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ESPNcricinfo looks back at
which West Indies players
emerged with any credit from the
2-0 drubbing by New Zealand and
who are facing an uncertain
His nine-hour double hundred
was the high point of the series for
West Indies and should provide a
model for all young West Indies
batsmen. He does not appear overly
burdened by the Lara comparisons,
if anything he embraces them.
Although he failed twice in the sec-
ond Test, the future of the team s
batting should be built around him.
West Indies wanted to play him
from the start but were persuaded
against it by green pitches. They d
have been better off ignoring the
colour. He continued to have a hold
over the New Zealand batsmen but
could not find enough support to
make it count. Can expect a run in
the side now after Shane Shilling-
ford s suspension.
He keeps on churning out the
runs and his appetite is incredible
given the collapses he often has to
watch unfold. Now up to No. 6 in
the all-time run-scoring list Chan-
derpaul rarely gets the acknowl-
edgment of those around him. A
valid debate to have about how he
bats with the tail, but West Indies
need him to hang around a while
Is one of the senior figures in
this side and played like it during
his Hamilton hundred which
improved further on an impressive
18 months with the bat. His other
innings were less convincing,
although he was the victim of a
stunning catch by Trent Boult in
Wellington. His keeping was safe,
but some of the other glovework
untidy, although that was lower
down West Indies list of problems.
Asked to open after Kraigg Brath-
waite s delayed arrival he adapted
determinedly with battling fifties
in the first two Tests following an
absence of 18 months from the Test
team. Dropped a vital catch offered
by Ross Taylor on nought in
Wellington but emerged from the
drubbing better placed than some.
Marlon Samuels plays the ball to
the off side during his unbeaten
fifty, New Zealand v West Indies,
2nd Test, Wellington, 2nd day,
December 12, 2013
Marlon Samuels endured a poor
series when West Indies needed
Looked a broken man at the end
of the series. His future in Test
cricket must be in doubt, although
other candidates for the captaincy
do not jump out. Batted well in
Dunedin, then bagged a pair in
Wellington. His seam bowling was
consistent but not a huge threat.
A steady performance and pro-
vided more control than the pace
bowlers, barring Sammy, had man-
aged. Deserved more than his one
wicket in the first innings. Could
be a useful lower-order batsmen.
The signs were good in the first
innings at Seddon Park, especially
considering his lack of recent crick-
et. Showed sound judgement and
a solid defence before fending to
gully. The second innings was ugly
with a hack across the line of a Boult
Does not convince as a Test bats-
man despite a gusty fifty in
Dunedin. Too vulnerable outside off
stump. His offspin is handy, but
shouldn t keep him in the team.
Held a couple of impressive out-
Considering the cloud hanging
over his action - which ultimately
became a suspension - he per-
formed commendably and gave
New Zealand a scare in Dunedin.
However, after being banned from
bowling for a second time his career
must now be in doubt.
Having been reasonably estab-
lished at the start of the series, he
ended as one of those whose place
will be under threat. Often appeared
settled at the crease but could not
kick on. Had a tendency to play
around full deliveries and also kept
the slips interested.
The major disappointment of the
series. Often appeared distracted at
the crease and his footwork became
non-existent as he was terrorised
by the swinging ball. A world away
from the player of 2012 when he
averaged 65. West Indies can t afford
to lose his talent. He should prob-
ably forget about the bowling.
He huffed and puffed. He
screamed and shouted. But he did
not provide Sammy with the con-
sistency he needed from an expe-
rienced bowler. When he did find
a full length, he caused problems
but that was too rare an occurrence.
Awful in Dunedin, better in
Wellington, dropped for Hamilton.
There is raw material to work with---
height and a decent action---but he
needs a better leader than Best to
set an example.
Too many passengers for WI
A 51-run unbroken fourth wicket
partnership between Jason Mohammed
and Imran Khan, along with an excellent
all-round bowling performance, guided
T&T Team A to a comfortable seven-
wicket win over T&T B yesterday in a
50-over match at the Queen s Park Oval.
The national team is currently prepar-
ing for the Regional Super 50 tournament,
which bowls off on January 30 in T&T.
Bowling first, Team A restricted Team
B to a dismal 108 all out in 36.3 overs,
behind Indian Premier League star Kevon
Cooper and Derone Davis. Cooper
snatched 2/17, while Davis bagged 2/8
in 5.3 overs.
Samuel Badree (2/24), Navin Stewart
(2/25) and Ricky Jaipaul (2/21) all grabbed
two wickets apiece. Guyanese born Ranga
Latchana and Yannick Ottley showed
some resistance, scoring 28 and 20
In response, the experienced pair of
Imran Khan and Jason Mohammed stead-
ied the ship after Team A lost Queen s
Park duo Jonathan Augustus (6) and
Adrian Barath (23) in quick succession.
Khan and Mohammed took their team
from 58/3 to 109, without any further
loss. Daron Cruickshank was the best
bowler taking 2/19. Earlier, opening bats-
man Justin Guillen scored 22.
Both teams will meet again tomorrow
and Monday for two more practice
matches at the same venue.
Mohammed leads Team A to trial win
Jason Mohammed in action during the trial match at the Queen's Park Oval yesterday.
PHOTO: ASHLEY ALLEN
AT QUEEN'S PARK OVAL:
T&T Team B 108 (36.3 overs)
(Ranga Lachana 28, Yannick Ottley
20, Kevon Cooper 2/17, Derone Davis
2/8, Samuel Badree 2/24, Navin
Stewart 2/25, Ricky Jaipaul 2/21) v
T&T Team A 109/3 (25.5 overs)
(Imran Khan 25 no, Jason Mohammed
23 no, Daron Cruickshank 2/19) T&T
Team A won by 7 wickets.
Darren Bravo's double
hundred was the best
performance of the series
from West Indies. AFP
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