English cricket team in the West Indies in 2008–09

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English cricket team in West Indies in 2008–09
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West Indies
Dates 25 January – 3 April 2009
Captains AJ Strauss CH Gayle
Test series
Result West Indies won the 5-match series 1–0
Most runs AJ Strauss (541) RR Sarwan (626)
Most wickets GP Swann (19) SJ Benn (12)
Player of the series RR Sarwan (WI)
One Day International series
Result England won the 5-match series 3–2
Most runs AJ Strauss (204) S Chanderpaul (201)
Most wickets JM Anderson (9) KA Pollard (9)
Player of the series AJ Strauss (Eng)
Twenty20 International series
Result West Indies won the 1-match series 1–0
Most runs SM Davies (27) RR Sarwan (59)
Most wickets A Khan (2) SJ Benn (3)
Player of the series RR Sarwan (WI)

The England cricket team toured the West Indies from 25 January 2009 until 3 April 2009. Initially, it was intended that they play four Test matches, one Twenty20 International and five One Day Internationals against the West Indies cricket team. However, the abandonment of the Second Test due to the conditions of the field at the SVR Stadium in Antigua led to the rapid inclusion of an additional game staged at the Antigua Recreation Ground, resulting in a five-match, rather than four-match Test series. The West Indies regained the Wisden Trophy by winning the Test series 1–0. They also won the Twenty20 match, but England won the ODI series 3–1.

Whether or not West Indies were the better side and deserved to win the series is debatable. Twice England were two wickets or fewer away from winning – though England could be accused of defensive captaincy that gave them insufficient time to bowl the West Indies out.

On some very flat wickets, only the Jamaica collapse could separate the two sides. England came in for some criticism from Sky commentators for being too defensive with their declarations,[citation needed] but ultimately the pitches were not conducive enough to allow results.

Build-up[edit]

Despite recent turmoils, England went into the series as firm favourite. The players claimed confidence, the ICC rankings placed them comfortably ahead of their adversaries, and the pundits were, under the circumstances, fairly buoyant. In the Daily Telegraph, Geoffrey Boycott opined that, with a fit Andrew Flintoff, England ought to prevail easily:

I am not saying it will be a walkover. The one thing England do need is a fit Andrew Flintoff, throughout all the four Tests. If Freddie goes down injured, the odds for the series will turn around dramatically.[1]

Test series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

4–8 February
Scorecard
v
318 (122.2 overs)
Kevin Pietersen 97 (172)
Sulieman Benn 4/77 (44.2 overs)
392 (157.4 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 107 (290)
Stuart Broad 5/85 (29 overs)
51 (33.2 overs)
Andrew Flintoff 24 (47)
Jerome Taylor 5/11 (9 overs)
West Indies won by an innings and 23 runs
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Umpires: Tony Hill (NZ) and Rudi Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: Jerome Taylor (WI)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • England's second-innings total of 51 is their third-lowest in Test cricket.[2]

2nd Test[edit]

13–17 February
Scorecard
v
7/0 (1.4 overs)
Andrew Strauss 6* (8)
Match abandoned
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Umpires: Daryl Harper (Aus) and Tony Hill (NZ)
  • Play was abandoned after 10 balls due to a dangerous outfield which caused the bowlers to be unable to gain any solid footholds in an overly sandy outfield; an extra Test was scheduled.[3] The Test match thus became the shortest in recorded history, overtaking the record previously held by another match in the West Indies in 1998 involving the same teams, which was abandoned under similar circumstances.[4] The statistics of the abandoned Test stood, however, contributing to the statistics of all players involved.[5]

3rd Test[edit]

15–19 February
Scorecard
v
566/9d (165.2 overs)
Andrew Strauss 169 (278)
Jerome Taylor 2/73 (28 overs)
285 (89.2 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 94 (133)
Graeme Swann 5/57 (24 overs)
221/8d (50 overs)
Alastair Cook 58 (103)
Daren Powell 2/33 (7 overs)
370/9 (128 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 106 (196)
Stuart Broad 3/69 (21 overs)
Match drawn
Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's, Antigua
Umpires: Daryl Harper (Aus) and Rudi Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI)
  • An additional Test match was added to the schedule following the abandonment of the 2nd Test; this took advantage of the fact that the abandoned game was in Antigua, which meant that the Antigua Recreation Ground was available. The newly scheduled 3rd Test began two days after the abandonment of the previous game.

4th Test[edit]

26 February – 2 March
Scorecard
v
600/6d (153.2 overs)
Andrew Strauss 142 (210)
Fidel Edwards 3/151 (30 overs)
749/9d (194.4 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 291 (452)
Graeme Swann 5/165 (50.4 overs)
279/2 (81 overs)
Alastair Cook 139* (256)
Chris Gayle 1/46 (17 overs)
Match drawn
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Russell Tiffin (Zim)
Player of the match: Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI)

5th Test[edit]

6–10 March
Scorecard
v
546/6d (158.5 overs)
Paul Collingwood 161 (288)
Lionel Baker 2/77 (23 overs)
544 (178.4 overs)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 147* (361)
Stuart Broad 3/67 (30 overs)
237/6d (38.4 overs)
Kevin Pietersen 102 (92)
Lionel Baker 2/39 (8 overs)
114/8 (65.5 overs)
Ryan Hinds 20 (94)
Graeme Swann 3/13 (21 overs)
Match drawn
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Umpires: Daryl Harper (Aus) and Russell Tiffin (Zim)
Player of the match: Matt Prior (Eng)

T20I series[edit]

Only T20I[edit]

15 March
Scorecard
England 
121 (19.1 overs)
v
 West Indies
123/4 (18 overs)
Steven Davies 27 (21)
Sulieman Benn 3/24 (4 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 59 (46)
Amjad Khan 2/34 (4 overs)
West Indies won by 6 wickets
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Umpires: Clyde Duncan (WI) and Norman Malcolm (WI)
Player of the match: Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI)

ODI series[edit]

1st ODI[edit]

20 March
Scorecard
England 
270/7 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
244/7 (46.2 overs)
Paul Collingwood 69 (77)
Kieron Pollard 2/46 (8 overs)
Lendl Simmons 62 (105)
Stuart Broad 3/41 (9.2 overs)
England won by 1 run (D/L)
Providence Stadium, Guyana
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Clyde Duncan (WI)
Player of the match: Paul Collingwood (Eng)
  • Bad light ended West Indies's innings early. West Indies's coach Dyson told his batsmen to take the light after a miscalculation.

2nd ODI[edit]

22 March
Scorecard
West Indies 
264/8 (50 overs)
v
 England
243 (48.2 overs)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 112* (134)
James Anderson 3/37 (9 overs)
Andrew Strauss 105 (129)
Dwayne Bravo 2/40 (9 overs)
West Indies won by 21 runs
Providence Stadium, Guyana
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Clyde Duncan (WI)
Player of the match: Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)

3rd ODI[edit]

27 March
Scorecoard
England 
117 (41.4 overs)
v
 West Indies
117/2 (14.4 overs)
Dimitri Mascarenhas 36 (76)
Dwayne Bravo 4/19 (7 overs)
Chris Gayle 80 (43)
Stuart Broad 1/31 (3.4 overs)
West Indies won by 8 wickets (D/L)
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and Steve Davis (Aus)
Player of the match: Dwayne Bravo (WI)

4th ODI[edit]

29 March
Scorecard
West Indies 
239/9 (50 overs)
v
 England
136/1 (18.3 overs)
Dwayne Bravo 69 (72)
Dimitri Mascarenhas 3/26 (10 overs)
Andrew Strauss 79* (61)
Kieron Pollard 1/20 (4 overs)
England won by 9 wickets (D/L)
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and Steve Davis (Aus)
Player of the match: Andrew Strauss (Eng)

5th ODI[edit]

3 April
Scorecard
England 
172/5 (29 overs)
v
 West Indies
146 (28 overs)
Kevin Pietersen 48 (48)
Sulieman Benn 2/23 (6 overs)
Dwayne Bravo 33 (46)
Andrew Flintoff 5/19 (5 overs)
England won by 26 runs
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Norman Malcolm (WI)
Player of the match: Andrew Flintoff (Eng)

Tour matches[edit]

St Kitts and Nevis Invitation XI v England XI[edit]

25 – 27 January
Scorecard
v
St Kitts and Nevis Invitation XI
424/8 dec. (91.5 overs)
Owais Shah 125*
Akito Willett 5/118 (24 overs)
251 (64.3 overs)
Codville Rogers 63 (82)
Monty Panesar 4/53 (17.3 overs)
265/5 dec. (58 overs)
Andrew Strauss 103 (116)
Trevier Smithen 1/29 (7 overs)
221 (54 overs)
Codville Rogers 79 (83)
Monty Panesar 3/51 (15 overs)
England XI won by 217 runs
Warner Park, Basseterre, St. Kitts
Umpires: Luther Kelly (WI) and Wycliffe Mitchum (WI)
  • England were originally scheduled to use 11 players but ended up using 13 after injuries to Andrew Flintoff and Owais Shah. The St Kitts side used 14.

First-class:West Indies A v England XI[edit]

29 – 31 January
Scorecard
v
574/8 dec. (149.5 overs)
Lendl Simmons 282 (381)
Steve Harmison 4/101 (25.5 overs)
414 (90.5 overs)
Andrew Strauss 97 (135)
Kevin McClean 3/56 (14.5 overs)
16/0 (5 overs)
Adrian Barath 13* (22)
Match drawn
Warner Park, Basseterre, St. Kitts
Umpires: Luther Kelly (WI) and Wycliffe Mitchum (WI)

Barbados Cricket Association President's XI v England XI[edit]

22 – 23 February
Scorecard
v
BCA President's XI
351/8 dec. (75 overs)
Ravi Bopara 124* (125)
Kevin Stoute 4/67 (17 overs)
245 (63.4 overs)
Sharmarh Brooks 69 (142)
Amjad Khan 5/79 (15 overs)
142/2 (27.2 overs)
Ian Bell 72 (91)
Roston Chase 2/21 (4.2 overs)

West Indies Players' Association XI v England XI[edit]

14 March
Scorecard
England XI 
299/8 (50 overs)
v
WIPA XI
248 (43.4 overs)
Samuel Badree 84*
Steve Harmison 4/59 (8.4 overs)
England XI won by 51 runs
Guaracara Park, Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad
Umpires: Terence Birbal (WI) and Peter Nero (WI)
Player of the match: Samuel Badree and Dimitri Mascarenhas
  • The West Indies Players Association XI used 13 players in the match (11 batting, 11 fielding).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boycott 2009.
  2. ^ Lillywhite, Jamie (7 February 2009). "West Indies v England 1st Test". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "West Indies v England 2nd Test". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 13 February 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Shortest Tests (by balls bowled)". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN EMEA. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  5. ^ Miller, Andrew (13 February 2009). "Play abandoned after sandpit farce". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN EMEA. Retrieved 13 February 2009.