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Baugh confident of carrying form in to World Cup

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February 8, 2011

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Carlton Baugh pulls on one leg behind square, Sri Lanka v West Indies, 3rd ODI, SSC, February 6, 2011
Carlton Baugh scored a quick 49 in West Indies' third ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo © Associated Press
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Carlton Baugh, the West Indies wicketkeeper, has made the most of his surprise re-call to the West Indies side. He had not played international cricket since 2008 when he was included in the squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in 2010, but grabbed the opportunity, scoring a half-century in the second Test of the rain-hit series, and was included in the World Cup squad.

In the ODI series against Sri Lanka, played in January 2011 after being rescheduled, Baugh got scores of 28 not out and 49, giving notice of the threat he poses as an aggressive lower-order batsman. "I see every game as a major opportunity to make a contribution to the team and to West Indies cricket," Baugh said. "I am really focussed on the job and I am making strides forward. Since I returned to the team unit I have a more positive outlook on my game."

With no other specialist wicketkeeper in West Indies' fifteen for the World Cup, Baugh is almost sure to be a part of the starting XI, a situation that didn't seem likely three months ago. West Indies appeared to be grooming young wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, but after he failed to improve his form with the bat - he averaged 17.66 in 14 ODIs in 2010 - the 28-year-old Baugh, who was an important member of Jamaica's winning side in the 2009-10 Regional Four-Day Competition, was called up.

Baugh says he has made some changes to his game since he last turned out for West Indies in 2008. "I have made a few changes to my approach and the way I do things. I try not to put too much pressure on myself and not burden myself with too much. I look to go out and play my natural game and stick to the team plans.

"I am in pretty good form and I will be looking to take that form in to the World Cup. I know what is required of me behind the stumps and with the bat, and I am clear in my mind how to go about doing the job."

West Indies go in to the World Cup having slipped to No. 9 in the ICC one-day rankings and have not beaten a Test side in an ODI since June 2009. They play two warm-up games, against Kenya on February 12 and Sri Lanka on February 15, before their first match of the tournament, against South Africa on February 24.


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Posted by Richardson J. on (February 11, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

I think Len Archer makes a good point. While Sammy has a good heart his performance in Sri Lanka is worrying. As has been noted by former WI greats, Pollard needs to better develop his game. Ravi Rampaul should not be allowed anywhere near West Indies cricket; he is woefully out of shape, non-penetrating and bleeds runs. Nakita Miller is another major run bleeding question mark. Gayle must bowl his 10 overs; Ben 10; Roach 10: Dwayne Bravo/Russell/Sammy 20. It is overly unfortunate that two younger fast bowlers weren't selected Pascal/Cotterrell/Bess/McClean. Also the young spinners Permaul/Bishoo could be helpful especially on the sub-continent. The batting should be sufficient.

Posted by antidarwin on (February 11, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

@lenArcher, Darren Sammy is a fearless lion who didnt give in for lucarative deals of ipl and international t20 money power like your friend kieron Pollard, I admit West indies should have made suleman Benn as captain cause the tall leg spinner is very talented and good at communication.

@trinas, Marlon samuels is a match winner in subcontinent conditions , his bowling you forget about that and his contributions in the 2006 champions trophy where westindies lost in final to Austrailia, he hit a 4 when remaining balls were 2 in pressure vs agit agarkar to thrash india out of the champion ship on there home turf, face it he is a lion waiting to be unleashed no pressure can out do him , some time i think he is a very close relative to carl Hopper who was him self a magnificent player bring carl hooper look a like back and throw this ravi rampual and kieron pollard madness out .

Posted by r on (February 10, 2011, 15:38 GMT)

@AntiDarwin....i think you totally missed my point. I have no problem with samuels joining the team in the near future but it would be unfair to select him for the WC based on a couple of T20 innings against modest opposition. I'm not sure how long you have been following West-Indies cricket but let me tell u marlon samuels have been very inconsistent over the years. Yes he did well in that SA match but the odi series that followed was poor for him with him averaging only 28. He also was very bad in the SL series of that year averaging only 7. He only scored one hundred in that pakistan series u are speaking off and only 2 hundreds in 107 ODIs. He also had a modest 2007 world cup averaging just 30.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 10, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

If Pollard and Rampaul are so bad, how do you explain the appointment (and therefore automatic selection) of one Darren Sammy. This is the dumbest bit of selection in the history of cricket. Will the captain be dropped if he continues to be a poor example of cricket? Last three games against Sri Lanka - 0 wickets. his bowling average is about 50+ runs per wicket in ODI's

Posted by r on (February 9, 2011, 23:10 GMT)

whats with all this fuss about marlon samuels. We all know he is talented but he needs to pay his dues. He was out of serious cricket for two years and we must pick him for the world cup based on a couple T20 innings and some scores in Jamaican trials. It's not like he set the world on fire before he was banned, averaging just 30 in odis and even lower in tests.

Posted by antidarwin on (February 9, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

Marlon Samuels must redeem his sins he commited in match fixing he was banned for 2 years but i heard Carl hooper visited his home and helped his game they planned for this world cup, I hope this student of Carl Hooper can be back cause he is a wonderful batsmen who will win you a match, Unlike kieron POllard, sorry to say but he is not international cricketer, T20 is luck by chance game for batsmen he just cant take any pressure in a one day international match, Marlon Samuels has been groomed under the famous Carl Hooper who scored double hunders for fun and use to get the most caught and bold with his bowling as well i dont understand westindies selectors Bring in Marlon Samuels and take out Kieron Pollard and especially this Ravi Rampaul.

Posted by Rohit on (February 9, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

Now the time is very very less.Marlon Samuels scored 250 in the 4 day game and showed the selectors that he is the best WI batsman at the moment. I urge all the fans and supporters to do something to bring Samuels in the WC squad. When he will be there then we will have some chance to score big runs in Indian conditions. Remember the tour of WI in 2002 when Samuels scored a quick fire 100 against strong Indian bowling. I will not watch the WC if Samuels doesn't plays. I beg the selectors to include him in the WC squad. Nobody here in India even talks about chances of WI for the WC. so bring Samuels to show the cricketing world that what WI can do when they have Gayle,Sarwan,Samuels,Chanderpaul,Pollard in the squad.

I am sure Pollard will do better in Indian conditions as he played very well in the champions league

Posted by antidarwin on (February 9, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

@THe light, Kindly look at the 2007 icc t20 world cup and you will have no respect left for Ravi Rampaul, in first game gayle made the first 100 ever in T20 history then, highest total by team record in t20 history, required run rate was above 10.50 but guess who gifted this match with over 2 overs to spare Mr. Ravi Rampaul imajine what gayle might be saying to him self, If gayle be captain i am sure he would dismiss Ravi's presense in the team. The 2nd game of westindies Bangladesh chase down 147 because of MR. Ravi Rampaul's heroics, he has no pace basically no variety he just seams the ball and mind you he isnt close to even being called a corey collymore cause collymore had line and lenght i think Vasbert Drakes was better bowler then him he cant play international cricket. ALso kieron Pollard, Ricardo powel-samuels-wavel hinds-dwayne smith- lendl simmons- all are > in talent then kieron.

Posted by antidarwin on (February 9, 2011, 6:14 GMT)

@theLight, watch this link please and go back watch the two matches, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_ICC_World_Twenty20#Group_A You will find these two matches that westindies played as a team in fact they should be winning that first T20 cup but yet they were crashed out of it thanks to one man only Ravi Rampaul, In the third odi when kieron Pollard wasnt there the Westindies batsmen did a decent job, let this bowler out Sammy can handle pressure donot criticize him cause he plays for team he had best batting strike rate in westindies batting line up like Afridi he dont care if he loose wicket like selfish kieron Pollard he just hits em, I dont know why westindians suppport this Ravi Rampaul i swear if Roach be playing windies win that last game. In last T20 world cup westindies went to semi finals donot rule this team out they have just completed reading the new clive loyd book they are energized but with people like Ravi Rampaul and kieron Pollard omg they dont stand a chance.

Posted by Rnol on (February 9, 2011, 5:23 GMT)

my hope is that the selectors do not make the mistake of leaving out Marlon Samuels he is vital to W/I winning this world cup just as sarwan is. Marlon is on top of his game and W/I cannot afford to have trail blazer of his nature and keep him home, We all want to seem him join the squad .

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