The simply concluded West Indies vs. South Africa 2nd Cricket Check Match, which South Africa obligingly accepted and evened the sequence is an fascinating case research of cricketing chess-if there may be such a recreation. The West Indies received the primary check in convincing method and seemed very very like the successful West Indies of yesteryear. What adopted will not be good cricket, however one thing else.
Within the first check, underneath their new captain Chris Gayle, they attacked from the opening ball and outplayed South Africa in each innings with convincing batting and with hostile and correct bowling. There have been minor collapses on either side. Good recreation throughout.
The primary shock within the second check was the omitting of Darren Sammy, one of the promising West Indian bowlers. He’s younger, robust, and proficient with the bat–very near being designated as an allrounder. In his place they put Rawl Lewis, a suspect spin bowler with one of many worst check data. The Caribbean’s present worldwide check spinner is Omari Banks. He by no means misplaced his check place. As much as the time of his solely harm, he had carried out exceptionally nicely with bat and ball. Had the West Indies actually wanted a spinner, they may have referred to as for his or her examined and confirmed check match winner, Omari Banks.
Here’s what Rob Smyth, Cricinfo Columnist wrote on Cricinfo’s web site on February 2006 about Lewis. “Legspinner Rawl Lewis had an undistinguished entry to Check cricket. In his three Checks for West Indies, he bowled 97.3 overs. Of these 585 balls, just one introduced him a wicket, that of South Africa’s wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, caught by Brian Lara at Johannesburg in 1998-99. That single strike has price Lewis 318 runs. For a time he captained Windward Islands within the Purple Stripe Bowl however moderately than develop as a participant as he obtained older, his kind dropped away. He seemed destined to go down in historical past as one of the ineffective bowlers in Check historical past till he obtained a second probability when he was picked for the 2006 tour of New Zealand. He got here into rivalry on the idea of respectable performances on the home stage. Within the 2005-06 first-class season he picked 24 wickets at 17.54 and within the season earlier than that he grabbed 32 wickets at 26.43.”
Alternatively, Darren Sammy, the 24-year outdated St. Lucian had performed two checks. In his first check in England final 12 months, he bowled 17 overs, of which 7 had been maidens; he gave up 32 runs and bagged one wicket. He had one of the best bowling common (1.80) of all of the West Indian bowlers. Darren Sammy performed within the successful South African first check. Within the second check, the wicket favoured seam bowling. As a rule, cricket groups don’t change successful mixtures. Within the first check, Sammy bowled 4 overs within the first innings, of which two had been maidens, and he conceded 6 runs. With the bat he made 38 earlier than being run out. Within the second innings he was LBW for six runs. Within the second innings, his 7 overs price him 29 runs; nonetheless he claimed one wicket when it mattered. His aspect received the check.
I’ve my very own views on the politics behind Darren Sammy’s exclusion. Nevertheless, one has to surprise: besides in Antigua, Barbados and all the brand new smaller venues, cricket attendance has dropped within the Caribbean. The demise of cricket means a discount of standing for all these related to the sport: selectors, cricketers and officers. In a media-starved surroundings, that’s not good.
Out of the blue, information of former batting star Brian Lara rejoining Trinidad’s regional competitors is piercing the Caribbean and worldwide new media. Everybody is aware of that to be eligible for check choice to the Caribbean staff, first one has to play for a regional check aspect. Subsequent, one must be tops within the class one desires to get chosen. Since currently, all the highest West Indian batsmen are performing very nicely, apart from opener Darren Ganga, a suspect hooker. In right now’s recreation, one should be an skilled hooker to be constant among the many runs in a gap place. Although Nevis showcased two promising children in Kiernon Powell and Tonito Willet throughout final 12 months’s Stanford20/20 Cricket event, as a substitute of blooding them for the Caribbean World Cup internet hosting final 12 months, regional sportswriters and selectors pretended that they had not seen them.
Since they continued with the suspect Ganga within the opening place, right here is the issue. Ganga’s profession was pushed with the blessing of Lara when he was captain. Lara doesn’t prefer to open. He’s not solely a nervous newbie, however has problem with the brand new ball in his nervous moments. Lara doesn’t bowl. When the wicket favoured swing bowling, had Sammy performed, not solely may he have made an amazing distinction with accidents to Fidel Edwards and Chris Gayle, but additionally presumably by now he may have been licensed as a respectable allrounder. Batting and bowling allrounders on a West Indies staff are invaluable and really arduous to exchange as a result of they might help in each batting and bowling departments. Lara is a wonderful fielder, celebrity and flashy participant, and it’s no secret that his flashy enjoying, although many occasions to the detriment of his different staff gamers, may assist to return the massive crowds to the stadia. Lara scored a century final week in Trinidad and Tobago’s recreation in opposition to Guyana–weeks previous to the most important Caribbean cricketing extravaganza– STANFORD 20/20 TOURNAMENT. Lara is robotically eligible for choice to the Trinidad aspect. A great displaying on that worldwide area, and all of the media-starved will likely be clamouring for his re-instatement. I odor one thing very Machiavellian right here. Was Lewis a pawn in an even bigger chess transfer? Since Chanderpaul is the right staff participant, don’t be shocked to see Chanderpaul opening within the subsequent sequence and Lara returning to the West Indies staff.