Middlesex v West Indians, Tour match, Lord's

Darren Bravo finds form in crushing win

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

June 13, 2012

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West Indians 335 for 4 (Darren Bravo 112*, Smith 96) beat Middlesex 107 by 228 runs

Dwayne Smith hit 96 to warm up for the one-day series, Middlesex v West Indians, Tour match, Lord's, June 13, 2012
Dwayne Smith made an immediate impact for West Indies in their warm-up match against Middlesex at Lord's ahead of the ODI series © Getty Images

With an influx of new personnel to their squad, West Indies can consider themselves far more England's equals in the forthcoming one-day series, if not even slight favourites given the power in the top order. That strength was on show during their one warm-up match ahead of the opening ODI, as they piled up 335 for 4 against Middlesex. Their performance included a welcome hundred from Darren Bravo and Dwayne Smith's 96 which showed they should not have to rest purely on Chris Gayle.

Gayle's return to the maroon strip was the initial focus at Lord's. In the second over he took consecutive boundaries off Robbie Williams and then launched Tim Murtagh for two sixes. With the Middlesex attack lacking Corey Collymore - a former West Indies team-mate of Gayle - and Toby Roland-Jones it was lightweight and Gayle looked set to take advantage. However, he did not quite middle his attempted flick over the leg side off Anthony Ireland and found deep midwicket on the shorter of the boundaries.

The backbone of West Indies' imposing total was a 156-run stand for the third wicket between Darren Bravo and Smith, while the end of the innings was given a kick by Dwayne Bravo - another player back in the squad after IPL duty - who sped to 40 off 21 balls in a fifth-wicket partnership of 73 in six overs. There is certainly no lack of boundary-clearing ability in the visitors' line-up which extends down to Andre Russell and Darren Sammy in the lower order.

Darren Bravo's innings was timely after a Test series in which he disappointed with 81 runs in five innings. He was not challenged by a weakened Middlesex attack - further depleted by the loss of Williams who suffered a suspected fractured collarbone while fielding - but neither did he let the opportunity to revive his confidence go to waste. The hundred - just his third in List A cricket - came from 110 deliveries in the final over of the innings and he closed out the 50 overs by striking the final two balls for sixes against Josh Davey. He provides an important foil to the more dashing blades elsewhere.

Smith - well known to English audiences after his spells in county cricket for Sussex - came within one blow of three-figures after an innings that hinted at a greater maturity in his batting than had previously been evident. Given the chance to bat at No. 4 with Marlon Samuels resting, he played himself in but still did not struggle to score at a run-a-ball, a rate he later increased before driving to mid-on searching for the boundary to reach a hundred. One of his two sixes went into the top tier of the pavilion; Gayle is not the only one who can comfortably clear boundaries.

There is suddenly competition for batting places. Samuels, West Indies' Man of the Series in the Tests, will return to the middle order so one from this side will need to make way. Another advantage for them is many of their batsmen are more than capable with the ball; Gayle, Samuels, Smith and Kieron Pollard all provide useful varieties of spin or medium-pace, one of the reasons the 50-over (and 20-over) format suits West Indies. In this match, though, their bowling was barely needed.

Middlesex's reply was all rather embarrassing. Three of the middle order - Paul Stirling, Neil Dexter and Adam London - fell to a variety of miscued pulls as Ravi Rampaul continued his nagging form from the Test series and Russell produced a lively opening spell. There was just time for Gayle to finish the game with two in three balls, both wickets met with his unique celebrations.

Eoin Morgan was not in the side despite his limited cricket so far this season and recent return to form with a 49-ball hundred in the CB40. Instead, he had a net on the Nursery Ground ahead of linking up with the England squad in Southampton on Thursday.

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Posted by jonesy2 on (June 15, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

the windies are going to destory england in series, absolutel carnage awaits

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

I think Chanderpaul should play at least two more full series in one-day internationals as a gesture of showing our appreciation for his contributions to West Indies cricket. However, I think that we need more guys like Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, the Bravo Brothers, Samuels, Pollard and company to build a cricket side for the next world cup in 2015. For test matches, we need need either Narsingh Deonarine or Marlon Samuels batting around Chanderpaul for the next two seasons. Honestly, I think in two years time, Chanderpaul will retire from international cricket.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

this is mouth watering..i wish windies beat england by some margin

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Gayle,2 Bravo's,Pollard,D.Sminth,Sammy, A. Russel & Samuels of course .... Windies a Top quality side after loong time.... love to see Caribbeans doing well in Cricket ...

Posted by Rally_Windies on (June 14, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

this team would even be a better Test Team than what they played (with the addition of Roach of course) ....

but as long as the batting is weak Sammy will be invaluable at 8... a strong 6 batsmen will mean : (1) Rhamdin can continue averaging 23 and be fine... and the bowling line up would be, Rampaul, Taylor, Roach and Fidel Edwards/Spinner ... with Tino and Sammy as cover for form/fitness of the pacers.

so it is not in Gibson's interest, or Sammy's to pick a top order than can hold its own without help form the tail ....

Posted by AP_88 on (June 14, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Should be an awesome series!! WI look strong after a long time!! I really rate russell, he has the makings of a world class allrounder!! Bravo and Samuels to provide the stability in the middle order with the likes of Pollard, Gayle et al playing around them

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Is this a sign of things to come?What a fascinating ODI series in the making! Wouldn't miss this for anything.

Posted by maddy20 on (June 14, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

@jmcilhinney Its no secret that England are pathetic in ODI format. Regardless of the World XI team(err.. Eng XI) they field, WI will win it hands down! Gayle's return was just the impetus they needed and they finally got it. England are in BIIIIIIIGGG trouble!

Posted by DarcyFlatts on (June 14, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

The key question for the team selectors is do they only want Rampaul as pace attack or should he be partnered by at least one other genuine pace bowler along with Russel and Sammy and Narine. Is there room for Tino/Fidel the England ODI side will have far better batsmen. My side C.Gayle,D Smith, D.Bravo,M.Samuels,K.Pollard,DJ Bravo,D.Ramdin,R.Russell,D.Sammy,R Rampaul, finally T Best/S Narine based on the wicket. Samuels and Gayle are capable spinners and two new balls in England will favour pace more than spin.Simmonds does not make my side before Smith who has transformed his batting and opens in T20 with greater experience in England.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

And I say drop Simmons and bring in someone like Samuels in middle order who could hold the innings together in case plenty of wickets fall all of a sudden. And the best way to utilize Smith is to make him open with Gayle. Wow ! Fireworks from both ends. And Gayle generally needs some time to settle down before launching his big shots. Smith would be the best option to accompany him as he scores quickly ! That would give Gayle the required time to settle down.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

OMG !! WI is one of the top contenders to win upcoming T-20 World Cup. Just look @ their No. of all-rounders first. DJ Bravo, Russel, Pollard, Gayle, Smith and Sammy. @_@ That fulfils the quota of bowlers already. My God ! And have a look @ Batting Strength - Gayle (up the order) and Pollard (down the order) in one team @_@ .. @_@ ! What their line-up would be like :- Simmons/ Barath, Gayle, DM Barvo, Smith, DJ Barvo, Pollard, Sammy, Ramdin, Russel, Rampaul and Narine. I put my money on WI rather India or SL or Pak. LOL, a line-up where No. 9 can bat handsomely and 8 players can bowl effectively can't be an ordinary team !

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 14, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

England - With 4-5 grafters competing with Power house WI with 5-7 big hitters in their line up.. WI would hope atleast two click in every game.. England's bowling should be the one which might win them games.. Without KP, WI will remain the favorites by a big margin..

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (June 14, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Crush is right. We did crush them. Crush is good...I like crush :)

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Now WI is looking like a challenging team for the oppositions...I think dis team can beat any team in the world...England be better prepared...!!! Go WI,I want to see u win the series and thrash England...I am very excited to watch Gayle playing for WI against England..:)))

Posted by sanjay37b on (June 14, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Great start by Windies. I would like to see England go down 0-3 in the series.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Now, WI is d one of the best team. they going to crash English team. All the best WI.

Posted by priceless1 on (June 14, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

England's chances depends heavily on the tracks they will prepair for the one day sries ,if track slightly favors the faster bowlers then WI wil struggle ,if track favors the batsmen then big power hitters of WI will definitly take the game away from the England

Posted by Philippe on (June 14, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Hope to show goes on in ODI series as well.. watever ppl are saying about the mediocre bowling attack & all.. but this WI teams looks threatening.. there are really good players in this team who can change the course of any game.. I wish this team to perform well internationally for the sake of world cricket.. I am imagining wat would happen to any attack if on any day all players like gayle, smith, pollard, bravo starts firing.. decent bowling attack too.. ATB to WI team for future..

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 14, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

@phendel on (June 13 2012, 15:12 PM GMT), yes, they only made 335 against a severely depleted county bowling attack so how are they going to make 350 the norm against international standard attacks?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 14, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

@stewe on (June 13 2012, 13:47 PM GMT), perhaps England will beat this team in a similar way in which they beat them in the last WC. Pietersen didn't play that game either so don't assume that his being missing equates to a win.

Posted by anver777 on (June 14, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

A reasonable comeback by Gayle for WI..... wish he will play few rapid innings in the ODI series !!!!!

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

If they do fire, they can and will beat any team in the world. They are up for a real chance in the World T20.

Posted by gloriouscricket on (June 14, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

Windies needed a win, any win--Good to see CGayle back where he belongs. Windies will have to find room for DSmith, Bravo snr. & Simmons along with Marlon Samuels in this team. This is a formidable 11, I will not even try to pick the team; I will say Sammy, Smith, Samuels, Bravos & Pollard must be in the 11.hahahaha-- I,m going to let Prescott, D Lee, Where is Asiba & MetMAN, have the honours. Good luck guys. Don,t forget Russell & Simmons though.

Posted by mensan on (June 14, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

WI- A thrashed IND-A and it was a great win. http://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/content/story/568232.html

Posted by cracker2012 on (June 14, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

I have asking for Chanderpaul in ODI side for some while now but it seems that will definitely not happen. Great player. Good luck WI.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

Ohhh Yes I do so agree with Mr Cox! Its about time the WEst Indies return to their rightful spot in world cricket! Amazingly the world benefits when the Windies are playing well!! Talkabout people coming to watch cricket and numbers going up: well its had in hand with WI Cricket!! So the world awaits for the Windies to return to their glory days and I have the funny feeling this is the start of it right here!! Right Mr Hilare???

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (June 14, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

Drop Sammy when samuels come back

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (June 14, 2012, 2:32 GMT)

Only one word - Decimated.

Posted by Lamsalsandesh on (June 14, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

I wathced 1st test and never looked any 2nd and 3rd test. But now i am on leave for all the odI's. IT will be the test of ENGLAND team to face such a balsting team of w.indies which will be now looking to re-form a team with so many specialist. I hope the english fans are serious now to play with w.indies full fetched team. We even can see how the w.team will upgrade them selves to the ICC ranking.

Too exicted............for ODI series. common on w. indies.......recall u were the king and now lead your self to set your position.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

My XI Gayle Simons (wk) Daren Smith Samuel Dj Bravo Pollard Russell Sammy Rampaul l Narine That's their best possible line-up "from a true fan".... Now don't get carried away, beating Eng @ home won't be easy. Ramdin needs to be a reserve player because he is just not ready for any form of international cricket. Charles is a young player i would like to keep with the team.. he will be ready after Gayle retires... I want 3-0... let's crush the former masters.... Jah bless................. follow me @boyie_ent

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

I like this side...Chris in de mix, Dwayne and Darren scoring! Dwayne Smith showing class...oh we can't forget Mr. Pollard! looks like a good prospect! The test Side should have looked more like this!

Posted by DANALEE on (June 14, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

Ramdin should be rested & Simmons placed behind the wicket.The squad should be in this order Gayle,Smith,Samuels,Dm Bravo,Dj Bravo,Pollard,Simmons,Sammy,Russell,Narine & Rampaul...If this squad is selected the side would be more balanced.Russell & Rampaul opening the bowling,Smith second change (he knows the conditions).You still have Sammy,Bravo,Narine,Samuels,Pollard & Gayle.Nine bowlers to bowl 50 OVERS.. WHAT A SQUAD...

Posted by Sankofa on (June 14, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

Wow there really is a competition for batting spaces....Simmons, Johnson charles, Barath will have to wait their turn against New Zealand.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

Currently the most exciting team in the world. Hope they gel up just fine.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

While this WI team looks great on paper I 'd like to remind you that "Inda A " has a similiar high profile line up in the West indies currently and 95% of the big names have failed four times in a row !!! Given the recent failures of the WI test team in England, it is natural to be overly excited about this WI One Day team. I am optimistic, but cautious......

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

Suddenly the WI are favourites. Is this only on paper? Or should we say individual accomplishments in various forms of the game? I believe that the skills and talent are present, however, management is the biggest obstacle in creating a winning unit. They do not know how to do it. If managed and coached properly, there is no team that can beat this current crop. Good luck and I hope for Gods sake Rampaul is a permanaent fixture in this team ODI and tests.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

I'd like to point out that this is just a warm up match. Can't take too many positives from it. The real test will come on Saturday.

PS: Bring Chanderpaul back in the ODI Squad.

Posted by MrPontingToYou on (June 13, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

if the wi test team is a joke, the odi team is a force to be reckoned with. i saw ramdin due to come in at 7, why on earth would anyone do that with russell and sammy to come in after. imo, ramdin should be dropped and simmons gets the gloves while samuels replaces ramdin... good luck to england, altho i doubt even luck will help them.

Posted by Metman on (June 13, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

How much longer will the WI allow the talent of Simmons with the gloves to go to waste ? He should have been groomed from the first time the kid was dropped,now Ramdins' presence is going to deny Dwayne Smiths' rightful place in the one day squad. The WI are not going to drop Simmons at this stage,he was brilliant not too long ago,...as I see it, the final place in this match might lie between Smith and Pollard.....with one of them making way for Samuels.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 13, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

i wondered when Bravo would start to fire. I hope he plays one major innings from hereon-he's too good not to succeed for too long. This series should be a stonker with the missing players back for WI-not just Gayle but Bravo snr and Pollard and Russell. Why no Chanderpaul though?

Posted by vrn59 on (June 13, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

My WI XI: Gayle, Smith, Samuels, DM Bravo, Pollard, DJ Bravo, Ramdin (wk), Russell, Sammy (C), Rampaul, Narine. I would love to see Best in the squad, and even Lendl Simmons who can be quite an aggressive batsman, but there's simply no room for them in the team, barring any injuries. Simmons can also keep wicket, so his presence on the bench will motivate Ramdin to perform better. Samuels, Ramdin, the Bravo's and seemingly, even Smith, are in good form, and of course, nothing needs to be said about Gayle. Russell and Sammy are exciting limited-overs players and Narine has been great in the shorter formats of the game too. Rampaul looked to be the best West Indian bowler in the Tests upon his comeback, so he'll be hoping to continue in his good nick. Pollard must focus on his consistency a bit more, but on the whole, he's a fantastic all-rounder that any team would love to have. Go WI!

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 13, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

everone here pedicting WI demolishing Eng but then Eng have a quality attack make no mistake Gayle smacked bowlers in ipl on placid tracks.Gayle' s innings were not something new infact for years he 's been playing this brand of cricket but failed to make WI win a series against any opponent in recent years.dont write off Eng.they have a lethal attack.Pollard is unconvincing against pace bowlers.Russel has got some flair but his bowling is too soft.neutrally if you compare both these teams Eng seems more balanced(although im not an Eng fan).they have decent batting and a quality bowling line up.yes,Peitersons absence may cause some problems to England.I agree if they play to their reputation, WI do have one hell of a batting line up

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Ok England, the parents are back from vacation, the party is over, the house is beginning to look tidy again, you have roughed up the kids, now you have to play cricket. No excuses, everything has luckily went your way so far. The bowling unit has been "Tino Exposed", here comes the hammer. I dare say it, "whitewash" this team and I will be impressed. Pray for rain !!!

Posted by mar2000 on (June 13, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

With the "look" of the line up of the WI team for the limited overs , Former WI batsman Carlisle Best will be proud if all matches are won by this squad .For years he kept saying "let's try to get the worlds best limited over team because we are finding it rather difficult to get a winning Test squad :.

Posted by Dessy-Janga on (June 13, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

"Whew" For the first time in about 10 years I am anxious to see the West Indies play. It shows we have the ability, the persons and skills to challenge any team. For the first time in my life I can thank politicians. Well done Mrs. Simpson Miller and the other Regional Prime Ministers who made this possible.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Ramdin, Andre Russell, Tino Best, Sunil Narine. It will take something extraordinary to beat this team. Hope they come good for the sake of west Indian cricket. Play with some passion and with some West Indian spirit.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Kudos to the West-Indies team. In recent years, they have performed much better in the one-day format, compared to the test. Furthermore, with the return of some key players, the team should be more competitive against a strong England team. Good luck to both sides.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Ramdin, Andre Russell, Tino Best and Sunil Narine. This should be the team. Solid team and can win any against any opposition as long as they with intent.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

if Samuels and Chandrapaul in your side for odi's.that is a plus point.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

west indies selectors now you found the correct team.now you can beat what ever team.keep it up west indies.....................................

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Chris Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Marlon Samuels,Dwayne Bravo,Keiron Pollard,Andre Russel,Darren Sammy,L.Simmons(W.K),Sunil Naraine,Ravi Rampaul ,fidel Edwards.

Posted by Dav1daKing on (June 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

But i think the teams should be as follows. Test: 1. Gayle, 2. Barath, 3. D.M. Bravo, 4. Samuels, 5. Chanderpaul, 6. D.J. Bravo, 7.Ramdin, 8. Sammy, 9. Narine, 10. Rampaul, 11. Roach. ODI Squad: 1. Gayle, 2. D.W. Smith, 3. D.M. Bravo, 4. Samuels, 5. Pollard, 6. D.J. Bravo, 7. Russell, 8. Sammy, 9. Baugh, 10. Narine, 11. Roach. T20: 1. Gayle, 2. D.W. Smith, 3. Samuels, 4. Pollard, 5. D.J. Bravo, 6. Russell, 7. Sammy, 8. Baugh, 9. Narine, 10. Roach, 11. F. Edwards.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

For Sure, I believe Simmons will lose his place in return for Samuels. Smith and Gayle will open the batting. This looks like a formidable unit and have the ability to massacre England's confidence throughout the rest of the tour.

Posted by delboy on (June 13, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

WI could drop Russell, Gayle and Smith then call in other Trini's to give England a REAL test. Never knew Sammy to be a 'big gun' as someone mentioned here.

Posted by Htc-Android on (June 13, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

although smith played well today, i would still pick simmons ahead of him. if they play with so many big hitters in the team there is a chance of a batting collapse. so they need a solid batsmen and they cannot drop russel , because if they drop him they will be short of a pace bowler. for t20 i would defenetely pick simth ahead of simmons.

Posted by the_blue_android on (June 13, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

The question is will they have the patience to bat through 50 overs against a better bowling attack? My guess is when things get a little tough, the balls starts swinging and seaming, instead of trying to build an innings all the guys will hit out and get themselves out.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

its nice to see that the West Indies off to a flying start scoring 300 plus in the warm-up match ahead of the limited overs series .Dwayne Smith came good and will make it rather difficult for the selectors to get the final eleven together for the first match come Saturday . Ramdin will have to sit out most matches and Simmons will keep wicket in order the play another "power-hitter" .

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

As the old saying goes 'form is temporary and class is permanent.' If no 11 Tino Best beat england for 95 runs- the big guns of Smith, Pollard, Gayle, Bravos, Russell etc. are going to destroy england in this ODI series starting Saturday! We now getting warmed up, english weather too cold and alien to them 'boys of summer,' and we got a serious licking for New Zealand next...

Posted by flang on (June 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

don't think there's any doubt that this is the best ODI batting line up in the world, n a good bowling attack....im seeing great things in the future if this side stays together for a while.

Posted by Dav1daKing on (June 13, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Enormous amount of talent coming through. D. Johnson, S. Cotterell, J. Holder, V. Permaul, K. Santokie, J. Carter, S. Dorwhich, C. Brathwaite, K. Brathwaite, K. Cooper & N. Bonner. All players not in the team knocking on the door.

Posted by Dav1daKing on (June 13, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

West Indies have so much talent coming through right now. From youngsters to players with experience. Bowlers, Batsman and all-rounders. It's now down to the selectors to pick the best 11 for each format, and give them enough time to play together to gel and understand their roles.

Posted by rayinto on (June 13, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

I would swap Sammy for Samuels anyday.

Posted by rayinto on (June 13, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

This is what happens when we pick a proper team. Now lets show we can do it against England and their premium bowling attack.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Samuels should come in for Ramdin and Simmons open and keep wicket. That is the more sensible choice. But leave it up to the selectors to mess it up. They have not gotten it right for a long time.

Posted by Bruisers on (June 13, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

A few ODI whitewashes coming up for England then! First the Windies, then the Aussies and lastly the Saffers. Good luck Poms, try to win at least one game in each of the series..

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Wouldn't it be something if all the Windies bug guns can fire all at once: Gayle, Smith, Pollard, Bravo, Russel, Samuels, and Sammy It would be time to RUN FOR COVER! RUN FOR COVER! lol

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Thks to IPL, Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Dwanye Smith, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell are hitting monsters ..ENGLAND..will keep getting bashed...bashed...bashed...bashed...POOR ENGLAND

Posted by Jah-D on (June 13, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

I think this team with the addition of Samuels could also be a formidable test team as well.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Shan Non - I concur with Smith/Gayle opening. Simmons may be the unfortunate one. Samuels will slot in at No 3 and the rest remain. Best notwithstanding his test heroics will also miss out. Formidible looking team. Just have to make sure they perform.

Posted by phendel on (June 13, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

the greatest thing for me is tht this is a really balanced side with proper bowling and batting talents & close to 10 allrounders.....& with some of the best fielders in the world (Pollard, Russell, Bravo, Simmons & Smith).....when this team is 5 down they're still very much in the match with Sammy, Ramdin & Russell still to bat.......plus with Narine as #11 WI effectively has no tail

Posted by Heisenburg on (June 13, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

This innings has changed my mind on the batting line up it should be 1. Gayle 2. Smith 3. Darren Bravo 4. Samuels 5/6 Bravo/Pollard/Russell

Quite a weak batting line up, many big hitters and not many stable batsmen, it is vulnerable to collapse, if Chanderpaul isn't in the team at least bring in Sarwan.

Posted by phendel on (June 13, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

this WI team shud start setting the new benchmark for ODI cricket.....for a while 300 was a really good score but with this team 350 shud be the new norm in ODI's.....they made 335 today with a less thn run a ball century from bravo......the only question left is who goes out for Samuels???......darren has already staked his claim today but so has smith so who goes out.....im jus lovin this fight for spots right now.....everyone wants to be a part of this dream team!!!!

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

look at this team! thank god kemar roach is injured and jereome taylor is not around as yet..that batting line is one of the strongest I have seen in years

Posted by Bryce27687 on (June 13, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Yea surely Simmons has to drop out for Samuels and someone from the middle/lower order has to move up to open? Possibly Sammy? Hahaha.

Posted by deneshs on (June 13, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

hope this team can stay positive together for a long time to come ....looks good on paper tho c'mon WI make us proud

Posted by Brightonbumpkin on (June 13, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

An imposing total, yes. Against an international bowling line-up? No. Against an international bowling line-up as good as England's? No. Against a strong Middlesex bowling line-up? No. Bully batting. You can only hit what is bowled to you and there is no doubt that Windies are a formidable ODI team, but do not count your chickens here. Come Saturday it will be a very different bowling attack. Having said that, it will be close. England probably the underdogs.

Posted by mancricbd on (June 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

I already said it before. the X1 will be: Gayle.dawyne smith..dm bravo..samuelse..Dj brabo..pollard...russell...ramdin..sammy..nnarien..rampaul..Gosh this english team will have nightmare. this team can set up a mamoth total and can chase the sMe.Onle possible result is WI will whitewash the english

Posted by mus_tard on (June 13, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

but you still cannot understimate the value chanders or sars brings to the team in case of a collapse. but i guess in samuels' form, he can handle it

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Who from this batting lineup gets dropped for Samuels in the 1st ODI? I'm Trini but I would let Simmo relax and have Smith open with Gayle.

Posted by drsuso on (June 13, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

WI is the best ODI and T20 team at the moment with all the available players playing! They are the favourites anywhere in the world right now! This series is just the start. Look at the allrounders! My Gosh, they can pile up 500!

Posted by 777aditya on (June 13, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

oh yes, beware the might of the West Indies in the limited overs format! This team is hungry for success and with Gayle back is a force to reckon with. I hope they go on to win the T20 WC later in SL this year. Extremely happy with their batting, everyone pitched in - now they should bowl and field sensibly and go for a big win before taking on the English team on this Saturday

Posted by stewe on (June 13, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

how is england going to beat this team?????

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

the west indies look good .It's also good to see Darren Bravo back in form. Also well done Dwayne Smith!

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