Windies star Chris Gayle extended hearty congratulations to Australian David Warner who continued his purple patch of form with an unbeaten 335 during the second Test match against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval.

The knock elevated Warner to exclusive company become one of 31 players to ever achieve the feat.   The left-hander also became the second-highest scorer ever for Australia behind Matthew Hayden’s 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003.  Gayle, who also features prominently on the list, had scored 333 against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2010, congratulated the Australian batsman via social media platform Twitter.

“Welcome to the Triple club, @davidwarner31 - Top stuff,” Gayle tweeted.

Warner, who served a 12-month ban from the sports after being punished for ball-tampering, beat Donald Bradman’s record of 299, set against South Africa in 1931-32, for the highest test score at the Adelaide Oval.  The player also produced the biggest innings ever in the day-night Test cricket format.  Australia captain Tim Paine declared at 589-3 on day two against Pakistan.

 

 

 

While the West Indies were expected to dominate their one-off Test against Afghanistan in Lucknow, India, they still had to do it and it was important to their skipper, Jason Holder, that the year ended with his side tasting some success.

The West Indies, playing in a one-off Test after T20 and ODI series against Afghanistan, were emphatic nine-wicket winners after bowling out the hosts for 187 and 120 while scoring 277 and 31-1.

The results were brought about by Rahkeem Cornwall’s 7-75 and 3-46, as well as Shamarh Brooks first-innings knock of 111.

“Really important win, you know. We had a tough series against India. Was important to finish the year well,” said Holder after his West Indies side finished the game inside three days.

Holder also pointed out that there was a certain type of unity within the West Indies squad that he believed would hold them in good stead for bigger challenges on the horizon.

“We've got a good group going. The whole management staff has been excellent. We've got good unity, we have a one-team motif. Once we love one another, the job becomes much easier on the cricket field. Hope it continues," he said.

Holder was also pleased with the way the new players in the side have come on and held their hands up to be counted when the going gets tough.

“Very pleasing to see new guys come in and take the opportunity. Shamarh did that. He scored a fifty in the last innings and followed it with a hundred here. It was full of class. And then Rahkeem getting seven in the first innings, in just his second Test, is amazing,” said Holder.

Rahkeem Cornwall’s 10-wicket haul in a nine-wicket win for the West Indies over Afghanistan in Lucknow, India, while a great start, is just one part of the game the all-rounder wants to get right for the regional side.

Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan believes his side can be a much better Test side given the opportunity.

Rashid was speaking after Friday’s demolition at the hands of the West Indies in Lucknow, India.

The West Indies, playing in a one-off Test after T20 and ODI series against Afghanistan, were emphatic nine-wicket winners after bowling out the hosts for 187 and 120 while scoring 277 and 31-1.

The results were brought about by Rahkeem Cornwall’s 7-75 and 3-46, as well as Shamarh Brooks first-innings knock of 111.

But according to Rashid, despite the one-sidedness of the affair, there isn’t a big gap between Afghanistan and the better Test-playing nations.

“I think, what I've seen, we've been struggling in the longer formats. Especially in batting. That's the only area we need to improve. Once we do that, we can trouble good sides,” he said.

The Afghanistan skipper believes that his team lacks experience, and with a little more of it, the teams at the top will have to watch out.

“Still early days in our Test careers, only our fourth game, against an experienced Windies. Hope to recover from our mistakes. We want more Tests,” said Rashid.

At the moment, the opportunity for Afghanistan to play more Test cricket and to get that valuable experience is a little beyond them, a situation, Rashid is not happy with.

“Just one Test per year isn't good enough.”

But the talent is there and Rashid is hopeful that the best for Afghanistan, is yet to come.

“Great talent for us in the future. We are not taking our batting innings long. People are getting out for thirties and forties. We need to work on that. Overall, quite disappointing. And we will try to bring the improvements,” said Rashid.

Afghanistan will now turn its attention away from Test cricket for the moment to the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup early next year.

At 31 years old, Shamarh Brooks is playing in just his second Test, but he will not allow that late start to create anxiety that could mean he performs at less than his best for the West Indies.

Rahkeem Cornwall has downplayed the idea that there was a magical formula for his performance on the first day of a one-off Test match against Afghanistan in Lucknow, India.

Jamaica middle-order batsman Rovman Powell slammed a brutal 106 in just 40 balls but could not prevent a 13-runs loss to the Leeward Islands, who booked a spot in the semi-finals of the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, on Sunday.

The Scorpions were set 256 to win, on the back of a patient 105 from Kieran Powell, but crucially needed to achieve the target inside 31 overs to overhaul their opponents’ NRR.  The Scorpions found their runs chase way off target after finding themselves at 25 for three in the fifth over, after losing top order batsmen Assad Fudadin, Aldane Thomas and Nkrumah Bonner.

Powell, however, kept the Scorpions in touch with an explosive display of batting, reaching his second hundred of the tournament from 38 balls with two runs into the leg-side off Quinton Boatswain.  Jamaica’s chances went up in smoke, however, when Powell was caught behind off Boatswain in the same over he got to the third hundred of his Super50 Cup career.

Boatswain was the pick of the Leewards bowlers after claiming figures of 4 for 85.

In their turn at the crease, the Leewards were in early trouble after losing opener Montcin Hodge for 10, with 27 on the board.  Amir Jangoo joined Powell at the crease, however, and pair put on a match-winning 154 for the second wicket.

The Hurricanes will play hosts Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the second semi-final on Friday at the Queen’s Park Oval in the Trinidad capital of Port of Spain, where the first semi-final, a day earlier, will feature Group A winners Barbados Pride and either Guyana Jaguars or West Indies Emerging Players, one of which will be the runners-up in Group B.

India skipper Virat Kohli has rejected comparisons between his current Test squad and the all-conquering West Indies team of the 1970s, insisting there was a long way to go yet.

India wrapped up yet another dominant showing when they became the first team ever to complete four successive innings victories in the five-day format, to finish off Bangladesh in their maiden pink-ball Test.  The win was India’s seventh consecutive Test victory - the most they have had in succession. 

Prior to the Bangladesh series, India beat West Indies 2-0 and registered a 3-0 whitewash over South Africa. The victory margins were 318 runs, 257 runs, 203 runs, an innings, and 137 runs, and an innings and 202 runs.  Despite dominating their opposition and a run-away lead at the top of the newly implemented ICC Test Championships, Kohli believes comparisons to the West Indies teams are premature.

“I can only say we are at the top of our game. You can’t judge a team’s dominance with seven games. You’re talking about a West Indies side which did it for 15 years,” Kohli said after the match.

“You can ask me this question when we all are close to retiring. How the decade has gone playing together ... Not after seven games. Seven years yes, but not seven games,” he added.

“I think there is still time (to compare). But we are quite excited about the way we are playing and what the challenges are. Going forward, we will play in New Zealand now. The frame of mind is to get to the next series in Test cricket. It’s not like we are finished playing at home ... Let’s see what happens abroad.”

The West Indies Women continued their recent struggles against India after going down by five runs in a rain-affected T20I fixture at Providence Stadium in Guyana.

Only 18 overs were possible after a steady downpour held up the start of play.  When the teams did take the pitch, it was the Windies Women who won the toss and opted to field.  Middle-order batsman Pooja Vastrakar was the only player to score double figures with 10 as the team had a balanced scoring act to speed to 50 for 7 off their 9 overs.

Hayley Matthews was the pick of the Windies bowlers after claiming figures 3 for 13.  Afy Fletcher and Sheneta Grimmond were also among the wickets after claiming two each.

In response, Matthews also starred at the top of the order after making 11 from 14 balls, with Chinelle Henry also adding an identical total.  Natasha McLean also contributed 10 from 9 balls but the team eventually fell short as they ran out of overs.  Anuja Patil was the best bowler for India after claiming 2 for 8.  The result marked a fourth consecutive loss for the regional team who have been unable to keep pace with India for either the T20 or previously played ODI series.

Windies T20 skipper Kieron Pollard insists the team will focus on the positives despite a 29-runs loss to Afghanistan, which handed the South Asian team a 2-1 series win on Sunday.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, a punishing 79 from 52 balls from man-of-match Rahmanullah Gurbaz, lifted the hosts to 156 for 8 and set the table for the crucial win.  The opener was left to anchor the innings following the departure of partner Hazratullah Zazai for a duck and the team losing wickets at regular intervals.

In response, Shai Hope did his best to keep the Windies in the hunt as they pursued the target and added 52 from 46 balls.  He, however, found very little support as the team found the bowlers difficult to get away on the slow surface.  Naveen-ul-Haq was the most successful of the Afghanistan bowlers and claimed 3 for 24.

“It was a similar situation to yesterday. We found ourselves in a hole in the Powerplay and couldn't dig ourselves out of it. I can’t fault the effort of the bowlers. but having said that, the guys would have taken a lot from this series and how to adapt and play on slower pitches,” Pollard said.

 “We have a long-term plan, but we have to deal with what's in front of us right now.  I can't say what will happen in October next year (for the T20 World Cup). Yes, we are on the losing side, but these things happen. In sport, there is a winner and a loser.”

The Windies won the first T20I against Afghanistan by 30 runs, lost the second by 41 runs, before being swept aside in the decider.

A four-for from pace bowler Keon Harding and an unbeaten ton from top-order batsman Joshua Da Silver led the West Indies Emerging Players to a crushing 107 runs win over Windwards Islands at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Monday.

The result maintains a strong start for the Emerging Players, which see them surprisingly topping Group B after three games.  After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Emerging Players experienced an early set-back after opener Kimani Melius was dismissed lbw by Kavem Hodge.  A pair of fruitful partnerships, however, quickly steadied the innings.  Da Silva joined Gidron Pope at the crease and the pair repaired some after putting on 89 for the second wicket.  The partnership ended when Pope was bowled by Larry Edwards for 50.

Justin Greave added 46 before being bowled by Bhaskar Yadram and Roland Cato (49) then joined Da Silver to see out the innings.

In response, the Volcanoes were dismal.  Desron Maloney was the first of Harding’s four victims when he was dismissed for 10 with Windwards having 14 runs on the board.  Emmanuel Stewart followed soon after without scoring and Kirk Edwards added just one run before leaving the Windwards in deep trouble at 22 for 3.  Devon Smith (6) and Alick Athanaze (3) continued the tumble of wickets with Kaveem Hodge (28), Keron Cottoy (33) and Shane Shillingford (41) offering the most resistance.  Harding was backed up by Kevin Sinclair who claimed 3 for 19.  Harding claimed 4 for 45.

 

India Women defeated West Indies Women by 10 wickets in the second T20 International at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground to take a 2-0 series lead on Sunday.

Anisa Mohammed, the stand-in captain as Stafanie Taylor has been ruled out of the series due to injury, won the toss and elected to bat first. Once again, the runs were hard to come by. as Hayley Matthews and Stacy-Ann King opened the batting.  King was the first to go for 7 followed by Shemaine Campbelle for a four-ball 0.

Chedean Nation steadied the Windes Women’s middle order with Matthews, as the pair added 34 runs before Matthews tried to hit a straight six and was caught in the deep for 23. Nation fell soon after for 32.  Natasha McLean was the only other batter to reach double figures, she made 17.

 The West Indies Women finished their 20 overs on 103 for 7.  Deepti Sharma was the best bowler for India Women with 4 for 10 from her 4 overs.

Shafali Verma for the second match in a row took a liking to the Windies Women’s bowling and the pitch at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground. The fifteen-year-old struck her second consecutive half-century to lead the Indians to victory in the eleventh over.

Verma finished on 69 not out and with her was Smriti Mandhana on 30 not out. India won the match reaching 104 without loss in 10.3 overs.

 

Legendary West Indies batsman Viv Richards is confident that it will only be a matter of time before mercurial young talent Shimron Hetmyer lives up to his full potential.

Since bursting on the scene in 2017, Hetmyer has shown clear signs that he has the potential to be one of the game’s best players.  Hetmyer, who has four centuries in 37 matches, recently became the 4th fastest West Indian batsman to score 1,000 ODI runs. 

On the flip side, however, the young batsman has put in several disappointing performances with innings that have been typified by rash stroke play and what many have criticized as a carefree approach.  Richards has, however, backed the young batsman to deliver the goods eventually.

"Hetmyer we keep speaking about, he's a young talent I believe when he settles down, his numbers could be much better for West Indies in the future, but at present, he's a little if and but at times, but when he works that out and gets to believe he can accomplish that, he'll be okay. But his talent, his talent is enormous, it's just for him to know how to get that done,” Richards told Espncricinfo.

The player will be part of a Windies squad that will play against Afghanistan in three ODI and three T20 series beginning tomorrow.

Legendary West Indies all-rounder Gary Sobers does not believe the regional cricket team did enough to hold on to Barbadian-born fast bowler Jofra Archer and must be a little ‘sad’ to have missed out on such a top prospect.

The 24-year-old was born in Barbados and played youth cricket for the Windies but failed to secure a spot on the youth World Cup team.  The player later moved to England before deciding to switch allegiance and represent the country of his father’s birth.

Archer made his debut for England at the World Cup earlier this year, after a change in the country’s eligibility rules allowed the player to represent England earlier than originally stipulated.  The bowler went on to make a major impact at the tournament as England claimed a maiden title.  Archer then went on to make his impact felt during the Ashes series.

“We have lost a good one, there's no doubt about that," Sobers told the DailyMail.

“Jofra is an amazing bowler. For him to jump to where he is in the England team already is tremendous. I believe there was an argument as to whether they should play him in the World Cup but eventually they got over that and they must be very happy they did because he has been great for them,” he added.

“The West Indies must be very sad when they see what he has done because we don't seem to have given him the opportunities we should have done," said Sobers. 

"He started in Barbados and wanted to get in the West Indies team but he didn't get the chance to do that so he went to the best place he could.”

West Indies Women batsman Chinelle Henry has been ruled out of the rest of the series against India after suffering a concussion during the first One Day International (ODI).

The 24-year-old suffered the injury after crashing into the advertising boards at the boundary.  The player, however, managed to successfully save the boundary and a valuable two runs as the team scraped to a narrow one-run win in the first ODI.  As per the Cricket West Indies (CWI) concussion protocol, the player will be out of action for the next seven days.

Henry will be replaced by Hayley Matthews who returns to the team following an eight-match suspension.  Britney Cooper will also join Henry on the sideline after suffering a bruised shin.  Cooper will be replaced by Caneisha Isaac.  Isaac is an uncapped medium-pacer from Trinidad and Tobago (TT), having played in 2017 and 2019 for TT in the CWI’s Women’s Championship and T20 Blaze.

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