I’ve previously written about the value of persisting with players, particularly batsmen, specifically Shai Hope. Now it’s the turn of his brother Kyle. The elder Hope sibling totalled 41 runs during the Test tour of England, his average a paltry 6.83. A Test series in Zimbabwe provides an excellent opportunity for Hope to enhance his average and book himself a few more international caps. In the first innings of the first Test in Bulawayo he’d made it to 16 before becoming Solomon Mire’s maiden Test victim. With his average raised to 8.14, Hope arrived at the crease in West Indies’ second innings for potentially the last time. Two balls later he was dropped at short leg. Had Craig Ervine held the chance then Hope’s average would have been 7.13 and likely remained that way for eternity. As it was, he went onto make a career best 43, putting him on exactly 100 career Test runs. Following his dismissal courtesy of his namesake, the returning home side’s pacer Kyle Jarvis, his average has risen to 12.50. That 43 must be frustrating both for Hope himself and the West Indies’ selectors. It was an improvement, albeit with a little fortune but he’s not the first batsman ever to benefit from a drop however just seven more runs could have earned him another few Tests and filled him with confidence and relief for the second match of the series. As it is, you can’t help but feel that he remains in the proverbial last chance saloon. Come the second Test, either a maiden half-century is needed or some extremely pretty, gritty, stoic, classic or match winning 30s and 40s are required in order to prolong his Test career.
Utterly bizarrely, and this only highlights Kyle Hope’s struggles, despite the fact that he bats at three and his brother Shai at four, over the course of eight innings they are yet to bat together in a Test match!
West Indies’ national side appear to be taking positive steps and consistency in selection is a crucial part of that. The role of the selectors is, in regards to bringing in a new player, to make the right call at the right time. For the Caribbean outfit, the time for Rahkeen Cornwall to enter the international arena can’t be far off.
If you ever find yourself perusing West Indies domestic or A-team scorecards then you’re likely to see the name Cornwall all over them. He seems to take five-wicket hauls for fun, performed well against England in a tour match not too long ago and is right this moment performing admirably in an unofficial Test series against Sri Lanka A.
Windies Chairman of Selectors Courtney Browne has hinted in the past that Cornwall needs to do something about his size in order to represent the first XI. Cornwall is a big man as a quick glance at some of his images on his Cricinfo profile page confirm…
But he is what he is! He’s scoring all these runs and taking all these wickets whilst being the size he is. Players are supposed to be selected based on what their doing at domestic level and be expected to repeat those performances at the higher level. It seems wrong that West Indies would encourage a player that is prospering so much to change. We exist in an era where every sportsman is expected to be a supreme athlete but does that matter if Cornwall can rock up with reasonable regularity, strike a quick fire 60 odd and claim 3-51?
Zimbabwe away seems like it could’ve been a good opportunity to integrate the twenty-four-year-old Antiguan to Test cricket but fair play to West Indies for sticking with the England tourists. Cornwall will likely be better served playing against Sri Lanka A than bench warming in Bulawayo.
Cornwall is one of those guys who is good for the game. He’s a character even if that’s based on his physique not his personality but he’s also clearly very capable with bat and ball. Hopefully cricket fans will get to see him challenge himself in the international arena before too long.
West Indies are currently taking on Zimbabwe in the first Test in Bulawayo and it’s great to see the tourists displaying faith in the team that narrowly lost 2-1 in England.
Following a difficult tour of the UK, the likes of Kieron Powell and Kyle Hope as well as gloveman Shane Dowrich have been presented with further opportunity to showcase their international credentials and with Zimbabwe benefiting from the return of some experienced players, it should be a competitive series.
Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis are back in the international fold for the hosts and that should bode well for Graeme Cremer’s team. There is part of me that feels these guys had turned their back on the global game and shouldn’t just waltz back into their national side however it can be seen as an investment. They should be better players for having played regular professional cricket in England for a few years and if that contributes to Zimbabwe’s matches against any side being close encounters then that is good for the game. They’d displayed strong strides against a regressive Sri Lanka outfit and the addition of Taylor and Jarvis as well as a reimagining of Zimbabwean domestic cricket provides an optimistic horizon for ‘The Chevrons’.
Keep up to date with how things play out between the two sides @ http://www.cricinfo.com
Welcome to Test cricket Nic Maddinson! One of three Australian debutantes Maddinson lasted twelve deliveries before falling victim to South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada in the third Test at Adelaide. For the record the home side’s other debutantes, Middlesbrough born opening batsman Matthew Renshaw and former Gloucestershire middle-order player Peter Handscomb faired little and much better, registering scores of 10 and 54 respectively. Let’s not forget that successful Test players such as Graham Gooch, Phillip Hughes and Marvan Atapattu all registered ducks on their Test bows so all is not yet lost for Maddinson though the state of the game could leave the twenty-four-year-old without a second innings opportunity.
In Hamilton New Zealand opening batsman Tom Latham fell first ball to Mohammad Amir in his side’s second Test against Pakistan. Latham made scores of 1 and 9 in the first Test so is currently averaging a mighty 3.33 in the series! New Zealand were 77-2 in their first innings when rain curtailed play.
Finally, in a crucial Tri-Series match in Zimbabwe the home team’s Sean Williams fell first ball to Ashley Nurse, caught by our man Shai Hope. As a result Williams will need nursing better! West Indies had their own goldie in the form of Johnson Charles. Charles was caught and bowled by Zimbabwe hero Tendai Chisoro. Chisoro scored 42 not out off 35 deliveries batting at number ten, putting on an unbroken stand of 91 with Sikander Raza before recording figures of 6-1-23-2 as Zimbabwe claimed a spot in the final.
November 16th: Write an article about Shai Hope being West Indies cricket’s great hope.
November 19th: Shai Hope scores a century in only his second ODI.
My work is done!
Today’s Duckers are:
Todd Astle (New Zealand)
Recalled to the side after one Test way back in 2012. He didn’t bowl in Pakistan’s first innings and lasted five deliveries in New Zealand’s.
James Anderson (England)
After starting his career with 54 duckless Test innings, Anderson continues to make up for it, today recording his 20th duck in Tests and a golden one at that.
Ashely Nurse (West Indies)
Run out without even facing a ball as West Indies imploded and ended up with a three run three wicket final over tie against Zimbabwe.