Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 21st 2015 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, December 21, 2015
Former national player Colin Murray
has called on the West Indies selectors
to recall Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pol-
lard to the Werst Indies test team.
His call comes after Australian selector
and ex opening batsman Mark Waugh, on
Saturday launched a scathing attack on
the West Indies team and singled out sen-
ior players Marlon Samuels and wicket-
keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin for the
poor spate of performances on their tour
of Australia currently taking place. The
regional team lost their opening four-day
match by 10 wickets to an Australian XI
and later were hammered inside three days
by an innings and 212 runs in the first
Test in Hobart.
In a report, Waugh questioned Samuels
and Ramdin s roles in the struggling side
and was of the view that if the team con-
tinues with such a performance, it will
again be beaten within three days in the
second Test which starts on Boxing Day
Murray however had some choice words
for the selectors, saying they continue to
pick players who do not want to fight for
the team, in spite of the situation.
He wants to see Trinidadians Dwayne
Bravo and Keiron Pollard back in the
regional team as well as other players who
want to play cricket and are willing to
show true grit in the face of challenges.
"They have said that Bravo and Pollard
are not Test material, but I can guarantee
them that both players will fight for the
regional team much more than what we
are seeing here today. Our bowlers cannot
bowl a consistent line and length and our
batsmen are not showing grit to make
runs," Murray added.
Murray described it as unfortunate that
a foreigner had to say something that
should have been said by the members of
the selection committee. "I blame them,
the selectors for what is happening because
they continue to select the same players
inspite of the results. They were recently
beaten in Sri Lanka, but they selected the
same team for Australia with the expec-
tation of getting a different result. That
makes no sense whatsoever. It seems as
though they do not care what is going on,
so the players are behaving the same way,"
He lashed out at selectors for constantly
picking Samuels, saying his body move-
ments on the field are like a school boy.
"He appears to be someone who is
approaching the end of his career and is
just going through the motions. He does
not fight for the team and he appears to
be in his own little world," Murray said.
He agreed with Waugh s comments but
feels that the time has come to do some-
thing about it. "Basically we have to choose
players who would go on the field and
give a fighting performance for the team,
whether they lose or not."
According to Murray, Ramdin has been
badly out of form with the bat and from
all indications, Samuels seems to be playing
because he is being selected. "I feel really
sorry for captain Jason Holder, who I felt
should not have been given the captaincy
in the first place, but I feel sorry for him
because he does not have the support of
the senior players around him and the
results seem to be obvious," Murray
GEELONG---Rain marred West Indies
final match practice for the critical Mel-
bourne Test starting Boxing Day, when it
allowed only 58 overs on the final day of
their two-day tour match against a Vic-
toria XI here yesterday.
The tourists declared their first innings
at their overnight 303 for eight but hopes
of giving their fast bowlers an extended
work out were then scuppered by the
Victoria XI ended on 169 for three with
Jake Hancock unbeaten on 80. Tom Donnell
made 34 and captain Ian Holland, 29.
There was time enough, however, for
Devendra Bishoo to pick up two for 60, to
be the Windies best bowler.
West Indies started brightly when fast
bowler Kemar Roach claimed Travis Dean
for three to a catch by Jermaine Blackwood
at point, fending off a short ball with the
score on 13. The Caribbean side were then
held up by two stubborn partnerships.
Opener Hancock, without a first class game
to his name, then added 73 for the second
wicket with Donnell and a further 46 for
the third wicket with Holland.
Hancock, who faced 173 balls and struck
seven fours and three sixes, was missed at
22 when Jerome Taylor missed a catch at
West Indies clash with Australia in the
second Test at the Melbourne Cricket
Ground in five days, hoping to atone for
their miserable outing in the first Test at
Hobart which they lost by an innings and
212 runs inside three days. (CMC)
Russell shines, Sammy
fails for Hobart
MELBOURNE---West Indies all-rounder Andre Rus-
sell once again proved his worth for Sydney Thunder
as they produced another strong performance to
edge Melbourne Stars by a single run off the last
ball in an electrifying Big Bash League encounter
Sent in at the MCG, Thunder rallied to 178 for six
off their 20 overs behind opener Usman Khawaja s
brilliant unbeaten 109 off 70 balls.
Russell smashed 22 off 16 balls to be the only other
batsman to pass 20 and one of only three to reach
Thunder were going nowhere at 59 for three in the
ninth over when Khawaja anchored a series of part-
nerships to spark a revival.
The left-hander put on 42 with Mike Hussey who
scored 16 but it was his exhilarating 53-run, fifth
wicket stand off 29 balls with Russell that gave the
innings real momentum.
While he pummelled 12 fours and three sixes, the
right-handed Russell chipped in with four boundaries
before perishing in the 18th over, brilliantly caught by
a leaping James Faulkner at long-on off seamer John
In reply, Stars were propelled by Kevin Pietersen s
superb 76 off 42 balls with five fours and six sixes
while Faulkner made 45 not out from 36 deliveries
with two fours.
The hosts were cruising at 48 without loss before
pacer Russell, who finished with two for 28 from his
four overs, struck twice in the sixth over to remove
both openers Marcus Stoinis (27) and Luke Wright
(18) and halt their progress.
Stars then slumped to 80 for four in the in the 11th
over before Pietersen and Faulkner came together to
post 84 for the fifth wicket.
They needed ten from the last over but South African
seamer Jacques Kallis conceded just eight runs.
In Sydney, there was no such fortunes for West
Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy as his Hobart Hur-
ricanes went down by 95 runs to Sydney Sixers.
Sammy went wicket-less in two overs which cost
32 runs as Sixers piled up 186 for seven and then made
two from six deliveries as Hurricanes collapsed for
Taylor's top score fails to
prevent Thunder defeat
BRISBANE---West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor
extended her handsome run of form but Sydney
Thunder s batting failed as they collapsed to a 14-
run defeat to Brisbane Heat in the women s Big
Bash League here yesterday.
Chasing 142 for victory at the Gabba, Thunder
were held to 127 for nine off their 20 overs, with the
right-handed Taylor top-scoring with 43 and Erin
Osborne getting 31.
They were the only two batsmen to pass 20 and
two of only three in double figures as 19-year-old
fast bowler Holly Ferlin hurt the innings with a haul
of three for 21 from four overs.
Thunder slumped to 25 for four in the fifth over
before Jamaican Taylor and Osborne revived the
innings with a stand of 59 for the fifth wicket.
Taylor faced 47 balls and struck three fours and
a six while Osborne counted two fours off 33 deliv-
However, once Taylor perished in the 15th over the
innings declined again and Heat secured a comfortable
Earlier, Jess Jonassen top-scored with 47 from 44
balls and captain Delissa Kimmince hit 29 from 27
balls, to help Heat up to 141 for eight off their 20
Taylor proved economical with her off-spin, taking
one for 23 from her four overs.
On Friday, West Indies Women s teenaged opener
Hayley Matthews failed with a first ball duck but
Hobart Hurricanes still did enough to beat Perth
Scorchers by one run in Sydney. (CMC)
WEST INDIES 1st Inns 303-8 decl.
VICTORIA XI 1st Inns
TDeancBlackwoodbRoach . . . . . . . . .3
IHollandstHopebBishoo . . . . . . . . . .29
TOTAL(3wkts,58overs) . . . . . . . .169
Did not bat: M Doric, S Grimwade, J
Coleman, J Hart, +D Kight, J Koop, B
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-86, 3-132.
Bowling: Taylor 9-4-14-0, Roach 7-1-21-
1, Holder 5-1-19-0 (w1, nb2), Brathwaite
8-1-35-0, Bishoo 18-3-60-2, Warrican
11-5-7-0. To s s : Victoria XI. Result:
Davendra Bishoo....was pick of West Indies bowlers.
Bring back Bravo,
Pollard says Murray
Rainy end to Windies warm up
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