Leicestershire v West Indians, Grace Road, 1st day June 2, 2012

Narine absent but set for Test bow

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West Indians 150 for 3 (Bravo 66, Barath 53*) v Leicestershire
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Sometimes a person's absence is more notable than their attendance. So, just as Kate Middleton might have provoked even more column inches had she not shown up to her wedding, so Sunil Narine's absence from the first day of the tour match at Grace Road was arguably more surprising than anything he might have achieved on the pitch.

Narine, the 24-year-old spinner, was called up on Wednesday to replace the injured Kemar Roach in West Indies' squad for the third Test at Edgbaston which begins on Thursday. But Narine, it turns out, has not even arrived in the UK yet. Instead he spent Friday playing club cricket in Trinidad - T20 club cricket at that - and is expected to arrive in England on Sunday. He will not, therefore, have the benefit of any match practice or even an extended period of acclimatisation before the Test. Ottis Gibson, West Indies' coach, admitted that he did not know if Narine had ever played in England.

But it appears that will not prevent Gibson selecting him on Thursday. Nor will the fact that Narine has only played six first-class games, or that the last of them was in February. Indeed, Gibson expressed the belief that Narine's lack of exposure was a significant bonus for West Indies.

"He's just come back from playing a hell of a lot of cricket, so I'm sure he's been bowling a lot," Gibson said. "I think it's his first time playing international cricket in England and there's a disadvantage playing for the first time in these conditions but it's an advantage because the opposition haven't seen him yet.

"If he were to play this two-day game then there would be some footage of him for them to go and have a look at. He isn't playing and it means that if he plays [at Edgbaston] it will be something completely new to them so that could be a bit of an advantage for us.

"It is an interesting replacement. He's somebody we've identified from the shorter version of the game but the selectors also believe he can play the longer version and this is an opportunity to put that to the test."

The one major flaw in Gibson's argument is that Narine has just finished playing in the IPL; the most high-profile domestic tournament in world cricket. Still, the spinner's record is exceptional: his last three first-class games have brought 31 wickets at an average of 9.61, while he could also claim with some justification - he was the second-highest wicket-taker and had the second-best economy-rate - to have been the best bowler at this year's IPL. Bearing in mind England's recent struggles against high-quality 'mystery' spin and there is the possibility that Narine may prove something of a game-changer. It is, however, asking a great deal of a young man with so little experience to adapt to new conditions and a different format so quickly.

Narine is also unlikely to solve West Indies' problems with their top-order batting. There were, however, some welcome signs of improvement on the weather-shortened first day of the game against Leicestershire. With Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo both recording half-centuries and adding 111 for the third-wicket, two of West Indies' top four will arrive at Edgbaston with renewed confidence and the benefit of having spent time in the middle.

Both played very well. Barath, who has shown glimpses of his ability in the Test series, again left the ball well and demonstrated his pleasing cover drive without the moments of lost concentration that have dogged him of late. Bravo, having survived some loose shots early on, calmed down to play some delightful strokes including a six over long-on off rookie left-arm spinner, James Sykes.

It was a less happy day for Kirk Edwards, despite being promoted to lead the side, and Kieran Powell. Powell - who has scored 47 in four Test innings on this tour - was drawn into an edge as he pushed at one he might have left before Edwards, with the footwork of a statue, was bamboozled by swing. Both wickets were claimed by Nadeem Malik who, aged 29 and nine years into his first-class career, will be out of contract at the end of the season.

Edwards' failure means he has scored just 20 runs in eight innings on this tour. While he can take comfort of sorts from the fact that this game against Leicestershire does not have first-class status, he will also know that his travails over the last month have left his international future in jeopardy. When he arrived in the UK he had a Test average in excess of 50, two Test centuries to his name and he had recently been elevated to the vice-captaincy.

With English conditions - and English bowlers - exposing some obvious technical flaws, however, Edwards currently looks bereft of form and confidence. His third-ball duck here begged the question as to whether he was enduing the most miserable tour of England in history by a specialist batsman. The Maharaja of Porbandar - who scored only two first-class runs on the All-India side's 1932 tour of England - has strong claims to that title but, as he was selected more due to his wealth and perceived social standing than any ability with the bat, it is probably unfair to consider him a specialist batsman. It may be relevant that West Indies also used this game as an opportunity for Assad Fudadin and Narsingh Deonarine to apply pressure on their under-performing top order.

This Leicestershire attack is perfectly respectable. Robbie Joseph generated pace even on a sluggish surface, Malik bowled some dangerous deliveries and Sykes, while raw, could go a long way in the game. Suffice it to say, however, that whoever England select at Edgbaston will provide a substantially sterner test.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RandyOZ on June 5, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Kirk Edwards has to play. The guy is young and extremely classy. Expecting big things from him and Bravo.

  • delboy on June 4, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Please disregard my last post.

  • on June 4, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    NARINE IS A SPLENDID BOWLER AND I BACK HIM TO BOWL WELL ON ANY SURFACE. I WOULD DEFINITELY PLAY HIM IN THE 3RD TEST AND ALL D ONE DAYERS. I BELIEVE WEST INDIES WILL WIN THE ONE DAYS ERIES AND ALSO THE NEW ZEALAND SERIES. HOWEVER WE NEED TO FIELD OUR BEST SET OF PLAYERS. GAYLE, BARATH, SARWAN,BRAVO,SHIV,SAMUELS. WOWiiiiiii THERE IS ALOT OF CLASS IN DAT BATTING LINE UP. SAY SIMMONS AS KEEPER AND SAMMY. THEN WE CAN HAVE ROACH, TAYLOR AND NARINE.

  • on June 4, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    SARWAN JUST SCORE ANOTHER CENTURY .....WE NEED HIM BACK.GIBSON N THE BOARD SHOULD BE KISSING THIS GUY FEET TO COME BACK AND PLAY

  • hyrclov on June 4, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    no matter who is placed there ,Sammy and Samuels showed their no slack attitude , Barath is exiting to watch ,for me his series so far has been a good one , Kirk Edwards is having a rough patch okay , i like Powell technique he just needs someone to talk to him

  • SirViv1973 on June 4, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Playing Narine in the 3rd test could be a huge mistake he has had no experience of the conditions nor will he get more than a few days to acclimatise. WI should stick with Shillingford for this game, he's a decent bowler who got a bit of a rough time in the 2nd test but dropping him after one average performance will not do his confidence any good, the surface at Bham will not suit playing 2 spinners & WI cannot go in to the game with DS & RR as the only 2 seamers. As for the batting Samuels should go up to 3 to replace KE, KE has shown plenty of promise before he arrived in Eng but has just completely forgotten how to bat. ND should be used as a makeshift opener instead of Powell & AF should bat 6. WI play NZL next in a winable series the CG situation must be sorted out before then & Spin friendly surfaces provided poss team for 1st test, Barath, Gayle,Samuels, Dar Bravo,Chanderpaul,Ll Simmons (WK) Sammy,Rampaul,Narine,Shillingford,Roach

  • karthik132 on June 4, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    It was a common joke that the Maharaja of Porbandar bought more Rolls Royce on the trip (three) than the runs he scored (two)

  • MattyP1979 on June 4, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Alot is being said about Narine. Looks a good player from what I have seen of him. But for people to suggest an un-capped, one day bowler, who bowls in IND on spin friendly pitches against players at the ends of their careers or mercs to suddenly come to Eng and blow us out the water is a little hard on the guy. Talk about optimism. Eng are too good a side for WI, they can bring in Gayle to bat with a AK47 it wont effect the outcome. WI have shown alot of character and fight against a dominant opposition at home, that is all the miracles you get for one series.

  • Rising_Edge1234 on June 4, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Now, how is Leics pronounced? Is it Leeks or Lees as the spelling implies?

  • bobagorof on June 4, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    @nafzak: I'd prefer Sammy be in the team after scoring his hundred, rather than Powell who has failed to do anything of note so far. Or are you suggesting that we drop a guy who just scored a hundred? How is that going to instill the confidence you claim the coach's decisions destroy?

  • RandyOZ on June 5, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Kirk Edwards has to play. The guy is young and extremely classy. Expecting big things from him and Bravo.

  • delboy on June 4, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Please disregard my last post.

  • on June 4, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    NARINE IS A SPLENDID BOWLER AND I BACK HIM TO BOWL WELL ON ANY SURFACE. I WOULD DEFINITELY PLAY HIM IN THE 3RD TEST AND ALL D ONE DAYERS. I BELIEVE WEST INDIES WILL WIN THE ONE DAYS ERIES AND ALSO THE NEW ZEALAND SERIES. HOWEVER WE NEED TO FIELD OUR BEST SET OF PLAYERS. GAYLE, BARATH, SARWAN,BRAVO,SHIV,SAMUELS. WOWiiiiiii THERE IS ALOT OF CLASS IN DAT BATTING LINE UP. SAY SIMMONS AS KEEPER AND SAMMY. THEN WE CAN HAVE ROACH, TAYLOR AND NARINE.

  • on June 4, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    SARWAN JUST SCORE ANOTHER CENTURY .....WE NEED HIM BACK.GIBSON N THE BOARD SHOULD BE KISSING THIS GUY FEET TO COME BACK AND PLAY

  • hyrclov on June 4, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    no matter who is placed there ,Sammy and Samuels showed their no slack attitude , Barath is exiting to watch ,for me his series so far has been a good one , Kirk Edwards is having a rough patch okay , i like Powell technique he just needs someone to talk to him

  • SirViv1973 on June 4, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Playing Narine in the 3rd test could be a huge mistake he has had no experience of the conditions nor will he get more than a few days to acclimatise. WI should stick with Shillingford for this game, he's a decent bowler who got a bit of a rough time in the 2nd test but dropping him after one average performance will not do his confidence any good, the surface at Bham will not suit playing 2 spinners & WI cannot go in to the game with DS & RR as the only 2 seamers. As for the batting Samuels should go up to 3 to replace KE, KE has shown plenty of promise before he arrived in Eng but has just completely forgotten how to bat. ND should be used as a makeshift opener instead of Powell & AF should bat 6. WI play NZL next in a winable series the CG situation must be sorted out before then & Spin friendly surfaces provided poss team for 1st test, Barath, Gayle,Samuels, Dar Bravo,Chanderpaul,Ll Simmons (WK) Sammy,Rampaul,Narine,Shillingford,Roach

  • karthik132 on June 4, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    It was a common joke that the Maharaja of Porbandar bought more Rolls Royce on the trip (three) than the runs he scored (two)

  • MattyP1979 on June 4, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Alot is being said about Narine. Looks a good player from what I have seen of him. But for people to suggest an un-capped, one day bowler, who bowls in IND on spin friendly pitches against players at the ends of their careers or mercs to suddenly come to Eng and blow us out the water is a little hard on the guy. Talk about optimism. Eng are too good a side for WI, they can bring in Gayle to bat with a AK47 it wont effect the outcome. WI have shown alot of character and fight against a dominant opposition at home, that is all the miracles you get for one series.

  • Rising_Edge1234 on June 4, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Now, how is Leics pronounced? Is it Leeks or Lees as the spelling implies?

  • bobagorof on June 4, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    @nafzak: I'd prefer Sammy be in the team after scoring his hundred, rather than Powell who has failed to do anything of note so far. Or are you suggesting that we drop a guy who just scored a hundred? How is that going to instill the confidence you claim the coach's decisions destroy?

  • SoLucien on June 4, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    @ John Duchaussee on (June 03 2012, 00:00 AM GMT) Gayle wasnt the one who wanted a meeting with the WICB. The WICB wanted a meeting with him to sort out "risidual matters" before he can be reinstated to the team. Gayle could have been playing in third test if the WICB wanted it. I guess they want him kneel and grovel before he can get his job back.

  • nafzak on June 4, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    @John Duchaussee - you are incorrect ob both counts sir. It's the WICB that called for anther meeting with Gayle to settle 'residual' matters. Mike Holding lambasted the WICB for this nonsense. Prior to the tour, Mr. Sunil Narine told the WICB that he will be unavailable for the England tour - look it up. Bishoo,the workhorse (& ICC emerging player of 2011) for the previous 4 series, was promptly dropped after 1 bad match. Gibson made it clear that Deonarine is just a stop gap solution and questioned his commitment and fitness before the match was even played. With support from a coach like this, no wonder WI players battle the nerves. Gibson & co claims Sarwan is not fit to play, but Rampaul is. Explain that! But hey, at least we now lose in 4 days instead of 3 and we look good doing so right? By the way, I guess Sammy's century buys him another 20 + tests before anyone can question his place in the tea, right?

  • on June 3, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    yeah I like Edwards. I have known him since he was four or five years old playing cricket with his little ball and bat on Kensington Oval during Test matches . He was call to national duty for BARBADOS at age 15 when Desmond Haynes was around He will bounce back, Have no fear. Hopes he plays in 3 rd test, get some runs , come back to the Caribbean and take it out on New Zealand. I am looking to blackwash New Zealand

  • everfaithful77 on June 3, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    The batting of SAMUELS and SAMMY was a great sight to behold in the last test. The confidence and skill exhibited in both attack and defense should serve as the perfect example to the other batsmen as to how to approach their inn. It is clear that the coach also believes that CONFIDENCE is the key to the success of the Windies top order. However that confidence is not going to return overnight considering their many failures in this series. CHANGES are required to break that TREND. Also Windies haven't taken 20 English wkts in the two tests played. This means that the BOWLING needs to be beefed up as well. NARINE's presence would make a big difference but I think the SELECTORS need to go further. My SOLUTION ? PROMOTE SAMMY TO NO 6 IN THE BATTING ORDER AND PLAY 4 GENUINE BOWLERS. It's clear that Sammy's batting has evolved. My TEAM for 3rd Test: 1. BARATH, 2. GAYLE, 3. BRAVO, 4. CHANDERPAUL, 5. SAMUELS, 6. SAMMY, 7. RAMDIN, 8. RAMPAUL, 9. EDWARDS, 10. BEST, 11. NARINE

  • noplay on June 3, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Oh George. Kirk Edwards" place on the team is in no danger. He cannot be removed. This is the WICB we are talking about. He is like the coach and captain. He will be kept on the team to keep other people out. He will also satisfy the requirements for picks from the High Performance Centre.

  • HadleeCrowe on June 3, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    i know this is totallyh unrelated but i have seen so many sachin ...comments posted in unrelated mails thought i would give it a go ....why is new zealand only playing 2 tests next year in eng?????????????

  • on June 3, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Narine was not in the Eng. Warm up game why play him in the 3rd test? If he plays and don't perform some one will lose their job.

  • on June 3, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I'm not West Indian but think they are in with a good chance with Narine being in the team. His spin will cause some problems for the English. My opinion of Kirk Edwards is very high! i think he's got the potential to be a great batsmen and he has already shown me how good he is with the last series he played in! two test hundreds! the guy is pure class and i think he's just going through a bad patch now. Mark my words Kirk will be one of the worlds best batsmen for the future. I correctly pointed out Inzamam and Damien Martyn would be one of the worlds best even before most people had even heard of them. I'm not wrong about Edwards. I know great skill when i see it. Edwards just needs to adjust his footwork a bit and learn to play more off the front foot when needed.Small adjustment for a great player

  • VivGilchrist on June 3, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Got to feel sorry for Deonarine. Gets to UK late because of visa issues and therefore misses selection for 1st Test. Now rain prevents him from his first bat of the tour and pressing for the 3rd Test. He is a good bowler but now for some reason he is viewed that he is only competing for the all-rounder spot when in actual fact is that he can play as a batsman in his own right. Must play 3rd Test in my opinion.

  • jmcilhinney on June 3, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    And yet more rain. That really sucks. No time in the middle for Fudadin or Deonarine, no chance to bowl for Best and Fidel Edwards. Barath, Ramdin and Rampaul could all have done with more practice too. I feel for Kirk Edwards, who was unlucky to get run out on one occasion and had to bat while very sick on another, but his form really does warrant his being replaced. I wonder whether WI will be keen to play Fudadin and/or Deonarine with basically no warmup though. It probably doesn't matter that Shillingford didn't get a bowl because I'd say that it's a given that Narine will play ahead of him in the third Test.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 3, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Ras10,

    I have issue with you including DM Bravo in your "not guaranteed to play vs Kiwis XI". He is a class act, and whilst no man can ever be guaranteed a place forever, he surely should be included for the near future at least.

  • Dav1daKing on June 3, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    the west indies selectors must use the last match as an audition for the upcomin test matches against NZ. they should play the players vying for a spot and leave the ones who are certain(Marlon, Shiv, Sammy, Rampaul). Therefore they should play: 1.Barrath, 2.Fudadin, 3.D.M.Bravo, 4. Powell, 5.K.Edwards, 6.Deonarine, 7.Ramdin, 8.Narine, 9.Shillingford, 10.Best, 11.Edwards,

  • on June 3, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Oh for heavens sake THELIGHT--Edwards is having a horrible time, please do not dump on him! He will sort out his problems with the help of Richie Richardson, Haynes & Carl Hooper; He is better than what you,re seeing.Edwards will need a return to confidence of self,he is determined, he has to "clear his head of the negativity--see himself stroking the ball firmly,it will happen.Samuel was being written off by the fans,he was given a long run,take a look @ the series he is having.Marlon has many more centuries to add to his bat.Dowrich is a very excellent prospect, he will no doubt make the senior team in a few years.Ramdin can & must do better, he earned his way back, now is the time for him to produce.I would sit K Edwards down for the final test,play Deonarine in his place. He & Samuels can play in the same team.Powell,s problem is his shot selection, he needs to get his timing down, let the ball come to him;Edward needs to move his feet[lack of confidence Kirk] Good luck WINDIES.

  • on June 3, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    I think Narine is the ideal replacement for Shillingford. He's had minimal impact so far. With the series already lost take a gamble on a player with only 6 FC matches and see how he fairs against the No.1 team in the world. It'll certainly be a test for him. Fidel Edwards will take Roach's place and Deonarine will take Kirk Edwards' place. Gayle should be brought back for Powell. Then you have a balanced side. On with the fun.

  • on June 3, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    i like edwards but a loseing side i cant see him surviving to play in 3rd test if windies could send for narine why not send for gayle and hope he fails cause that what board want so they could drop him forever but a failing gayle is fourty a good bahrat is 81 in 3test

  • wifedupfan on June 3, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    i say drop k. edwards and shillingford and bring in best, f.edwards and narine (roach injured).....barath, powell, bravo, chanderpaul, samuels, sammy, ramdin, rampaul, narine, best and f.edwards ....i am sure if deonarine and/or fuddadin play, they would not score decently.

  • PACERONE on June 3, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    The WICB policy on players can only be selected if they participate in the WICB sponsored local matches is a joke.We are producing inferior players.If a player is allowed to play in England.S.A or Australia and produces he would be far better off than playing in the WICB matches.Check the scores in these matches and the low scores are embarrassing.None bowlers are getting wickets and bowling out teams.A change of this policy is needed.

  • jmcilhinney on June 3, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    More rain delays for WI. You have to feel for them, having lost so much warm-up time to rain. Realistically though, I don't think it would have made much difference. Surely Kirk Edwards has to be dropped for the third Test. His confidence must be about zero. I don't imagine being dropped would help that but would another failure be any less devastating? If Fudadin makes any sort of score in this game then he has to be selected. England made the mistake of letting the same batsmen fail over and over in UAE and not giving Ravi Bopara a chance. WI hopefully are not going to make the same mistake. If Deonarine can score a few then I'd definitely be tempted to bring him in for Powell too. At least Powell showed something against the Lions and a decent 30-odd in the second Test though.

  • jmcilhinney on June 3, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Given that Narine was already expected to play the limited-overs leg of this tour, I'm quite sure that the England support staff have already been pouring over any bit of footage of him that they can get, including from the recent Australia tour of WI and the IPL. I guess that, if he'd played this match, they would have been able to film him themselves and focus on exactly what they wanted to focus on but I'm guessing that there already close-ups and slo-mos of his action from previous matches. I haven't seen much of him but I do recall seeing one ball where he ran his fingers down the left side of the ball instead of the right. That's got to be orders of magnitude easier to pick than Ajmal's doosra, which I couldn't even pick on close-up slo-mo when I knew which ball it was. Maybe Narine has other variations too.

  • on June 3, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Great point, navzak. Gibson and the rest of the selectors have a penchant for talking from both sides of the mouth. Also, Edwards, despite his consistently miserable performances, still gets the nod of the selectors. Bishoo, who performed well, bowling his heart out, but struggled in the second test against Australia, was relegated to the WI A-team to "get back in form." Then, when Narsingh Deonarine was called up to play in the third test, Gibson said he was on probation. Well, it so happened that he passed probation with flying colours. Looks like they have more than one set of rules. I submit they are suffering from chronic myopia, and unless there is change the team is unlikely to return to its winning ways soon, despite an abundance of available talent.

  • Dashgar on June 3, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    I'd give Powell the third test. He hasn't looked terrible but needs to go on with one of his starts. Kirk should be dropped. My team: Barath, Powell, Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Fudadin, Ramdin, Sammy, Rampaul, Fidel, Narine

  • scottyg on June 3, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    The West Indies should get Samuels up the order to no 4- whats the point of him coming in at 6 at 4/50. They should drop Edwards and Powell, get Fudaddin to open, Bravo to 3 and Deonarine (who is a good spinner who got heaps of Aussies out) at 6. Sammy should become responsible and bat at 7. Randim should be demoted to 8. The bowlers should be Rampual Best and Narine.

  • on June 3, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @nafzak. Where do you get your information regarding West Indies cricket. Narine played in the IPL right up to the final. He then made himself available and was drafted into the squad as a replacement. Gayle's IPL was finished before the play-offs. He now wants to have another meeting with WICB. He has only declared himself available for the ODI series, not the tests.

  • on June 2, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    The lack of "GOOD CRICKET" in the Caribbean for the WI batsmen is the cause of the poor showing on this England tour .Being "young" at the game at "top Level" and up against the Number One team in World Cricket is no easy task .No Coach can turn this squad around in no short period of time .The Coaching team must remain with West Indies for a 5 year period without any changes if we are going to see an improvement overall . The "poor"state of pitches in the Caribbean with no GREEN GRASS on it is the main reason, hence, is the lack of real good pacers.

  • sundar_poco on June 2, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Who cares if they score runs in a meaningless practice match. Can they score when it counts for real? No, and don't hold your breath they will. All 4 should be dropped and someone else given a shot. How many more failures can us WI fan put of with????

  • tongue on June 2, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Narine has the best and not the second best IPL 2012 economy rate. The author has his facts mixed up. Steyn - 6.10, Narine - 5.47, That is what makes him the best bowler of IPL 2012.

  • delboy on June 2, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @Rupkamal take a look at the strike rates of the openers against the newball bowlers then look again at your choice of which opener you would retain. If a new player (ESPECIALLY OPENERS) are averaging 30 in less than 30 innings you MUST exercise patience. Dropping Powell after 4 innings is just the kind of decision making one come to expect from WI experts who lack knowledge; that players need to spend time against credible opposition in order to learn at this level. let him finish the series then take remedial actions to correct his short-comings.

  • dragline on June 2, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    My Team for the 3rd Test: Barath, Fudadin,Bravo,deonarine, Chanderpaul,samuel, Sammy, Ramdin,Rampaul,Narine and Edwards

  • nafzak on June 2, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    WICB refuses to bring Gayle back event though Gayle made himself available. Sunil Narine told the WICB that he's not available for the England tour and now that the IPL is done, they are ready to bring him despite having so very limited experience. Furthermore, Narine chooses to play club cricket in T&T instead of traveling to England and get some experience, if you can call a 2 day match that. T/20 cricket is not test cricket. We do not know if Narine has the stamina to survive 5 days at the top of his game. Yet, the WICB and Gibson are ready to bring him in. We know what Gayle can do, yet Gayle is put on hold once again. This is just not good coaching.

  • on June 2, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    my team for 3rd test - A Barath, A Fudadin, N Deonarine, D Bravo, S Chanderpaul, M Samuels, D Sammy, D Ramdin, S Narine, R Rampaul, F Edwards . WI have got nothing to lose so better to drop Powell n K Edwards.

  • delboy on June 2, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Guys; remember like Sammy, K Edwards is chosen to LEAD by example. The responsibility of leadership is not suited to MOST players.

  • on June 2, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    It must be a difficult thing for any batsman to be caught in such a poor run of form as Kirk Edwards is. It is almost certain that he will be dropped for the third Test. As for Powel, I think he should bat lower down the order. He is a man of immense talent, but that talent is being wasted at the top of the order. The ideal opening pair, for English conditions, may be Chanders and Gayle. But, that is a moot point since Gayle is unavailable for Tests.

  • TheLight on June 2, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Edwards reminds me of Darren Ganga. Good on WI and sub content ail pitches but not good outside of their comfort zone

  • on June 2, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    sarwan shud have played this game despite not having enough rest. shud have shown his mates from wi that he is still a class player.

  • JackTrez on June 2, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    "There was no place for Sunil Narine...Bearing in mind that he has little or no experience of bowling with a Dukes ball....starting at Edgbaston on Thursday - would be an enormous gamble."

    Really?? Surely WI have every intention of playing Narine for the 3rd test. He isn't a like for like replacement for Roach and for all the hype would be a huge omission. Duke ball?? It's just a cricket ball!

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on June 2, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo or Darren Bravo?

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Ewards is talented but needed more first class matches under his belt to be in the Test 11. Edwards age 27 with 42 First class matches....N. Deonarine age 28 with 96 first class Matches under his belt. Why is Deonarine the 12 man??????

  • maddy20 on June 2, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Powell and Edwards would not make the XI for any other team other than WI. Not even ZIm or Kenya! WICB being adamant to take back Sarwan and Gayle is baffling! Gayle/Sarwan may not score a 50 every innings but, they surely cannot do much worse than these two! Grow up WICB!

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    To the WI regime in England. I am happy that you decide to rest Chanders and Sammy. Sammy for good reasons or say he is sick to allow Fudadin and Deonarine to play.

    I do hope they make good use of this opportunity if the game give them enough time to show their talents to perform.

    Should they perform if the opportunity allows them to, then I can only suggest and hope to see Barath, Fudadin, Bravo, Samuels, Chanders, Deonarine, Sammy, Ramdin, Rampaul, Best/Edwards and Narine/Shillingford for the final test. There will be lots of all round bat and bowling available from Samuels, Fudadin, and Deonarine for the pacers, Sammy and the spinner whoever is selected.

  • Indiaforever on June 2, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Darren Bravo not Dwayne Bravo

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  • Indiaforever on June 2, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Darren Bravo not Dwayne Bravo

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    To the WI regime in England. I am happy that you decide to rest Chanders and Sammy. Sammy for good reasons or say he is sick to allow Fudadin and Deonarine to play.

    I do hope they make good use of this opportunity if the game give them enough time to show their talents to perform.

    Should they perform if the opportunity allows them to, then I can only suggest and hope to see Barath, Fudadin, Bravo, Samuels, Chanders, Deonarine, Sammy, Ramdin, Rampaul, Best/Edwards and Narine/Shillingford for the final test. There will be lots of all round bat and bowling available from Samuels, Fudadin, and Deonarine for the pacers, Sammy and the spinner whoever is selected.

  • maddy20 on June 2, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Powell and Edwards would not make the XI for any other team other than WI. Not even ZIm or Kenya! WICB being adamant to take back Sarwan and Gayle is baffling! Gayle/Sarwan may not score a 50 every innings but, they surely cannot do much worse than these two! Grow up WICB!

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Ewards is talented but needed more first class matches under his belt to be in the Test 11. Edwards age 27 with 42 First class matches....N. Deonarine age 28 with 96 first class Matches under his belt. Why is Deonarine the 12 man??????

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on June 2, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo or Darren Bravo?

  • JackTrez on June 2, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    "There was no place for Sunil Narine...Bearing in mind that he has little or no experience of bowling with a Dukes ball....starting at Edgbaston on Thursday - would be an enormous gamble."

    Really?? Surely WI have every intention of playing Narine for the 3rd test. He isn't a like for like replacement for Roach and for all the hype would be a huge omission. Duke ball?? It's just a cricket ball!

  • on June 2, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    sarwan shud have played this game despite not having enough rest. shud have shown his mates from wi that he is still a class player.

  • TheLight on June 2, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Edwards reminds me of Darren Ganga. Good on WI and sub content ail pitches but not good outside of their comfort zone

  • on June 2, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    It must be a difficult thing for any batsman to be caught in such a poor run of form as Kirk Edwards is. It is almost certain that he will be dropped for the third Test. As for Powel, I think he should bat lower down the order. He is a man of immense talent, but that talent is being wasted at the top of the order. The ideal opening pair, for English conditions, may be Chanders and Gayle. But, that is a moot point since Gayle is unavailable for Tests.

  • delboy on June 2, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Guys; remember like Sammy, K Edwards is chosen to LEAD by example. The responsibility of leadership is not suited to MOST players.