West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13 December 3, 2012

West Indies facing all-round problems

West Indies have some tricky issues to solve as they try to keep themselves in the one-day series with their preference for a host of allrounders not bringing success

West Indies' decision to stick to a single plan in the one-day series against Bangladesh has made them overlook two important facets of the limited-overs game. They haven't paid heed to current form and the importance of risk-free middle-order batting while at the same time have indulged on an overdose of similar skilled allrounders.

West Indies lost both ODIs in Khulna, the second by a record margin against Bangladesh of 160 runs. The two defeats inflicted on the visitors have completely changed the atmosphere of the tour following the Test victories and as West Indies moved to Dhaka on Monday morning issues were piling up at their feet.

Lendl Simmons' form is the first of those problems. He has partnered Chris Gayle at the top of the order in the first two games and has had scores of 13 and 9. His last ODI fifty came a year ago but more importantly he has been through a poor time in this format. Since the fifty in India he has averaged below 10 in nine games with a highest of 36. Kieran Powell may take his place and could have justified a place in the side at the start of the series after his two centuries in the Dhaka Test. Though he has since had four low scores he would freshen up the top order.

"Throughout the Test series we had a lot of performances coming from the younger players," Darren Sammy said. "The Bravos, Powells, Ramdin, young Permaul and all the guys have done well. Cricket is a team game and you have to perform together. Obviously you have days when some individual had a brilliant moment and gets the Man-of-the-Match, but at the end of the day it takes a total team effort to win games."

Sammy, though, credited Bangladesh's plans, particularly their bowlers' confidence when responding to boundaries. "I think everybody would want to go out there and perform and I believe every single batsman goes out there to perform for West Indies. Credit to the way the Bangladesh team has bowled.

"They have a plan for every batsman. Gazi, Razzak and Mashrafe stuck to the plan. Even though we hit a couple of boundaries you see them executing properly. That's where we are lacking. We are not executing our plans well. So far Bangladesh have seized the moment."

The lack of runs from Gayle, Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels has also hurt West Indies' chances. Gayle hasn't made up his mind on whether to start slowly or blaze away while Sohag Gazi has had the better of the in-form Samuels in both games. Bravo hasn't done justice to the range of shots he possesses and his ability to play spin bowling in this series by giving away two starts. The early dismissals of Samuels and Bravo against spin have also impacted the rest of the batsmen who have still some way to go when dealing with spinners.

"We have not rotated the strike against spin as much as we could over the last few years. But we get better at it when we spend time at the crease," Sammy said. "So far none of our batsmen have done so. In order to score runs you must be present at the crease."

There are also issues around the balance of the side with a preference for allrounders, such as Andre Russell and Dwayne Smith, ahead of specialist quick Kemar Roach. Russell, Smith and Darren Sammy took one wicket between them in the second match while none of them have made the sort of contributions expected from them with the bat, especially under the new fielding restrictions.

The continued struggle of Sunil Narine has been the other setback while in the opposition Razzak and Gazi thrived in Khulna where the wicket offered turn. It would not be a huge surprise if Veerasammy Permaul, the left-arm spinner, replaced Narine for the remaining ODIs.

Sammy has a tough task ahead of him, both in selecting the right personnel and in making sure the attitude is right. West Indies are running out of time and defeat in this series would be a blow to their growing reputation as a returning force in world cricket.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • James on December 5, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Why is there talk of dropping Dwayne Smith and Russel, when Sammy remains immune to any criticism of lack of cricketing skills. And why is Dwayne Bravo not in the team? Is he injured, or out merely because he has 'similar' skills to Sammy. As far as I remember Dwayne Bravo used to be a good enough bowler to always bowl his quota and was also among the most reliable batsmen in the team.

  • charlie on December 5, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    One million men ,one million selectots ,one million experts , one million critics !!! Each one thinks he is right ,each one want's his favorite player in !! I am tired of it !!! I must go clear my mind of this confusion amongst WI fans .

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    last two writers are totally correct WHAT HAPPEN TO SHIV i would bet my last dollar was he around the story would have been different ,Cricket is a team sport not one man ,but Shiv would have guide the middle order .Next why only one specialist bowler what happen again to edwards,roach we need a good four prong attack this is 50 overs not 20/20.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    If you weren't going to play Chanders[he deserves to rest in the 50 overs] Why send home Deonarine, he is a good batsman allround cricket who needs to play, he needs to be in the middle.Why Is Best not on the team, his bowling for the tour has been outstanding, he is at the stage of his career where you can get the best out of him,the only matches i'd sit Best out of are the 20/20s.Sammy does not have to be the cpt. of all formats of the game, he is underperforming,Marlon can cpt. the team,he will come out tonight as the leader.Please stop naming Pollard as vice captain; Also retain Simmons in the team along with Smith,Sammy need to sit out the next match.Smith & Simmons are excellent cricketers who will rise to the challenge along with Bravo & Samuels.The WINDIES must learn to win without Chanders, The big guns must perform, they must lead from the front.

  • Subterraneo on December 4, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    @Richard Jerome: I agree that the Windies pace attack would be better suited for the rest of the series, not because of the pitches, but because they are better bowlers than the spinners. I would have opted for Edwards and/or Best (taking into account his inconsistent line). However, restricting Bangladesh below 100 is equivalent to swagger. Even then, the question of accuracy remains, given the large number of wides conceded. Also note that the batting needs to be strengthened too.

  • Subterraneo on December 4, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    @ Windies Fans: It is frustrating to be on the receiving end of big defeats (the Bangladesh fans know very well!), but do take notice of the meek displays by the Windies players. Apart from Rampaul, no bowler had any significant impact. Not one Bangladesh player was bowled, LBW or caught behind. In fact, there was not even a decent nick from any Bangladesh batsman. And then there is the capitulating batting line up. Therefore, an objective fan ought to admit the poor performance of the Windies team. Everyone knows that they are better than what they have demonstrated so far, but without credible performance, the match results deservedly go to Bangladesh.

  • Ablush on December 4, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Has anybody noticed that Bangladesh has already gone above New Zealand in ICC ODI ranking? WHo knows, if they win the series against WI, they may go above WI? Still people think BD is a minnow? How ignorant people could be?

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    WI need to be ruthless they have been seeking to compete and or defend. Gayle & Smith should open so smith can attack early and Gayle can settle. An all pace attack with a bodyline attack will give WI the edge they need

  • Shoaib on December 4, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Check out this scorecard to show you how different our Bangladesh team is since some of you fans still think our team of today is still the team of 2000-2005 period http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/engine/match/66203.html

  • Amol on December 4, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    First Darren Sammy should be thrown out of the WI side... can't bat properly neither can bowl his full quota of overs... fields ok... why is he there in first place??????????

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