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NEIL MANTHORP: Welcome back, Team West Indies
Exceptional leadership and talent lies behind thrashing of England
Something quite significant just happened in SA — the Proteas completed a clean sweep of all three formats against Pakistan. It has only happened once before, against Bangladesh. But something more significant happened on the other side of the world. The beleaguered West Indies team thrashed England by the astonishing margins of 381 runs and 10 wickets to take a 2-0 lead in their Test series against England with the final match to come in St Lucia. Ten years ago the West Indies were so poor, on and off the field, that the International Cricket council (ICC) was considering suggestions that the once all-conquering region might relinquish its Test status and become solely an ODI and T20 competitor on the international stage. That’s how poor they were. Nothwithstanding a couple of series wins against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, in 25 series against the “major” nations in the last decade, they drew two — against Sri Lanka and England — and won just one, against New Zealand in 2011. No wond...