Always happy to oblige but with three days of the test lost to rain I spent more time used as an umbrella to protect Narine’s haircut from the rain. He told me his Mohican thing was in inspired by my ribbed design. I was deeply flattered and told him all the UK girls would be swooning over him. I think I lied quite convincingly, I think he looks ridiculous and if any female likes that haircut then they can only come from Glasgow !
But I did get some wok done with the keeper Ramdin, nothing to do with his catching up to the stumps, which has been exceptional. I told him what would be a great idea would be to send a reply to Sir Viv’s comments in the media that he was not performing. Ramdin said to me he would rather post a letter or speak to him in person in a responsible and mature manner, but what is funny about that. Why waste the cost of a stamp with all those TV cameras around I told him. Thankfully he saw sense.
Dressing rooms are difficult places to be when you are losing and if you can’t have a laugh to release the tension then I think performances will suffer. Ramdin went out of his way to give the team a laugh and we appreciated it.
On another laugh It was good to see Tino Best back in a West Indies shirt, we need characters in the game, even Tino ! He thrives on confidence and his belief that he is the quickest bowler in the world and it is our job in the changing room to tell him how quick he is bowling to boost his sometimes fragile self-confidence!
With Broady and Ando being rested by the England team it made my job easier to convince him he was the second fastest man playing in the game after Finny Steve ! I think he felt better after I told him that.
Anyway onwards and upwards England asked me to come onboard for the one day series coming up. But I am with West Indies just now and loyalty means a lot to me. The thought of jumping ship to the opposition makes me feel physically sick. But nothing a £50 backhander and a packet of cheesy Wotsits didn’t cure.
Come on England !!