Sorry, Windies, it looks like the rain is clearing. Mind you, if Australia bat first in swing-friendly conditions...
Dean Jones on why teams lose Tests away from home:
The major mitigating factors to teams failing overseas are the doctoring of home pitches, a lack of talent, lack of preparation and the ICC purge of spinners with questionable actions.
The words "non" and "sequitur" scamper to mind. Love to see the numbers on questionable actions and wins away from home. And anyway, cheating is now a legitimate tactic for winning away from home? But Deano's a fan of chucking. He's also a fan of India, whose tyres he rarely misses a chance to suck up... I mean, pump up:
I hear many critics in Australia say a Test pitch should not turn on day one as they have been in India recently. Why shouldn't it turn on day one? Why should a Test pitch only show swing on the opening day? Any quality Test cricketer worth their salt should be able to adapt on all surfaces in any part of the world. Cricketers seem to just specialise in their home conditions and I don't get it.
Speaking of specialising in home conditions:
Many fans and past greats think pitches are favouring home teams too much. And many shrewd judges are saying maybe it is time to get rid of the toss. They believe the touring team should have first rights to the pitch, which they believe will stop these doctored home pitches. Everyone said you always bat first in India and you will win. Well, the statistics don't say that at all.
Who is this "everyone" who said you bat first in India? And what about these statistics? They may well say that the team batting first in India wins less than the team batting second, but in every other country the team batting first wins more often than it loses, or it is 50-50, so batting first is, numerically at least, an advantage over batting second. And what about India? Out of 26 home Tests they have won 7 batting first and won 14 batting second, which means regardless of whether they bat first or second, they have won 21 home Tests out of 26 for a winning percentage of 81. Away from home India has played 36 Tests and won 8 for a winning percentage of 22. It would appear something is going right for India in India. May I suggest preparing low and slow pitches helps both India's batting and bowling?