West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau, 5th day

English seam on Sammy's mind

Daniel Brettig at Windsor Park

April 27, 2012

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West Indies captain Darren Sammy has insisted his team can go on to success in England after again surrendering the Frank Worrell Trophy to Australia, a trophy the hosts have not held since 1995. Questioned at some length following the series about how his side's batting had continually folded - the tireless Shivnarine Chanderpaul aside - Sammy said the team's sense of belief had to remain strong and steadfast ahead of a three-Test date with arguably the world's most accomplished seam and swing bowlers.

"Different conditions, some of the guys are playing there for the first time," Sammy said after making his highest Test score on the final day of a 75-run loss to Australia in Dominica. "We've still got to learn and believe that whatever comes our way that we can overcome it. It's going to be another tough series for us but like we fought against Australia we're expecting to do the same against England. Keep showing that attitude and hopefully we can get victories in England.

"At the end of the day, its up to each individual to go out and do what is necessary for the team and to try to perform and score runs. No one wants to go out and fail - it's about getting your mind right and going out and executing properly. We talk, we develop a plan, a formula to go out and play with, most times we don't execute properly.

"The top six is where we should get the bulk of the runs. Shiv batted really well for us again but we didn't have consistent contributions from everyone there. We have youngsters at the top and like Shiv has said, they're learning their skill at the international level. I back the guys to go out and play up against a higher-ranked team with lots of experience. Our guys are young and the selectors have decided to give them a run, an opportunity to develop and hopefully they can do that for us in the future."

One member of the top six at Windsor Park who will not be going on to England is Kraigg Brathwaite, the teenaged opening batsman omitted after scores of 0, 0, 0 and 11 in his final four innings of the series. Sammy said Brathwaite had not been forgotten, and would figure in the team again in the future. However he admitted the selectors had become concerned by his propensity to be out early to the new ball. Sammy also said the leg spinner Devendra Bishoo's absence from the touring party did not mean the end of his time in Test cricket.

"The selectors and coach spoke to him yesterday," Sammy said. "Obviously he didn't have the best series this time. He's definitely one for the future for us. He's out of form and in England where the ball tends to swing a bit more - this series he was getting out to the swinging ball a lot. We have a few A-team tours coming and the coach has told him he'll be there to get some form.

"We also have the high performance centre where he can go and work with the coach over there. Just like we said to Bishoo. Bishoo had an excellent year for us last year and he was not part of the Test squad but I expect them to come back. They're both strong mentally and they'll go and do what's necessary to force their way back into the team."

In contrast to the batting, West Indies have developed a bowling attack that stands some chance of snipping the top off England's batting on potentially helpful early season pitches, starting with the first Test at Lord's from May 17. Sammy reserved particular praise for Kemar Roach, who with 19 wickets vied with Chanderpaul for man of the series honours.

"Last year he had a tough year in Bangladesh, he broke down in tears but this year he has come back really, really strong," Sammy said. "People might say well he bowled more overs than me, but he keeps asking me for the ball and that is the sort of attitude I really like to see. When I thought he was tired, he said 'No, I really want the ball' putting his hand up. His wickets show the hard work throughout this series."

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Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

@landl47 how many other opening batsmen do you know of with a TEST average of over 40, two triple test centuries and who is 'a good shorter-format player'?

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

I understand the fear that if we kept playing the senior batsmen we would have kept losing & then when they decide to retire we wouldnt have any ready replacements. However it is obvious that the younger batsmen they have brought in as replacements are not International quality as yet. I strongly doubt even New Zealand, Bangladesh or Zimbabwe have played a series recently where their top 3 batsmen have a combined average of under 15. Chanderpaul, Sarwan & Gayle have been the best senior batsmen for the West Indies. Whenever West Indies have done well it is these batsmen who have made the runs so now that we have our best Bowling attack in ages is the time that we should be mixing the talent of Bravo , Edwards with the Experience of Gayle, Shiv & Sarwan to give us our best chance of winning matches. Bharat, Powell, Brathwaite Simmons ,etc should be playing for the Windies A team @ best so they can be ready to step up when Shiv & co decide to retire

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

@ noplay I agree. commitment & heart & all of that stuff can achieve only so much & no more. It is extremely difficult for me to accept that if we had a more capable tactician, slip fielder & all round player in the team we would have still lost all the series we have since Sammy's stint as captain. In the end @ least under Gayle's captaincy we beat teams like South Africa on tour, We won the Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade, We even beat Sri Lanka in a Test Match & we won a few Odi Series as well. The two series vs Australia before this 1 under Gayle Captaincy we still lost 2-nil like we did now even with a weaker bowling attack than we have now granted The Australian team was stronger back then so What is the Significant improvement Darren has brought to the team in terms of winning us Series which in the end is all it boils down to? there is none. West Indies need a strong cricketer on the field not a mediocre cricketer/ a cheerleader

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

@Yorkslanka,the reason why Sarwan and Nash is not in the team is they were discarded and not offered retainer contracts,they were offered full season contracts before the Australian series began,therefore,they CANNOT be forced to play for the West Indies and forgo their contracts.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (April 29, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

WITH THE CURRENT WEATHER GOING IN ENGLAND , I THINK THAT ATLEAST 2 MATCHES WILL BE WASHED OUT BY RAIN .

Posted by nafzak on (April 29, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

Bishoo had 1 dad game and he's out. Others fail and fail again and again and they still get a chance to play until they finally get a wicket or 2 and make a few runs (like Sammy) and the coach and selectors say; 'we told you he could play." Sammy's 60 is good for another 15 innings, when he'll score another quick 40 or 50 and that will be good enough for another 15 innings or thereabouts. The writing is on the wall for Bishoo and has been for sometime. When Leeward played TnT Sammy said that Narine was the best spinner in the WI. Now Shillingford has played well, it's hard not to pick him. As for Gayle and Sarwan, time has already run out on them. It is obvious that nothing they can or will do, will ever find favour with Gibson and the selectors. And that is so sad. These two gentlemen would have possibly given WI the edge vs the Aussies and also now against Eng.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

Lets be optimistic.Roach is in good form.Fidel Edwards always gives his 100%.Sammy,lets not forget,has a 7-for in England.He can be useful too.The onus is on the batsmen really.Gayle is not interested playing ? You are joking.He wants to play for WI.He still has the passion.Check his last first-class match scorecard.Bloody politics hampering WI.I am sorry,Barath needs runs.Cant see him succeeding in England.

Posted by Lamsalsandesh on (April 29, 2012, 2:15 GMT)

Though we love west indies. IT is reality the bowlers performed good but the openers to 1 2 and 3 position are the major problem for the west indies. Please adjust the position and its very much furstrating to see bad wicket keepers. The wicket keeper must be a good bats man now. Please look for new wicket keepers if both ramdin and baugh not scoring.

its good to see new faces ilke Shillingford and denorine. Please play as the type of game. Best of luck with ENGLAND.

Posted by Meety on (April 28, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

I'd select Gayle if he was available, as he would improve the major flaw the WIndies had against Oz. Also Gayle is a very useful defensive spinner. I would never select Gayle again as captain as his lay back style seems to "infect" the other players of his team. As for the other non-selected players, DJ Bravo & Sarwan have the best credentials, I'd take Sarwan for Samuels, but I am reasonable happy with Deonarine, so I wouldn't take Bravo. I agree with a comment by a facebook user who's name hasn't revealed - Sammy is a captain & player who will eventually be replaced. However in the meantime, Sammys job extends beyond wickets & runs & field positions - it's showing commitment to training, to wearing the Maroon cap, instilling discipline & hunger in his team. Once those principles are ingrained, he will be come redundant, as their are better options out there, but someone (Edwards?) has to show they are willing & able to take on his responsibilities!

Posted by yorkslanka on (April 28, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

i juzt dont understand how WI can do without Nash and Sarwan?? Can any West Indian let me know why they havent been selcted?Is it a political thing or is there something more to it than that?

Posted by noplay on (April 28, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

@class_shows "...at least Sammy is doing the best he can with his limited talent". I am glad you have admitted that Sammy has limited talent. In addition, this is professional sport. There is no room for talking for more than a decade about potential and promising. The Jamaican sprinter Grace Jackson once told me that when Jamaica puts n a athlete on the field, they do not go for exposure or experience, they go out there to win. West Indies are only keeping appointments when they take the field.

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (April 28, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

although Windies batting looks hopeless (except chanderpaul) , bowling looks promising provided kemar , fidel , rampaul stays fit.. after some really testing times outside , England will be waiting for this series

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (April 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

Good luck to WI , they are going to need it , my prediction is a whitewash by England unless weather interrupts the fun...with spin out of the equation England is the best in in the world at the moment.. and WI fans seems to be under some kind of delusion that bringing Gayle will solve all their problems , the simple truth is a- Gayle is NOT INTERESTED in test cricket b- Gayle is NOT INTERESTED in playing for w indies c- even if a & b are ignored he is still not that good with an average of about 35 in England , at least Sammy is doing the best he can with his limited talent

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

The script is becoming boringly repetitive: at the beginning of the series they will win. At the end they were competitive. And of course, for any improvement Sammy gets credit but not blame for the major crappy performances or the fact that they keep losing. Under Gayle they won games. Under Shiv they won games. Under Sammy they are 'competitive'. Yet Sammy has a better battery of bowlers at his disposal. And he keeps making mistake after mistake as a captain. Meanwhile the two of the three best batsmen, whose worth have been proven over time - Gayle and Sars - are not there. And others recognize Sars leadership capacity as his current team, Leicestershire, has done.

Posted by big_al_81 on (April 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Still loving the back-handed compliments England are receiving from RandyOz. Only those who are genuinely feeling that their side is inferior (rightly of course) would keep harping on in the same way... it's a good sign we're still on top. On a more serious note I can only agree with landl47's perceptive comments about Gayle. Must be rough though for WI supporters to see Samuels, Narine, Dwayne Bravo as well as Gayle in the IPL while youngsters plus Shiv tough it out in the greatest form of the game.

Posted by delboy on (April 28, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@Randy_Wilson Collymore has retire from international cricket..I think the point being made is that any player of WI extraction currently playing in England is being named as possibles for the WI touring team when the fact is they have been overlooked by 'those who matter'. There is a tendency in the WI way of management to act on a whim. So one would not be surprised if Collymore who just moved back to Middlesex after a few seasons at Sussex does not get asked in June to reconsider. He is and more effective in English conditions than both Rampaul, Edwards and Roach combine.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

It is unfortunate that Bishoo had one bad game and then has to go back to India's A tour to regain form,Australia came here,besides first class cricket,they KNEW Narine is NOT a contracted player,so for sure would have been going to the IPL,so they could have given him at least 1 game,even Tino Best they took as a tourist and NOT one single game AND now NOT even going to England,so the selectors have a way making intresting decisions.However,Shillingford has done well and deserves the spinning spot to England in early spring.With New Zealand coming in july,IPL will be finished,so for sure we will see what team they come up with for the test and ODI series seeing our better players will be available with only 2 playing county cricket and being unlikely to be recalled as they are NOT contracted players,then again,after hearing you are axed from the team via the internet,why should NASH ever want to play for them again?

Posted by SDHM on (April 28, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Landl - I don't think Gayle's stats quite do him justice. He's got two triple hundreds and his average is on par with Strauss, for instance. You're right about his attitude being a problem however.

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (April 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

@landl47: while personally I am glad to see Sammy retained as captain for the England series, I think in understanding some West Indies fans' desire to see Gayle restored to the side, you have to consider what he and the team did for its long-suffering supporters when he was captain. Gayle's batting average increases to nearly 48 when he was captain, and he led the side during its only victory in a test series over England this century, its best result in a series in New Zealand this century, its best result in a series in Australia this century (not that that's saying very much) and the only time it has ever won a test in South Africa. The series in early-season conditions in England will be tough for the West Indies but I expect it to be closer than some people are suggesting; both those who suggest rain is the only way the West Indies will be able to avoid continual defeats, and those who seem to expect the West Indies to win easily ...

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

@Gloriouscricket,generally spot on in your assessments,@CarnegieCricket,lets face it,i think most peoples understand and assume seeing this is a transition period of rebuilding with a young nucleus of plaersSammy will be in the position until the board is satisfied a younger buck is ready enough to take over,but Sammy and company has done a pretty good job of gelling these plaers together,they are motivated and like WindiesWillows said,people's intrest has been increasing,we all know they are a couple of years from being more consistent and starting to gain more consistent victories.So in the interim,besides Kirk Edwards,who else can be given vice captaincy or groomed?,certainly NOT any of the openers,MAYBE only bravo,but giving either of Edwards or Bravo can be burdensome on them now developing as international batsmen,Chanderpaul has said a couple of years ago he is NOT intrested in it,CERTAINLY NOT Samuels or Bravo senior can be offered it,they have MANY global T-20 commitments .

Posted by QingdaoXI on (April 28, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

West Indies Team For test should be: Gayle, Edwards, Bravo Jr,Samuels, Shiv, Bravo Sr., Ramdin, Russel, Rampaul, Roach, Edwards. With this attack they will beat england and in ODI and T-20 Gayle, Barath, Simmons(Keeper), Bravo Jr, Samuels, Bravo Sr, Pollard, Russell,Rampaul, Roach, Narine. Sammy should be in extra for Odi and T-20. Then they will surely make the progress.

Posted by Indiaforever on (April 28, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

I have hope that WI will challenge and even win a test match in England, the main problem in this series was the batting and the top 3. With Braithwaitte left out the top 3 will be different and hopefully stronger. The bowling looks strong and in seaming conditions they should do pretty well. I used to doubt Sammy as captain but i am seeing a different side to him now. He has improved his batting and his bowling is tight. The only problem with him like Dhoni is that his field placements are sometimes quite strange. Come on West Indies!!!

Posted by landl47 on (April 28, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

The WI could hardly have drawn a harder challenge than England in May, coming just after a tough series against Australia. However, it will give them a chance to sort the men out from the boys. One thing puzzles me- the constant clamors from the WI supporters for Gayle. He's a good shorter-format player, but a test average of 41, although acceptable, isn't special and his attitude is terrible. He openly talks down test cricket, he slouches about in the field and looks thoroughly disinterested. Test matches are too much like hard work for him; let him swing the bat for an hour, field for 20 overs and he's happy. Make him work for 5 days and he doesn't want to know. He clearly doesn't care about representing the WI, only about what he can get out of it. Sammy's a good leader who cares passionately about his side and has pride in his country. I'll take him every day and let Gayle stay in India earning big bucks for playing 3-hour games for sides no-one cares about.

Posted by SDHM on (April 28, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Gavin Shillingford - are you from Dominica, by any chance? If there's one thing I learnt during the last Test match it's that there's quite a few Shillingfords there!

Posted by TheLight on (April 28, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

So bishoo had one bad game on a spinner unfriendly pitch in Barbados and was discarded. Narine made the correct choice in going to the IPL.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

The w.i selectors are completely lost as to what they are doing. ramadin was named the vice captain in the previous series and had to withdraw from the team because of injury. he is now back in the team, has more experience and overlooked. what does that say about the the selectors? naming ramadin as the vice captain would suggest that the w.i is grooming a long term captain in order to replace sammy, who is more a liability than a an asset. despite the spurts of improvement at times, this team is lacking in balance. sammy is not a test cricketer. sammy would be in and out of this team if he is was not the captain.

Posted by WindiesWillow on (April 28, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

This team is definitely growing in maturity. The good thing is thatthere is a core of players. At least we are not having mass exodus at the end of a series, which was happening in the past 10 years or so. At least the captain isn't changing too often. This stability says a lot and will do well for the West Indies. One thing I can say for sure, a lot more people around the Caribbean are lookig at WI cricket again and even listening to it on radio.

Posted by riverlime on (April 28, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

I don't think that the WI Test team will be competitive, but the limited overs team will be much more of a handful. The return of Gayle, Dw. Bravo, Russell, Pollard, Narine and Cooper will challenge any team in the world. Pietersen looks very angry these days though.............

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Good call RandyOz! I agree that KP is definitely a liability despite topping the averages in his last 2 international series (75 in SL and 93 in the UAE one-dayers). Swann has always been over-rated (though he did take 16 wickets at 22 in Sri Lanka) & Broad is too often injured to be taken seriously. As for Trott, he came back with a miserable average of 48 from Sri Lanka & Strauss and Bell have never been Test material in my view. Cook's form can't last either.

Posted by jimbond on (April 28, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

I have nothing against Sammy, and he is hardly responsible for all of WI's woes. However his selection and Gayle's non selection seem to be sticking out as examples of WI's selection blunders. We are desperate to have a full strength WI side play. They may still lose, but then we wouldn't feel so bad.

Posted by muski on (April 28, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

For all the talk about Sammy not being able to hold his place either with his batting or bowling, he has given certain respectability to the current Windies line up who share the tag of whipping boys along with Bangladesh. Inflated Ego's are taking Windies cricket nowhere. A Gayle at the top of the order would be the wonderful foil for the most hardworking batsmen in the world in the form of Chanderpaul. Iam sure these Windies guys will perform lot better than the Indians did in England. Though there is no great light in sight for Carribean cricket, the Calypso boys are still having some of their old flair and seem to be enjoying their cricket which is still missing in most International Crciket teams who seem to be morre workman type

Posted by dunger.bob on (April 28, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Well, I had a really good read of the article and I've got to say I'm impressed with Sammy. He says some really good things in my opinion. .. doesn't even sound too scripted. I think he understands exactly what the situation is at the moment and has a plan to take West Indies to the next level. .. whether it works or not is up to the players I guess. .. I'd love to see WI stretch England to the breaking point or beyond. .. imagine what that would do for Caribbean confidence and how good it would be to have the Windies back in the mix as one of the top teams. International cricket would be a lot better off for it, believe me.

Posted by dsig3 on (April 28, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

Well I know one thing, everybody in world cricket will be supporting WI against the English. Their fans alone have made sure of that. The key is Roach, if he gets it right on a seaming wicket I think anything can happen. Good luck WI and thanks for a great series.

Posted by gloriouscricket on (April 28, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

Talented but lacking in experience, thats my assessment of WINDIES young crickters. Bravo, Barath & Powell seems ready to Win, Yet menally they,re still a few series away from dominating bowlers. this is a critical time in the career of Barath,he must believe in his game, his talent is there,he must keep on working, his game will come together.Bravo has that special something, he knows it,s there, he sees himself as a future Windies stalwart. Kraigg Brathwaite is young, he will be back. Powell,s game is also on the up-Deonarine has done enough to be retained; We welcome Samuels back,lets hope his experience & class along with the talent of Chris Gayle is available. Sarwan is off to a good start,i believe he should continue playing for Kent a bit more.Kirk Edwards is also a welcome sght.Good hard series by both teams,Wi needs to improve batting & fielding.

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 28, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

Given that England has lost 4 of their past 5 tests, you would expect the Windies to win rather easily in England. With Swann, Bell, Strauss, Prior, Trott, KP and Broad in absolutely terrible form and not even jusitfying their places, Andersen has a lot on his shoulders.

Posted by Meety on (April 28, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

@Godfrey Pieters - I'd like to have seen Sarwan get a gig instead of Samuels. I think the time has come to rule a line thru him at test level forever. The only other specialist batsmen I can think of who has played as many tests as Samuels & has performed so poorly in recent years is Mo Ashraful from bangladesh.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

@mrhamilton,having a batting line up with alot more experience and so called class is very important and should be making alot more runs against most oppositions,however,what you said is CORRECT,as indivisuals,they have geenrally made runs,but as A TEAM,A BATTING UNIT,they have been part of the same well talked about batting collaspes of the past.Just look at the 2007 and 2009 tours to England where they had a so called stronger batting line up with combinations including Gayle,Lara,Sarwan,Chanderpaul,Dw Bravo , Nash and other support cast,and yet same problem of posting only ONE SATISFACTORY OR GOOD INNINGS TOTALS .Sometimes,the more things change,the more they remain the same.

Posted by sugars on (April 28, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

how is the west indies team unbalance with ammy? he has only been in the pic for a couple of years. west indies have been in the duldrums for some 15 years before that with great quality bolwers like walsh,ambrose,marlon black,merv dillon,reon king,daren powell,jerome taylor and they were not able to get 20 wickets in a match..this current team under darren sammy is able to do that and sammy is always among the wicket takers..when the front line batsmen fail to perform sammy has to come to the rescue and he has done so on more than one occassion. west indies cricket is not about a few self indulged players. it is about players coming together forming a team. compare the stats of all the current players and the ones that are not in the team and if you find 4 bowlers tat have better stats then yes sammy is holding back the team but if you can't shut up and let progress continue

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (April 28, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

@ Carnegie Cricket Do u follow West Indies Cricket. Collymore have retire from Cricket. How can we bring him back.

Posted by mrhamilton on (April 27, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

a lot of people r sayin if windies have gayle, sarwan, samuels and nash to help shiv and d bravo in batting thats the best lineup and can do great tings but they forget the first 3 all have decent averages but never did anything for the team,team spirit or pride of windies. They never won anything. I personally think a compromise is needed. sammy has restored pride along with youngsters. Bring back only gayle and dwayne bravo at number 6 lets face it he nah goan go do worse den neoranine and samuels at 6

Posted by Drew2 on (April 27, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

West Indies have competed well against a side better than many want to give credit to. Australia can hardly do more than match South Africa away, beat Sri Lanka away and overwhelm India at home. England are still a better side than Australia and are playing at home, so I don't hold much hope for an upset, but the Windies are on the way up, so it should be another step in their progress.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

God help us!!!! I hope it keeps raining as that's the only way the West Indies will not lose a test match! Our team is un-balance with Sammy as captain. We go into games with 3 test standard bowlers which is clearly is not enough!!! The sooner the WICB see this the better!!!!

Posted by chicko1983 on (April 27, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

They will win at least one test in England. They have played admirably against the best team in test cricket at the moment. Clarkey is best captain in the world!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

Are Kirk Edwards leadership skills so great that he is being given the Vice captain ahead of other more senior members to whom Sammy should be looking for support on a series being played away from home? It is very obvious that one common denominator amongst the WI decline is not being explored; it is obvious that any player who shows any degree of natural talent or otherwise crosses his path their career does into reverse. Why is it that Bishoo who was last year's MOST promising prospect 2012's has been? Narine, Cooper take heed and continue to be satisfied with reprsenting Trinidad , get your agents to secure contracts with franchises for you and earning a comfortable living. Paying for the WI will not improve your game. I see people calling for Sarwan to be brought in how about Nash and even Corey Colleymore who continue to do much better than either erratic Fidel Edwards and Roach will do in England?

Posted by sheila_4 on (April 27, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

For a team that has just lost 2-0 to a very average Australia, they have little hope against a world class team such as England.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (April 27, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

England in May facing the seaming ball? You have to be fearful for such a fragile top order. Gayle, Sarwan & Nash would be handy.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (April 27, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

if some of the crushing losses england has suffered recently has not dented the confidence of this aging cricket team, being pushed by the windies at home sure will. comeon windies.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

Besides Samuels, I can live with the squad. We r building & the squad is just fine. Maybe being out of Int'l cricket for so long Samuels needed the cash. I'll go with that. But he is a senior player & will have to perform as such. The squad has two men with 2 very big hearts, SHIV & SAMMY & that will help.

Posted by mikey76 on (April 27, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

Early May, West Indians wrapped up in five sweaters blowing their hands. I think its going to be one way traffic. The swinging duke ball will test technique like no other. Only Chanderpaul is equipped mentally and technically for the challenge. I think Rampaul and Roach will provide a good test however.

Posted by LeicesterNick on (April 27, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

The sight of Darren Bravo's reaction to being out in the second innings indicates to me that you boys are turning the corner.

He was stood in his pads 20 minutes later.

The attitiude has changed. The defeats REALLY hurt. Your boys may not win in England but Sammy's regime has changed the mentality. In the medium term I see good things for the WIndies.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

Leave out Shiv for one series an let's see if the team can score past say 200 on a regular basis....

Posted by spence1324 on (April 27, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Not just the best seam and swing attack in the world,but up against the best bowling attack in the world bust!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Hope they do well in England. Sammy still the right man to lead. I wish their batting clicks often enough to matter.

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