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long, so intensity could wane, but West
Indies must fire from ball one, afterburn-
ers maximum, if they are to progress
beyond the preliminary stage.
Slated against Ireland tomorrow, Pakistan
next Friday, Zimbabwe three days later,
South Africa on February 26, India on
March 06, United Arab Emirates on March
14, it could be easy to become sluggish as
time passes. WI must not enter that phase!
More than two slip-ups and WI could
be out of the tournament. Intensity, hard-
est aspect to maintain in such an extensive
event, has to continue for the end, coaches
needing to inspire their charges well.
WI s warm-up game v England was a
blow-out, leaving WI little time to adjust,
just squeaking past Scotland in the final
warm-up game. Teams in "Pool B" will
not be as lenient as Scotland.
Ireland will look to embarrass bigger
teams, as they did in Jamaica; St. Patrick s
Day 2007; when they beat Pakistan. With
knowledge that they could be demoted
from the rungs of the "big boys", they will
come out with purpose and determina-
Ireland have already reacted angrily that
they think it unfair for the next CWC to
possibly include only the highest ten-rated
teams, so they will be scrambling, from
the get-go, to make their way into, and
to stay, in that top ten. They will be very
Pakistan the great unknown
Pakistan are similar to WI. No-one
knows which team will show up. Would
it be one that, mercurial as ever, could
beat any other team in the world, or one,
seemingly demoralized before a single ball
is bowled? Pakistan is always the great
Zimbabwe, like Ireland, could be scrap-
ping and scrambling for a position at that
top-ten table, so they would be as ven-
omous as mambas, having beaten 1996
World Cup champions, Sri Lanka, by that
eight-wicket margin in a recent warm-up
India are defending 2011 CWC Cham-
pions. They will not go down without
great fights, even if they have had a hum-
bling tour of Australia recently. They are
already acclimatized and could finally find
their right focus and natural abilities com-
ing to the fore.
India and South Africa full of talent
South Africa, like India, have got much
talent available. With expectations higher
in 2015 than in 1999, when they should
have won, SA will come out like a com-
bination of their "Big Five" animals; fero-
cious, snarling and biting; mauling any
team that gets into their way!
United Arab Emirates are the dark horse,
possible spoilers, in this group. Made up
of semi-professionals who have honed
their cricket skills under difficult situations,
expect them to be hardened, not just lying
down to be butchered, but to fight on
The team that WI puts out for that first
game on Monday v Ireland could be inter-
esting, knowing that they will be traversing
the Tasman Sea regularly, commuting from
New Zealand to Australia as they complete
their initial six-game assignment in the
preliminary stages of CWC 2015.
Gayle, Smith, Simmons and Bravo must
fireChris Gayle, with his great experiences,
must fire immediately and regularly, if his
team is to do well. His last several innings
have been poor, averaging below 20 for
the games last played. He has to explode
out of that cocoon for this his last hurrah
at any CWC.
Dwayne Smith could be volatile, but his
consistency needs harnessing, longevity
at the crease necessary, not only encour-
aged, but, right now, dictated and demand-
ed by team coaches. One of the openers
must bat to the end!
Lendyl Simmons has been stroking well,
even with suggestions that he should open
instead of Gayle. If Gayle, Simmons and
Smith are included in WI s final XI, Sim-
mons should bat in the middle order, fully
understanding his roll to carry the lower
order to the end of 50 overs.
Darren Bravo looked poor in NAGICO-
50 last month, but seemingly has caught
himself somewhat in CWC 2015 warm-
up games. Much depends on him, perhaps
the best batsman in the team, to bat
through innings, especially if he gets in
Marlon Samuels has gone off the boil
at the wrong time. He has to strive dili-
gently to rekindle the fireworks, from last
year and in SA this year, to contribute very
positively to his team s efforts.
Denesh Ramdin could be batting too
early at No. 5, but WI does not have many
luxuries, or capable personnel, with which
to replace him there. How Ramdin bats
in CWC 2015 could be a good barometer
as to how WI will go, as wicket-keepers
could control teams with their inputs.
WI s bowling would be based on mostly
pace, with Kemar Roach heading the pack,
hoping his fitness holds, while Jerome Tay-
lor, like Gayle, will not play in another
CWC. Taylor s last effort, for at least six
games, must be as speedy as possible,
especially on those bouncy pitches.
Suleiman Benn or Nikita Miller and all-
rounders Andre Russell and Darren Sammy
present good lower order batting, but it
is on their bowling, with Sheldon Cottrell s,
that games will turn.
WI must tough it all out, win four of
six games, and a quarter final berth will
be theirs. Enjoy!
February 15, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
After a top bowling performance from T&T
in the first session, Carlos Brathwaite ensured
Barbados had the upperhand at the end of day
two after another disappointing batting effort
by T&T in the West Indies Cricket Board Pro-
fessional Cricket League at Kensington Oval,
Starting the day on 246/4 in the first innings,
Barbados lost six wickets for 29 runs as it was
bowled out for 275. T&T was then dismissed
for 218, before Barbados closed the day on 15/0
in the second innings.
Fast bowler Brathwaite, who was on the
recently concluded West Indies tour of South
Africa, grabbed 4/50 in 13 overs to give the Bar-
badians a 57-run lead on first innings.
Many of the T&T batsmen got starts, but they
failed to convert them into significant scores.
Evin Lewis (43), captain Jason Mohammed (32),
Jeremy Solozano (30), Akeal Hosein (25) and
Steven Katwaroo (22) all spent time at the crease,
but could not get to 50. Roston Chase also limited
the T&T score, taking 3/14.
Earlier, the Bajans had a nightmare morning
session. Chase and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich
were both eyeing hundreds at the start of play
with Chase on 85 and Dowrich on 83. After Bar-
bados brought up the 250, fast bowler Shannon
Gabriel picked up the first wicket of the morning
when he dismissed Chase with no addition to
his overnight score.
The wickets continued to fall quickly as the
home team was all out for 275. Dowrich top
scored with 92, while leg spinner Imran Khan
ended with 4/65 and Gabriel took 3/40.
All matches continue today from 10 am.
'WI must fire all cylinders
to progress in CWC 2015'
T&T batsmen fail
to convert starts
COLIN EH CROFT
West Indies opening
batsman Chris Gayle.
At Kensington Oval: Barbados 275 (Roston
Chase 85, Shane Dowrich 92, Kraigg Brathwaite
40, Imran Khan 4/65, Shannon Gabriel 3/40,
Marlon Richards 2/66) and 15/0 vs T&T 218 (Evin
Lewis 43, Jason Mohammed 32, Jeremy Solozano
30, Carlos Brathwaite 4/50, Chase 3/14)
At Arnos Vale: Jamaica Franchise 204 (Jermaine
Blackwood 96, Carlton Baugh 33, Alston Bobb
5/38, Johnson Charles 2/14) vs Windward
Islands Volcanoes 289/7 (Andre Fletcher 102 not
out, Tyrone Theophile 55, David Bernard Jr 4/41)
At Sir Vivian Richards: Leeward Islands
Hurricanes 139 (Jeremiah Louis 27 not out,
Akeem Saunders 21, Austin Richards 20, Ronsford
Beaton 4/40, Chris Barnwell 2/17, Veerasammy
Permaul 2/32) and 36/1 (Sherwin Peters 22 not
out) vs Guyana Jaguars 267 (Rajindra Chandrika
83, Leon Johnson 42, Narsingh Deonarine 32,
Rahkeem Cornwall 7/96)
Evin Lewis in action at
Kensington Oval, Barbados.
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