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Certainly not the Windies


I’ve been watching this test match. One of the best I’ve seen and the innings from Perera has to go down as one of the greatest test knocks.

Amazing finish, the last wicket partnership was breathtaking.


^ Wow!

Some of the wryest cricket humour currently airing on iplayer/sounds.


The Universe Boss is retiring from ODI’s

I’ve had so much enjoyment watching his limited overs performances


Shame he stopped playing tests! Fantastic talent and so strong. I watched him make a test century at The Oval in 2004, he smashed the ball to all parts against a very good England attack, it was fantastic to watch.


He’ll be nearly 40 after the WC, so not completely unexpected. I guess he’ll still play T20 cricket though.

He seems to be able to hit a six to any part of the ground, nowhere’s safe :grin:

Some of the stuff he’s done in the IPL is hard to believe. 30 ball century and in the same game he scored 175 not out.


This is the match, taking the piss out of Hoggy :grinning:


ODI’s about to start, WI won the toss and decided to bat.

West Indies

Chris Gayle
John Campbell
Shai Hope(wk)
Darren Bravo
Shimron Hetmyer
Nicholas Pooran
Jason Holder©
Carlos Brathwaite
Ashley Nurse
Devendra Bishoo
Oshane Thomas


Jason Roy
Jonny Bairstow
Joe Root
Eoin Morgan©
Ben Stokes
Jos Buttler(wk)
Moeen Ali
Chris Woakes
Liam Plunkett
Adil Rashid
Mark Wood

Might be worth giving Moeen an over at the start against Gayle.


Just seen a picture of the outfield - it looks very green. Will the OF be slow?


No idea, but if Gayle fires, he doesn’t use the outfield much, does he :smirk:

The pitch looks like a road, I expect we’ll see some big scoring.


360-8 from their 50 overs. It was looking like 400 at one stage.

Stokes the pick of our bowlers, Gayle 135 but dropped on 9 by Roy.

Flat wicket, so England will expect to get close. The start against the new ball will be key, if we get through the power play with no more than one down, we will be in the game.

Update - 88-0 from the power play. Very tidy.


What web coverage of this have you got Paul? BBC is text only.


I’m watching it on Sky


Cracking century from Roy - can he open for the test team?


I suspect he’ll be considered.

That’s a fantastic knock, so far.


360 sounds a lot of runs in 50 overs, but on a flat pitch the exceptional England batting line up were always getting there. Cruised home.

Very good batting performance and showing why they’re number one in ODI’s. I was disappointed with our bowling, but maybe that was just a one off.

Windies fielding was dire.

Same ground/pitch on Friday. If Windies bat first they’d better make 400


Carry on Nurse :smile:


2nd ODI, England won the toss and are bowling. (WI 33-0 off 7.3)

Pitch looks similar (exactly the same :smile:) as Wednesday. Like I said above, I reckon they’ll need 400 to win :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


180 - 3 with 15 overs to go. It’s not going to be 400. 330-ish?


England are bowling well. Unless the WI cut loose and have a bit of luck, I wouldn’t expect more than 310 to chase. You never know though, they have some big hitters to come, all depends if they get that slice of luck.

310 should be a stroll for England.