Ratings-wise, a draw in this match was not a significant surprise. Nor, historically, is a pitch in the West Indies offering little to the batsmen. But for the current West Indies side, and despite the bets efforts of their top-order to give away their wickets, fighting out 130 overs to draw was a rare and significant achievement. Holder was the hero, of course, batting out the last 50 overs when 6 down, to score 103, supported by Ramdin and Roach. But Smith and Blackwood both made significant contributions in the match. As did Roach and Taylor with the ball.
England's openers both failed, though it is unlikely this is a permanent state for Cook and Trott. But they got runs through the middle order, scored quickly, and gave themselves enough time to win. They just didn't.
Fortunately, Tredwell took the bulk of the overs, but having bowled at the West Indies for 240 overs across 4 days, and with only a 4 day rest, there is no better chance for the West Indies to score runs and press for a victory. As Sri Lanka showed in the last English summer, holding on for a draw can be enough if fortune smiles favourably in the following match.
Shaded teams have played fewer than 2 games per season. Non-test team ratings are not comparable to test ratings as they don't play each other.
Idle Summers 22nd April, 2015 01:56:12 [#]