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Give it up for Windies


PHILIP HACKETT

Give it up for Windies

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SOME CRITICS, including sections of the British media, have been reluctant to give West Indies due credit for an impressive victory over England in the just-concluded first Test at Kensington Oval, but team coach Richard Pybus has a different view on the events over the four days of the Test.

Writing for the BBC, correspondent Jonathan Agnew made an interesting analysis of the final day.

“You must acknowledge Chase’s performance-taking eight wickets in a Test is no mean feat – but the fact remains that he did not spin a single delivery. He just wandered up and rolled his arm over. He did not get anybody out. The England batsmen got themselves out, with the exception of Ben Foakes, who swept one straight to short leg.

“England may have been bowled out for 77 in the first innings, but their batting display in the second innings, when they made 246, was worse,” Agnew wrote.

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is reported to have said, “the world’s gone mad” following Jason Holder’s double-century.

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