Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 11th 2015 Contents Gayle, who missed
the Test series due to
injury, has started the
shorter series well with
that dynamic, muscu-
lar 77, an innings that
included the fastest
WI T20 fifty, five
four s, eight sixes, from
only 31 deliveries
faced. Yet WI strug-
gled somewhat to get
SA s 165-4, ending at
168-6 in 19.2 overs.
WI and the entire
cricket world are now
hoping, holding their
keeping fingers and toes crossed, that Gayle not only
survives five ODI s in SA too, but will be fit enough
to also play, fire and contribute very well for WI in
the World Cup, which will run for six weeks, con-
taining 49 games!
So, that just completed Test series versus SA was
not as bad on WI as many had predicted. SA did
win, but a few WI players did themselves and their
futures in representative teams some positives too.
Bowling was WI s biggest liability in that Test series
against SA, as WI s bowlers did not manage to dismiss
SA twice in any of the three Test matches, while SA
had massive scores of 552-5d, 417-8d, 421 and 124-
2. Jerome Taylor, senior-most fast bowler, and oldest,
aged 30, was especially disappointing. He looked ter-
ribly jaded, with no pace or aggression, even after
a supposed long rest and recuperation from injury.
Taylor delivered 83.1 overs in three Tests, only four
bowling innings, deluging 323 runs, economy rate
3.9, way too high for Test cricket, while getting only
three wickets, a strike rate of an astronomical one
wicket every 27 plus overs, averaging 107.33 runs per
wicket. That is seriously poor form and returns!
Similarly putrid was Shivnarine Chanderpaul s Test
series. Ninety-one (91) runs, five innings, one innings
alone 50 not out; innings No 2, Test No 3; average
18.20, was as underwhelming as anyone has ever
seen Chanderpaul perform. Never did he seem settled
against the pace and occasional spin of SA s bowlers.
WI s batting, overall, was not that great either. No
innings got to 350, in five tries, the highest, only once
over 300, being 329. But Marlon Samuels, Kraigg
Brathwaite and Leon Johnson certainly stood out!
Extremely positive was Samuels team-topping
aggregate and average, 268 runs, five innings, one
century, one half-century; average 53.60. His maturity,
shouldering his team s batting responsibilities, shone
through. He seemed to be continuing from that abort-
ed series in India last year.
Brathwaite s efforts were heartening if not as accom-
plished as expected. One hundred and eighty-three
(183) runs, one century, five innings, average 36.60,
all give hope for better when he plays his next Test
series versus England. With SA s pitches not as quick
or bouncy as expected, Brathwaite should probably
have been more productive.
Johnson, on his first tour as a senior WI player,
was the biggest positive of WI s Test effort against
SA. He definitely looked the part, unperturbed by
SA s bowlers reputations, confident in his own abil-
Five innings, 168 runs, only one half century, average
33.60, all suggest consistency without being spec-
tacular, but Johnson also suffered from general WI s
batsmen s malaise; 30 s, 40 s and 50 s seem to be
enough. In Test cricket, hardly does anyone notice
that a batsman had made a half century.
Denesh Ramdin s captaincy was neither good nor
bad, as his batsmen and especially his bowlers let
him down badly. Regardless of how innovative he
might have thought of being, he did not have the
team to even expand SA. Hopefully, versus England
and Australia later this year, Ramdin could have a
Now, WI are more in their element in SA; T20 s
and ODI s. Look out for more fireworks too! Enjoy!
January 11, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
In Loving Memory of
18th May 1942 -- 11th January 2014
One year ago you left us. What we have learned, and the
knowledge we have inherited from you is beyond value.
We will always be grateful for that. We miss you dearly
but, you have left us beautiful memories.
Son of the late Ogeeran and Wajadali Awardy. Husband
of Joan. Father of Skafte, Simone and Hutchinson.
Father-in-law of Yubery and Rishi. Brother of Naseeban,
Joyce, Haroon, Nazim (Popo). Brother-in-law of ten.
Grandfather of William, Giovanni and Charlize.
Grand uncle and friend to many.
qaloo inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon.
At the time of writing this article 48
hours ago, 11 of the scheduled 14 national
squads for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
had been declared. West Indies squad was
not among them!
Yet, somehow, individuals already seem
to know that at least two of WI s ODI stal-
warts, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard,
both of T&T, had been omitted from WI s
squad for that competition.
It is nigh impossible to hide anything or
anyone anymore, but how could that have
Common sense suggests that either e-
mailed selectors discussions had been inter-
cepted; "hacked"---to use the technological
term, or alleged omitted players had been
notified, then divulged said information to
friends and agents, or that WI s selectors
had unknowingly published their plans for
WI s CWC squad.
That twittered observation from former
West Indies Players Association (Wipa) pres-
ident Dininath Ramnarine, who prides him-
self on integrity, a former WI leg-spinner
whose career ended after not being selected
to tour South Africa (SA) in 2003, has left
WI cricket in yet another strange state
What is wrong with this picture? Will
the sniping in West Indies cricket never
A new year has started. Intrigue in WI
cricket continues. Yet, WI should be relatively
happy, per the present SA tour, with prepa-
rations for its overall cricket for 2015.
Already recuperating from its 2-0 loss in
the Test series, WI, via Chris Gayle, just
beat SA in Twenty20 No 1. Expect similar
results in the second and third too, since
T20 s is WI s most productive cricketing
COLIN EH CROFT
West Indies battle on regardless
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