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Windies lose ground in ICC rankings
LONDON—West Indies have slipped to fifth
in the ICC Twenty20 rankings, following
their 2-0 defeat to New Zealand in the three-
match series which ended on Wednesday.
The reigning World champions slumped to
a 119-run defeat at Bay Oval in Mount Maun-
ganui to end a wretched series where they
failed to win any of the internationals across
the Tests and one-dayers.
West Indies began the series fourth but
lost five points to sit on 115 points, and are
now below fourth-placed England who they
beat in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup
The Windies went down by 47 runs in the
opening match in Nelson while the second
game was rained off after only nine overs in
Since capturing the T20 World Cup, the
Windies have now lost nine of their last 17
outings, including every full series against a
New Zealand, meanwhile, have overtaken
Pakistan as the top-ranked side in the for-
mat, following their series triumph.
They gained six points to move to 126
points, now two clear of the second placed
Pakistanis, with India third on 120 points.
South Africa are sixth on 112 points, Aus-
tralia lie seventh on 111 while Sri Lanka are
eighth on 88 but only two points ahead of
minnows Afghanistan in ninth.
Deadly Archer breaks
Adelaide unbeaten streak
HOBART, Australia—Barbadian pacer Jofra
Archer continued to make a huge impact
on the Australian Big Bash, grabbing three
wickets and producing a nerveless last over,
to fire Hobart Hurricanes to a seven-run win
over Adelaide Strikers yesterday.
Defending their 183 for five, Hobart held
Adelaide to 176 for six off their 20 overs, with
the enterprising Archer ending with brilliant
figures of three for 15 from his four overs.
Asked to bowl the final over with Adelaide
requiring 13 runs for victory, the 22-year-old
conceded a mere five runs as the visitors
came up short in their quest for a fourth win
on the trot and remain unbeaten.
With the first ball, he pinned Jake Lehman
lbw for 16 with a low full toss and followed
up with a yorker second ball which Michael
Neser (1) only just missed but partner Jon-
athan Wells (28) was run out as they at-
tempted a quick single.
Archer then held Strikers to four runs from
the next three balls with pacy full length de-
liveries, leaving them needing nine off the
He almost picked up his fourth wicket off
the final delivery of the innings when Rashid
Khan swatted a short ball towards short mid-
wicket, but his sprint and dive proved in vain
as the catch barely eluded him.
The Sussex star had earlier claimed his
first wicket when dangerous opener Alex
Carey failed to keep down a pull and was
taken at mid-wicket for two in the second
Archer was also among the action in the
field, producing a superb effort at long on to
help account for the wicket of South African
Colin Ingram (66).
He took the catch just inside the ropes but
as the momentum took him over, he tossed
the ball to Short for him to complete the
Ingram was the top-scorer while Travis
Head chipped in with 44.
Opting to bat earlier at Bellerive Oval, Ho-
bart were carried by opener D’Arcy Short’s
96 off 58 balls which included nine fours and
four sixes. (CMC)
Law: Gayle still has game
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand—Chris
Gayle may not have fired in the recent limited
overs series against New Zealand but West In-
dies head coach Stuart Law has again warned
pundits not to write off the aging superstar.
The 38-year-old managed scores of 22 and
four in his two one-day appearances while
mustering 12 and 0 in his two Twenty20 In-
Law said the Jamaican’s failures in the se-
ries did not reflect the quality of the player.
“Write him off at your peril,” the Australian
“He didn’t click in this series. He had a viral
infection in the one-dayers and, while T20 is
probably his best format, he didn’t get the
starts he wanted.
“He’s played this game long enough. He
knows how to do it. He was pretty good in
England a few months ago.”
Gayle is the most experienced player in
the West Indies limited overs set-up, with 275
One-Day Internationals and 55 T20Is under
However, he only returned to the ODI side
for the tour of England after nearly 2-1/2 years
on the sidelines, and looked in good touch in
gathering 173 runs from four innings.
His form in the recent Bangladesh Premier
League was outstanding, slamming two cen-
turies in topping the aggregates with 485 runs
and while he failed to carry that momentum
over into the New Zealand series, Law said
Gayle remained centrally important to the
“Right now it probably doesn’t look like
it, but there’s plenty of cricket left in the big
man. He can destroy any attack, it doesn’t
have to be a minnow,” Law argued.
“He’s central to the way this dressing room
ticks, and commands a lot of respect. He’s
just got to start performing in the middle
Gayle has already indicated he wants to
contest next year’s 50-overs World Cup in
Superstar opener Chris Gayle ...
returns to the West Indies side for
the first time in over two years.
Shaker Mano—Curator at
Queen’s Park Cricket Club
West Indies have slipped to fifth in the T20 world rankings.
In an effort to improve the standard of
pitches in the Caribbean, Cricket West
Indies (CWI) continued their sustained
efforts to find the right methods for pro-
ducing better pitches by hosting another
curators workshop prior to the Christ-
One of the participants at the course,
T&T’s Shaker Mano said it was truly
worthwhile attending and he is confi-
dent that the efforts of CWI will pay off
pretty soon. The course which was sup-
posed to be
done by CWI’s
pitches in Trinidad was called up to
deliver an address at the workshop on
outfields. According to Mano, “Atkinson
unfortunately had to miss the sessions
because of a surgery, so Crafton took
over and did a wonderful job. I myself
got the opportunity to speak on prepa-
rations of the outfields and I enjoyed the
experience. Listening on to what was on
offer, CWI seems intent in changing the
nature of the pitches in the Caribbean
and we should see an improvement in
the not too distant future.
“It makes no sense guys like Kent go
out there and assist in producing quality
pitches in the Caribbean and then leave
it to guys who don’t have the knowledge.
It will revert to its previous condition in
no time. CWI has now decided to edu-
cate curators from around the Caribbean
on the science of pitch preparation, so
they can maintain good pitches, which
ultimately will lead to better cricket and
our players being better prepared for
international competition. CWI even
extended its arms further, as we had
curators from as far as Argentina attend
the course in Antigua. The board also
decided to bring back Richards ‘Prof ’
Edwards to rescue the pitch and out-
field at the Kensington Oval in Barba-
dos. Previously, one of the fastest in the
Caribbean, the pitch at the Kensington
Oval is now a sorry picture of what it was
and the board has decided to rescue it
by bringing back Prof and this is great,
There has been calls from cricket pun-
dits across the Caribbean for the pitches
to improve in order to get a better stand-
ard of cricket.
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