- Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:12 am
Wow. What a run chase. Well paced and fully disciplined to get over the line with time to spare in the end.
This proves the test arena needs a strong West Indies. Perhaps this will give them the inspiration to kick on and get up the rankings bit by bit. This shows what can be done...and without their other pool of players who prefer playing t20.
They were the top international side when I was getting into the game. The county and club scene here had loads of West Indians over here...the media storm when Viv Richards came to Glam wasn't in the era of 24 hour rolling sports news on tv and radio but unreal for its day. Everyone pinched themselves...the players learned from the ultimate role model who taught a young team how to win. His prescence is still there in the picture of a scene at Canterbury in 93 on display at the Gardens. Somerset named a set of gates after him. Like their fans we're glad to have seen Viv sweat blood for the cause.
As the game has evolved since then the West Indies have largely been behind the pace, Lara's team aside. It mirrors the islands where you don't see kids play cricket so much...baseball and football are now huge over there as I've seen for myself. In the last test perhaps they reached the nadir of poor fielding intensity and injudicious batting as if a culmination of many years decline. Much has been written about that, hopefully their game will now rise in a new era that won't be continuously compared to their fire in Babylon generation. Ultimately though, whilst t20 has its place, test cricket is still the biggest stage. England played their part too..fair play to Root for being gracious in defeat and knowing where his side is in readiness for the Ashes.