A tour that started so promisingly for the West Indies ended in an abject surrender in Manchester on Tuesday as England wrapped up a comprehensive 269-run win. While Stuart Broad and England might have taken the spoils, the visitors earned many admirers.
The very fact that they have opted to undertake the tour in current circumstances has been lauded by the cricketing world, as has the pride in battle they have displayed over the course of the three-match series. Having won hearts with their exemplary poise on the tour, the men from the Caribbean now make the journey back across the Atlantic with their heads held high.
Throughout the course of their stay in England, one man has been keenly following his former wards through the television set in his native home of Glamorgan, Wales.
Several players in the travelling group, including Jason Holder, have come through the West Indies High Performance centre in Barbados set up in 2010 under the supervision of Toby Radford.
Radford has a near decade-long association with Windies cricket, with the former Middlesex batsman handling assistant and batting coach responsibilities in various spells. The Welshman’s stint with the West Indies ended just a month before the 2019 World Cup after a complete overhaul of the coaching staff.
While he terms the decision to change the backroom staff as a ‘political’ one, Radford has managed to retain ties with several players in the current West Indies camp. Since his departure from the Caribbean last year, Radford has been lending his coaching expertise to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
He has been rewriting the syllabus of the Level 3 and 4 coaching courses for the ECB, while also travelling across the country to deliver the new programmes. Among his several commitments, Radford has also been