Saturday, February 7, 2009

West Indies YOU BEAUTY!

About a week or so ago I read somewhere that Darren Powell had predicted a 3-0 win for the West Indies in the test series against England.

At that time, I thought Powell had probably smoked something he shouldn't have. I wondered whether he had met Shoaib Akhtar or Mohammad Asif recently.

After watching Jerome Taylor destroy England, I am wondering again.

If this is what Taylor is capable of and if this is the kind of batting form, or rather lack of, England are in then Powell wasn't really off the mark.

My apologies to Powell for laughing over his remark, which at that time seemed quite absurd.

It was anything but that.

The West Indies have been on top throughout this test match.

At the end of day 1, Kevin Pietersen said that with over 250 odd on the board for the loss of 5 wickets, England were the happier dressing room.

On day 2 Gayle and Sarwan showed how wrong Pietersen was.

England have been completely outplayed in this match.

Its not over. Flintoff and Sidebottom are still there. But it really is over.

Gayle, Sarwan, Nash, Taylor - all were outstanding.

I left Big Benn out of there for special mention. He just got his 7th wicket of the match as Sidebottom was ruled out.

Benn has bowled his heart out in this match and how he has bowled.

I don't know many 6'7 guys who would pursue a career bowling spin. At that height he could have been a star at the NBA. He could have been the Joel Garner, Micheal Holding, Curtley Ambrose, Courtney Walsh of this generation.

Instead Sulieman Benn is a left arm spinner. And what a left arm spinner.

West Indies have been awesome and Powell may as well prove to be right.

England, on the other hand, have been atrocious. I'm not going to take anything away from Taylor. He was unplayable out there, but to be 7 down at 20 odd is sin.

I have seen Pakistan a bit too many times in situations like this and I can surely say that all is not well in that England dressing room.

The opposition can be good, but you just cannot be this bad unless something is very very wrong among the players.

Flintoff bowled by Edwards as I write this and the West Indies are 1 wicket away from an innings defeat and 33% of their way towards proving Powell correct.

The England - all I would like to tell you is that boys, the Ashes seems a long shot. Sure Australia lost their last 2 test series, which made you really happy and confident about the coming summer, but remember that Australia lost to the top 2 sides in the world. While you, I don't even want to say.

Benn gets his 8th of the match and England are all over for 51.

The West Indies - you have been AWESOME!

I know one blogger who would be really pleased with the Windies performance.

Powell's bold prediction.

Make your pitch on this post...

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6 Pitched:

  1. SledgeHammer said...

    Damn Q! That's a pretty quick post considering it got over not a minute ago!

    GO WINDIES!!!!!!!!!!

    YES WI CAN!!!!!!!!!! (a placard at the stadium, reported on Cricinfo)

  2. Q said...

    Sledge I started writing it when England were 30 something for 7. As u go along the post, u will notice that I mention the fall of the 8th, 9th, and 10th wickets - they fell as I was writing while watching. :-)

  3. Naked Cricket said...

    it's the dressing room, and it's KP. BRC are gonna have it real soon.

  4. Wasim said...

    I was reading some comments on Pakspin where an Englishman referred to all the orientals as fickle minded and was of the view that it was the main reason our societies and cricket is declining.

    I wonder what he would be thinking of his own team after this defeat.

  5. Australian Cricket legend said...

    I was pretty thrilled by Jerome today. Been expecting something like that from him for a long time, and today he showed what he's got 'in the locker' so to speak.

    As well as they have played, all the headlines are going to be about England, and rightly so.

  6. Q said...

    Am not too sure abt rightly so Aussie Legend.. the resurgence of the Windies is probably a bigger story than the English dressing room problems, IPL distractions, and getting destroyed for 51..

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