England rout West Indies inside three days

Root praised the pink ball after England finished the first day of the first day-night Test on 348

Root praised the pink ball after England finished the first day of the first day-night Test on 348

As I ran in to Shane Dowrich for that hat-trick ball, I was just telling myself to bowl it straight and hit the stumps. Those of a certain age may think of him, first and foremost, as a commentator, a charity walker (and if that was all he had ever done, it would still be a life well-lived) and an increasingly unconvincing frontman in adverts.

We're never going to be as sophisticated, and be able to invest as much, as England, Australia and India, but at the same time, we can do the basic and simple things brilliantly.

Yes, those are strong words.

The issue for opposition batsmen was that the threat posed by Wasim and Waqar was not restricted to their bursts with the new ball, when they did get lavish swing. Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with 3-34.

The first test match of the 2012 summer saw the West Indies arrive at Lords and Stuart Broad on one of his magic spells.

West Indies, following on, were bowled out for 137 in their second innings as they lost 19 wickets in total during the day's play. He still has more five-wicket hauls (27) than James Anderson.

By then, the Windies had managed just 200 runs for the loss of 13 wickets in the day.

Despite his advancing years, Anderson's form this summer has been stunning, following up his 20 wickets at 14.10 during England's 3-1 series win against South Africa with another five at Edgbaston. It all left me feeling a bit emotional. Part two will be published tomorrow.

That means they will be England's two most important bowlers on this winter's tour of Australia and also the home Ashes series in 2019.

"My first cricketing memory watching live cricket was the '92 World Cup", Broad recalled. I have to believe every team is beatable. "I certainly hope that my performances will keep improving so that I'm part of that 2019 Ashes". Trust me, it was painful to watch. And because Beefy [Botham] was such a legend you see images and footage of him performing throughout his career. "He'd obviously get fined by the ICC with them now", Broad expressed as revealed by ESPNCricinfo. Perhaps most notably of all, we have agreed on a temporary amnesty with the players over eligibility criteria, ending the self-defeating rule that only those who played in the domestic 50-over competition could be considered for the national team.

It's futile, of course, to spend much time speculating whether such a team would do better than the one on the ground in England, and the West Indies powers-that-be can not be criticised for giving young players their opportunities.

Add in a bitter dispute between several leading players and Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Whycliffe "Dave" Cameron and you have a situation where Jason Holder's Test squad are without the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy. The players thrive off that.

"That inspires young kids so it is very special to be stood by him now and also up there in the rankings with him. As soon as that goes, I'm gone".

"We heard a lot of talk, of course, from captain and coach along the lines of "don't write off the West Indies, we have a chance"; that is bravado", said Holding. If he's buying, that's quite exciting!

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