Some people think that the West Indies are a team who buckle, like a belt. People think they fold, like a clean pair of trousers.
But this West Indies team stood defiantly like a man who can’t find his belt or his trousers and doesn’t care about that fact. He knows that there are more important things in life than having your trousers on and properly buckled. He’s got some standing to do and he’s going to crack on with it. Perhaps he folds his arms.
England’s bowlers bowled well, so you’d have to say that the West Indian batsmen batted better. Andrew Flintoff at times bowled as quickly as any Englishman has bowled, despite being in huge pain. Stuart Broad tried all sorts of things, dispatching no less a batsman than Shivnarine Chanderpaul with a ball delivered from the outer reaches of the crease. Anderson cut batsmen in half, Harmison harried and Swann spun, but the West Indian batsmen lasted the course.
In many ways this draw is more worrying for England than the defeat that preceded it. That felt like an aberration, but this was defiant stuff from the Windies.