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Strauss bemused by Windies error

Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood and Andrew Strauss
England's players spent a tense few minutes awaiting an official result

England captain Andrew Strauss admitted his side were bewildered after being gifted victory in the first one-day international against the West Indies.

Windies coach John Dyson told his batsmen to accept the umpires' offer of the light, but he had miscalculated the score under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Strauss said: "We looked at the (Duckworth-Lewis) sheet and it seemed to suggest we were a run ahead.

"You can never be sure and when they went off we were scratching our heads."

Duckworth-Lewis, named after the two statisticians who came up with the formula, is the mathematical way that cricket works out the result of a rain-affected match.

The match at the Providence Stadium had suffered a 45-minute rain delay, and Dyson mistakenly called his batsmen off with 3.4 overs remaining when the umpires offered them the bad light.

England had gone from losers to winners in the space of one delivery after Stuart Broad dismissed Denesh Ramdin in the 47th over.

Strauss added: "Every ball it (the Duckworth-Lewis rules) changes but we were pretty confident.

"Everyone in our support staff was 100% confident we had won. It was just a case of it being verified."

Windies coach Dyson accepted full responsibility for his error and said: "I thought we were ahead when we were behind by one.

"It's my responsibility, I accept it. I have apologised to the team, it's all I can do."

Windies skipper Chris Gayle admitted the dismissal of Ramdin had confused them.

He said: "We got a ball-by-ball sheet and the coach decided it was in our favour so we called the boys in but it cost us in the end.

"It's just one of those things. There's another game on Sunday and we can hopefully put this behind us very quickly.

"It's hard to take. We wanted to keep England on the down but we have to accept what has happened."


But Gayle said the players had quickly forgiven Dyson.

"He was looking in the wrong column. He explained it to us and apologised for that mistake," he added.

"No one wants to make this sort of mistake and I'm not going to kill him or anything like that. There is no reason to point any fingers at this point in time. We're here as a team and we'll go down as a team."

Gayle, meanwhile, refused to be drawn on whether the West Indies would support strike action over a cash dispute between domestic players and their cricket board which could threaten the rest of the series.

Players refused to compete in the three scheduled matches in the board's regional four-day competition in protest at money allegedly owed to them.

The strike followed the resignation of Dinanath Ramnarine, who heads the players' association, as a director of the board.

Gayle's team-mates showed their solidarity by not attending a promotional event by sponsor Digicel earlier this week, while they blocked out the company's logo on the left arm of their shirts with tape for the one-day international against England.

But Gayle said: "The players have no argument with Digicel but we wanted to send a statement.

"We support [the players] in whatever stance they take. The union represent us so we have to stand by them."

And asked if the West Indies players could also take strike action to scupper the international series, Gayle said: "There are talks going on."

England skipper Strauss said that it would be wrong for him to comment on the dispute.

Stauss' side's one-run win came on the back of half-centuries for man-of-the-match Paul Collingwood (69) and Owais Shah (62) as England, batting first on a slow pitch, hit a decent 270-7.

Stuart Broad was the pick of England's bowlers, leading the attack with distinction to take three wickets before Dyson's error handed Strauss his first win since being handed the captaincy in January.

"We definitely needed a win," Strauss added. "We've been working hard but you can only work so long without a victory before it takes its toll."

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Flower admits Twenty20 failings
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England in West Indies 2009
15 Mar 09 |  England

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