Smith set to make history

Devon Smith is set to become the first Grenadian to play a Test match on home soil.

West Indies opener Devon Smith is excited and focused as he prepares for the second Test match against England at the Grenada National Stadium. The 33-year-old left-hander is set to become the first Grenadian to play a Test match on home soil when the game bowls off on Tuesday.

Smith played well in the first Test – with a defiant 65 off 175 balls in over three hours — in the second innings as West Indies showed resilience to earn a draw at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.

“I’m feeling relaxed and ready as I look forward to Tuesday. I will become the first Grenadian to play a Test match at home so for me this is something special.

“I will be confident when I walk down the steps to take that first ball and I know the people here will back me and the entire West Indies team,” Smith said.

“This will be a dream for me. My entire family will be here to support me. I grew up dreaming of playing for the West Indies, and to play a Test match in Grenada is something I will remember for a very long time.”

Three other Grenadians have represented the West Indies in Test cricket — wicket-keeper Junior Murray; Rawl Lewis, the leg-spinnng allrounder; and fast bowler Nelon Pascal.

22 Responses to Smith set to make history

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock April 19, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Congrats, an be you you’re at home be charitable.

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  2. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt April 19, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Playing so long and still mediocre. Don’t know why they keep recycling you

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  3. Haroon Chothia
    Haroon Chothia April 19, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    devon smith is a waste of time…not sure y dem always pickin he over d years

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  4. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph April 19, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Congratulations Mr Smith. Make your countrymen and the extended WI family proud.

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  5. Wadi Abdulhai
    Wadi Abdulhai April 19, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Haroon Chothia yes he has been very poor with westidies when he gets his chances but for years he has been the top performer in domestic cricket .. year after year he performs for windwards so they cant ignore him..

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    • Haroon Chothia
      Haroon Chothia April 19, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      ye…dats wat i dnt understand…he is jus like Floyd Riefer of barbados…score heavy in regional cricket bak in d days but wen it came to international cricket, was a failure…and devon smith is a failure

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    • Wadi Abdulhai
      Wadi Abdulhai April 19, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      yupp true to a certain extent.. but remember the last time he was in the windies squad world cup 2011 in india .. he scored over 300 runs for windies . top scorer…. big !!,the series after world cup against pakistan he scored 3 ducks and was dropped for years now .. that will never help his confident knowing that even if he scores runs but if he have 3 bad games he will be axed for alot of years again… look at dhoni with his players. rohit sharma in early days under performed most times.. and even dhawan failed for 3months in.austrailia before worldcuo and look at the confidence shown towards him and he performed amazingly well in worldcup bec of the faith showm in him..

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    • Haroon Chothia
      Haroon Chothia April 19, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      indian players is another whole ball game altogether…ya cant compare dem to windies…

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    • Wadi Abdulhai
      Wadi Abdulhai April 19, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      yes it even worse for indian players bec there is soo much talent and competition for places .. but just for to defend smith its always one series and then 3 years out .. where as bajans and trinis will get atleast a year in the side before getting dropped ..

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    • Haroon Chothia
      Haroon Chothia April 19, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      nahhh…suleman benn jus get drop after one match…

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    • Wadi Abdulhai
      Wadi Abdulhai April 19, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      cumon dude…suli benn been in.westindies side for ages now .. u cyan be serious..

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    • Haroon Chothia
      Haroon Chothia April 19, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      right now bajans will b running that team…we got class in our youth… kraigg brathwaithe. jason holder…shai hope… all sensible and responsible persons

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    • Haroon Chothia
      Haroon Chothia April 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      benn been getting his couple wkts every match lol

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    • Haroon Chothia
      Haroon Chothia April 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      anyhow, d bottom line is,,, devon smith is rubbish in international cricket and d men shud think past him and call him history

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    • Wadi Abdulhai
      Wadi Abdulhai April 19, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      yes look at my first comment .. i agree he been a dissapointment at international stage…. but just to defend him he has never had a chance to prove himself for more than one series..

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    • Jaye Thompson
      Jaye Thompson April 19, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Doh talk about Benn. Benn has been failing since he got a chance last year. It was only a matter of time before he was dropped again. He isn’t containing batsmen or taking wickets. His problem is therefore twofold. WI isn’t the only team to have first class run scorers but international failures. Lighten up on smith. At least he contributed some runs in the 2nd innings of the last test. He needs to convert more or he will be dropped again.

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    • Glendene Bovell
      Glendene Bovell April 20, 2015 at 5:41 am

      Haroon Chothia….and others…you too harsh, you could do better?..

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  6. Luke Whitington
    Luke Whitington April 19, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Good luck! Give the Poms a touch up for us!

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  7. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 20, 2015 at 4:38 am

    I hope he can bat!

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  8. Dee Dee April 20, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    WOW WOW you guys are a bunch of haters.. Unless you guys in my brother in law shoes ans cricket gears them you all could talk. Seems like you guys could do better. His about to make history give him a damn break and cheer him on instead of bashing him.. Greenz 473 forever…

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  9. Tessa April 20, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Hello, Benn was dropped for disciplinary conduct. There were periods when certain islands were having numerous chances and nobody complained. The minute someone from the Windwards failed they were dropped. So now that a small islander is getting a chance, we celebrating. That’s for all the times Junior and Rawl were dropped without being given a chance to settle. Just remember Haroon, Ben was dropped for disciplinary reasons. As a matter of fact it took disciplinary actions and injury to drop some players even after failure upon failure. Remember when Courtney Brown dropped Waugh from Australia in Barbados and made us all bawl, Brown was kept and kept and kept. Leave Devon Smith let him get a chance.

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  10. Cjoanwilliams April 21, 2015 at 8:09 am

    CongratsDevon go out there and make your mom and Grenada proud. Stay there runs will come I will be watching you and also plenty bajans.

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