Keep the faith

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, They do it all the time. They talk in­ces­santly about the Ashes as if the only matches worth play­ing are against Aus­tralia. They do it even when they are play­ing an­other team who are com­pet­ing re­ally hard against them. They do not seem to rec­og­nize that nei­ther they nor Aus­tralia is a re­ally out­stand­ing team. There are about 6 re­ally good crick­eters in each coun­try, but they have lots of money so they can pro­vide all their crick­eters with the very best. Since there is so lit­tle money avail­able to West In­dian cricket ad­min­is­tra­tors who find it im­pos­si­ble to treat West In­dian se­nior crick­eters prop­erly, Eng­land of­ten wins matches against the West Indies which they ought not to win purely on the ba­sis of skill. On the first day of this 5 day match Gabriel bowled too fast and Roach too con­trolled for the English­men. Only poor catch­ing al­lowed Eng­land to score as many as 258. On the sec­ond day Brath­waite who has more tal­ent than any English opener ex­cept per­haps Cook and Shai Hope whom Bishop and Du­jon have of­ten said is a comer, both got hun­dreds in a score of 329 for 5, with Black­wood taking ad­van­tage of all the bad balls he re­ceived in his short stay at the wicket. Apart from An­der­son, the English bowlers were not very pen­e­trat­ing, not­with­stand­ing Moeen Ali’s reg­u­lar off-field de­par­tures likely for con­sul­ta­tion with the great Saqlain. I was personally pleased that Woakes re­placed Jones, fur­ther ev­i­dence that tal­ent is not al­ways spot­ted as quickly as one might ex­pect. An ex­cit­ing end awaits us. Keep the faith. Yours faith­fully, Ro­main Pitt

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