SKN PULSE, Sunday 3rd May, 2015 – If the third test win by the West Indies Team is an indicator of success to follow, then many West Indian fans would willingly agree that it’s about time.
In a match that was keenly contested, the West Indies bowling attack led by Jamaican Jerome Taylor restricted England in the first innings to a total of 257 with Cook scoring a century, (105). At the West Indies turn at the crease, Anderson led the English bowling attack with six wickets as West Indies were bowled out for a mere 189. Jamaican, Blackwood batted superbly to lead the West Indies in scoring with a very timely score of 85. Thereafter, the bowling attack for the West Indies gave the Barbadian fans reason to party in the stands as they bowled out England for 123. England having a lead of 68 meant West Indies needed 192 to win. Even after a shaky start and being at 80-4 at one point the West Indies middle order batsmen applied themselves and ensured West Indies secured a victory behind a solid knock from Bravo who scored 82 and Blackwood remained not out on 47.
From the beginning of the series to the last ball that was bowled, sheer determination, energetic tendencies and immense focus were the highlights of the tour for the West Indies Team. While it is early days yet, it is clearly evident that Taylor, Holder, Blackwood and Bravo are earmarked as constant features in the West Indies Team. Their aggressive nature whether with the bat or ball clearly would propel the team to be a force in the future as the rebuilding process continues.
Kudos to the West Indies Team for playing a very spirited series. Kudos to England for retaining the Wisden Trophy.
Man of the match: Jermaine Blackwood.
Man of the series: Jimmy Anderson.