first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent, (CMC):Opener John Campbell plundered his second first-class hundred as Jamaica Scorpions turned the page on a series of ordinary recent performances with a strong effort on the opening day of their penultimate round contest against Windward Islands Volcanoes.The left-hander carved out a career-best 135, an innings that propelled the visitors to 284 for five at the close yesterday at the Arnos Vale Stadium.Paul Palmer celebrated his return to the team and to the captaincy with an unbeaten 31, while Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored 27 and Antiguan Devon Thomas, 24 not out.Off-spinner Liam Sebastien (2-74) and leg-spinner Keron Cottoy (2-91) finished with two wickets apiece.Opting to bat first in an attempt to reverse a trend of four consecutive defeats, Scorpions started positively when Campbell and Shacaya Thomas put up 39 for the first wicket.Thomas made 14 in just over an hour at the crease and his departure, lbw to Barbadian medium pacer Kyle Mayers, saw Campbell inspire three successive half-century stands to keep the innings going.He put on 72 for the second wicket with Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who made 24; another 58 for the third wicket with Andre McCarthy, who scored 20; and 53 for the fourth wicket with Blackwood.All told, Campbell struck 15 fours and two sixes in an innings lasting 192 balls and just under four and a half hours.He raised his first 50 off 80 balls with six fours and was unbeaten on 52 at lunch with Edwards on 17 as Scorpions reached a comfortable 85 for one.The post-lunch session also belonged to the visitors as Campbell dominated, racing to his hundred to be 122 not out at tea with the Scorpions on 197 for three.When he and Blackwood were out within 15 runs of each other in the final session to leave the Scorpions on 237 for five, Palmer and Devon Thomas combined to add 47 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand.Palmer has so far faced 63 balls and counted four fours.last_img read more


first_imgThat Virat Kohli is destined to be among the pantheons of all-time greats is an oft-repeated assertion but for former Australia captain Michael Clarke, the India skipper is already the “greatest ODI batsman to have ever played the game”.Kohli, the world’s no.1 Test, and ODI batsman, led India through a historic tour of Australia, during which the team won the Test and ODI rubbers and drew the T20 International series.Kohli’s India was the first team ever not to lose any series Down Under and along the way, he continued to add to his rapidly-rising count of international hundreds.”To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India,” Clarke, himself a former World Cup-winning captain, told PTI in an interview.Kohli has already scored 10,385 runs in 219 ODIs with an astounding average of 59 plus, including 39 hundreds.An unabashed Kohli fan, Clarke said that the 30-year-old Indian’s passion is unmatchable.”You have to respect Virat’s passion to win games for his country. Yes, he has aggression but no one can question his commitment, how much he has achieved. He is the greatest in ODIs,” Clarke said.MS Dhoni knows how to react to any given situation: ClarkeWhile Kohli’s craft continues to evoke awe, his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s current form has the cricketing world divided.Dhoni’s style of batsmanship in ODIs, no longer as aggressive as it used to be, has been a matter of concern but for Clarke, the 37-year-old former India captain should be left alone to play his game.advertisement”MS knows how to react to any given situation. He has played 300 plus ODIs so he knows how to go about his job,” Clarke said.But would Dhoni have been as effective as he was in the third ODI against Australia if the target would have been 330 instead of 230?”I think he would have played differently. It was 230 and he had a particular strategy and it would have been different if the target would have been bigger,” he said.”Look at his approach in the second game in Adelaide and the third game in Melbourne. It was different,” Clarke said.Asked what should be Dhoni’s batting position in the World Cup, Clarke said, “Any position 4, 5 or 6. He is good enough to bat at any position and I believe Virat will use him accordingly.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya will definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Glenn Maxwell should lead Australia at World Cup 2019, says Mitchell JohnsonAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: India looking at Rishabh Pant as backup top-order batsmanAlso Read | Pujara hundreds, Pant banter and Dhoni 2.0: Recapping India’s historic Australia tourAlso See:last_img read more