Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 15th 2015 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 15, 2015
When men rather stay at church
and pray on a Sunday morning,
as opposed to coming to cricket
at Sabina Park, it basically tells
you that cricket in the region has
lost its \eal.
Well, they were better served
praising the Lord, rather than com-
ing down to the Park because
another listless batting performance
from the West Indies saw them
record another series loss against
At around 1.25 pm, West Indies
horrors ended as Jerome Taylor s
swipe off Nathan Lyon summed
up their woes, falling for 114 runs
and handing Australia a whopping
277-run victory and a 2-0 series
What started off as a promising
home season with a 1-1 series draw
against England, ended in mayhem
for the West Indies with their
"whitewash" at the hands of the
Australians, who head off to Eng-
land for the Ashes full of confi-
The day started badly for the
West Indies who resumed on the
overnight position of 16 for two.
Shane Dowrich, from whom a lot
was expected, was bowled neck
and crop by a beauty from Mitchell
Starc. The score was 20 for three
and the only interesting battle on
after that was who would end up
as the leading wicket taker for Aus-
tralia in the series, as Starc had just
joined Hazlewood on 10.
However, the man from New
South Wales would have none of
it and quickly put himself two wick-
ets ahead, getting rid of the strug-
gling Darren Bravo (11) and Jermaine
Skipper Denesh Ramdin arrived
to guide a sinking ship and tried to
convince young Shai Hope to join
him in the fight. The two added 22
runs when Hope received a ripper
from Mitchell Johnson and left the
arena for 16.
First innings hero Jason Holder
was up next and did not last long
giving his hand to Shane Watson
and at 62 for seven another embar-
rassment for West Indies cricket
was on the menu.
Ramdin and Veerasammy Per-
maul were somehow able to drag
the game to the lunch break with
the West Indies on 72/7.
After the break, all fell apart, as
Ramdin went for 29, leaving Per-
maul unbeaten on 23.
WI vs Australia
Australia 1st inns 399
West Indies 1st Inns 220
Australia 2nd Inns 212/2 dec
West Indies 2nd Inns (o/n 16/2)
K Brathwaite b Starc
R Chandrika c Marsh b Starc
D Bravo c Marsh b Hazlewood
S Dowrich b Starc
S Hope b Johnson
J Blackwood b Hazlewood
D Ramdin c Clarke b Johnson
J Holder c Starc b Watson
V Permaul not out
K Roach c Smith b Lyon
J Taylor b Lyon
Extras: b13, lb11, w2, nb1
Total: all out
Fall of wkts: 0, 1, 20, 27, 33, 55, 62, 111, 114, 114.
Bowling: M Starc 13-5-34-3, J Hazlewood 10-5-18-2, N Lyon 7-3-12-2, M
Johnson 8-1-23-2, S Watson 4-2-3-1.
Result: Australia won by 277 runs.
Series result: Australia won 2-match series 2-0.
Man of the match: Steve Smith.
Player of the series: Josh Hazlewood
fends off a
day four of
West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin
must be a tired man having to say
the same thing after every series but
yesterday he mentioned that although
his team lost the series 2-0 against
Australia, there were positives to take
Chasing 392 runs for victory on the
fourth day of the second Test at Sabina
Park, West Indies folded for 114---giving
Australia a huge 277-run win. West
Indies lost the opening Test in Domini-
ca by nine wickets to give Australia a
clean sweep, as the Aussies move on
to England for the Ashes tour.
According to Ramdin: I think that
the boys showed fight and there are
things we can take out of the this series
in moving forward. We went out
against a top team and showed some
fight there, I thought that young
(Devendra) Bishoo and (Jerome) Taylor
Bishoo bowled very well in Dominica
and Taylor did the same here, so there
are things we can take away with us.
"I think that the experience the
young men would have gained against
a top all round side like Australia, would
be with them for the rest of their life.
The youngsters showed fight and we
still have self belief in ourselves."
Looking at the last match Ramdin
added: We had our plans to bat the
first hour without losing any wickets
but it did not happen and this put us
back. We wanted to bat session by ses-
sion and come back tomorrow to see
how many runs we would have needed
but it just did not happen."
Meanwhile, winning Australian cap-
tain Michael Clarke said the West
Indies team and public just have to be
"You have the talent here and I think
that you just have to be patient with
the young players and West Indies
cricket will be back. I think that your
coach (Phil) Simmons is a great person
and fantastic coach and he would take
the team forward."
He ended by saying: I enjoyed my
time here playing cricket in the
Caribbean. Playing against the West
Indies is something I always love, Brian
Lara is my favourite player, so any time
I am in the Caribbean, I enjoy myself.
Belief still there
Coach of the West Indies cricket
team Phillip Simmons has told young
opening batsman Rajendra Chandrika
that he has to understand that some-
times you fail, then to succeed.
Chandrika who made his debut in
the Test against Australia which ended
yesterday failed to score in both
The right-hander got identical dis-
missals in both innings, driving at
deliveries angled across him and get-
ting caught at gully.
Chandrika got into the Test side
after hitting 75 against the Australians,
playing for the WICB XI in the warm-
up clash at the Sir Viv Richards ground
He became the second West Indian
in the history of Test cricket to collect
a pair of "ducks" on Test debut.
The other was Jamaican off-spinner
Alf Valentine who failed to score in
both innings of the famous 1950 Test
match against England at Old Trafford.
Speaking on the fact Simmons said:
There are two things that I said to
him, he has to understand that many
men made bad starts to their Test
career and ended up being great play-
ers. In sports sometimes you have to
fail to succeed. You look at Michael
Jordan who was not good at the begin-
ning of his career and ended up being
"The other thing he has to under-
stand that is he can bat, or else he
would not have been on the team. He
has to keep that confidence in himself,
correct his flaws and move forward
in his career."
Chandrika would take heart from
the fact that Sri Lanka opener Marvan
Atapattu who got one run from his
first six innings, including two pairs
and five ducks and went on to play
90 Test matches, scoring 5,502 runs
with 16 Test hundreds at an average
A total of 38 batsmen have been
dismissed for a pair on their debut in
Simmons tells Chandrika
failure can inspire success
You have the talent here and I
think that you just have to be
patient with the young
players and West Indies
cricket will be back. I think
that your coach (Phil)
Simmons is a great person
and fantastic coach and he
would take the team forward.
---Australia captain Michael Clarke
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