yasin
May 20, 2007, 07:17 AM
6 wickets for Panesar. He is doing quite good for England. England have started their second innings...still feel West Indies can get a draw, need to wrok a lot though.

Hatebreed
May 20, 2007, 11:45 AM
Awesome hundred from KP. England should accelarate now and declare when they get 400-420 runs lead.

cricman
May 20, 2007, 03:14 PM
394 in 95 overs, I would love to see how the Windies approach this. It would be fantsatic to see them snatch an improbable victory in the Post Lara era.

Sohel
May 20, 2007, 04:06 PM
good analysis...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?menuId=48&menuItemId=-1&view=SUMMARY&grid=F2&targetRule=

Sovik
May 21, 2007, 04:56 PM
its a draw. i am sensing changes in West Indies

cleazer
May 21, 2007, 11:35 PM
So it ends in a draw, as many expected.

Alastair Cook was named player of the match, and Matt Prior had a superb test debut.

West Indies showed flashes, especially when Gayle and Bravo were bowling and got fired up at the end of Day 4. They also did well to reach 437, despite no batsmen scoring centuries. Look at their batting scorecard from their first innings. If nothing else, you'd have to call that a balanced attack. It's worth pointing out that 7 of their 11 players raised their batting average after this test.

cleazer
May 21, 2007, 11:36 PM
i am sensing changes in West Indies
For the England squad in the second test, I'd expect Flintoff to be back. They said he'd be good to go for the second test, right? I'm sure Shah will lose his place. Hoggard is likely out due to injury. He'll probably be replaced by James Anderson, though I suppose Onions will be a name a lot of fans in England will ask for. Harmison is the big question mark. He won't get better by not playing, but after a draw in the first test, you have to wonder if England might drop him and go all out for a win in the second.


The West Indies squad looks a little more straightforward at this point. As mentioned, 7 of the batsmen raised their average (Gayle, Ganga, Chanderpaul, Bravo, Ramdin, Powell, and Taylor). Of the other 4, Sarwan, Devon Smith, Morton, and Collymore didn't exactly have a bad test. Especially not Collymore. Maybe Morton underwhelmed.

But of the 15-man West Indies test squad, the remaining players available are Fidel Edwards, Sylvester Joseph, Darren Sammy, and Ravi Rampaul.

Jerome Taylor certainly stands out as someone who could be replaced, and I wouldn't mind seeing Fidel Edwards come in for him. I'd vote against Ravi Rampaul, as I think he had a tough time in previous matches against England. Though I suppose he may have improved since then. I kind of think Fidel should come ahead of him though.

If you want to replace Runako Morton, I'd love to see Darren Sammy get a test debut. But I kind of have a feeling that Sylvester Joseph would get the nod ahead of him. Though honestly, I suspect Morton will keep his place. Taylor really looks like the only candidate for replacement.

israr
May 22, 2007, 07:15 AM
Its just the beginning, but after the 1st test, I get a feeling post-Lara's era will be more impressive.

Xavier
May 22, 2007, 05:50 PM
I have been surprised by the good batting performance by West Indies... could it be possible they really were under pressure because of Brian Lara presence?:-/

Little joke... for the next Test England have called almost-unknown bowler Sidebottom... could we say it's the bottom of the England side?:D

rajdeepa
May 23, 2007, 05:13 PM
If someone interested in the highlights of day 5, go and watch in http://watchcricketlive.blogspot.com. It is embedded link.