No, it’s not a typo. We were just thinking of how this current West Indies side operates and how it’s completely different to the feckless outfits of recent years. We’re struck by their fecklessnesslessness.
They’re still not winning much
But they’re not winning in a far more impressive way. They seem closer to getting their act together, even if the style of play doesn’t have much in common with many people’s romantic notions of calypso cricket.
The batting is stodgy and the bowling is disciplined and the latter is actually becoming rather effective, even if the former isn’t. There’s a relentlessness about the team’s general approach that makes you feel like you’re watching actual Test cricket.
It’s not spectacular
But you get the impression that things are genuinely tough for the opposition. Not so long ago, West Indies batsmen favoured the mindless waft and the bowlers got bored and explored the netherland between bouncer and long-hop. That’s not really true any more.
And is it really so different an approach from the great West Indies teams that now seem to mist people’s eyes? As fast bowling has declined, perhaps we remember the art as being more spectacular than it actually was. The Windies sides of yore tended to bowl a large proportion of their deliveries at the batsman’s heart. It was eye-catchingly brutal, but it was essentially an attritional approach.
True, brutally attritional is more exciting than Darren Sammy’s dot ball obsessed use of angles, but Kemar Roach and Fidel Edwards are hardly trundlers and they have spinners now as well. Spinners! Playing for the Windies!
The West Indies are an intriguing team at the minute and while that might not be headline-grabbing stuff, when headlines feature words like ‘fecklessnesslessness’ maybe we should focus more on the main body of the text anyway.