West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Bridgetown, Barbados June 27, 2011

India front up against Barbados history

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Match facts

Tuesday, June 28, Bridgetown
Start time 1000 (1400 GMT, 1930 IST)

Big Picture

History isn't on India's side going into the second Test at the Kensington Oval. India have never won two Tests in a series in the Caribbean, and they have been thrashed in seven of the eight matches they have played at this ground - including the infamous failure to chase 120 in 1997. In addition, they are missing at least four of their first-choice players. Still, they enter the match as clear favourites after the 63-run win in the first Test.

West Indies had their moments in Jamaica, particularly on the first day when they had India pinned at 85 for 6, but couldn't capitalise. In an attempt to improve a record of just one series win in seven years, West Indies have hired the services of sports psychologist Rudi Webster. That might address their temperament problems, but they also have other troubles to deal with.

Chris Gayle's stand-off with the WICB continues, leaving him watching from the stands once again, Dwayne Bravo is again not in the squad and another senior member, Brendan Nash, has been dropped. Of the other two experienced players, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has had his problems with the board after the World Cup and Ramnaresh Sarwan has managed only 57 runs in six Test innings over the home summer. West Indies have had lesser to worry about on the bowling front with Ravi Rampaul striking early, Darren Sammy pulling his weight and Devendra Bishoo making a promising start to his Test career.

They will be up against an Indian batting line-up filled with youngsters who don't get too many chances in Test cricket. After the failure in Sabina Park, the openers and Virat Kohli get another opportunity to showcase their suitability for the longest format.

Form guide (most recent first)

India: WDWLW
West Indies: LLWDD

The spotlight

Brendan Nash has been dispensed with, Shivnarine Chanderpaul is nearly 37 and unlikely to be around for more than a couple of years, which leaves Marlon Samuels an important role to play in the future. Samuels has been around for more than a decade but has only managed 30 Test appearances in that time. Widely regarded as one of the most talented batsmen in the region, he needs to live up to the expectations to ease a painful transitional period for West Indies.

A series of consistent performances has propelled Virat Kohli to a permanent spot in the Indian limited-overs sides. This series presents him his first chance to perform a similar job on the Test team. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman automatically take three middle-order slots in a full-strength team, leaving a host of contenders for the remaining place. Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma and S Badrinath are all competing with Kohli for that place. Kohli fluffed his lines in Jamaica, and a repeat here could open the gates for Badrinath to come in for the final Test.

Team news

MS Dhoni has hinted that India could go in with three quick bowlers, which means Amit Mishra is likely to be sidelined despite a reasonable show in the first Test. Abhimanyu Mithun is likely to take Mishra's spot after Munaf Patel was ruled out due to his ongoing elbow injury. Munaf still struggles to bowl long spells due to inflammation in his elbow, and he failed to recover in time after lengthy net sessions in the lead-up to the match. That should allow Mithun, who arrived in the Caribbean five days after the rest of the squad due to visa issues, to play his fourth Test. Though Badrinath and Parthiv Patel are waiting in the wings, India will probably stick with the same batting line-up from Jamaica.

India: (probable) 1 Abhinav Mukund, 2 M Vijay, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 VVS Laxman, 5 Virat Kohli, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Abhimanyu Mithun.

West Indies' problem in the first Test was their batting, something they have tried to address by dropping their misfiring vice-captain Nash. That opens up a place for Samuels in the middle order. Another decision for West Indies is the make-up of their fast bowling, needing to pick two out of Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach and Fidel Edwards.

West Indies (probable) 1 Adrian Barath, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Marlon Samuels, 7 Carlton Baugh (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Fidel Edwards / Kemar Roach, 11 Devendra Bishoo.

Pitch and conditions

The Barbados track is likely to have plenty of bounce, testing the technique of the batsmen. The Kensington Oval has generally been a result-oriented venue over the past decade, though the weather could play spoilsport over the next week, with showers predicted every day.

Stats and trivia

  • Harbhajan Singh is only four wickets away from becoming the third Indian bowler to reach 400 wickets

  • This will be Chanderpaul's 132nd Test, equalling Courtney Walsh's West Indian record for most Test matches

  • Dravid's next innings at No.3 will be his 200th at that position. Ricky Ponting is second on the list with 193.

  • For a comprehensive stats preview, please click here.

Quotes

"He leads the spinning department and is doing really well. And you can expect a lot of character from him not only in the bowling department but also in the lower-order department with his contributions. He is a very good character to have. An aggressive character."
MS Dhoni on what Harbhajan Singh brings to the side

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • i_witnessed_2011 on June 28, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Ind put into bat first on a bouncy and fast track... Hope we will do best this time.

  • ManAv99 on June 28, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Why is Vijay given so many chances despite his worst form? And I don't know why they r not picking rohit sharma after his superb form shown in the ODIs. He can even open the innings if asked to. Maybe Vijay, mukund etc from chennai are being given so many chances because of K.Srikanth and Srinivasan. In that case, give chance to Badrinath and Ashwin also from TN instead if these repeatedly failing candidates.

  • on June 28, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    That history had viv richards, sobers, holding, marshall... etc. that history counts for nothing today

  • mysecretme on June 28, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    With respect to the batting, India are better off not chopping and changing the current combination. The opening pair should be persisted with for the whole series. They did not look too bad until they got out in the first test. Laxman and Kohli are too talented to suffer consecutive failures in test matches. IMO, Kohli is suffering from a mental block. If he plays without unnecessarily burdening himself, he is bound to come good. India should concentrate on basics and give the required respect for good deliveries and play proper cricketing shots. There is no need to manufacture anything against this WI side. We can sleep walk to a resounding victory if the basics are taken care of.

  • on June 28, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    to beat India is not a baby game . there's a strong line up in batting. it's not a fair deal if someone says that India have youngsters in team. we still have experience like Harbhajan singh , VVS laxman and R dravid. to ensure victory on india, windies will have to make extra efforts.

  • Jim1207 on June 28, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Mithun has to prove himself if he gets a chance. Otherwise, it would be wise to bring S Aravind to play and gain knowledge from test cricket.

  • kentjones on June 28, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    everfaithful77, you have hit the proverbial nail on the head. We MUST put our faith in the fast bowlers. The fast bowlers can and will do it for us. I will also include either of Taylor or Russel in the attack. Russell is a really an excellent pick because of his fighting qualities and his promise as a batter. He should be in the side as an automatic choice. I also think it is time to make either Simmons or Darren Bravo into our wicketkeeper to strengthen our batting. Yes I know it is not easy, but these are the innovative decisions we have to make to improve the quality of the team. Let the past wicketkeepers spend time with either or both these guys helping them to make the transition to a top class keeper. It can be done. All we need to to do is tweek the selection and we move from an ordinary team to a very good one. But lets bank on our fastbowlers. It will bring enormous returns.

  • AndySaywell on June 28, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    siddharth Ravindran, Y R U tryin 2 push Badrinath, he shouldn't even be in the team. How can U not mention Ajinkya Rahane 4 whom age, performance & potential goes in his (& future Indian team's) favour. Stop the regional politics, this is about Team India & no doubt sooner or later we'll be looking 4 ABLE & LONG LASTING replacecements 4 Sachin / Rahul / VVS Laxman (Stalwarts of Team India). Yuvi / Kohli / Pujara / Raina / Rahane / Rohit Sharma R all better options than Badri & Parthiv. No matter what we say here, K. Srikkanth who's always known for his irresponsible batting is selecting the team & we can expect the result.

  • prasach on June 28, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    if not parthiv then recall jaffer

  • prasach on June 28, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    bring back badri and parthiv into the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • i_witnessed_2011 on June 28, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Ind put into bat first on a bouncy and fast track... Hope we will do best this time.

  • ManAv99 on June 28, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Why is Vijay given so many chances despite his worst form? And I don't know why they r not picking rohit sharma after his superb form shown in the ODIs. He can even open the innings if asked to. Maybe Vijay, mukund etc from chennai are being given so many chances because of K.Srikanth and Srinivasan. In that case, give chance to Badrinath and Ashwin also from TN instead if these repeatedly failing candidates.

  • on June 28, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    That history had viv richards, sobers, holding, marshall... etc. that history counts for nothing today

  • mysecretme on June 28, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    With respect to the batting, India are better off not chopping and changing the current combination. The opening pair should be persisted with for the whole series. They did not look too bad until they got out in the first test. Laxman and Kohli are too talented to suffer consecutive failures in test matches. IMO, Kohli is suffering from a mental block. If he plays without unnecessarily burdening himself, he is bound to come good. India should concentrate on basics and give the required respect for good deliveries and play proper cricketing shots. There is no need to manufacture anything against this WI side. We can sleep walk to a resounding victory if the basics are taken care of.

  • on June 28, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    to beat India is not a baby game . there's a strong line up in batting. it's not a fair deal if someone says that India have youngsters in team. we still have experience like Harbhajan singh , VVS laxman and R dravid. to ensure victory on india, windies will have to make extra efforts.

  • Jim1207 on June 28, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Mithun has to prove himself if he gets a chance. Otherwise, it would be wise to bring S Aravind to play and gain knowledge from test cricket.

  • kentjones on June 28, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    everfaithful77, you have hit the proverbial nail on the head. We MUST put our faith in the fast bowlers. The fast bowlers can and will do it for us. I will also include either of Taylor or Russel in the attack. Russell is a really an excellent pick because of his fighting qualities and his promise as a batter. He should be in the side as an automatic choice. I also think it is time to make either Simmons or Darren Bravo into our wicketkeeper to strengthen our batting. Yes I know it is not easy, but these are the innovative decisions we have to make to improve the quality of the team. Let the past wicketkeepers spend time with either or both these guys helping them to make the transition to a top class keeper. It can be done. All we need to to do is tweek the selection and we move from an ordinary team to a very good one. But lets bank on our fastbowlers. It will bring enormous returns.

  • AndySaywell on June 28, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    siddharth Ravindran, Y R U tryin 2 push Badrinath, he shouldn't even be in the team. How can U not mention Ajinkya Rahane 4 whom age, performance & potential goes in his (& future Indian team's) favour. Stop the regional politics, this is about Team India & no doubt sooner or later we'll be looking 4 ABLE & LONG LASTING replacecements 4 Sachin / Rahul / VVS Laxman (Stalwarts of Team India). Yuvi / Kohli / Pujara / Raina / Rahane / Rohit Sharma R all better options than Badri & Parthiv. No matter what we say here, K. Srikkanth who's always known for his irresponsible batting is selecting the team & we can expect the result.

  • prasach on June 28, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    if not parthiv then recall jaffer

  • prasach on June 28, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    bring back badri and parthiv into the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 28, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    @joseyesu: Badrinath isn't upto the int'l standards....just accept it !! He didn't do well in the ODIs,which also shows he isn't in good form !! avg technique + bad form+ 30 plus age = no chance !! he is getting what he deserves. Btw,Raina was the top scorer in the 1st innings of the 1st test ! so it's not just t20 or ODI performance duh !! maybe i ll agree with you on kohli....

    @ NRI- : are you joking or something ?? what has flukit sharma done ?? what has that talentless,overrated,flukish player who plays politics to get into the team done to come in a plane for the third test against WI ?? an average of 30-31 from 60 games in ODIs ? the average wouldn't have crossed 27 if he didn't play against this west indies side on sub-continentish pitches !! Also,for Raina to have a poor test series in SA,he only played 1 test !!

    @Dale-force....: The 1st test was placed on a pitch with pace and bounce as well !! Raina proved his class !! enough said !

  • on June 28, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    My LINE-UP for Today's Match:

    Virat Kohli, A Mukund, Dravid, Raina, Badrinath, Laxman (vc), Dhoni (c & wk), Mishra, Mithun, Praveen Kumar, I Sharma

  • kasyapm on June 28, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    @joseyesu you echo my sentiments mate! I strongly feel that Badri shouldn't be denied a chance because of one poor showing - that too in the shorter format. He's been scoring for ages in the domestic circuit and deserves a long run.

  • on June 28, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Everyone seems to be writing off windies but India need to be careful, there were signs in last test of belated fight from the windies & they had India rattled at times. I expect a much better performance from the Windies in this test & as the series progresses - I believe its only a matter of time before Lendl Simmons cracks it & scores a long awaited first century for the Windies

  • on June 28, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    go WI go and beat these indians!!!

  • ravikiran.bits on June 28, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    @EYL how can parthiv patel be helpful to the side as u mentioned! where would Dhoni go hez the ultimate Keeper captain no way india gonna loose him in near future how bad he plays! Parthiv cannot fulfill the place of a complete batsmen....the best go is mukund & vijay of same state will hang around for sure!

  • theoneteen_msb on June 28, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    I feel Parthiv deserves a chance instead of 1 of da openers!:D

  • joseyesu on June 28, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Badri is more suitable to this format than Raina and Kohli. Just because the others performed in ODI and 2020 you need not take any chance in Badris format. Give him what he deserves

  • Jose on June 28, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    If M Vijay is replaced with P Patel, the Indian team looks much better.

  • on June 28, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Please anything but Dropthiv Patel. We do not need another batsmen in the lineup. We do not especially need another batsman in the lineup who's also famous for his inability to keep.

    As for Badrinath and Vijay, they don't really look test grade to me. Mukund won't stay for too long once Gambhir and Sehwag return. Pujara may have had a bad show in SA, but who didn't? Give him time I see in him a good temperament and the talent to back that up. Kohli looked good in patches but seems to be suffering from a technical problem involving both his ability to play short bowling and his footwork which makes him prone to falling over and leaves a bit to be desired.

    What we really need to be worried about (even though they've performed well here) is the bowling. Who's going to support Zaheer in England? I don't see too many probable candidates for that.

  • schathuranga on June 28, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    India have no bowlers without zaheer and harba

  • NRI- on June 28, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Thank God Munaf is injured. Mithun deserves a chance ahead of him anyway. However, a legspinner can be vital when the bounce is good and WI batsmen have not so far played Mishra well so perhaps he should play.

    It is silliness on the part of K Srikkanth to give a chance again so soon to the failed Vijay and Raina. Vijay couldnt handle Zimbabwe medium pacers and Raina had a very poor series in SA. Rohit should have been selected - he should be on the plane now for the 3rd test. Mukund deserves another chance. Karthik is

  • Maruthi_Pavan on June 28, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Kohli didnt look confident in the first test. I am wondering if switch to tests makes such a difference or is he worried about keeping his place in the tests? Hope he does better in this innings. We need such good players for our test future.

  • Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on June 28, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Raina on a bouncy pitch against Rampaul and either Edwards or Roach? He says he has been working on the short ball- this will be his test. If he fails, bring in Badrinath- I have memories of Pujara top-edging what must rank as close to the worst attempt of the hook shot in history against SA recently- he looked ok until one dropped short. Windies should play a middle order batsman in place of Baugh and give Simmons the gloves- I know this is a Test but the middle order is too brittle to have Baugh at 7! With the lack of form in Windies batting, depth is the way to go. Nash would have been a shoo-in at 7 for me in this case.

  • everfaithful77 on June 28, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    TO BEAT INDIA WEST INDIES NEED TO PLAY 3 GENUINE FAST BOWLERS from their squad. When Sammy and Bishoo are added to Edwards, Roach and Rampaul it makes for a very IMPRESSIVE BOWLING ATTACK. This pace TRIO would test any team but Indian batsmen are particularly vulnerable against PACE and BOUNCE. Windies will need to bowl India out cheaply in both inns to ensure VICTORY. The team selectors will have to be bold in playing only our 5 BEST BATSMEN, the keeper and 5 bowlers. NO POINT in playing 6 batsmen when most are struggling. The LOWER ORDER will hold it's own as usual. Andre RUSSELL would have been a better option but he was not added to the squad. THIS TEAM SELECTION GROUP HAVE GENERALLY SHIED AWAY FROM BOLD DECISIONS BUT MAYBE THE AXING OF NASH IS A SIGN OF POSITIVE CHANGE. Samuels should also replace SARWAN who has been woefully out of form in 6 completed TEST inns. TEAM for 2nd test: BARATH,SIMMONS,BRAVO,CHANDERPAUL,SAMUELS,BAUGH,SAMMY,RAMPAUL, EDWARDS,ROACH,BISHOO. GO WINDIES!

  • bcci-odi on June 28, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    "SACHIN" is the best player of cricket from india

  • mysecretme on June 28, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    In my opinion, you go in with your best bowlers regardless of conditions. If you have the luxury of 7 equally good bowlers, horses for courses will work. But in the current case, Mishra and Harbhajan are the best bowlers among the available bunch. If you take either of them out of the team, you are giving away the match on a platter. You could still play 3 quicks though if you are brave enough to go with 5 bowlers, 5 batsmen and Dhoni.

    Moreover, Indian spinners generally perform well when the wickets are bouncy.

  • Saravjit on June 28, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Who are these guys talking about VVS. Just 3 test back he levelled the series ag South Africa with a magical 96 when the next HS on either Side was 35. Match winning 4th innings hundred ag Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka just 8 tests back despite a bad Back. A Magical 72 again with back spasms to get india a one wkt Win in Mohali ag Aussies just 7 tests back. a match saving 90 ag NZ with India reeling at 15 for 5 in sec innings ag NZ just 6 tests back. Commeon Guys VVS is a ALL TIME LEGEND and even they have to fail sometimes. An Average of 70 plus last 4 years , 50 plus in last 10 years. Max Match winning Performances.

  • MAAMBA on June 28, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Parthiv patel nothing in front of M Vijay...After this Test you never will compare MV with patel, kholi, mukund or badri....M vijay here to Stay....

  • on June 28, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Everyone crying for Pujara, you do realise 1. he played awefully against SA, 2. He was unavailable for selection due to injury, 3. virat kohli and badri are both better and Raina got runs in the 1st test. Also someone not too smart suggested The openers be dropped after 2 innings. Especially Makund who looked OK in his 1st test match hanging around and he looks like he can score runs in next test and have a future for india. Vijay on the other hand, yes he is running out of chances but he has looked good in the past at test level, he has just had 2-3 games now where he hasnt had an impact and thing is with parthiv u know he will get 30-60 but then he will get out 99/100 because he loves to throw his wicket. If any batsman is to come in it should be badrinath, but id leave that for 3rd test and see how the batting goes in 2nd test. Prediction: Big innings for Makund and Kohli in this match

  • Eyal on June 28, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Parthi Patel is a very good choice to be a reserved opener and wicket keeper. He was marked as a special talent already at the age of 16, gained some experience and maturuty in the domestic and now he proves that he is ready to join the national team. he takes the oportunities he gets with lots of gutts. He solves the selectors two spots as a replacement ( opener and wicketkeeper)and by this frees a place for another bowler, all rounder or batsmaen to be in the team. specially in away tours. Wise move to promote him

  • on June 28, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Parthiv Patel definitely deserves a chance this time around since both of the openers of the first test match were not fitting for the No.1 test side.......

  • on June 28, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    IF VIJAY GONNA PLAY THIS WILL BE HIS lLAST CHANCE.

  • on June 28, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    another durban kind of test..waiting for a very very special knock from a very very special laxman..as the conditions are same...

  • on June 28, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    murli vijay will be out and parthiv is in...

  • Sumeet.Gupta on June 28, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    @Nampally, i hope you were not in hibernation when Laxman played that sublime innings in Durban in December 2010. That was just 3 tests ago.

  • arun_tg1 on June 28, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    @aravabalaji - Well Said.. to those ignorant ppl who say badri is here coz of cheeka.. plz come out of your fairy dreams.. if so u wud ve felt that effect before 2-3 years when cheeka took over as chariman of selectors.. but badri hardly featured in 2 tests....and also badri has zero backing.. sad that he is that state... can just feel bad.... but ppl who matter think otherwise.. even if a person fails for 10 times he is given the 11th opportunity and made to review form.. but badri is snubbed just after the second innings. FYI - few weeks ago zaheer gave an interview reg his time with greg chappel.. if a player who has played for more than 7 years feels that he cant perform because his place is not gaurenteed.. then y do ppl feel that 2 chances is enof for badri..

  • sachinsjaihindustan on June 28, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    I'm an Indian and whilst I want India to win the series, I'd like to see West Indies put up some fight. They showed fighting spirit in the first test with the ball, but not so with the bat. Too many rash shots. As for their selection, I agree with redneck. Firstly dropping Gayle is a huge mistake, a statement repeated over and over again. Also changes to their bowling lineup may be worthwhile. Whilst the bowlers did well in the fist test, they (in particular fast bowlers) don't have the same effect as you would expect from genuine fast bowlers. Sammy doesn't have the pace to threaten India with short balls. Instead roach and Taylor will be more effective. In fact it may not be a bad idea to go with 4 pace bowlers: Roach, Edwards, Taylor and Russell, especially on a bouncy Barbados pitch. Whilst they don't have the same class as the pace quartet of the 70s and 80s, their pace and bounce may be difficult for India to face on that wicket.

  • on June 28, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    @Nampally---Are you sure about what you have mentioned. Laxman has "The Most" no. of match winnings in the last 18 months and arguably the best 2 innings player in the current line up. And you are suggesting that he could be dropped. Sorry mate you havent been following cricket closely enough.

  • on June 28, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Laxman n Dravid have been the pillars of Indian test cricket for ages now. They deserve the same respect Sachin gets. Of course Sachin is a living legend. Laxman n Dravid n Sachin r like the a fort which holds the strength of the Indian cricket team. the youngsters need to learn a lot from these great legends! :) long live Indian team! :)

  • Follow_thru on June 28, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    In the one test so far, the youth brigade (Mukund, Vijay, Kohli, Raina) have shown neither the performance nor the sparks of talent that could raise calls for replacing the incumbent top 5 (Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman). In order to replace any of the top 5, the youngsters will have to showcase something special. Otherwise, on current form I don't think any of the current top 5 should make way for the new breed. The no.6 slot is certainly up for grabs. Raina probably has the edge here at the moment. But Yuvraj will also enter the fray for the tour of England. Looking ahead, in my opinion, none among Vijay, Kohli, Raina & Yuvraj have the skillls at the moment for slots 3 & 4 - (coming in early if the openers fail and rebuilding or accelerating after a good start). They could at best come in at 5 or 6. So the challenge for India will be to fill slots 3 & 4 in 2-3yrs time. Will one of the new crop raise their game or will a player emerge from outside this list?

  • dinom on June 28, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    WI needs Christ Gayle! Bowlers have done reasonably well, batting needs improvement. With Gayle & Simmons opening the batting, the impressive Barath can play at first fall, followed by Sarwan, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Baugh, Sammy, Rampaul, Edwards/Roach & Bishoo.

  • on June 28, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    @Nampally: I don't think you watched Raina and Kohli battling with the bouncers of Fiedel Edwards and Rampaul in the First Test. Though Raina scored some runs in the 1st innings, what about Kohli? I always think he is a good player but don't compare him with Laxman. Laxman is the most ill-treated player of this Indian team for a decade or so who delivers whenever the team was in trouble. Can't you remember his innings against Australia and Sri Lanka during the last seasons? So, please be polite when talking about Laxman. He may be not in limelight like Sachin, Dravid, Dhoni etc. But he is a key member of this team. If you not rely me, just ask Dhoni what he thinks about Laxman.

  • Kavinchat on June 28, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    @ Nampally : Do u ever watch cricket??? What the hell are u talking abt VVS.. He cannot be looked by selectors to drop him as u said... He is a proven genius and will rise to the occasion when it matters the most... Also abt ur poor bowling combinations for Eng series... How can u select Praveen and Kumar as favourites ahead of Ishant and Sree.. Zal, Sree and Ishant are the three bowlers who wil take up the spot even praveen takes 5 wic hauls in next match.. Didnt u see Sree getting best batsmen out in last series in SA... One good advice is that, either watch all matches or dont comment abt Indian team...

  • on June 28, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    That was a good one! Kohli and Raina over LAXMAN?!!! I would take Laxman Wicket in my batting line up any day over both Kohli's and Raina's! Last year alone.. Matches won by him - vs SA @ Eden.. vs SL @ Colombo.. vs Aus @ Mohal (Wow!).. vs SA @ Durban..Saved @ Amhedabad..

    Nampally.. What have you been watching? The IPL?!

  • Raj12345 on June 28, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Badri is been treated very worst by Indian cricket. He supposed to play test cricket when Ganguly retired, but they brought Yuvaraj, then they brought Raina, then brought Pujara (good move), now, they are promoting both Raina & Kohli, Next Rohit. Common badri, better get out of there. it is enough. Oh my god, media is full of crazy people, Vijay is given chance when openers not playing, how can you expect one can play when you give opp once in a while. Look at Kohli on debut he scores 200 on both innings. Oh look at raina, he played excellent 10 test matches so far and made 2000 runs. Raina played 109 ODI innings, and scored what Kohli did in 59 ODI innigngs. Rohit, still he is playing 70 innings. Not seeing any difference. Even Dhoni made big zero on first innings. No one talks. Hello Rahane, Pujara, M Tiwary & S Tiwary supporters, don't expect. Their fate is already decided, they are next Badri, that is it. next 10 yrs of Ind crik = Dhoni,Kohli, Raina, Rohit & musical chair openers.

  • redneck on June 28, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    this is why having sammy in the team and as captain hurts the windies team. west indies have roach and taylor waiting on the sidelines. they are both genuine quicks and would be menacing on the 1 fast pitch left in the caribbean. they instead will have both on the sidelines and have medium pace trundler sammy taking up their spot. sammy has forgotten how to bat (if he ever could???) where as taylor has a test century to his name and i dare say would trouble the indian batsman more frequently with his pace than anything sammy can offer. its all good stick up for sammy whos a great team man going by reports but this is test cricket and its for the best and sammy cant honestly claim a spot in team ahead of both these 2 quicks!!!

  • on June 28, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    @ Nampally Did you start to follow Indian cricket in last few months or what ?? Laxman is a class act and when it comes to playing in England i will anyday pick him over Raina/Kohli/ Badri & co.

  • on June 28, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Everyone who r against Laxman have forgotten that he was the one responsible for Dhoni nt losing a series till now with his excellent performance against SL. AND Sa in an away series recently same I expect from him in future n sure he will deliver

  • aravabalaji on June 28, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    @SRT_GENIUS - In fact Badri do not have anybody's backing. Otherwise, he would have been a permanent member. After years of neglect, anybody in his position would have sulked. He answered his critics last season by topping the charts with an avg of >130. He has his determination and performance to back himself. Raina, even after listless performances against Aussies, NZ & SA, was persisted with to perform. Whereas Badri has been unfairly treated.

  • RISHI2016 on June 28, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Laxman's performance being watched ??? He is the vice captain rite now... it has been less than 10 matches that he gave you two superb victories against Australia and South Africa.... well and if we take the word literally yes his performace is watched ... as he is one of the best entertainers in world cricket ..

  • rajesh_saxena on June 28, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    @Nampally I am not sure on what basis you are saying that VVS has to be tested as he is a legend.. Does a legend requires to be tested? Did you go back into history or you are judging based on one test match?If you did the former one you would never make this comment.Yes, youngesters will compete but does not mean that it is a cakewalk for them to get into the team fulltime as VVS did not play well in a test which he had an off day.Please do not make such loose comments as it hurts the integrity pride of a person.If you still need to be convinced, as someone said wait till his bat talks

  • cricket_fan_1 on June 28, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    It's so obvious that India gets the best out of its opponents and still manage to be on the top. WI didn't take any special steps when they lost to everyone but now against India they are putting extra efforts to put a good show. Any series with India has the added intensity. Only Eng vs AU test series can match that intensity. All other series these days lack intensity. Guys need to watch all live matches between different countries for themselves to understand what I am trying to say here. It may not sound pleasant but its correct to a great extent.

  • Amarjitmadan on June 28, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Performance is temporary and class is permanent applies best to Laxman at the moment and it is not far he will be able shun his critics.Bhajji is very experienced aggressive bowler sitting at 396 test wickets to his credit and a reasonably good batsman so Mishra will have to warm the benches which is the right call.Vijay should concentrate on staying at the crease and he should be able to come good otherwise the axe may not be far .Kohli though in a lot better position than Vijay should try to stay at crease and control aggression till he has read the pitch and should take a leaf out of Dravid's book.What everthe history of the ground India has a better chance to win.

  • on June 28, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Well its a beginning of a new era as far as Indian cricket is concerned.Actually both sides are weakened for different reason ,India due to injury and WI due to non availability of typical WI style bowlers and batsman.Its a very good chance for MS and company to win this match and hence the series by winning 2 consecutive matches which no Indian captain has done so far in WI.Knowing Captain Cool and his skills as a captain this is not a big task although its not so easy as it looks.I do expect a bounce back from a WI team as the conditions suit them well.All the best team India.

  • on June 28, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    surely parthiv s deservin to be in playin eleven.......ahead of vijay he looked prolific in domestic also in recent onedayers.....vijay may be fit for shortest format like t20 nd ipl.....

  • on June 28, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Friends Pujara is suffering from leg injury that is why he was not picked for the tour of WI

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 28, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Sammy needs to go. vs Sri Lanka Sammy drops Sangakarra on 2 off the bowling of Roach , he add 148 runs b4 Sammy gets his wicket. more recently vs Pakistan @ Warner park Pakistan 194/9 then last wicket pair adds 78 runs & then in 2'nd innings 3 dropped catches 2 of them by Sammy & a wicket off a no ball in first ten overs. Taufeeq Umar dropped on 13 by Sammy goes on to make 135 b4 Sammy gets him out. Pakistan win by almost 200 runs. @ Sabina India 85/6 Singh & Raina put on 146 in 28 overs then in 2nd innings Sammy drops Dravid on 6 he adds only 106 more & we lose the match by all of 63 runs 148+ 122+106 that's @ least 376 runs he cost us & in the 14 matches he played he has made 405 runs. tell me now how can he be an asset to the team?

  • Leggie on June 28, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Parthiv Patel deserves a look-in as a Test level opener - though this may have been only a Plan C or Plan D in the minds of selectors when the squad for the Test series was selected. Parthiv was impressive in all the ODIs and looked positive right from the outset. He displayed enough talent, and seemed to miss the guidance of seniors - throwing away his wicket at crucial times. Some amount of molding - playing alongside Dravid/Laxman - will help Parthiv fix the temperament issue and will go a long way in establishing Parthiv as a strong reserve opener for the future. Parthiv may appear to have been in the circuit for a long time, but he is still very young and age is certainly on his side. Throwing in Parthiv ahead of either Vijay/Mukund will also help Vijay/Mukund go back to the nets and prepare more for the next test if need be. Parthiv Patel's good form must be put to use at a time when the team is really struggling to put runs on the board.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 28, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    @div09: Read @InsideHedge's comment. Pujara is injured.

  • mak102480 on June 28, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    for all those asking about pujara - he got injured during the IPL and was not ready for this tour (still recovering from the injury). He should be ready for the England tour.

  • Gizza on June 28, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Mishra should be the main spinner. Replace Harbhajan with him. The West Indians can play off-spin decently but struggle against leg-spin. It is the same with England. For the tour to Australia things are a little different because they tend to do worse against off-spin having been used to bat against Warne and MacGill in the nets (at least the older guys).

  • TheUltimateTruth on June 28, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    @Nampally I love your assessment about Laxman being on notice. He should be dropped. In fact, when we are at it I say we drop Dravid as well. Given our excellent memories I am sure you and I would agree these guys perform only once in about every 20 tests. Why leave alone things that are not broken! Oh, by the way, did I tell you I am a big WI fan. :-)

  • US_Indian on June 28, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    Who ever says Laxman's performance is being watched is a fool and does not know what he is talking about. This series is not a testimony to his batting prowess and match winning capability. He is one among the 3 most important match savers or winners for India in the past 40 years along with Dravid and Gavaskar, no one else with due respect to some other greats like Sachin, Sehwag, vishwanath, vengsarkar, Azhar,Jaffer, Gambhir etc etc, no other batsman has bailed out India from difficult situaitons like Laxman, still he is being watched.....WOW what an observation. Anyway i need not argue his case.his bat will talk, just wait and watch.

  • on June 28, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    @cricketcrazyme Pujara is absent due to a knee injury.

  • Mr.5-9-2 on June 28, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Amazing how cricket grounds in the West Indies are empty these days...way to go WICB, job well done !

  • Vilander on June 28, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Frankly people commenting that Indian test dominance is aided by their stance on udrs don't know cricket, its very clear that India is a deserving No 1 in Tests, with a very diluted team they are still able to defeat an almost full strength ( but for Gayle) WI which is very impressive. It is pretty hard to imagine that once Sehwag,Gambir,Sachin,Zaheer,Yuvi return this team would be beatable in England. Looking forward to WI test, it should be a good contest, WI showed what they can do in the first test competing well for 3 days and getting 20 indian wickets, now is the time for the indian team to lift themselves and play hard to beat WI. It would be interesting to see how Mithun goes in pace friendly conditions as he has got a lively pace.

  • Raaakz on June 28, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    For all those who are asking about Pujara, he is injured and hence not been selected!

  • AvidCricFan on June 28, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    The big question with VVS is his fitness. I don't think he has maintained a same level of fitness as Dravid or SRT. He is now a liability in the field. This series could well be his last if he fails to perform.

  • on June 28, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    I still believe with sammy as captain it does nnot allow for innovation in the west indies setup because you cant bring in the extra batsman or bowler if you need to . he makes the team unbalance.

  • cricketcrazyme on June 27, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Where is Pujara, why has he been dropped

  • on June 27, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    @Nampally Perhaps you only considering the performances of the previous test.Laxman is still more reliable than Dravid in the past 5 years,you know?I don't think you should put match winners like Laxman on notice this early.

  • RealWestindiesfan on June 27, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    I still believe with sammy as captain it does nnot allow for innovation in the west indies setup because you cant bring in the extra batsman or bowler if you need to . he makes the team unbalance.

  • div09 on June 27, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    my team would be 1.Mukund 2.Parthiv Patel 3.Dravid 4.Kohli 5.Laxman 6.Raina 7.Dhoni 8 Harbhajan (bhaji) 9. Munaf Patel 10. Ishant Sharma 11. Praveen Kumar. And btw where is pujara????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • thurc on June 27, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    darren sammy batting at six, dont make me laugh hes not even a number 8 atm. personally the only change id make is bringing in samuels for nash. obvs chris gayle should be playing and opening with barath allowing simmons to move down the order where he is more suited

  • cccteam on June 27, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    The Windies should play Samuels and Roach instead of Nash and Sarwan.Rampaul,Bishoo and Edwards to an extent batted pretty responsibly too in the last test.Rampaul in particular has the makings of an allrounder.Sammy's shot which got him out in the last test was awful.He needs to learn to play a long knock.India should retain the same side.

  • vj3478 on June 27, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    @Nampally - you got to have very bad memory or not following Indian cricket when you say, "this might be the last chance for Laxman." Hope cricinfo makes it a point at the end of the article that one should think before writing a comment:)

  • InsideHedge on June 27, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    This tour is working out very well for India in rooting out the deadwood. Shikhar Dhawan has been exposed and we won't see him again in any kind of limited overs cricket for the national team. Perhaps, he deserves a chance at the Test level. Now, Mukund has only had one go but I wasn't impressed. I hope he gets a go in all 3 Tests, that's fair. If he continues to perform in the manner of the 1st Test, his name should be struck off too. It's survival of the fittest. Finally to the bloke who asked about Pujara, yes, for the UMPTEENTH time, Pujara is not on tour because of injury.

  • on June 27, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    I agree with WI playing three express bowlers but the batting role players need to step up..the west Indies' batting collapses must of be playing in the minds:) of the west indian selectors

  • saichander on June 27, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    It will be wise to induct into the team Munaf Patel as third bowler. With his gentle medium pace he can tantalise the west indian front order batsmen. Virat Kohli should definetly keep going and Harbhjan has to show his mettle to lend support for Indian team in the second test. KUDOS TO INDIA.

  • AjitNarayan on June 27, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    @Nampally, too Harsh on Laxman there. Dravid had three years, Laxman deserves a series at least!

  • Andhravala on June 27, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    It would be nice to have Parthiv Patel in the opening slot, instead of movement-less Vijay.. Parthiv was here well before and is in a good touch.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 27, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Badri instead of Kohli (if Kohli fluffs) ? Badri ? Is Cheeka going to micromanage playing X1 ?

  • intcamd on June 27, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    is Pujara injured? Why is he not in the playing 11?

  • johnathonjosephs on June 27, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    @Smithie, in the Test the umpire decisions were close and looked like the umpires were wrong, but during the replays the umpires decisions were found to be right.

    India's 2nd strike bowler is a toss up between Munaf Patel/Praveen Kumar/Ishant Sharma. Ishant Sharma is too inconsistent in my opinion and I think it really comes down to Munaf Patel/Praveen Kumar. India must choose one and let him play more matches so he develops into a good bowler for the future instead of wasting energy on multiple bowlers who will continue to play mediocrely. In my opinion, Munaf Patel would be a great pick, but he lacks pace. If Munaf can up his pace, INdia should go after him, otherwise Praveen Kumar is the man to go

  • bestofluckindia on June 27, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Shorter format (ODI) was criticized in late 1970's, now most of the cricket is played in this format. So Now its a good start for the shortest format (T20) and even more criticism will only make it huge. It is actually a blessing in disguise for the Indian team that Sachin, UV, Zaheer, Sehwag, Gauti are not playing which helps the so called India A team to show their metal. Also, it doesn't hurt to prep. the bench strength even more.

  • kentjones on June 27, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    It is time for West Indies to show faith in their faster bowlers. Roach, Edwards and Rampaul should all be played. The trio plus Bishoo will make for a potent mix that should perform well at Barbados. Come on selectors show faith in the component that has brought the WI so much success over the years. Let the bowling lead from the front, the batting will fall in line. Whatever the batters could contribute, I believe the bowlers will more than match! When we overload the side with batsmen you are saying in effect that they are not good enough. I also want to make a strong case for the inclusion of fast bowler Russell in the West Indies side for the next test. He is an effervescent and hardworking bowler who gives his all and he has the makings of a good allrounder as well. His most significant characteristic is his never say die attitude. He fights down to the end and he does not need Webster or anybody else to tell him to do this. Selectors, please open your eyes!

  • NCassie on June 27, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    WI should play a 3 pace attack & Bishoo and let Sammy support them, he can still try Samuel & Simmons as support bowlers. Baugh & Sammy needs to bat if they go with this line up. Simmons, Barath, Bravo, Chanders, Samuel, baugh, Sammy, Rampaul, Fidel, Roach and Bishoo.

  • on June 27, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Greetings.

    My 11 for the 2nd test is as follows:

    1. Barath, 2. Simmons, 3. DM Bravo, 4. Samuels, 5. Chanderpaul, 6. Sammy (C), 7. Baugh, 8. Rampaul, 9. Bishoo, 10. Edwards, 11. Roach.

    This way we take advantage of the wicket with the extra fast bowler. Sammy is justifying his place with the ball. I feel he will handle the extra responsibility by batting higher up the order. Sarwan right now is a bit up/down and I feel Samuels is due. The top 6 should be able to get 50 runs per batsmen which makes 300. That should be the target. Any extra from the bowlers will be a 'bonus'. Then we strike, and strike WID FIRE!! (plus some spinning magic of course)!

  • Alexk400 on June 27, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Sarwan should play munaf patel in the team. He hit munaf patel 5 4s in over last trip.

  • Nampally on June 27, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    This test series is also a trial for Laxman's continued selection in the Indian test team. If he fails here, he might not be picked for the England tour Both Kohli & Raina are waiting to get in. Kumar & Ishant Sharma's performance will be closely watched for the England tour as well. Indian pace bowlers for the England tour are likely to be Munaf, Zaheer, Kumar & Ishant with Seisanth waiting in the wings. As far as Barbados test is concerned, The openers need to give India a good start and the middle order(Laman, Kohli, Raina & Dhoni) must perform. India was lucky to have Dravid, Harbhajan & Raina rising to the occasion in the first test, as also Mishra in the second innings. India need to compile at least 350 runs in each innings to be in winning position,Also Mishra & Harbhajan need to improve their bowling. West Indies will rely upon Bravo, Sarwan & ChanserPaul in batting BUt Gayle's absence is a big gap to fill. It is going to be a close match again.Good Luck to both teams.

  • on June 27, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    GO WINDIES... GO! It would be great for cricket to see them beat India and it will get the Indians ready for the beating that is to come in England shortly. If only Gayle could make up with the WI board.........

  • Baundele on June 27, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Recently, the shorter format of the game has been promoted almost shamelessly for short term money. A series between the BCCI team without Sachin, UV, Zaheer, Sehwag or Gauti, and the third string WICB team without their most attractive player in Chris Gayle does more harm to the finest version of cricket. India should win this one comfortably. I hope, Bhajji can cash in a 10 wicket haul.

  • on June 27, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    The West Indies should go in with an extra bowler. Leave Sarwan out, Simmons,Barath,Bravo,Samuels,Chanders,Sammy,Baugh,Rampaul,Edwards,Roach and Bishoo. The extra bowling option is a plus and the batsmen will know that they must shine. Sammy is doing well with the ball and I know he can step up with the bat.

  • xxxneilxxx on June 27, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    i think russel or roach should play in baugh's space and let darren or simmons take up the glove work.

  • couchpundit on June 27, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    per Form Guide Above....India is due for a LOSS and WI are due for a Win which goes well with India's Record inthis ground.

    With India A and WI national team playing...lets see how the game finishes. Should be Exciting

  • Smithie on June 27, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Come on Daryl - another virtuoso performance to make Dhoni regret his UDRS stance!

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  • Smithie on June 27, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Come on Daryl - another virtuoso performance to make Dhoni regret his UDRS stance!

  • couchpundit on June 27, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    per Form Guide Above....India is due for a LOSS and WI are due for a Win which goes well with India's Record inthis ground.

    With India A and WI national team playing...lets see how the game finishes. Should be Exciting

  • xxxneilxxx on June 27, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    i think russel or roach should play in baugh's space and let darren or simmons take up the glove work.

  • on June 27, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    The West Indies should go in with an extra bowler. Leave Sarwan out, Simmons,Barath,Bravo,Samuels,Chanders,Sammy,Baugh,Rampaul,Edwards,Roach and Bishoo. The extra bowling option is a plus and the batsmen will know that they must shine. Sammy is doing well with the ball and I know he can step up with the bat.

  • Baundele on June 27, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Recently, the shorter format of the game has been promoted almost shamelessly for short term money. A series between the BCCI team without Sachin, UV, Zaheer, Sehwag or Gauti, and the third string WICB team without their most attractive player in Chris Gayle does more harm to the finest version of cricket. India should win this one comfortably. I hope, Bhajji can cash in a 10 wicket haul.

  • on June 27, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    GO WINDIES... GO! It would be great for cricket to see them beat India and it will get the Indians ready for the beating that is to come in England shortly. If only Gayle could make up with the WI board.........

  • Nampally on June 27, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    This test series is also a trial for Laxman's continued selection in the Indian test team. If he fails here, he might not be picked for the England tour Both Kohli & Raina are waiting to get in. Kumar & Ishant Sharma's performance will be closely watched for the England tour as well. Indian pace bowlers for the England tour are likely to be Munaf, Zaheer, Kumar & Ishant with Seisanth waiting in the wings. As far as Barbados test is concerned, The openers need to give India a good start and the middle order(Laman, Kohli, Raina & Dhoni) must perform. India was lucky to have Dravid, Harbhajan & Raina rising to the occasion in the first test, as also Mishra in the second innings. India need to compile at least 350 runs in each innings to be in winning position,Also Mishra & Harbhajan need to improve their bowling. West Indies will rely upon Bravo, Sarwan & ChanserPaul in batting BUt Gayle's absence is a big gap to fill. It is going to be a close match again.Good Luck to both teams.

  • Alexk400 on June 27, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Sarwan should play munaf patel in the team. He hit munaf patel 5 4s in over last trip.

  • on June 27, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Greetings.

    My 11 for the 2nd test is as follows:

    1. Barath, 2. Simmons, 3. DM Bravo, 4. Samuels, 5. Chanderpaul, 6. Sammy (C), 7. Baugh, 8. Rampaul, 9. Bishoo, 10. Edwards, 11. Roach.

    This way we take advantage of the wicket with the extra fast bowler. Sammy is justifying his place with the ball. I feel he will handle the extra responsibility by batting higher up the order. Sarwan right now is a bit up/down and I feel Samuels is due. The top 6 should be able to get 50 runs per batsmen which makes 300. That should be the target. Any extra from the bowlers will be a 'bonus'. Then we strike, and strike WID FIRE!! (plus some spinning magic of course)!

  • NCassie on June 27, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    WI should play a 3 pace attack & Bishoo and let Sammy support them, he can still try Samuel & Simmons as support bowlers. Baugh & Sammy needs to bat if they go with this line up. Simmons, Barath, Bravo, Chanders, Samuel, baugh, Sammy, Rampaul, Fidel, Roach and Bishoo.