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England v West Indies – live!

19th June 2012

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4th over: West Indies 6-0 (Simmons 5, Gayle 1) Gayle doesn’t like something going on behind Finn’s head and stops the bowler during his run-up. When Finn finally delivers, Gayle attacks but a fine dive from Bopara at cover point stops what looks like a boundary. A Bopara-assisted maiden from Finn, a good comeback after conceding six from his first over.

3rd over: West Indies 6-0 (Simmons 5, Gayle 1) Anderson keeps it tight, and Simmons can’t get the ball away. Jimmy has a shout for lbw but it was going high. His second maiden of the day though – out of two attempts.  “Good to see all the respectful tributes to Maynard, but just wanted to express my complete disgust with the Sun’s coverage, which manages to shoehorn in two photos of his girlfriend in underwear,” says Paul Headon. “Really, what conceivable benefit does that provide, even to the dimmest, most misogynistic sun reader? I would complain officially if i thought it would have the least effect.”

2nd over: West Indies 6-0 (Simmons 5, Gayle 1) Our first glimpse of Gayle this series and it is Finn who takes him on. As he will, Gayle gets off to a quick start with a single down to mid-off. Simmons then shows he is four times as good as Gayle with a boundary through the covers. West Indies, by the way, have won eight of the nine games they have played at the Oval.

1st over: West Indies 0-0 (Simmons 0, Gayle 0) Anderson opens the bowling for England. Simmons partners someone called Gayle, who hasn’t featured yet in this series, so musn’t be much cop. A little swing for Jimmy early on and Simmons leaves well alone. He thinks about a quick single off the fifth ball of the over but Gayle stands still and Simmons scampers back. A maiden to start.

10.41am: A minute’s silence for Maynard, which is impecaably observed. Jade Dernbach has been released from the England squad on compassionate grounds.

10.38am: Chris Gayle is back for West Indies today, making the tourists about 167% better. The weather is fine and fair although on Sky, Nick Knight reckons the wicket’s “greenish tinge” will offer something to England’s bowlers.

10.33am: The flags are at half mast at the Oval following Tom Maynard’s death. The players will also wear black armbands. Cook says Maynard’s death “has hit the team hard”. There have been many thoughtful tributes to Maynard in the press today – including this from Mike Selvey, who says he was “a batsman of prodigious talent and prospect”.

Steve James, who played with Tom’s father Matthew at Glamorgan for many years, remembers him as a talented, cocksure young boy who grew up around their county dressing room. “It is often easy to overplay the talents of one lost so prematurely, but not in this instance. The strength of young Maynard’s achievement was merely going to be a case of how that talent was harnessed.”

Over on Cricinfo George Dobell recalls Maynard’s first century for
, against his old county of Glamorgan, and reflects that sometimes “the most emotional moments that a man’s character is most apparent.”

On the BBC Surrey stalwart Alec Stewart says that while “it seems churlish to talk about his cricket after such shocking news, but I appreciate people want to know about his talent,” and goes on to explain that “he was an attacking, aggressive batsman and excellent fielder who enjoyed taking responsibility and playing to the situation, whether it was one-day or four-day cricket.”

10.20am: England have won the toss and will bowl. Alastair Cook has also spoken about the death of Tom Maynard: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his family,” said Cook. © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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