2,051 thoughts on “Sports Corner


    BCA boss urges fans to get jab to ensure cricket tour
    By Mike King

    Kensington Oval is almost certain to host a Test and three T20 Internationals against England next year with 10 000 spectators in attendance for the four cricket matches.
    But president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), Conde Riley, told Weekend Sport that it will only become a done deal if there is an increase in the number of Barbadians, especially cricket lovers, who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
    “Government would allow spectators in Kensington Oval if we have about 80 per cent vaccination by year-end. I am hoping that more cricket-loving Barbadians can be vaccinated. We are keen to host these international matches but the numbers, certainly the local numbers, will depend on the vaccination process.
    “I am aware that some people on religious grounds or some people with medical conditions will not be able to take it but all others I am just encouraging so we can have every chance to host international matches. The more people vaccinated, the better,” he said.
    In the wake of COVID-19, England and Wales Cricket Board is keen to have all five T20 Internationals or at least three of them at one venue. Riley says Barbados had been specially mentioned “because it had the hotel rooms to accommodate 10 to 15 000 people, restaurants, hired cars, etcetera.”
    England and West Indies are set to clash in five T20 Internationals from January 28 to February 5, with three Tests to follow from March 8 to 28 where the two teams will play for the first-ever Richards-Botham Trophy, formerly the Wisden Trophy.
    Antigua will host the first Test, Barbados the second and Grenada the third. The Barbados Test is slated for March 16 to 20.
    Cricket West Indies (CWI) has predicted the series could benefit the region to the tune of US$100 million.
    Riley said based on the information he has received from the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) bureau in the United Kingdom, he understands there was huge demand from England to tour the Caribbean, more so Barbados.
    “I am hearing that over 10 000 people want to come down from England to watch the series. The demand for the series is higher than usual because Australia have closed their borders and that will impact on the Ashes series. They have reopened their doors for their people but, to visitors, it seems that is a no-no, so those people that normally go to the Ashes series in Australia will want to get some sun after winter.
    “This is a great opportunity
    for people to get fully vaccinated; let us see how many fans we can get into Kensington Oval next year,” he said.
    The BTMI invited Riley to the Crane Hotel on Tuesday to conduct interviews with six radio stations from England and, according to him, the feedback was very positive.
    “There is a huge clamour for the series in the Caribbean, especially the T20s, which is a format the fans love – that is the crowd-puller. This augurs well for kick-starting our tourist season and sports tourism thrust during the pandemic,” Riley said.
    According to CWI’s independent research, each England Test creates an economic impact of between US$20-25 million for host countries, with T20 Internationals triggering around US$4 million per game.

    Source: Nation

  2. West Indies V England 55 all out. Second lowest score in World cup T20.

    Abysmal batting . Gayle topscored with 13. None of the rest in double figures.

  3. West Indies is not a country. Its time individual countries in the area, that have a solid cricket heritage, leave this loused up group and apply for associate membership.
    I am sure any of them, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados etc etc would be as good as, or better than the present associate members Holland, Ireland and others who have no cricket legacy.
    West Indies as an organised cricket team is a shambles . I think it is corrupt, prejudiced and without direction. In my opinion national teams would perform with pride for their country not like the present bungling disorganisation under a fake flag and diddly anthem.

    • @Hants

      It was an epic season and nail biter today. Sir Lewis deserves one more year to challenge given what transpired this year.

  4. Keep sports promises

    JUDGING BY THE recent pronouncements of Minister of Sports Dwight Sutherland, things should be rosier for sports in 2022 and beyond.
    However, the proverbial proof will be in the pudding, so it is hoped that the promises will be kept once the resources are available to do so.
    I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, but in the past sports have been promised plenty but little has been delivered based on what was set out.
    Both political administrations have been guilty in this regard.
    It might happen just because the general perception of sports in Barbados is that it can wait because it is seen as largely recreational.
    That’s part of our culture, but we can’t continue to raise the expectations of this sector only to disappoint them.
    After all, sports play a significant role in nation building and have always had a role to play economically but have fallen well short of that possibility because there has been very little will to make it a reality. For instance, the authorities go on and on about the benefits of sports tourism, but has this matter been pursued with the vigour that has been espoused?
    The procrastination at all levels in relation to sports development is glaring largely because we don’t have a true sporting culture. Our reaction to the discipline is knee-jer, based on the sporadic successes we have on the international stage.
    It should dawn on those in the right positions to make a difference that if much more is done it is possible that our gifted sportsmen and women can be more successful.
    Still, I know that when money is tight, it is likely that the budget for sports would be among the first to be cut. Were it not for the vigilance of the media and public outcry, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme may have become a skeleton of what we know it to be.
    The state, though, isn’t alone in viewing sports with tunnel vision.
    Even the same media houses might take the same approach if they are forced to make financial adjustments.
    I have experienced it first-hand during my 44 years in the field.
    However, I still believe it’s never too late for a shower of rain, and, on that basis, I remain the eternal optimist.
    It is in this context that Sutherland should be given the benefit of any doubt in moving sports to a much better place.
    Realistically, for him to succeed, his vision must be shared by his Cabinet colleagues, particularly the Minister of Finance. I also think he will need other forms of support from various arteries, including our private sector, foreign countries and even fairy godfathers who understand the holistic values of providing a solid foundation for our youth to stand on.
    To begin with, a strategic national sports policy is required if we are to be sure where we are going.
    I believe consultations with those who represent the interests of athletes or even direct talks with the athletes would be the path to follow as policy will affect them.
    I recognise there is already a major push for road tennis and this is the right thing to do as it is our indigenous sport and has the uniqueness to become an international brand. The recent exposure in Dubai supports this notion.
    There can be a bigger outreach to football as it’s the top participatory sport, and some form of professionalism should be considered.
    We have blueprints of the model it can take through tournaments like the BESS, LIME Pelican Classic and the David Thompson Constituency Councils Memorial.
    It can go further with a national tournament in partnership with the Barbados Football Association and
    its international associates.
    What about an annual international draughts tournament?
    We have enough local quality to justify such an investment.
    Surfing and other water sports should be in the brew and I know leading windsurfer and beach culture entrepreneur Brian Talma would welcome any initiative to create a facility in Silver Sands to encompass the talents of those with a passion for them.
    We are sorely in need of an international track to attract world stars, and does the relaying of the Ryan Brathwaite Track at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex mean that corrective work or an entire upgrade of the National Stadium is out of the equation for the time being?
    I am sure that each association or individual will build a case that suits their agenda, but in everything there are priorities.
    Once again, though, I would like to press the case for boxing in this regard. I would also like the services, skills and experience of former Commonwealth Games featherweight champion Tyrone Downes, who also fought for the world title in 1985, along with other world contenders like Christopher “Shaka” Henry and Shawn Terry Cox to be utilised in an official, paid capacity.
    They would enhance the wonderful work being done by Gary Bowen in the schools’, BDF and national programmes.
    It’s over to you, Minister Sutherland. I believe you can get the job done.
    Andi Thornhill is an experienced award-winning freelance sports journalist.

    Source: Nation


  6. Good stuff,

    ” Shirley Clarke is a Barbadian cricketer. He played in twelve first-class and five List A matches for Barbados and Combined Campuses and Colleges from 1999 to 2008. He is a Level 3 coach and coached his son Kyle Mayers.”

  7. Mercedes drivers cautiously optimistic on Miami GP upgrades, as Hamilton praises ‘Super Bowl’-like build-up

  8. Lets see how hey do in Qualifying.

    “Sainz backs himself after FP2 crash as Leclerc admits ’surprise’ at Mercedes’ Miami pace”

  9. West Indies squad for ODI series against Netherlands and Pakistan:

    Nicholas Pooran (C), Shai Hope (VC), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Keacy Carty, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Shermon Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Anderson Phillip, Rovman Powell, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd, and Hayden Walsh Jr.

    I’ve heard the cricket enthusiasts saying this is a weak team.

    If CWI is concentrating on grooming a ODI squad for the future, and in time for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, then, giving the youngsters an opportunity to perform at the international level is the way forward, rather than selecting the ‘old and tried’ cricketers, hoping to win ‘NOW.’

    Jason Holder is being rested to manage his ‘work load.’

    Is this ‘the end of the line’ for Darren Bravo?

  10. Came here to read a tribute to David Holford but alas

    There are many better equipped to write about Holford but cricket fans of a certain age will remember his game saving innings at Lords in 1966 in partnership with Gary Sobers

    Hail and farewell

    May he RIP

  11. @Hants
    Soccer is also a sports…
    Surprise that Mr Barbados never talks about soccer. A practitioner of “if you cannot say anything good, then say nothing”

    “On return there were renewed calls for the sacking of coach Russell Latapy from pundits and former national players, but shockingly the defeated players made a public stand by declaring they would quit if Latapy was sacked.”

    If you were the coach of a losing team and the players threatened to quit if you were fired would you be please?
    I wouldn’t. Having a bunch of losers giving strong support is not a vote of confidence. In the last ten games the goals are 450 against us to 1 for us.

    Fire the coach, let the losers quit and start with a new team.

  12. https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/07/01/bteditorial-barbados-football-is-still-missing-the-goal/
    I like the opening paragraph “Local football players and fans certainly had an entertaining month of June.”

    I watched every game and l was not entertained. Let me correct that. I tried to watch every game but fled when I started to feel depressed.

    From BT
    “We wonder what will become of the local players who threatened to quit if Latapy was sacked.
    Will Latapy repay the blind loyalty of those players and others by taking them to the A-League with him or will they remain and rally with the new coach when appointed?”

    I can answer that for you. NO.

  13. Sada was impressive in this event. Look like a genuine contender for anything from gold to bronze.

  14. @Hants

    That run came just after Damian Warner ( who also has Bajan roots) went down after leading in the decathlon……….

  15. The Jamaican girls are leading the Aussies in the netball. Barbados has had a decent Commonwealth games. No doubt most of them would have developed their talent outside of the island.

    LATEST NEWS 25 -25

  16. https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/08/26/barbadians-perform-impressively-at-swimming-competition/
    From BT
    “The team performed relatively well.”
    Why relatively? What was lacking. Is “relatively well” the same thing as “well” or is it the same thing as “scraped by”?

    This is like complimenting someone and adding a but. “You are a fine son, but …”

    Is it just me. But when I hear “Goodwill Games” the first thing that come to mind is the “Special Olympics”. A next phrase that I hate.

    Here is why I dislike the use of the word “Goodwiil”
    From Wikipedia
    “Goodwill Industries International Inc., o𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐞𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 (stylized as goodwill), is an American nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have barriers to their employment.[5] Goodwill Industries also 𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝘃𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗲𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀.”

    Perhaps I am too sensitive.

  17. Another good performance by Sada Williams

    Zurich – Commonwealth Games champion and world bronze medallist Sada Williams clocked 49.98 seconds to finish third in the women’s 400 metres at the World Athletics Diamond League final on Thursday in Switzerland.

  18. A Caribbean Life-Sore (Cricket)
    It appears that the West Indies is now doing some self examination on the poor state of their cricket

    A boast of 17 players selected to play in India (IPL) has now become a lament that 10 were released. See BT – Windies’ brand take big hit

    BT again
    WI at the crossroad: Time to choose the right road – Tony McWatt
    I did not read the full post but it look as if Mc Watt is quite blunt.

    Have a great day…

  19. Teammates pay tribute to ‘jovial’ Murray
    By Adriel Richard

    Four former teammates of deceased former Barbados and West Indies wicketkeeperbatsman David Murray have hailed his quiet confidence and revered ability on the field of play.
    Murray, affectionately known to his contemporaries as “Tuff”, collapsed and died yards away from his home in Station Hill, St Michael, on Friday night. He was 72.
    Murray, son of late West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes and father of former Barbados wicketkeeperbatsman Ricky Hoyte, played 19 Tests and ten One-day Internationals for West Indies between 1973 and 1982.
    He was hailed by the fast bowlers of his era as the finest wicketkeeper with whom they had played, but his career was cut short because of his decision to join the rebel tours of South Africa in the 1980s.
    Former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Wayne Daniel said it was very sad to hear of his passing.
    “From what I remember of David, playing a few matches together for Barbados, he would always be an encouragement to us.
    “He would always get behind you and push you to give of your best, and you will always get a reaction from him, as a bowler, from behind the stumps, if you bowled a bad ball. He had that way of letting you were bowling rubbish. But if you bowled well, he would always be vocal and let you know.
    “He had a really high standard for everybody and he knew his cricket,
    and he would always get a word to the captain about field placements, when it was needed, or to make a change of bowler because he was able to read the game really well.
    “He was quite a relaxed character off the field. I never saw a lot of seriousness from him off the field, but he was very serious on the field. Off the field, he was quiet and light-hearted.”
    Former Barbados captain and West Indies batsman Carlisle Best said Murray was his “favourite cricketing personality”.
    “He was jovial. He was humorous. He would always try to calm you down in whatever the situation might be… Great man, and a nice, decent personality. I am sure he would be sadly missed.”
    “I remember as a youngster in the Barbados team, I had been 12th man for a few home matches, and he came up to me very quietly and very poetically – ’cause that was the way he spoke – let me know that I would not be travelling with the team to the next match, so that when I was told and the manner in which I was told, it did not seem harsh, and I really appreciated that compassion, and I am grateful for him at that early stage of my career.

    “I never questioned his wicketkeeping abilities, but it was his batting that was always what I admired. He batted at No. 3 for Barbados at one stage, and the solidity and certainty with his stay at the crease was absolutely remarkable, and it was that kind of inspiration I drew from in my own career.
    “I saw him play against Andy Roberts (at Kensington Oval), and he made it look so simple, and I saw him against the Trinidad and Tobago spinners, and that he also made look simple. He was one of those complete, compact batsmen, and I am truly grateful to have
    met him and to learn a few things about the game from him.”
    Former Barbados all-rounder Franklyn Stephenson said it was sad to hear of Murray’s sudden passing.
    “He was a fantastic cricketer, of course. He was, perhaps, one of the last natural players that we had. He was so graceful and neat behind the stumps. He was also an important cog in the wheel in the batting too.
    Troubled life
    “He lived a troubled life, but all the time that he was going through what he was going through he always had time to talk to young people about the game, and it was a pleasure knowing the man and watching him play
    the game that we all love so much.”
    Another former Barbados all-rounder, Richard Straker, recalled he and Murray played together for the Barbados youth team in 1969.
    “Then we played together when we were part of the first West Indies Young Cricketers to England. He made the Barbados senior team before me, and we also played together.
    “He was a very knowledgeable cricketer. He was a top-class wicketkeeper . . . . As a batsman, a lot of people may say that he was not that good, but the use of his feet made him one of the guys that could play spin very well. He will be sorely missed. We were very good friends, and when I heard the news about his passing, it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was very sad to hear.”

    Source: Nation

    • Condolences to his family… he rests peacefully now! He truly was a very smooth operator on the field!

      And on this matter of cricket and ‘natural’ talent or rather a side-ways reference to how cricket has now evolved to a different ‘natural’ level due to the explosion of a more attacking style in the T20 and now T10 formats…

      How on earth do you score 500 runs in ONE day in a Test match. Wow!

      England scored 506/4 against Pakistan. It’s so laughable now to reflect that when Lloyd and Viv teams blasted 300+ runs a day regularly it was considered ‘too aggressive batting, ‘lacking patience and application’ or ‘swiping’ by the biggest snobs … LOL!

      Nowadays less than that per day of test cricket is considered BORING … but 500 runs …. That’s some aggressive application to a slaughter there!😎

  20. @David, the WC shocks continue with Morocco beating Spain to make the last eight !

    Someone drew to my attention today the lil tidbit that since 1930 when the WC started only around 10% of teams ever had a chance to WIN the Jules Rimet trophy as it was then called .. in short, out of the 32 teams that make it to the round-robin first stage ONLY 24 of 200+ soccer playing nations have EVER made it to the semi-finals!

    And only EIGHT (4%) have ever WON!

    To actually displace one of Brazil, France, Italy or Germany (as Croatia did in 2018) to reach the FINAL is actually a formidable task for nearly all of those over 200 playing countries!

    I mention all that to say that it would statistically be a freaking MIRACLE for Morocco to beat Portugal and advance further …

    So when FIFA talks of expanding the tournament to 48 with12 more teams in 2026 it means more money from spectators, marketing, TV/streaming, hosts cities etc of course … but how spectacular will be the additional quality, is a big query!!

    So for the Canadians and Yankees who were overjoyed by their team successes … they need to keep their feet grounded and prepare for more pain and disappointment when they host next time around 😎 … but playing well as they suffer, tho!

    We Bajans gine just watch as we will never get an invite to try a dance or two after a goal!

    • Ok @David, MIRALCES do happen! WOW!!!

      Morocco has won .. OMG… can they now beat England or France! Well… how many expected Croatia to take out Brazil!

      The first world-cup on the African continent; the first African nation into the semis! Amazing!!!

      Morocco is a true lilliputian soccer nation but they have played like sensible superstars … not ONE goal scored against by opponents!

      And powerful Portugal with ageing (and petulant superstar Ronaldo) and several other well-known stars who put 6 goals past Switzerland just days ago … STOPPED!

      Amazingly awesome and surely ‘a salam alaikum’!

      Oh yes, WI getting warmly thrashed over in Adelaide by the Aussies. That’s amazingly sad, but expected. Alas!

    • @Dee Word

      It is good to see underdogs entering the spotlight.

      Question, to a Black African and those of us with African ancestry- is Morocco regarded an African country in our mind not to be confused with geography.

    • @David, an EXCELLENT query re “…to a Black African and those of us with African ancestry- is Morocco regarded an African country in our mind not to be confused with geography.” It does NOT.

      And that is a reality check … because the question when asked in reverse returns the SAME answer … most Moroccans likely don’t see themselves as Black either!

      As you note the geography is unquestionable …BUT as we know sub-Sahara and northern African countries are also unquestionably different in ethnic make-up!

      Anyhow, for their success I embrace them wholeheartedly as brothers😎🤣!

    • @Dee Word

      Your last sentence sums it up for brown people everywhere.

      The point must be made however, top soccer countries spend north of 200 million on their programs, that kind of money probably represents the budgets of all African countries. A Morocco win might persuade FIFA to allocate more funds to African soccer programs.

  21. @Hants
    World Cup and no soccer from you?
    But I can understand, the results of the National team would silence anyone.
    And no cricket from you? But again I understand..
    And on the national level… no mention of Sada (one of the few bright lights) in sports).
    (I have already announced that I am on Team Maloney)

  22. @dpD
    “Oh yes, WI getting warmly thrashed over in Adelaide by the Aussies. That’s amazingly sad, but expected. Alas!”

    Please note that the level of soccer play is slowly improving (everywhere).
    I get no pleasure in commenting on WI cricket, but one must agree that we are in continuous decline.

  23. “Question, to a Black African and those of us with African ancestry- is Morocco regarded an African country in our mind not to be confused with geography.”

    Is Morocco Afro Fresh
    Africa thinks so

  24. People are people
    as Robin aka John the troll would say a million billion times..
    “This is interesting..”
    Doves In The Wind / SZA
    Real niggas do not deserve pussy
    Meaning it’s more, you see right through walls
    Ain’t talkin’ about pussy
    Meaning you deserve the whole box of chocolates
    Come at me
    Forrest Gump had a lot goin’ for him
    Never without pussy
    Y’know, Jenny almost gave it all up for him
    Never even pushed for the pussy
    Where’s Forrest now when you need him?
    Talk to me, talk to me
    Hey, ayy, hey
    Attention, all you niggas
    All you bitches

    Sit back and relax your mind, just ride, just ride
    Sit back and relax, you’ll find just why, just why
    Sit back, relax, just ease your mind, just ride
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    Niggas’ll lose they mind for it
    Wine for it, dine for it (pussy)
    Spend time for it, see no colored line for it (pussy)
    Double back handicap and go blind for it (pussy)
    Pussy got endless prisoners
    Pussy always revengin’ her
    Pussy is calculating
    And good pussy is rather dangerous
    Pussy can be so facetious, the heavyweight champ
    Pussy is so undefeated, let’s amen to that
    I mean, the pump fakes on the Facebooks
    And the screw face when the bae look
    Won’t get you no pussy
    I mean, the fake chains and the gold names
    For insecure, gon’ reassure you not to get pussy
    You overcompensate too much for the pussy
    You like to throw all kinda shade for the pussy
    See, that’s what pussy niggas do
    I know the ways of a pussy, I see pussy lookin’ at you
    How many niggas get mistaken for clitoris in a day?
    How many sentiments you make before runnin’ pussy away?
    How many times she gotta tell you that dick is disposable?
    But if she fuck a young nigga like me, it’s over for you
    Solána, middle fingers up, speak your truth

    You could never trivialize pussy
    But a bum nigga like you would try it (pussy)
    I know what you really ’bout
    High key, your dick is weak, buddy
    It’s only replaced by a rubber substitute
    We ain’t feelin’ you
    Think I caught a vibe, kinda feel a nigga
    You could touch the booty if you like, I ain’t trippin’ on ya
    (Such a nice girl, SZA)
    I’m really tryna crack off that headboard
    And bust it wide open for the right one
    ‘Cause you that one
    Yeah, you that one
    Like doves in the wind, hey, hey
    That pussy, like doves in the wind, hey, hey
    Pussy like doves in the wind
    I will make you beg for it
    I wanna see you call out

    Sit back and relax your mind, just ride
    (Give you all of me and I won’t stop, not a little bit)
    Sit back and relax, you’ll find just why
    (Dangerous boy, I wanted to do it all)
    Sit back, relax, just ease your mind, just ride
    (Unfortunately you couldn’t get your shit together)
    You are now watching MADtv

    We take things, and my influence so far, and then it’s out of my hands.
    And, y’know, while as I said it can be scary, it can also be a little bit comforting.
    Because I’ve learned that when I get to that point, and I can acknowledge, Okay, Audrey, that’s as much as you can do I can actually let it…

  25. Hants,
    Read this and weep. But all is not lost, I gun try out for de team.
    Wid one fellah prayin and I trying, we gun win.

    From BT
    Expressing embarrassment at West Indies’ historic loss in the Test series against Australia and warning that the side’s decline in the longest format of the game could further worsen, former captain Carl Hooper has called for changes at the top.

    Hooper, who captained West Indies in 22 Tests and played more than 100, said nothing else had worked to deliver results.

    “Since 1993 we’ve struggled and certainly judging from the results, there’s no policies or systems that have been implemented that is changing the downwards course we’re on,” he told ABC Sport.

    “We’ve changed captains, we’ve changed personnel, we’ve changed coaches — [it] hasn’t worked. So maybe let’s go a little bit higher and get people in these positions that can lead us in the right direction,” added Hooper who scored more than 5,000 runs and took more than 100 wickets and 100 catches in both Tests and ODIs during his 16-year career.

    West Indies lost both matches in their two-match series against Australia – the second on Sunday by 419 runs at Adelaide Oval. Not only was that their worst ever Test defeat but their second innings total of 77 all out equalled their seventh-lowest total in the history of red ball cricket.

    Despite the demoralising defeat, Hooper said it might not be the worst the Caribbean side will face.

    “I don’t think we’ve hit rock bottom because every time I think we have, we keep going lower. It’s getting more and more embarrassing. I’m hurt today. I’ve never played in a West Indies side that has been bowled out for under 100. Just never,” the former all-rounder said.

    “I mean your personal pride means you go out and fight. We’re not fighting to qualify in major tournaments. How much lower can we go?”

    The series further extended the Caribbean side’s three-decade run without a series win against Australia and their 19-year wait for a Test match victory. (CMC)

    Read our ePaper. Fast. Factual. Free.

  26. Jesus! The way de fellows playing, I no longer claim dat I from de West Indies.
    Got me believing the WI Federation woulda nevah wuk.
    Would some1 put dem out of dey misery and tek way de bat and ball
    Tell them de plane cannot fly to Australia
    Tell them Australia, India and England disappear off de map
    Or change de rules and use a soccer ball for bowling
    Do sumting
    Dis shit hurts

  27. Mr Theo you are showing that disappointment of which you spoke some days prior but we should not deliver any eulogy to WI cricket … our cricket body ails undoubtedly but others before have recovered from similiar symptoms and I am eternally hopeful that our base health is strong enough to do just the same!

    Despite the thrashing we received in Australia there is some optimism … so we can chose to look at those bright spots or lament the negatives!

    Young Chanderpaul made his debut and despite the hostile and stellar attack he faced he scored 51, 45, 47 and 17. One test does NOT a star make surely but that’s a 40 average from the top of the order … The captain Brathwaite also had a century and 50+ in the first Test!

    Let’s be reminded of a few salient items:1) Cummings #1, Starc #10, Hazlewood and Lyons are all in the top 20 best bowlers in Tests: that attack is POTENT; 2) Gordon Greenidge on HIS debut in Australia in 1975 against the likely then #1 rated bowler and his other top 20 mates had scores of 0,0,3 and 8 in the first three test (he missed the second) … I have no idea what will be the arc of Chanderpaul’s career but Greenidge’s was none too shabby! … (to be CLEAR😎 it should be added of course that he debuted a year earlier in a Test in India with scores of 93, 107).

    Yes they were shellacked … and absolutely considering that their first choice batsmen of Bonner and Myers had to sit out one or both Tests due to injury; that the ‘lame-duck’ coach was closing out his tenure after the debacle of the T20s and a host of other painful issues, it was not surprising nor shocking … So I choose to see the few positives!

    The comments by Carl Hopper are understood but realistically change has been made to and from the top as well as it has been made with the players, coaches etc. So I don’t think that’s the issue in the least!

    Suffice to say we have much room for improvement and ideally it starts with properly grooming young, talented folks like Chanderpaul and motivating them to be world beaters again!

  28. Added the company, “To ensure this, we have taken steps to secure those assets and strengthened internal protocols to detect suspicious activity in the shortest time possible.”
    Way to close the barn door now that the horse has bolted, how does 10 million get whittled down to $2000? Seems that Bolt’s “management team” should also shoulder some blame, one should always watch the people who are supposed to watch your money.


  29. Was looking at a post where Barbados drew with Grenada 1-1. The Barbadian coach was complaining about the state of the field.

    His complaint may be valid, but we should bear in mind that both teams play on the same field and at the same time.
    Stop whining, man up, and get the job done.

  30. Today, I read some cricket news and my mood became negative.
    South Africa beating up the West Indies and at the same time claiming the WI are “dangerous”.
    WI should stop playing cricket and Barbados should stop playing soccer
    Why do these two teams have to rain on my days and depressed me?
    Give it up.

  31. Here are the scores of the WI 1st and second innings in the second match
    0 5 43 4 12 49 10 7 1 0 0
    8 6 51 2 34 25 0 0 27 7 2
    22 scores with
    15 scores of 10 and under
    1 score greater than 10 and less than 20
    1 score over 50
    3 scores between 30 and 40
    2 scores in the twenties
    Names are not provided to protect the helpless

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