Jah know star…..I am getting ready to go to cricket with a heavy heart. The emotional roller coaster that the West Indies players take spectators on is not a thrilling ride. I picked up a media colleague who was visiting from another island. We discussed the possibility of how long the match would last. It was on everybody’s mind.
There was no traffic on our way to Sabina Park. The Sunday worshipers were at church. Some would have already determined that it was not worth hurrying up after the service to head to the cricket ground. Better to spend the day at leisure.
At the ground on the way upstairs (on foot….getting well needed exercise after yesterday’s lunch and dessert of bread pudding), my colleague stopped to see who was in the practice nets. Coach Phil Simmons and Darren Bravo. He was left not out on Day 3 on 8. He was due for a big score after some inconsistent performances which many attribute to distractions of the mental variety. Could the story line at the end of Day read “Bravo scores double ton to defy the Aussies”?
Inside the media centre, I had a short discussion with another media colleague about what accounts for such poor performances. We all have many thoughts. Ultimately, the money is not being spent on the things that matter – the pitches and grounds from the school and club level, the mental aspects, the coaching competence. You could offer many more solutions and wonder why those at the top do not have the will to make the changes that will bear fruit at the international level.
At the start of the day’s play, Coach Simmons said that the first hour would determine the rest of the day. Here is how that went.
Starc to Dowrich, OUT, inswinger from Starc, Dowrich is gone. Pitched up and curves back in rather late, Dowrich does not connect with the attempted across-the-line flick. The ball rips through and cannons into off. Replays show that the ball kissed the back pad and then hit the furniture. Poor shot selection from Dowrich, though