'Coldest ever' - Narine says of T20 match

September 19, 2017
Evin Lewis of West Indies bats during the 1st NatWest T20 International between England and West Indies at Emirates Durham ICG on September 16, 2017 in Chester-le-Street, England.


Champion off-spinner Sunil Narine said the unsettling cold temperatures during the one-off Twenty20 International had been difficult to deal with, but hailed the professional approach from West Indies after they trounced England by 21 runs on Saturday.

Temperatures at the Riverside in the northeast dipped to 10 degrees Celsius, but Narine conjured up a excellent Man of the Match spell of two for 15 from four overs, to help the Windies defend 177.

"Any cricket game you win, no matter the conditions, I think you enjoy it. It was a total team effort," Narine said following the victory, while admitting that the conditions were close to the coldest he had ever played in.

"We are from the warm islands so coming here [and winning] in the cold when it's drizzling and the ball is wet is a magnificent effort from the West Indies."

He added: "It's difficult but at the end of the day you're an international cricketer so you have to cope with it. You might not cope with it every single day but the days that they go well for you you have to give the Almighty credit for just being able to go out there and perform."

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