Originally Posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
England had their chances in that series, and West Indies have been beaten on similar pitches in the past. The fact that West Indies have barely won at home in an age is proof of that. Newsflash: the pitches have been flat in the Caribbean for a very long time now. The difference is that West Indies outplayed England when the opportunity arose and then actually made the best of pitches that they should not be struggling on. At times they just hung in, but they hung in all the same.
Basically, West Indies finally used home field advantage. India have done it for years, so why criticize West Indies for finally doing so? These are not the spicy, quick wickets of the past. You work with what you have.
England should have won that series, all things considered on paper. If anything the spirit shown by West Indies in that series was a breath of fresh air, rather than "cricket-killing".
I call it cricket-killing when Pakistan or India do it too. When you stop trying to win games once you're 1-0 up in a series, prepare horrendous pitches that bring about 600 plays 700 games and stage the most boring tour in the history of the world, it's killing test cricket. And as such it's hard to feel sorry for them losing the trophy in a hastily-arranged two-game "series" (which England, incidentally, made every effort to win by more than 1-0). And let's get it cleared up- I'm no England fan.