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FIRST ONE-DAYER: England post record chase to beat West Indies

BRIDGETOWN, : Contrasting centuries by Jason Roy and Joe Root paced England to a comfortable six-wicket victory over the West Indies with their record One-Day International run chase in a high-scoring opening game of a five-match series in set what looked a daunting target after Chris Gayle’s 24th ODI hundred anchored the home side to 360-8, Roy blazed 123 off 85 balls at the top of the order while Root cruised to a comparatively sedate 102 off 97 deliveries to take help the tourists reach their target with eight balls to spare.
In achieving the highest-ever ODI run chase in the Caribbean and the third-highest overall, England underlined their status as the top-ranked team in this format of the game and will be brimful of batting confidence heading into the second match at the same venue on Friday.Fresh from a hundred in the lone warm-up match at the weekend, Roy was at his most ruthless against the hosts who missed key fast bowler Kemar Roach.The man of the series’ with 18 wickets as the West Indies surprised England 2-1 to reclaim the Wisden Trophy in the preceding Test duel, Roach has been ruled out of the entire ODI series due to early signs of what could develop into a stress fracture of the lower back.Roy set the pace in racing to a hundred off just 65 balls the fastest-ever in ODIs in the Caribbean and dominated an opening stand of 91 with Jonny Bairstow.
He maintained the charge through a 114-run second-wicket partnership with Root and by the time he fell in the 27th over to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, England were well on course.Root, the Test captain who finally came good with a hundred in the last innings of the three-match series in St Lucia just over a week earlier, also got to three figures against the University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor’s XI last Sunday and tapped into that rich vein of form once more.He put on 116 for the third wicket in 16 overs with Eoin Morgan and although the ODI skipper departed to fast bowler Oshane Thomas with victory in sight, there would be no serious alarms for England on the way to victory, although Root fell with the scores level attempting the winning hit off West Indies captain Jason Holder.I was particularly happy with the calm way we went about all aspects of this match, Morgan said.
Our bowlers did very well at the end of the West Indies innings when it looked as if they would get up to 380, and when we batted, you really can’t look past that start we got. It made the job so much easier.Earlier, Gayle lit up the Kensington Oval with another display of power-hitting.Playing his first ODI since the home series against Bangladesh last July and having announced that the upcoming World Cup will be his international farewell in the format, the big-hitting left-hander signalled his intentions for a lengthy grand finale with an innings of 135 off 129 balls with 12 sixes and three fours.His tally of maximums dominated an innings in which 23 sixes were struck, a new record for an ODI innings.Despite conceding 34 runs off his final two overs, leg-spinner Rashid played an important role together with Stokes in limiting the West Indies progress over the final 15 overs.
Stokes returned the best figures of three for 37, including the important wicket of Gayle in the 47th over, dragging a full-length delivery onto his stumps.Rashid claimed three for 74, making important breakthroughs at the other end when the West Indies needed to press on the accelerator.England paid dearly for Roy dropping Gayle at point off seamer Liam Plunkett when the former West Indies captain was on just nine.We made life very difficult for ourselves, and especially our bowlers, by missing too many chances, said Holder.


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Pool: The rise of victimhood culture

In their recent book, “The Rise of Victimhood Culture,” Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning discuss three cultures; the honor culture, the dignity .

Honor culture is “attached to physical bravery and the unwillingness to be dominated by anyone,” say the authors.In these cultures, reputation is important. Failure to fight back against slights and insults damages one’s reputation.Campbell and Manning note that these cultures arise in places where law is weak or absent, and where the aggrieved often do not resort to law even if it is available. They specifically cite the Hamilton-Burr affair of honor.
Duels were illegal in New York and New Jersey, but Burr was never brought to trial.Other writers have claimed that the elevated level of violence among white men in the American South is a legacy of a culture of honor.Some, such as Thomas Sowell, have characterized the high levels of homicide among young black men a consequence of an honor culture.Honor culture has been replaced in modern society by dignity culture.Dignity is not dependent on what others think. The schoolyard chant “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a manifestation of this attitude.People in dignity cultures are urged to ignore minor affronts or to use nonviolent responses. Eventually, the offended may bring lawsuits or otherwise engage the authorities, yet there is social pressure against being confrontational or too litigious.
Campbell and Manning say the strongest form of dignity culture existed in homogeneous mid-20th century American towns, where strong legal systems and social closeness discouraged aggressiveness and fostered settlement of infractions.Yet in recent years a new form is culture is emerging, one the authors call victimhood culture.In this culture, verbal slights are considered actually harmful. What earlier generations might have regarded as insensitivity is now tagged with the neologism “microaggression.” These are slights or comments that may not even be intentional, but are nevertheless hurtful.In victimhood culture, like honor culture, the offended are touchy and on the lookout for affronts.Unlike honor culture, the affronted are quick to claim victimhood status and to look to authority figures to take action.Unsurprisingly, the incubators of victimhood culture are the college campuses, which have engendered a new vocabulary: “microaggression,” “microassault,” “microinvalidation,” “mansplaining,” “whitesplaining,” “straightsplaining,” “cultural appropriation,” “slut shaming,” and “heteronomativity.”On some campuses offices and websites exist so people can make accusations more easily.Victimhood culture has moved off campuses and online, with so-called “hashtag activism.” We have seen incidents recently where huge numbers of people post abusive comments about people who are perceived to have victimized others by demeaning them.The most recent of these took place with a group of Catholic high school boys, a Native American with a drum, and a group of black religious extremists.
The tempers have died down, fortunately, with at least some people chastened by their initial response.It is fair to say that Campbell and Manning are not sympathetic to victimhood culture.Their work is heavily footnoted, and their tone is scholarly rather than polemic.If they are right about their analysis and justified in their concerns, a big question arises.What are we to do about this?And who are “we,” anyway? Frank Thomas Pool is a writer and a retired English teacher in Austin. He grew up on Maple Street in Longview and graduated from Long view High School.His column appears Tuesday. SMS Print Save More Today’s Bible verse 2 hrs ago“But you, Lord, do not be far from me.You are my strength; come quickly to help me.”

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