West Indies v India, 2nd ODI, Trinidad June 7, 2011

Sammy upbeat despite numerous problems

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Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, has admitted that his team lacked aggression and said the batsmen were working hard to affect a turnaround in the second one-day international against India at Port of Spain.

"Yes. I would say that," Sammy said, when asked a direct question about a lack of aggression. "To be aggressive you still need the confidence. Maybe we can show a bit more intent against the spinners. When our spinners pinned down India, they showed intent towards us.

"Our guys are practising. It's about transferring all these things in the middle. When you look at all the dot balls - we have lots of boundary hitters - when you are not getting boundaries and not rotating the strike, the batsmen get under pressure."

India's tour is only two games old, if you include the Twenty20, but rotating the strike has become a recurring problem for the hosts. There were 169 scoreless deliveries in the West Indian innings during the first ODI on Monday. It was a problem in the T20, and it was also a problem during Pakistan's visit to the Caribbean. Doesn't Sammy lose his cool and get frustrated with his batsmen?

"It's not frustrating," he said. "We are all backing each other. Everyone is trying his best. It's about guys believing in themselves. Once you are not in nick, and not getting pitches where you can play freely, it's going to be difficult. The guys have to believe in themselves."

The other constant theme of the series has been the absence of Chris Gayle, because of his dispute with the WICB. After the defeat in the first ODI, Ramnaresh Sarwan admitted West Indies were missing Gayle's explosiveness at the top. For a team that has struggled to force the pace, Gayle is the obvious solution to that problem. Sammy has been asked repeatedly about the issue and today was no different. "Gayle is going to have a meeting with cricket board, which is way beyond my control," he said. "Hopefully things can get resolved and things can get back to normal."

Another on-field concern for West Indies is Darren Bravo's form. His career has just started but the expectations are huge. The West Indian journalists grilled Sammy about Darren Bravo's lack of runs. "Darren, maybe, is going through a bit of patch now," Sammy said. "We have all seen what he can do. In Sri Lanka he was our best batsman of spin. I am confident that Darren will come good. Maybe we could adjust the batting line up, put Sarwan up at No 3 or something. These are all scenarios we can put forward. Hopefully whoever gets that position can go out there and do good."

Marlon Samuels has also been a bit of a puzzle. Ever since his comeback after the end of his two-year ban, he has struggled for fluency. It appears he is not yet match fit, though he offered glimpses of returning to form in the first ODI. "Samuels was out of cricket for a long time. Everyone takes time in getting back," Sammy said. "I would like less dot balls of course, but he is improving. We are going through a difficult time. We are backing each other. Hopefully things will turn around."

Hope can sometimes be a misleading word for it masks reality, but West Indies can do nothing but hope. Sammy keeps asserting the players are working hard with Desmond Haynes to improve. Hopefully - that word again - for him things will change. Soon.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY NCassie on | June 8, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    What is the POINT is really playing BAUGH?, please please selectors how much chances, how many more games do we have to see this young man FAIL again. His approach, shot selection and batting effort leaves us supporters really clueless. Baugh walks into a batting powerplay with about 10 overs to play and looks as comical as you can look while batting. WHAT IS THE POINT? HOW LONG AGAIN must we try this player. PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING AND RECALL RAMDIN! Ramdin deserves atleast one more chance as there is no real effort from Baugh to retain his place in the current WI team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Dont know why to waste time to watch match of WI , they should play against Italy Namibia type team now. 175/2 to 197/7 haha who are they . Polard is good for T20 only , Who is this Bough. Any keeper of Bangladesh is better than this junk .

    WICB please please please stop this non sense and ban this sports in WI.

  • POSTED BY dragline on | June 8, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    A MESSAGE TO THE SELECTING COMMITEE: please drop Bough and bring back Pollard, and put Samuels at # 3. he is in reasonable good form and is the type of player that needs time at the crease. Maybe bring in Ruzzell for Rampaul, because the surface doesnnot favors fast bowling. my squad for the second ODI: Simmons, Edwards, Samuels, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Sammy, Ruzzell, Martin, and Bishoo.

  • POSTED BY NCassie on | June 8, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    MY WI TEAM FOR THE LAST 3 ODI - GAYLE, SIMMONS, DARREN, SARWAN, POLLARD, MARLON/DWAYNE, RAMDIN, SAMMY, BISHOO, RAMPAUL AND ROACH

  • POSTED BY delboy on | June 8, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    @Rennie Rajwant you are not completely right. Sammy has 3 roles in the side He is no Clive Lloyd but is also chosen to LEAD the team on the field: Otis may do that in the dressing rooms but someone has to be prepared to execute his EVERY wish on the pitch. I personally have issues whenever I play with my current club skipper who boasts how he's done this and that. My performances are ALWAYS better whenerver he is absent. I prefer a captain who knows his limits and respects the ability of ALL the players around him and focuses on achieving PERSONAL results which allows the TEAM to be inspired and motivated to win. I consider Sammy a tryer who lacks some tactical ability. It is the responsibility of the management to ensure that such deficiencies are remedied. The same telecasts which we view is available to them, in fact they are also entitled to FREE admittance to the stadiums Unless they sell their passes on the open market, one never knows!!

  • POSTED BY HOTCHA on | June 8, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Backing each other, could be their solution. Sammy appearsto be a confused man.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 8, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    169 dot balls in a ODI is way too much in a game of cricket nowadays........at least another 60-70 runs from those 169 balls, WI would have got close to 280 runs which was good enough to defend on that wicket........hope to see a close contest in 2nd ODI !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    make sir vivian richards selector nd clive lyod d coach of WI TEAM

  • POSTED BY Stos on | June 8, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    @Hansome: To be honest, I do think that the West Indies should aim for stability at this point, and let players grow at the international level rather than dumping them if they aren't playing well at the moment. However, in Devon's case, he hadn't really seemed in a position to develop his game, and playing him further would have probably worsened his self-confidence if he continued to get out in the same way, while the aim is to make him want to play for the team, rather than dread it or see it as a personal contest. Hopefully he will be back, though, he was a good opener. In any case, the West Indies have been a poor side counted as only a step above the minnows for quite a while, and at this point what they need to do is stick with the current team and let them grow together for a bit. It would be better that they lose working as a growing unit than that they win but become reliant on a couple of older players in the meantime.

  • POSTED BY skidmarks on | June 8, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    why don't they prepare green seamers for roach, rampaul etc?

  • POSTED BY NCassie on | June 8, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    What is the POINT is really playing BAUGH?, please please selectors how much chances, how many more games do we have to see this young man FAIL again. His approach, shot selection and batting effort leaves us supporters really clueless. Baugh walks into a batting powerplay with about 10 overs to play and looks as comical as you can look while batting. WHAT IS THE POINT? HOW LONG AGAIN must we try this player. PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING AND RECALL RAMDIN! Ramdin deserves atleast one more chance as there is no real effort from Baugh to retain his place in the current WI team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Dont know why to waste time to watch match of WI , they should play against Italy Namibia type team now. 175/2 to 197/7 haha who are they . Polard is good for T20 only , Who is this Bough. Any keeper of Bangladesh is better than this junk .

    WICB please please please stop this non sense and ban this sports in WI.

  • POSTED BY dragline on | June 8, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    A MESSAGE TO THE SELECTING COMMITEE: please drop Bough and bring back Pollard, and put Samuels at # 3. he is in reasonable good form and is the type of player that needs time at the crease. Maybe bring in Ruzzell for Rampaul, because the surface doesnnot favors fast bowling. my squad for the second ODI: Simmons, Edwards, Samuels, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Sammy, Ruzzell, Martin, and Bishoo.

  • POSTED BY NCassie on | June 8, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    MY WI TEAM FOR THE LAST 3 ODI - GAYLE, SIMMONS, DARREN, SARWAN, POLLARD, MARLON/DWAYNE, RAMDIN, SAMMY, BISHOO, RAMPAUL AND ROACH

  • POSTED BY delboy on | June 8, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    @Rennie Rajwant you are not completely right. Sammy has 3 roles in the side He is no Clive Lloyd but is also chosen to LEAD the team on the field: Otis may do that in the dressing rooms but someone has to be prepared to execute his EVERY wish on the pitch. I personally have issues whenever I play with my current club skipper who boasts how he's done this and that. My performances are ALWAYS better whenerver he is absent. I prefer a captain who knows his limits and respects the ability of ALL the players around him and focuses on achieving PERSONAL results which allows the TEAM to be inspired and motivated to win. I consider Sammy a tryer who lacks some tactical ability. It is the responsibility of the management to ensure that such deficiencies are remedied. The same telecasts which we view is available to them, in fact they are also entitled to FREE admittance to the stadiums Unless they sell their passes on the open market, one never knows!!

  • POSTED BY HOTCHA on | June 8, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Backing each other, could be their solution. Sammy appearsto be a confused man.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 8, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    169 dot balls in a ODI is way too much in a game of cricket nowadays........at least another 60-70 runs from those 169 balls, WI would have got close to 280 runs which was good enough to defend on that wicket........hope to see a close contest in 2nd ODI !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    make sir vivian richards selector nd clive lyod d coach of WI TEAM

  • POSTED BY Stos on | June 8, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    @Hansome: To be honest, I do think that the West Indies should aim for stability at this point, and let players grow at the international level rather than dumping them if they aren't playing well at the moment. However, in Devon's case, he hadn't really seemed in a position to develop his game, and playing him further would have probably worsened his self-confidence if he continued to get out in the same way, while the aim is to make him want to play for the team, rather than dread it or see it as a personal contest. Hopefully he will be back, though, he was a good opener. In any case, the West Indies have been a poor side counted as only a step above the minnows for quite a while, and at this point what they need to do is stick with the current team and let them grow together for a bit. It would be better that they lose working as a growing unit than that they win but become reliant on a couple of older players in the meantime.

  • POSTED BY skidmarks on | June 8, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    why don't they prepare green seamers for roach, rampaul etc?

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | June 8, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    No need to worry about WI cricket.With the management we have and the present team,none of the Big test playing nations is going to want to travel to WI with a full team.They will rest the main players.Australia might even not want us coming to Australia if test matches will end in 3 days.If there is no crowd drawing players in the WI team people will not purchase tickets.Most nations try to have a mix of experienced players with young player in the mix.Lara,Richards,Richardson,Hooper.Holding Sobers LLyod and many others started in the teams with players around capable to help them,and not put so much pressure on them. We picked the best available under 19 team to play against Australia and they did us proud.Maybe that should be an example to the powers that be.The cost of tickets is so reasonable and yet the stadiums are empty except for Trinidad and maybe Barbados.

  • POSTED BY dre07 on | June 8, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    As I listened to Darren's Interview it dawned on me that something is really wrong with West Indies Cricket. We do not have any pitch the is suitable for fast bowling but at the same time we can not play good spins bowling. How stupid can this be it is after a tour of Pakistan that the coach will realise that they can not play spins. Seriously, when a team tours places like Australia, South Africa they prepare the pitch to suite them, why are we creating pitches to suite the opposition. Also, I heard the awards and Kurt Edwards got an award but he does not have a clue of how to play spins. Get a batting coach and watch prior clips and solve the technical problem. Bravo must be in a patch because he is pressured a player as young as he is should be groomed into the role. With the senior players around would make the transition easier.

  • POSTED BY Shaynej on | June 8, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    All the naysayers should stop their personal attacks on Sammy. He's never going to be the greatest talent to wear the maroon cap, but he's an honest trier and backs his mates...which is more than can be said for many of Windies captains and stars over the last decade. He's trying, a young team is trying to get better. They need support because the talent is there, no question. They need match practice against superior teams (no point playing Zimbabwe) to improve and see how better organized teams go about winning sessions, day-after-day. Recognize and value the effort they put in, and the rewards will come.

  • POSTED BY satspeare on | June 8, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    I AM TIRED OF HEARING FOLKS SAY SIMMONS SHOULD BE THE KEEPER - PEOPLE, SIMMONS HAS PROBLEMS WITH HIS KNEE WHICH WILL BE WORSEN WITH THE DEMANDS OF BENDING/CHROUCHING WHILE KEEPING. WE NEED RAMDIN BACK IN THE TEAM TO KEEP. MY TEAM FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES IS 1. GAYLE 2.DW BRAVO 3.SIMMONS 4. SARWAN 5.DM BRAVO 6.CHANDERPAUL 7. ROACH 8.RAMDIN 9.TAYLOR 10.RAMPAUL 11.BISHOO I CANNOT UNDERSTAND THIS NEED TO FRUSTRATE CHANDERPAUL AND GAYLE AND TAYLOR BY OMITTING THEM FROM ANY GAME WE PLAY !! THE YOUNGER GUYS IN THE TEAM NEED THESE THREE ALONG WITH SARWAN TO HELP THEM ALONG. THERE ARE SEVEN MORE POSITIONS IN THE TEAM TO "TRY" NEW PLAYERS BUT THESE FOUR GUYS MUT BE A PART OF EVERY GAME WE PLAY IF WE ARE TO IMPROVE. WE ARE REALLY THROWING AWAY AN OPPERTUNITY TO WIN AGAINST A B TEAM FROM INDIAN AND WHAT DO WE DO? KEEP LEAVING OUT OUR BEST OPENER, MOST COMMITTED SERVANT, BEST BOWLER, BEST KEEPER, BEST CAPTAIN - HOW CAN WE WIN THAT WAY?? THAT'S RIGHT - BY KEEPING SAMMY AS CAPTAIN AND WICB HEADS!

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | June 8, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    All you Sammy haters will find that things will remain the same regardless of whom we select ,because that's the way it has been for the last 15 years . We have to build a team from tried and tested players which takes time and that is what the board is trying to do ,only if we would give them a chance to do so . A good team includes good discipline and that seems to be a problem when certain individuals make any effort to instill that in a team which wants to move forward . If we love West Indies we should support them even if we do not like the decisions of the board . Lets lighten up on the captain ,he has enough on his mind as it is .

  • POSTED BY Silloh on | June 8, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    Since cricket is the pride of West Indians and we continue to be on the decline and blame from the WICBoard to players to coaches to the groundsmen to WIPA, it seems to me the the only persons not included are the sponsors. I have left out Caricom Heads of Govt as they are focusing on their own batting and are excellent at spin ! So what are these major sponsors , past and present demanding from the WICBoard ? Surely these conglomerates are very familiar with international standards, planning, rules and procedures , compensation linked with consistent performance, accountability and transparency, succession planning, training and development , just to name a few. Or are all the above mentioned secondary and what sponsors wish to promote is music , a good wine to the side as our West Indies team continue to excel in, presentations of cheques to the the other teams ? I doubt very much, but the deafening silence from sponsors suggest that CRICKET is not high on their respective agenda.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    one simple basic requirement when facing slow bowlers guys, was in the days of our great batsmen richards,lara, greenidge,haynes and hooper and to a lesser extent chanderpaul is STAY ON THE FRONT FOOT TO SLOW BOWLERS DONT STAY IN YOUR CREASE AND PLAY SPIN come on guys you all have the talent bat the ball keep your eyes on it and use your feet to the spin just be confident in your ability and back your self to score runs.ALEX

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | June 7, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Grey Patch: what do you mean when you say the WI selectors think they are 'bigger than the game'? I acknowledge that they have not selected a couple of WI's better batsmen (one was deemed by medical personnel to be injured and subsequently is having a dispute that will hopefully be resolved soon). Other big-name players (whose records are not outstanding) are injured. How does this make the selectors 'bigger than the game'? They have to put a team together from the players available.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | June 7, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    This Series is like West Indies A Vs India B , this should not be called as Full Fledged International Series.

    Seriously.. first i thought it was bad on India's part to send third string(if not second string) team... but come to think of it..in a way Indian Selectors have answered West Indies Selectors by sending third string team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    The WICB is intent on feilding a weak side with a puppet captain.

    They believe they are bigger than the game.

    A 5 nil series loss looms.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Well we are going to have the same problem until the wicb and selector resigned and we have a new captain and the best 11 chosen .I know we have a lot of young talented cricketer waiting but theres no need to rush them.I would do like we we always used to do in our selection policy by bringing in one or two at a time to play alongside the experienced one.I would select my best players around at this time and my team would read Gayle,Bharat,Darren Bravo,Sarwan,Dwayne Bravo,Pollard,Ramdin,Sammy,Ramphal,Bissoo and Roach for my 1 day 50 overs.I would add chanderpaul , Samuels and roach for the test and leave out Pollard,Sammy and Dwayne Bravo for the test.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | June 7, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    Sammy must be an eternal optimist. I have not seen a glimpse of improvement in the WI team since the Pak series. They bat in one day format as if they are playing test matches. They batted like that in the Pak series and continue to do so in this series too.

  • POSTED BY b4u8me2 on | June 7, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    I cannot respect Darren Sammy as the captain of the West Indies cricket team. He seems to be nothing but a puppet controlled by the WICB. I do not get the impression that he has any say at all in the team selection even though he is the captain. He doesn't appear to stand up for his team even when it is obvious the players are not the ones at fault. I think the WICB had a major problem with Chris Gayle because he was not willing to be a puppet captain. I do not get the impression that the players feel they have a captain that will back his team. I wonder if he sets his own field or Gibson tells him how to set it as well.

  • POSTED BY exuma on | June 7, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    most of thest comments seems to be by indians, if they can figure it out and seems to have the right answers, so why cant wicb. time for some changes in wicb.EXUMA.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    windies luk bench of jokers against spin not cricketers............! i think they do wat they want until or unless the players are can't solve their dispute against the board WI can't even match the other international sides... they luk hopeless helpless even man in oranges beat them in this situation......

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Sammy is a hard worker and has a good attitude. However, he needs to insist to the board that he needs Gayle, Chanderpaul and Taylor to mount a serious challenge on India in this series. These guys are excellent performers and having them in the team can result in the West Indies team running India close. Its time for the board to bury its differences with some of their top players and ensure that their best team takes on India. Also, Pollard needs to be in the playing XI - not just for his bating and bowling - but also for his excellent fielding.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Two main problems - Carlton Baugh and Darren Sammy. I don't know of a team keeping a wicket keeper who does not contribute with the bat. Simmons has kept wicket before. There's no problem with him opening the batting and keeping wicket. Gilchrist and Prior did it. Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo should never be in the same eleven. They serve the same purpose. Bravo; however, is a much better cricketer than Sammy. Sammy robs the team of a batsman or a bowler because he isn't great at either skill. The bowling unit seems to have click, but like everything else with West Indies cricket, when one aspect of the game is fine the other isn't.

  • POSTED BY rodzstars on | June 7, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    'same old' ' same old' wait till the series is lost and then get our act in order on game 4 . but then again windies have always proven me wrong so i hope they continue.

    MY FANTASY 11 1. BARATH 2.GAYLE 3.SARWAN 4. DARREN BRAVO 5.CHANDERS 6.POLLARD 7.DW BRAVO 8.RAMDIN 9.TAYLOR 10.RAMPAUL 11.BISHOO

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | June 7, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    wicb selector so stupid . the three players who were playing in ipl in which the Indian players were also involved are not allowed in the side. would they not be able to at least help to develop strategies and help the others in the team understand how to dominate this b quality Indian squad?

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    West Indies should not have dropped Devon Smith. Devon is an aggressive player but for his whole career, and WI on a whole, the openers are the ones most scrutinized and dropped. Devon had a little issue with Pakistan but he is the best opener we have after Gayle. What happens: as soon as he gets out early he is dropped. How sad? Selectors do not abandon Smith.

    Sammy you have our support. Continue to do your best, support your eleven guys and leave the rest. There will always be critics as long as you are captain and WI is loosing. I am joining your mother to pray for you and the team. Good luck!

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    cgtboy87 are you serious? devon have a problem with spin...same bowler giving him nightmares for 6 innings...how can you throw him back in the mix agains harbajan singh and others who been watching him bat against pakistan??

  • POSTED BY mohamedamin on | June 7, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Gayle is going to have a meeting with cricket board, which is way beyond my control," he said. "Hopefully things can get resolved and things can get back to normal." sammy finally admit that he missing Gayle indirectily

  • POSTED BY cgtboy87 on | June 7, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    drop bravo to 4 bring sarwan back to 3.devon smith is better at the top..simmons was never an opening batsman and krik edwards has not proven himself it.

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  • POSTED BY cgtboy87 on | June 7, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    drop bravo to 4 bring sarwan back to 3.devon smith is better at the top..simmons was never an opening batsman and krik edwards has not proven himself it.

  • POSTED BY mohamedamin on | June 7, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Gayle is going to have a meeting with cricket board, which is way beyond my control," he said. "Hopefully things can get resolved and things can get back to normal." sammy finally admit that he missing Gayle indirectily

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    cgtboy87 are you serious? devon have a problem with spin...same bowler giving him nightmares for 6 innings...how can you throw him back in the mix agains harbajan singh and others who been watching him bat against pakistan??

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    West Indies should not have dropped Devon Smith. Devon is an aggressive player but for his whole career, and WI on a whole, the openers are the ones most scrutinized and dropped. Devon had a little issue with Pakistan but he is the best opener we have after Gayle. What happens: as soon as he gets out early he is dropped. How sad? Selectors do not abandon Smith.

    Sammy you have our support. Continue to do your best, support your eleven guys and leave the rest. There will always be critics as long as you are captain and WI is loosing. I am joining your mother to pray for you and the team. Good luck!

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | June 7, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    wicb selector so stupid . the three players who were playing in ipl in which the Indian players were also involved are not allowed in the side. would they not be able to at least help to develop strategies and help the others in the team understand how to dominate this b quality Indian squad?

  • POSTED BY rodzstars on | June 7, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    'same old' ' same old' wait till the series is lost and then get our act in order on game 4 . but then again windies have always proven me wrong so i hope they continue.

    MY FANTASY 11 1. BARATH 2.GAYLE 3.SARWAN 4. DARREN BRAVO 5.CHANDERS 6.POLLARD 7.DW BRAVO 8.RAMDIN 9.TAYLOR 10.RAMPAUL 11.BISHOO

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Two main problems - Carlton Baugh and Darren Sammy. I don't know of a team keeping a wicket keeper who does not contribute with the bat. Simmons has kept wicket before. There's no problem with him opening the batting and keeping wicket. Gilchrist and Prior did it. Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo should never be in the same eleven. They serve the same purpose. Bravo; however, is a much better cricketer than Sammy. Sammy robs the team of a batsman or a bowler because he isn't great at either skill. The bowling unit seems to have click, but like everything else with West Indies cricket, when one aspect of the game is fine the other isn't.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Sammy is a hard worker and has a good attitude. However, he needs to insist to the board that he needs Gayle, Chanderpaul and Taylor to mount a serious challenge on India in this series. These guys are excellent performers and having them in the team can result in the West Indies team running India close. Its time for the board to bury its differences with some of their top players and ensure that their best team takes on India. Also, Pollard needs to be in the playing XI - not just for his bating and bowling - but also for his excellent fielding.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    windies luk bench of jokers against spin not cricketers............! i think they do wat they want until or unless the players are can't solve their dispute against the board WI can't even match the other international sides... they luk hopeless helpless even man in oranges beat them in this situation......

  • POSTED BY exuma on | June 7, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    most of thest comments seems to be by indians, if they can figure it out and seems to have the right answers, so why cant wicb. time for some changes in wicb.EXUMA.