Licks and more licks. That is what the test series in Australia has been about for the West Indies. After losing the first test in Hobart by an innings and within three days, the same looked in store for the West Indies in the 2nd Test at Melbourne after Australia piled up 551/3 in their first innings. In the end, the West Indies lost by 'only' 177 runs which, in the end, is still bad licks.
However, sometimes life and sport is not always about the destination but about the journey. Along this particular journey, Darren Bravo came in and batted for over six hours for 81 runs in responding to the massive Australian total. It was the third longest innings by a West Indian that did not result in a century, the other two being played by well known grafters Shiv Chanderpaul and Jimmy Adams. Bravo's innings proved to be a turning point in the match, and hopefully the series.After being last man out and frustrating the Austraians into batting again, he saw all his teammates emulate his approach in the West Indian second innings and bat patiently, waiting for the bad balls and build an innings. Unfortunately, no one could carry on despite everyone getting starts but the Australians were finally made to work for the West Indian wickets and the game actually seemed like, well, a Test again.
The West Indies only managed 282 in reply to the Australian target of 460, but the application on show by the majority of the batsmen gave good signs of individuals coming to terms with what test cricket is all about.
Going into the final test, one can only hope that the bowlers can also apply themselves similarly as they were touted as the stronger suit within the team. Hopefully, with a new year approaching and the final test in the series scheduled for the 3rd of January we can finally see a new approach from the West Indies team for 2016.