On the same day that Bangladesh saved their run-fest Test against Pakistan, the other international taking place followed a very different path as 18 wickets tumbled in Barbados - the most ever to fall in a day's Test cricket in the Caribbean. James Anderson took 6 for 42, earning England a first-innings lead of 68, but they stumbled badly in their second innings as they were left tottering on 39 for 5, the advantage extended to 107 on a surface where every run was at a premium.
West Indies were superb in the final period of the day: the five bowlers used conceded just four boundaries in 21 overs. Jerome Taylor, who set the tone with three morning wickets to end England's first innings, again found the fast, full swing which can make him so dangerous, Shannon Gabriel pushed 93mph and Veerasammy Permaul probed out of the rough.
JetBlue Airways joins WICB as partner for international cricket
Sat, May 2, '15
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The West Indies Cricket Board announced a new sponsorship and partnership deal with JetBlue Airways. The New York-based airline is the official partner for the 2015 Series of International Cricket.
The season of international cricket will feature three Tests between West Indies and England for the Wisden Trophy followed by two Tests between West Indies and Australia for the Frank Worrell Trophy.
WICB’s Commercial Manager Nelecia Yeates hailed the new agreement as a step forward for the airline in the Caribbean, as well as a huge fillip for the most beloved sport in the region.
“We at the WICB are delighted to welcome JetBlue to the beautiful shores of the Caribbean and to the wonderful game of cricket as the newest partner to West Indies cricket. JetBlue is a respected brand and we are thrilled they have chosen to support West Indies cricket in such a meaningful way,” said Yeates.
“This agreement will create some exciting new opportunities for our fantastic fans. We have a large number of West Indians living in the United States – especially in the Tri-State area – so this new partnership will make it a lot easier for them to travel home to see their favourite team in action in the game we all love.”
“JetBlue prides itself on being a good partner in every community that we serve. That is why we’re proud to support cricket, as it is a cherished sport in the region,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President and CEO. “JetBlue now offers the most flights to the Caribbean, and so we look forward to being the airline of choice for North American fans to see their favorite teams at the matches.”
As part of the agreement between the WICB and JetBlue, several lucky cricket fans attending the Test matches will win return tickets from their home base in the Caribbean to New York.
Bangladesh, Pakistan and WI tussle for Champions Trophy spots
Sat, May 2, '15
The latest ICC rankings show an intriguing battle developing for qualification for the 2017 Champions Trophy. The top seven sides in the world, plus hosts England, will compete at the next 50-overs tournament and the cut-off date for qualification is September 30, 2015.
Bangladesh, with 88 points, have risen to eighth place after a 3-0 drubbing of Pakistan, who are a point behind them at ninth.
Mashrafe Mortaza told ESPNcricinfo that moving up the rankings was a priority for Bangladesh to make sure they remained in contention for direct entry into the next World Cup as well.
A popular number during this series has been the days since Alastair Cook scored a hundred, even if only on a small percentage of them could he physically have made a century. The counter can be reset to zero now after he batted into the final over of the opening day in Barbados, holding a faltering England display together, to score his 26th Test hundred and first since May 2013.
As the shadows lengthened across Kensington Oval, Cook clipped Shannon Gabriel off his toes from his 259th delivery for a boundary which meant he could acknowledge three figures at international level after almost two years. There was a prolonged standing ovation from the England supporters who had helped fill out the ground and lengthy applause from his team-mates on the balcony.
Yet while Cook took the personal honours West Indies ended the happier team, especially when Cook fell to what became the last delivery of the day as he edged a cut against Marlon Samuels to leave England 240 for 7 after deciding to bat first. On a surface that started suggesting some pace, then showed signs of turn, it will be difficult to judge a score until West Indies bat - but the home side are certainly in with a chance of levelling the series.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The West Indies Cricket Board announced today that left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul has been added to the Test squad for the third and final match against England.
The West Indies will now have a 15-member squad for the third Test against England, starting on Friday at the Kensington Oval. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo suffered a cut to his ring finger in the right hand and is being treated by the medical staff.
Permaul, 25, made his debut in 2012 and has played four Test matches so far. He has 12 wickets at an average of 37 runs per wicket. He was the leading wicket-taker in the WICB’s Professional Cricket League Four-Day Tournament this year with 67 wickets at 14 runs each.
Commenting, Head Coach Phil Simmons said: “Bishoo did well for us in the second Test in Grenada but he has a finger injury so we decided to call-up Permaul. He (Permaul) was among the best bowlers in the four-day cricket earlier this season, and he also bowled well in the camp ahead of this series – so he’s in good shape.”
FULL SQUAD, Denesh Ramdin (Captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (Vice Captain), Devendra Bishoo Jermaine Blackwood Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Shannon Gabriel Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor