Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Friday, February 06, 2004  

As encouraging as any other development was the performance and temperament of fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, at 19 the youngest member of the team.

His quality and his commitment were captured in his last over on tour on Wednesday night at a crucial stage of the biggest match of his life before 30 000 baying home supporters. It was the penultimate of the innings and started with South Africa within nine of their eventual victory. For all the pressure, Rampaul conceded a single run and dismissed the run glutton, Jacques Kallis.

His effort was then rendered meaningless by two shocking misfields by Ryan Hurley and Merv Dillon that handed Shaun Pollock three unearned runs in the final over and South Africa the match. It was enough to make the crestfallen Rampaul weep. If only defeat could hurt as much for every member of the team.

--Tony Cozier in today's Barbados Nation, looking for positives in the just-concluded tour of South Africa, and finding one in young Trinidad and Tobago pacer, Ravi Rampaul. (The tour, of course, ended for the West Indies in a 0-3 defeat in the Test series, and a 1-3 loss in the ODIs.)

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