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West Indies arrived in England with an undercooked top order to face one of the best bowling attacks in their home conditions. The youngsters could have benefitted had the senior batsmen like Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan been part of the squad. Unfortunately, the unresolved issues between the players and the board have come at a cost for the team, says Tony Cozier in the Trinidad Express.
Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, put forward another, far more unconventional, on the BBC radio commentary. It was for the team bus to stop through Leicester on its way north to Nottingham for the second Test that starts Friday and pick up Sarwan.
It won't happen, of course. Even if the West Indies were minded to ask him to return, it is doubtful whether he would for he remains resentful of the way he has been treated by the present dispensation.