Michael Holding, the popular former West Indian fast bowler, now doing television commentary of Test cricket from England, in an interview after the first Test at Edgbaston (August 17–21), had a lot to say. West Indies (WI) lost the match in less than three days. It was a pitiful performance to lose 19 wickets in one day to the English bowlers to bring the Test to its conclusion.
As a former first class and Test cricketer, it tore at my heart to lose this way. As much as I might criticise cricket in the WI it is still mentally destroying to witness such a spectacle.
Batsmen exhibiting poor technique like they never played at this level before; bowlers lacking the control necessary to bowl properly in a Club game let alone a match of international status; fieldsmen missing the simplest of ground balls and catches that made one wonder if they practised and prepared for the game at all.