December 11, 2012

Indisciplined West Indies must introspect

They must review why their bowlers conceded a shocking number of extras and their top-order batsmen batted so indifferently in the ODI series against Bangladesh
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When Darren Sammy and his West Indies team got to Bangladesh, their objectives were clear: to win everything and leave as the No. 1-ranked T20 team in the world. They will leave with their mission not fully accomplished.

The 18-run win over the hosts in the sole T20 brought symmetry to a tour that West Indies began by sweeping the Test series. That T20 success also officially made Sammy's men the best on the planet in the shortest form of the game. But what transpired in between will have given their think-tank reasons for review and introspection.

Cricketing indiscipline was the bane of the team in the shorter games. A team will pay heavily if its bowlers are not on target, and so it proved in the 2-3 ODI series defeat.

With the exception of the first one-dayer, West Indies' bowlers conceded over 25 extras in every match. They also gave up four free hits, and most tellingly, gave away an unacceptable 55 wides in the five games; that's just about an extra ten overs the Bangladesh batsmen got to face.

Behind those untidy numbers was some erratic bowling. West Indies, as a group, strayed often in line and failed to keep to good lengths consistently, and this though they got five-wicket efforts in two matches, from Ravi Rampaul in the massive 160-run defeat in the second match, and from Kemar Roach in the two-wicket loss in the series decider; and four wickets from Sunil Narine in the victory in the third ODI.

Good one-day teams also are able to put up totals they can defend or chase successfully. But against Bangladesh, West Indies' batsmen did not do their work. Remarkably, only in one match - the fourth in Dhaka, largely due to Sammy's unbeaten 60 - did West Indies bat out their full quota of overs. That is a sin in limited-overs play, especially when batting first as they did in three of the five games. In those matches, they left a total of 31 balls unused.

Those figures reflected a great deal of impatience - all of the batsmen at various times playing the wrong attacking shots to the wrong balls, sometimes at the wrong times. The erratic nature of the play is emphasised by the fact that although Marlon Samuels got 126 in the third match, when West Indies got back into the ODI series, there were only two other 50-plus scores in the five matches - from Kieron Pollard (85) and Darren Bravo (51), both in the deciding match, and still West Indies could not muster more than 217.

You can't win many games playing like that. And so it proved. The question for the West Indies camp would be: why so much indifferent play?

In his defence of Chris Gayle at the end of the ODI series, Sammy made the point that cricket is a team sport. "We've got to pull together as a team. It's not every day the same people will perform... We just need more performances from the team and that would make us more successful."

West Indies' low scores in the ODIs therefore cannot be laid just at the feet of their best limited-overs batsman. But the fact cannot be escaped that Gayle's repeated failures were a factor in how the series went. Gayle once more experienced the levelling effect the game can have. Having been at the heart of much of West Indies' success in Tests, T20s and ODIs since his return to the side in May, he left Bangladesh without a fifty to his name in ten innings all told. In the one-dayers, his lack of impetus at the start of the innings was telling. The best opening stand he fashioned with his partners - Lendl Simmons (first two games) and Kieran Powell - was 48, with Simmons in the first match. And always Gayle was among the first three batsmen to be dismissed. It meant the team regularly lacked someone to give the innings momentum early and hold it together. Samuels, in the third ODI and in the T20, did so magnificently, but Bravo does not seem to have fully come to grips with batting in the limited-overs format yet.

Only Gayle can explain what went wrong for him in Bangladesh. But from a distance it did not seem as if he approached his innings with the same measured approach, the same focus, that had distinguished his previous play this year. West Indies, as a whole, did not play cohesively, not like they had been doing since their series against New Zealand. And an improving Bangladesh limited-overs unit punished them.

Gayle's miserly bowling in the T20, which helped to subdue the Bangladesh chase, was at least a positive way for him to end a low-key tour. But he and his mates will know they have to go back to the drawing board and work on their basics.

Garth Wattley is a writer with the Trinidad Express

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  • legend_963 on December 14, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Rafelgibt u sound like a bangladeshi desperately clinging onto one ODI series result may i remind u who were falling to pace bowling on flat tracks.yes BD had good spinners problem is WI failed miserably.WI are the most humble team u will find so i dont know how u find them egoistic.

  • boxer44 on December 13, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    How can people sit on their keypads and blame a coach for wides batsmen who are set, giving away their wickets? The only flaw with the Windies management at present is the selection process of the team. Fast bowling worried BD from the onset of the tour however WI always played 2 spinners 1 fast and 3 alrounders who is neither bowlers or batsmen a wicketkeeper that cant bat and 4 batsmen sometimes only three that deserves to be called batsmen. Get the team selection right and Windies can rule again. BTW it was a great effort put forth by BD and a well deserve series win, keep it up WI vs BD 2015 World cup finals. Predicted here first!!!

  • SNIFFLEATHER on December 13, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Saud,

    "Gayle never smiles...?"

    I believe you are watching a different Chris Gayle than the rest of us...

  • Rafelgibt on December 13, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Quite well written but little bit one sided i guess......Throughout the series WI were almost beaten by BAN.......1st test they won just lack of experience of BAN players......And 2nd test they got rid of the situation as SHAKIB played one criminal shot to got himself out and killed the hope for BAN to draw the match....In ODIs BAN should have registered 5-0 victory as they fail to hold their nerve in 3rd and 4th ODI......And last t20 match BAN was beaten by the bowling of GAYLE........So, if you analyze the whole tour then you will find that its BAN who played well rather than WI played below their part.....BAN force WI to do looked dim.....Im sorry to say but if WI not put themselves out of their 'egoistic I'm the world best' attitude (Though they are not) then some more miseries will soon to follow......

  • on December 13, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    I still can't believe how badly Gayle played. I honestly believe he is the best batsman on the planet and yet he failed time and time again on this tour. He never smiles; always has a dour expression on his face. perhaps the WI management should consider getting him psychiatric help.

  • on December 12, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    the fact that the coach continues to throw russel in these games when he clearly doesnt seem to have any common sense, or isnt able to adjust to the new conditions says alot...in my opinion, braddee and verasammy should have been on this odi team. but i must commend bd for their improvement..they played with the belief that they can win..and did so...

  • estraker on December 12, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    You are not wrong! I understand the scarcasm.I would have thought that he would have been able to show our bowlers how to swing the ball seeing that he was England bowling coach. It would appear that he has no clue. Secondlyl, we have fast bowlers who are able to put the fear in the Bangladesh batting but he seems to think that our so called spin bowlers could bother batsmen who are accustom to spin.Furthermore he left our best spin bowlers home.I just cannot "for the life of me" why is Chanderpaul not playing 50 over cricket .Oh, I forgot what he GIBson try to do to the senior players. Sammy is taking the place of a useful player in an of the three formats. By the same token,simonviller, does that not tell you that some thing is wrong with the head-Gibson.But there are ways to make that cow thirsty....no?

  • on December 12, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    MijRahman and Ahmed Hussain, for me i don't care what people think about bangladesh or what other teams doing, if we are doing good then you will see their fear ingame .. just wait and watch time will come when others will ask for a visit or a series to play against Bangladesh. Cheers!

  • SNIFFLEATHER on December 12, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Gayle was not out in the second innings of the Kulna test, also scored 35 in the first ODI, so you can hardly state that he has failed in his last ten innings. He has however, been performing well below where we have become accustomed to seeing him, and I do believe that in part, it is down to a lack of planning. In cricket, as in life, fail to prepare...prepare to fail.

    Good comments regarding Roach. He needs more support in the ODI team, and its not as if we don't have the guys to provide it...

  • on December 12, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I agree with Thomas Cherian. The Windies have the wrong strategy for 50 over matches. They have the T20 mindset emphasized by too many ineffective allrounders. ODIs need batsmen to build an innings and specialist bowlers need a bigger role. Any good ODI team should score at least 250 consistently. The management need to rethink otherwise the team will not be successful in this format.

  • legend_963 on December 14, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Rafelgibt u sound like a bangladeshi desperately clinging onto one ODI series result may i remind u who were falling to pace bowling on flat tracks.yes BD had good spinners problem is WI failed miserably.WI are the most humble team u will find so i dont know how u find them egoistic.

  • boxer44 on December 13, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    How can people sit on their keypads and blame a coach for wides batsmen who are set, giving away their wickets? The only flaw with the Windies management at present is the selection process of the team. Fast bowling worried BD from the onset of the tour however WI always played 2 spinners 1 fast and 3 alrounders who is neither bowlers or batsmen a wicketkeeper that cant bat and 4 batsmen sometimes only three that deserves to be called batsmen. Get the team selection right and Windies can rule again. BTW it was a great effort put forth by BD and a well deserve series win, keep it up WI vs BD 2015 World cup finals. Predicted here first!!!

  • SNIFFLEATHER on December 13, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Saud,

    "Gayle never smiles...?"

    I believe you are watching a different Chris Gayle than the rest of us...

  • Rafelgibt on December 13, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Quite well written but little bit one sided i guess......Throughout the series WI were almost beaten by BAN.......1st test they won just lack of experience of BAN players......And 2nd test they got rid of the situation as SHAKIB played one criminal shot to got himself out and killed the hope for BAN to draw the match....In ODIs BAN should have registered 5-0 victory as they fail to hold their nerve in 3rd and 4th ODI......And last t20 match BAN was beaten by the bowling of GAYLE........So, if you analyze the whole tour then you will find that its BAN who played well rather than WI played below their part.....BAN force WI to do looked dim.....Im sorry to say but if WI not put themselves out of their 'egoistic I'm the world best' attitude (Though they are not) then some more miseries will soon to follow......

  • on December 13, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    I still can't believe how badly Gayle played. I honestly believe he is the best batsman on the planet and yet he failed time and time again on this tour. He never smiles; always has a dour expression on his face. perhaps the WI management should consider getting him psychiatric help.

  • on December 12, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    the fact that the coach continues to throw russel in these games when he clearly doesnt seem to have any common sense, or isnt able to adjust to the new conditions says alot...in my opinion, braddee and verasammy should have been on this odi team. but i must commend bd for their improvement..they played with the belief that they can win..and did so...

  • estraker on December 12, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    You are not wrong! I understand the scarcasm.I would have thought that he would have been able to show our bowlers how to swing the ball seeing that he was England bowling coach. It would appear that he has no clue. Secondlyl, we have fast bowlers who are able to put the fear in the Bangladesh batting but he seems to think that our so called spin bowlers could bother batsmen who are accustom to spin.Furthermore he left our best spin bowlers home.I just cannot "for the life of me" why is Chanderpaul not playing 50 over cricket .Oh, I forgot what he GIBson try to do to the senior players. Sammy is taking the place of a useful player in an of the three formats. By the same token,simonviller, does that not tell you that some thing is wrong with the head-Gibson.But there are ways to make that cow thirsty....no?

  • on December 12, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    MijRahman and Ahmed Hussain, for me i don't care what people think about bangladesh or what other teams doing, if we are doing good then you will see their fear ingame .. just wait and watch time will come when others will ask for a visit or a series to play against Bangladesh. Cheers!

  • SNIFFLEATHER on December 12, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Gayle was not out in the second innings of the Kulna test, also scored 35 in the first ODI, so you can hardly state that he has failed in his last ten innings. He has however, been performing well below where we have become accustomed to seeing him, and I do believe that in part, it is down to a lack of planning. In cricket, as in life, fail to prepare...prepare to fail.

    Good comments regarding Roach. He needs more support in the ODI team, and its not as if we don't have the guys to provide it...

  • on December 12, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I agree with Thomas Cherian. The Windies have the wrong strategy for 50 over matches. They have the T20 mindset emphasized by too many ineffective allrounders. ODIs need batsmen to build an innings and specialist bowlers need a bigger role. Any good ODI team should score at least 250 consistently. The management need to rethink otherwise the team will not be successful in this format.

  • on December 12, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    west indies need one batsman who can play long innings or hold the end...shiv is doing that in tests...sarwan will be good for odis,he was in his best in england recently...not so much allrounder,make roach and rampaul both play...pick bishoo and shilinford in tests...narine and permaul in shorter versions...in test ramadin good enough...shorter version make simmons or a batsman keep like dravid deed for india...west indies will be ok...and give courage to gayle to break free,no tension of playing big innings,it will come in its own way...

  • on December 12, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Brink back Deonarine Narsingh, Brendan Nash, and Denesh Ramdin. Take out players like Simmons, Thomas and Powell who simply never put up runs.

    When we go against teams like Australia, we will need players who can play out a whole session as Narsingh and Nash have proven in the past. You all watched the South Africa/Australia series! The windies batting order that went to Bangladesh will get decimated when pair against test batting line ups like that.

  • on December 12, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    even though Chanderpaul & Sarwan may not be as explosive & exciting as Pollard , Russell, Smith et al they are more consistent & know how to rotate the strike & build an innings so we have a better chance of using our full allotment of 50 batting overs which could have been the difference between wining & losing this series. I keep saying West Indies should have won all series in all forms of the game since the World Cup except maybe Wisden trophy which we should have drawn. However poor catching, selection, captaincy & failure to take the oppositions last 3-4 wickets without conceding a bucket load of runs as any decent side normally does as well as injuries have cost us severely. That is why we have only beaten Bangladesh & New Zealand & barely won the world hit & giggle / T20 'cricket' trophy

  • sirviv on December 12, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Any team that goes to Bangladesh and loses a single game must go to the drawing board and really examine how they messed up. BD should be given full credit where it is due, but the top teams should not lower their own playing ability and gift victories.

  • on December 12, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Yes the batsmen didn't perform up to scratch throughout the series but the tactics used by the captain & coach are very questionable & perhaps cost us the series decider. It should never have gotten to such a desperate scenario but why did Sammy refuse to bring on Roach earlier when it was clear that the only way we would have won the 5th ODI was by bowling Bangladesh out? Yes he was leaking runs but at least he was taking wickets which is the job of a strike bowler. instead of Roach he decided to use Permaul & Russell who were expensive while being ineffective. Once again dropped catches along with a lack of proactive & tactically sound leadership have cost us a series that we should have won despite our coach inflicted shortcomings in the batting department. other than Gayle Who in the 11 that played has a batting average & strike rate close to Chanderpaul's or Sarwan's yet they both persona non grata in the ODI team

  • on December 12, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    The fact is West Indies is the new king of t-20s in this planet at present, while Bangladesh is the new prince of the world cricket who will start to rule the cricketing world in ODIs within a few years, they already started to show their dominance and skill in ODIs...... both the WI and Bangladesh team are exciting to watch, you never know what they are going to do, they are unpredictable in t-20s and ODIs respectively. They both play cricket with emotion, passion, and spread the excitement, i myself like these teams rather than professional and emotionless cricket...

  • Meety on December 12, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    The Windies ODI defeat is not too shameful IMO. I believe Bangladesh will be claiming bigger scalps over the next 5 years.

  • TheRisingTeam on December 12, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    @Garth Wattley:- Its hard to admit Bangladesh are a rising team but I understand :)

  • TheRisingTeam on December 12, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    @SimonDera:- The best comment so far on this page totally agree with you buddy. The writer doesn't actually give some credit to Bangladesh which is unfair but that's his view.

  • on December 11, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    That was well said and W.I as a team should jus go out and win games!!!!

  • on December 11, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    West Indies lost this series playing people like Pollard based on past heroics. If you look at it closely he barely scored in four innings and bowled even less, so too Dwayne Smith, Russell was even worse. Sure Gayle had a hard time but the composition of the team was poor. If they had a specialist bowler and batsman playing they would been better off. They should have used Edwards, Chanderpaul or Deonorine, but anybody else but Pollard, Smith and Russell. Bangladesh improved but if you really check it their score were kinda poor as well. Another 40 runs in the final math and they would have lost and the that total would have been poor as well. WI need to now look again at the future and start to use other players now and stop using past glories to select players. That said, it is time for Pollard, Smith and Russell to go and make way for others now.

  • on December 11, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    West Indies have too many failure in the team. Smith, Simmons, Thomas, Sammy, Tino Best, and Russell are all failures in ODI cricket. Russel always play for his spot because Sammy is in the team, he is a good cricket but Sammy must play because he is the captain. If WICB don't want Shiv and Sars in the team, then pick batsman to replace both of them. Unfortunatley, the ODI team is full of unproven all rounder and it is not helping the team to put up good scores. All the players listed have poor ODI record with the exception of Russel. I hope the selector make some changes for the Austrialia series, or else it would be a white wash. Sammy predictthat WI will defeat bangladesh 5-0, he should count himself lucky.

  • on December 11, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    well said Simon Dera. ur piece is way more rational than this article itself.

  • Rally_Windies on December 11, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    disappointing...

    West Indies were not indiscipline at all !!!!

    they were following INSTRUCTIONS ...

    the coach ORDERED short pitched bowling ...

    Garth,,,,,, why do you always bias yourself to protect Ottis ?

    and honestly ? the man is a bowling coach ? the extra's are getting worse under his stead ....

    you might as well pick a team and leave them to their own devices ...I think ottis is negatively affecting the team's performances ...

  • WTEH on December 11, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    The fact is WI produce good results only as underdogs. When they do not have anything to lose. A treat to watch. But when they become a favorites to win, have no clue how to execute professionally. Well, that's why you need to hire a better management. A good sensible coach who can influence some discipline in the side on and off the field. So their batsmen stay focused and bowlers hold their lines.

  • SimonDera on December 11, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Actually, the writer himself sunconciously explains what our problems have been. Yes we lacked focus, yes we lacked commintment and all that but everything stems from not giving the Bangladesh team enough RESPECT. We thoroughly underestimated them. The writer himself failed to mention one single incident where BD stuck it to us. A batsman of Gayle's caliber only fails to deliver in 10 straight innings when he's encountered some good bowling. He was FORCED to do so by some clever palnning by BD. IMO in respective home conditions, their bowling attack is better than India's.

    In the first Test they were in it untill the last day but don't forget they were playing Test cricket after a year or so. In the second one too, they had moments. Something they could and should build on. After the first 2 ODIs our players were in denial and refused give BD due credit and saying they'll hit the ball to another city. Pollard should've been reprimanded.

  • on December 11, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Too many all rounders in the one day team. Roach needs atleast one more good partner to win the games. Constant chopping also did not help.

  • on December 11, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    I have no problems with this article. For a matter of fact I like it. Erratic, strong word to describe our bowling, but correct. Impatient batting, correct again. Thoughtless team selection(ODI), not mentioned. Well, thats our problem. WI selectors r approaching ODIs incorrectly,and as such the players r getting the wrong message. Eg team target 275-50ov. Road to target aprox 4.8-35ovs: 7+ -15ovs. Limited risks, more than likely wks in hand at the 36th ov. No need for Russell & Smith. U already have Sammy & Pollard. Replace them with test batters. Gayle's problem is how to approach his ODI innings. Simple answer, put on your test cap, the runs will come. U r good enough. WI bowling attack will suffice for now.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on December 11, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Test cricket is the only true measure of a team. Personally, I am not too disheartened by the ODI series defeat, as looking back generally over the past twelve months, West Indies have made excellent progress in the longer format. I wouldn't worry too much about the one day set up, ODIs could well be phased out gradually over the long term, and lets be honest here, T20 is the financial whore of the game nowadays, not the 50 over format. Keep going Windies, you are heading in the right direction...just get young left arm quickie Delorn Johnson into the attack, as along with Best and Roach, that will give us a formidable bowling unit.

  • Jawwad123 on December 11, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    The fact is Windies underestimated BD at the beginning of the series and after the two wins by BD in Khulna Windies were dazed and couldn't find there way out. As for Gayle, Gazi fed him with too much pressure at the beginning for him to digest throughout the series.

  • Navin84 on December 11, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Windies really need Chanderpaul back in their ODI team, his strike rate may be a bit low, but he will 90% of the time hold one end.

  • on December 11, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    ha! have you seen the amount of extras Bangladesh bowlers have given away? instead of the writer giving credit to Bangladesh which was really the case, he blames West Indies for not performing in these losses well fact is Garth Wattley, Bangladesh have improved a lot have you forgotten Bangladesh performance in the Asia Cup earlier in the year? don't worry though come the new year, Bangladesh will finally show just how far they have come so it will be funny if more excuses like this comes good luck!

  • simonviller on December 11, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    There is enough talent in the team to win across all formats if and only if ,they would use a heady approach when playing . No coach or organisation can account for ones bad play,or carelessness on the field . As the saying goes -[ you can take the ox to the water ,but you can't make it drink] . Players have to stick to the basics of their training and apply that to the game . Why are guys bowling the ball in the half of the pitch so often ,to be thrashed all over the place ? Why are settled batsmen throwing away their wickets with silly shots ? Why are they trying to hit all boundaries and not take the singles ? Surely they were not coached to do that ,so lets place the blame where it's due .

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    I thought WI have Otis Gibson who is was a bowler and bowling coach? Am I wrong or what?

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    The fact is Bangladesh improve, people fail to understand

  • creekeetman on December 11, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    they did well in the tests, and they won the 20/20 wc, playing well when it matters... all other cricket especially odi's is irrelevant.

  • Rajanz on December 11, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Somebody remind the writer that 55 wides does not account for 55 extra deliveries. A really wide delivery that beats the keeper and costs 5 runs actually yields only 1 extra ball and not 5. So close to 10 extra overs bowled is utterly inaccurate.

  • on December 11, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Funny though.. As if they are the GODs of cricket and doing only mistakes in BD. Good one sided article

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Mr. Wattley has highlighted the batting, I believe he is right there needs to be a focus on improving our batting first. Gayle and Powell at the top Samuels at 3, Pollard at 4, Sarwan 5 - he has the experience and quality to be a finisher in ODIs. Options for 6 -Dwayne Bravo, Deonarine, Fudadin, Jonathan Carter, even Sammy if he can be more consistent. We also need 3 fast accurate bowlers for Australia and Gibson & co need to help Roach solve his No Ball problem. He has been doing the same thing and expecting different results a sure sign of organisational insanity

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    There is clearly a need for the selectors to look introspectively at the team balance, especially in the ODIs. Over and over again WI team has not been able to complete their inniings emphatically and sometimes not at all, being dismissed short of their quota. It is clear there is need for a solid batsman in the middle (Chanderpaul or even Sarwan or groom either of the Bravos for this Batters like Hussey and Amla perform this well for their respective countries. In the bowling department we must fins bowlers who can take wickets and not just trundlers who go for plenty. It is time we plan our team. Someone like Dwayne Bravo is good for his careful batting and his incisive bowling. Come on selectors picking the wrong side means we ave invariably lost the match without a ball being bowled. Look around the region and lets get some of the talent in the mix!

  • on December 11, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Thoughtful article. Team selection for the 1-dayers is also something he might have touched on.

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  • on December 11, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Thoughtful article. Team selection for the 1-dayers is also something he might have touched on.

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    There is clearly a need for the selectors to look introspectively at the team balance, especially in the ODIs. Over and over again WI team has not been able to complete their inniings emphatically and sometimes not at all, being dismissed short of their quota. It is clear there is need for a solid batsman in the middle (Chanderpaul or even Sarwan or groom either of the Bravos for this Batters like Hussey and Amla perform this well for their respective countries. In the bowling department we must fins bowlers who can take wickets and not just trundlers who go for plenty. It is time we plan our team. Someone like Dwayne Bravo is good for his careful batting and his incisive bowling. Come on selectors picking the wrong side means we ave invariably lost the match without a ball being bowled. Look around the region and lets get some of the talent in the mix!

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Mr. Wattley has highlighted the batting, I believe he is right there needs to be a focus on improving our batting first. Gayle and Powell at the top Samuels at 3, Pollard at 4, Sarwan 5 - he has the experience and quality to be a finisher in ODIs. Options for 6 -Dwayne Bravo, Deonarine, Fudadin, Jonathan Carter, even Sammy if he can be more consistent. We also need 3 fast accurate bowlers for Australia and Gibson & co need to help Roach solve his No Ball problem. He has been doing the same thing and expecting different results a sure sign of organisational insanity

  • on December 11, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Funny though.. As if they are the GODs of cricket and doing only mistakes in BD. Good one sided article

  • Rajanz on December 11, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Somebody remind the writer that 55 wides does not account for 55 extra deliveries. A really wide delivery that beats the keeper and costs 5 runs actually yields only 1 extra ball and not 5. So close to 10 extra overs bowled is utterly inaccurate.

  • creekeetman on December 11, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    they did well in the tests, and they won the 20/20 wc, playing well when it matters... all other cricket especially odi's is irrelevant.

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    The fact is Bangladesh improve, people fail to understand

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    I thought WI have Otis Gibson who is was a bowler and bowling coach? Am I wrong or what?

  • simonviller on December 11, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    There is enough talent in the team to win across all formats if and only if ,they would use a heady approach when playing . No coach or organisation can account for ones bad play,or carelessness on the field . As the saying goes -[ you can take the ox to the water ,but you can't make it drink] . Players have to stick to the basics of their training and apply that to the game . Why are guys bowling the ball in the half of the pitch so often ,to be thrashed all over the place ? Why are settled batsmen throwing away their wickets with silly shots ? Why are they trying to hit all boundaries and not take the singles ? Surely they were not coached to do that ,so lets place the blame where it's due .

  • on December 11, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    ha! have you seen the amount of extras Bangladesh bowlers have given away? instead of the writer giving credit to Bangladesh which was really the case, he blames West Indies for not performing in these losses well fact is Garth Wattley, Bangladesh have improved a lot have you forgotten Bangladesh performance in the Asia Cup earlier in the year? don't worry though come the new year, Bangladesh will finally show just how far they have come so it will be funny if more excuses like this comes good luck!