The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Sabina Park revisited???

For many followers of the game who have been brought up on a diet of the adrenalin-sapping One-day and T-20 versions, Test cricket is tedious and, for the most part, a test of patience and endurance.

 

The shorter versions of the game, particularly the T-20, have added a lot of zip, for sure, but has always had the purists blanching at the whole idea.

 

And, if there has to be an illustration of how frustrating the longer version has become, look no further than the two Tests that are currently in progress as I write – those between Sri Lanka & Pakistan and West Indies & England.

 

Hundreds, double hundreds (and a triple as well) in plenty, team scores of 600 or more, and, barring miracles, little chance of a result.

 

“I told you so” will be the comment from most.

 

Indeed!!!

 

But, it was interesting following Cricinfo’s ball-by-ball commentary of the West Indies innings against England last night – I actually kept the browser open and kept an eye on the updates. The English must have assumed that the match was theirs for the asking after scoring 600 – a chance to level the series, and go into the final game with the hope of a win. Little did they expect (and, to be honest, most followers would have shared a similar view) the West Indians to overhaul this score and rack up a lead of 150 runs.

 

I enjoyed it, and began to wonder if there was going to be a repeat of Sabina Park, Jamaica, when the English second innings imploded. The match has been turned on its head, and the visitors have their backs to the wall.

 

The pitch appears to be benign, offering little to the bowlers. But … and this is interesting, the West Indian quicks did occasionally generate considerable pace, something that the wayward English did not. And, with Sabina Park playing fresh in their minds, the tourists could well end up in that corridor of uncertainty.

 

It will probably end up in a boring draw, but, I, for one, will be watching keenly, hoping that the West Indies pull it off.

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March 2, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that, Cricket | , ,

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