West Indies suffer another loss
The West Indies last game in England ended in all too similar fashion for them, as another defeat was inflicted on them.
What looked like a relatively easy target for England to chase down quickly became a nervous last couple of overs, as Morgan squeaked England over the line with only two balls to spare.
Alex Hales failed to become the first Englishman to ever score a T20 century when he was bowled by Ravi Rampaul on 99.
His 99 included four 6s and six 4s and took him just 68 balls to make.
It looked like it was going to be a nervy game throughout for England as Kieswetter was caught by Smith when there was only 10 runs on the board, but England didn’t lose another wicket until 169 was posted on the scoreboard.
The Windies 172 run total was thanks largely to the explosive batting of Smith and Dwayne Bravo, who have been the standout players for the Windies throughout the whole tour of England.
Surely now Hales will be the first name pinged around when people are pondering on a replacement for the retired KP?
He couldn’t really have had a better start. Even though he wasn’t the one to be England’s first T20 centurion, he still has the title of being the first man ever to be dismissed on 99 in an international T20 game.
I think Hales really could be our secret weapon in the upcoming series with South Africa and Australia, because they won’t really know much about him other than he’s a batsmen who can thump that little white thing into the stands.
It’s a perfect scenario really. They don’t know the best way to get him out, what type of bowling to send his way and if he’s easily rattled by sledging. So get him stuck straight in, it can only have a positive outcome, unless he gets four or five consecutive ducks, then we could probably presume he isn’t quite ready for the big stage just yet.
After all, the Windies aren’t quite the Aussies or South Africans, are they.