West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14

West Indies retain Test squad despite drubbing

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 18, 2013

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Darren Sammy was out for a two-ball duck, India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 1st day, November 14, 2013
Darren Sammy will lead West Indies in the New Zealand Tests © BCCI

Despite a mauling in the recent Tests in India, West Indies have made no changes to their squad for the Tests in New Zealand next month. Darren Sammy, who scored 25 runs over four innings and bowled 21 wicketless overs in the series, continues to captain the side.

The hastily arranged series against India featured two innings-defeats, with neither Test stretching past the third day. Only two West Indian batsmen managed to aggregate more than 100 runs in the series, and the only bowler who had success was offspinner Shane Shillingford with 11 wickets. None of his team-mates managed to take more than two wickets.

The first of three Tests against New Zealand starts on December 3 in Dunedin. Currently at No. 6 on the Test rankings, West Indies will slip one rung lower should they lose 2-0 or worse.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Denesh Ramdin (wk & vice-capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Veersammy Permaul, Kieron Powell, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick Walton (wk)

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Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

A steady opener needed for WI to get back on top. Braithwaithe was steady in all the opportunities he got & he is young too. If given a long run, he can be a steady opener that WI is looking for in test cricket.

Posted by Hmk12 on (November 20, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

my favourite WI team in test- gayle,barath,sarwan,dj bravo,samules,chandarpal,ramdin(wk),dm bravo(c),rampal,shillingford,roach,narine,kirk edwards,powell,taylor.in odi-gayle,charles(wk),dj bravo,samules,sarwan,dm bravo(c),pollard,narine,rampal,roach,taylor,lewis,russel,bishoo,simonns.in t20- gayle,charles(wk),dm smith,samules,bravo(c),pollard,russel,narine,badree,rampal,shontokie,smmons,poonam,roach,dj bravo

Posted by roddybee on (November 20, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

well as long as Sammy remains an automatic pick and captain, west indies will get the thrashing they deserve. A captain who cant bat and is too scared to bowl, what a shambles

Posted by jermainewi on (November 20, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

The best team I think to play a really good test . 1 c gayle 2 k powell 3 dm bravo 4 m samuels 5 c chanderpaul 6 ka edwards 7 j charles ( w ) 8 dj bravo ( cap ) 9 r rampaul 10 s narine 11 s shillingford / k . Samtokie. Best team that could take wi back to the top.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

In some ways i wouldn't of expected a big kneejerk reaction to the horror-show in India. The only guy to come out with any credability in the Series is Shillingford. With the NZ series only a few weeks away, they couldn't make any drastic changes, but alot of questions will have to be addressed after the NZ series. Regardless of whether they beat NZ or not, i'm hoping to see some new personnel for the scheduled home series in 2014. The batting lacked any application, discipline or consistancy. Bravo/Samuels in the 1st test and Chanders/Ramdin in the 2nd, were the only decent partnerships on the tour. The most disturbing thing was the lack of technique dealing with skiddy reverse-swing or awkward bounce from the spinners. NZ will present more seamer-friendly conditions on slow pitches, where the ball doesn't quite come on to the bat. I just hope the Windies can gain some much needed confidence with the bat.

Posted by CricketChat on (November 19, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Wouldn't be surprised if this same team does well against weak NZ. That might temporarily mask the real problems for WI in tests; 1) a well respected captain who earns his place 2) replacements for Gayle and Chanderpaul 3) Batting wkt keeper 4) 2-3 young pace bowlers. Another drubbing or two may not be a bad thing. Hopefully, it will wake up the WI board to set things in the right direction.

Posted by everfaithful77 on (November 19, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

I think it is clear that the performance of WI SELECTORS are as much part of the PROBLEMS facing West Indies cricket as anything else highlighted if not moreso. The facts as stated in above release is that only two West Indian batsmen scored more than 100 runs in 4 inns and only one bowler was successful taking 11 wickets whilst the next highest wicket-taker got only 2, wasn't enough to convince the selectors that some CHANGES were needed to the squad for New Zealand. The selectors couldn't find a place for NARINE (who mesmerized the kiwis during the previous series in the Caribbean), Kraigg BRATHWAITE (who was the most prolific batsman in the recent A-TEAM tour of India avg over 80 in 3 matches), CUMMINS & JOHNSON who are currently the most promising fast bowlers in the West Indies. BEST, GABRIEL and SAMMY should've been dropped due their poor performance. The WI SELECTORS must take a page from selectors for the TOP 4 TEST TEAMS who are RUTHLESS in selecting the most IN-FORM players.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (November 19, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

Those calling for Sarwan and Rampaul need to remember their history - neither player maintains a level of fitness required to play at the international level. This basic lack of discipline will never go down well with selectors, despite their talent.

Posted by Amit_Upmanyu on (November 19, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

In spite of being a diehard West Indies fan (because of their golden past) I was happy with the horrible defeat of WI in India. It raised a hope that it will act as wakeup call and lead to some fundamental changes in WI team. But they simply DO NOT want to learn. Looking at the current talent crunch in Caribbean you can't select two different teams for Test and ODIs. At the most you can afford to replace 2-3 players. There is a need to stick to a pool of best 15 Players and select both teams from this pool. They should remove all club level cricketers like Sammy, Ramdin, Best, Permaul etc. They should also learn to be patient and stick to these players for some time; you are wasting such a good player like Sarwan. You need a strong captain who can lead from the front and also have a good rapport with the players, Dwayne Bravo is the one.

My Test Team: Gayle, Powell, Sarwan, D Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Charles (wk), Dwayne Bravo (capt), Rampaul, Shillingford and Roach.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

As much as I supported Darren Sammy, his bowling is just not good enough at this level. And he hasn't improved as a batsman. At best, he can be fit in as a fifth bowler but for that he will need a big leap in his batting average, which seems unlikely. T20 snobbery, the board's wretchedness and the arrogance of some of their contemporary cricketers has marauded West Indian cricket. WI cricket had been in a serious decline since 2000, but now, looking back, that team seems to be a team of world beaters in comparison to this.

But dropping Sammy alone won't solve the problems. Their obsession with Danesh Ramdin is mind boggling. It's time to move on and groom a superior keeper-batsman. Samuels' place too needs to be in check. Most importantly, Windies need to stick to their instincts: groom fast bowlers please.

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