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Bravo, Applause, and the Weight of the Spotlight

Darren Bravo in Barbados.

Darren Bravo in Barbados. Photo Credit: YouTube

Bar English supporters, no one wanted to see Joe Root step into the crease in Barbados. Throughout the series, Root had terrorized the West Indies bowling attack­—the most impressive performance being a masterful innings of 182 not out in the second Test. For nearly six hours, Root had been nothing less than omnipotent, swatting 21 boundaries, including four sixes. As England’s tenth wicket fell, Root stood alone—the architect of a 464 first-innings total that would ultimately undo the West Indies.

As Root strode out of the English dressing room a week later in Bridgetown, the outlook of a West Indian victory looked no less promising. Yet, with the third Test on a precipice, it would be Root who would fall. With Jason Holder bowling, Root attempted a defensive stroke: The ball caught an edge and carried into the open palms of the man at first slip. After facing just 13 balls and with a solitary run to his name, Root was dismissed. The Kensington Oval roared. Holder leaped into the air, his fist clenched, howling emphatically. Smiles stretched across the faces of the West Indian fielders. They realized how momentous this catch was. Root was gone. England had managed just 28 runs at the cost of four wickets in their second innings. Victory seemed within reach.

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Wild, Wild West Indies: The Young Guns of the Caribbean

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Jason Holder celebrates his maiden century in Antigua.

The West Indies are finished, don’t you know? They’re in irrevocable decline. Cricket in the Caribbean is dead.

Fortunately, no one seems to have told Jason Holder and Jermaine Blackwood.

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Colin Graves’ No Good, Very Bad Idea

Colin Graves, the incoming ECB chairman, is a self-proclaimed “cricket nut.” Amid lagging attendance and claims that the game’s longer formats bore modern audiences, Graves has made it his mission to “reclaim cricket as the national summer sport.” Graves wants to see the game thrive. He simply loves cricket, you see.

That’s why it’s a bit baffling that he wants less of it.

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