West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Jamaica August 1, 2012

Elusive victory within West Indies' grasp

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Match facts

August 2-6
Start time 1000 (1500 GMT)

Big Picture

Kieran Powell was 19 when West Indies last won a Test series against opponents other than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh. He celebrated his birthday on the first day of the Trinidad Test against England, which ended with West Indies' Nos. 7 and 10 clinging on for dear life to secure a scrappy 1-0 victory in a five-match series. He was 13 when West Indies won before that. Powell, now 22, is one of a generation of young cricketers who have grown up watching West Indies struggle to win series. At Sabina Park, he will have the opportunity to be part of a rare triumph if West Indies draw or win to protect their 1-0 lead.

Kane Williamson was 15 when New Zealand last beat a Test side other than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh - a 2-0 win against West Indies in 2006. He was 11 when New Zealand last won such a series away from home - in West Indies in 2002. New Zealand cannot win this series, but a victory in Kingston will secure a draw and build on their relatively satisfactory recent performances - a drawn series in Australia, a 0-1 defeat against South Africa.

Like they did in Hobart so memorably, New Zealand will have to win without Daniel Vettori, who's out with a groin injury. Vettori's 2012 hasn't been productive - he's taken only one wicket in each of his last five Tests. What he does provide New Zealand unfailingly, however, is economy and, with it, a measure of control. Vettori conceded less than two and a half per over in four of those five Tests. His poorest return was 2.81. He reined in Chris Gayle after the batsman had raced to a half-century in the first innings in Antigua. Someone else will have to do that job in Jamaica.

New Zealand's challenge will be to control the pace of the game. Their inexperienced bowling attack needs to slow West Indies down at the start in order to allow Ross Taylor to keep wicket-taking fields. Their batsmen need to find a way not to stagnate against Narine and the rest in high-pressure scenarios like they did on the final morning of the first Test.

West Indies, on the other hand, won in Antigua with no contribution from their most reliable player - Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Chris Gayle made a huge splash in his comeback Test, while Narine and Roach took turns to run through New Zealand in each innings. There were useful contributions from several others, too, and Chanderpaul hailed the "fantastic team effort." A similar performance, beginning tomorrow, will make it extremely hard for New Zealand to force a win.

Form guide

West Indies WDLLL (Completed games, most recent first)
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Watch out for...

New Zealand's mongrel. For a country that earned a reputation by felling stronger sides, New Zealand showed little fight in Antigua. They dropped catches, their fielding was sloppy, and their batsmen's ultra-cautious approach to saving the Test did not last long enough to be successful. Neil Wagner, who is one-Test old, promised New Zealand would come out fighting on Thursday. He spoke of being ruthless and giving West Indies nothing. Without Vettori, that will be a little harder.

Sunil Narine was Man of the Match in his first home Test, taking eight wickets in the match. He had to toil through 85 overs for them, though, and called his performance a "big achievement" because of the conditions he had to bowl in. Martin Guptill, who made 97 and 67, said the New Zealand batsman had begun to play Narine better now that they'd seen a bit of him. The threat posed by Narine could be significantly enhanced if the Sabina Park pitch is to his liking.

Pitch and conditions

It's hot and humid in Kingston and the forecast is for a chance of thunderstorms over the next few days. The pitch at Sabina Park is expected to have more pace and bounce than the one Antigua. "It's a typical Jamaica wicket," Darren Sammy said. "Plenty of runs in it and hopefully something in it for the bowlers. The wicket here has some early moisture, [but] most pitches in the Caribbean are good for batting. Sides come here, win toss and bat first."

Ross Taylor said: "It's a welcome change. We struggled to maintain pressure on the West Indies batsmen and I'm sure the bowlers are looking forward to having some bounce and putting pressure on the West Indies batsmen."

Team news

West Indies brought Fidel Edwards into the squad because Ravi Rampaul sustained a groin strain. However, with Tino Best, who sat out in the first Test, already in the squad, Edwards might have to watch from the sidelines.

West Indies: (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Assad Fudadin, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Narsingh Deonarine, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Tino Best, 11 Kemar Roach.

New Zealand have to fill Vettori's spot and the only other specialist spinner in the squad is the legspinner Tarun Nethula, who could be in line for a Test debut. They must also find a new opening combination after Daniel Flynn was ruled out due to a groin injury. BJ Watling is the only back-up batsman in the squad and could slot straight in to open alongside Martin Guptill, or could slot in down the order to allow Brendon McCullum to open.

"Daniel has been carrying the grade one injury [a right adductor muscle strain] since the last day of the first Test but had responded positively to treatment," Paul Close, the New Zealand physio, said. "We felt there was a reasonable chance he would be fit to play but his progress over the past 24 hours plateaued. He was still experiencing pain during the team training session today with a subsequent fitness test ruling him out. We are confident he will be fully fit in time for the upcoming tour of India."

New Zealand: (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 BJ Watling, 3 Brendon McCullum, 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 Kane Williamson, 6 Dean Brownlie, 7 Kruger van Wyk (wk), 8 Doug Bracewell, 9 Neil Wagner, 10 Tarun Nethula, 11 Chris Martin

Stats and trivia

  • Since 2004, Gayle averages 65.25 against the top eight teams in wins (excluding Zimbabwe and Bangladesh), and 31.10 in losses against them.
  • West Indies' total of 522 in Antigua was their highest in a result game against one of the top sides since February 1995, when they scored 660 for 5 declared against New Zealand in Wellington.
  • New Zealand haven't won any of their last 15 series against the top sides - they've lost 11 and drawn four (dating back to April 2006). During this period they've won four Tests and lost 22.

Quotes

"We're pumped up. We did a great job in Antigua and we celebrated our achievements. It has been a while since West Indies won a Test Series at home, so this will be a chance to do it in front our fans."
Sunil Narine

"We're a young unit, very inexperienced in some ways. The boys learned a hell of a lot in the previous Test. It's not an easy place to come and play … We will always come out fighting."
Neil Wagner

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • razeez on August 2, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    In response to silva-surfa, all valuable points but I think from the outside, we need to establish that everything is speculative and highly subjective. I recall an interview in which captain Sammy said that captaincy was overrated in its importance. Not exactly what I would classify as ideal leadership and commitment to his task. Little was made of the statement and we moved on. More could have been made of it, but it wasn't, so we have to be careful how we perceive things such as Chris Gayle's rejection of a retainer contract. These are human beings with human obligations, his circumstance is unknown to us and I can't see that I would question Chris' commitment to West Indies cricket based on these events. The point I was initially trying to make was that, if every player is judged on the merit of results, then with almost identical records, where is the accountability for Darren Sammy? In my opinion, if we set a certain standard, then accountability should not be varied.

  • mgsub on August 2, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    This series is in no way an indication the West Indies have turned the corner. Beating New Zealand these days is like beating Zimbabwe or Bangladesh. Beyond Chris Gayle, the West Indies batting order is very ordinary. A half decent competent bowling lineup can tear through the team without many problems. I am skeptical on Naraine as a bowler. He failed badly in England but excelled on the hot pitches of the West Indies and India. He needs to play some county cricket in England to solidify his arsenal. He has great stuff, but I keep thinking of Ajanta Mendis. Mendis was virtually untouchable when he came up but then the batters figured him out and now he can't even make the Sri Lankan side. Naraine needs all-world experience before fans can say he is a solid part of the attack.

  • Silva-Surfa on August 2, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    In reply to razeez; i get the impression that you're implying if the Board will take the Captaincy away from Sammy, if his record is simular to Gayle's?..personally i don't think it was about merit, but more about attitude. Gayle turned down a retainer contract and twisted the noses of the Board completely out of joint. They probably felt that it didn't look good for the Captain at the time, not commiting himself to West Indies cricket and chose instead, to keep his options open outside International Cricket. This isn't my opinion, but how it was percieved at the time, which led to the ridiculous on-going stand-off. Sammy might have his faults and it's debatable whether he warrants a place in the team, but one thing you can't argue is that he is fully commited to the cause and direction of West Indies cricket. It's not always about results, but for a structure to be set, to lay the foundatons for the future, as well as signs of the team playing as a collective unit and not individuals.

  • on August 2, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    People must understand that as a leader there are different attributes that you can have. Obviously, Sammy's and Gayle are two different characters and leaders. But Sammy proved to have a more successful captaincy career than Gayle so far.The question is why.... They both are well respected amongst the teams and conveys a great level of affability in West Indies cricket hence why I would consider them as motivators. I think they are excellent captains but currently Sammy has implemented self belief amongst the players and now they seem to understand that a BURNING DESIRE to achieve something would only lead to you getting it. I reckon that this was what west indies cricket needed, but unfortunately this greatness came from a mediocre player according to the voices of critic its...But the status proves other wise..... Congrats Sammy on your outstanding leadership.

  • rayinto on August 2, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Pick the proper team for the conditions and Play both Tino & Fidel. Sammy in no way can compare to these two - so he can captain brom "beyond the boundary"

  • razeez on August 2, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Interesting to note that if WI fail to win this match, Sammy and Gayle will have identical win percentages as captain for the west indies in tests. Yet so much is written that separates them and proclaims a new dawn for west indies cricket. The record books don't reflect any tangible difference.

  • on August 2, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    2 saffer wicketkeepers in NZ squad 1 BJ Watling 2 Kruger van Wyk 1 saffer fast bowler Neil Wagner 1 aussie batsman Dean Brownlie is not that pretty much like England ?

  • on August 2, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    This is the only chance for the New Zealand BLACKCAPS to save themselves.. Flynn out sidelined...... Let the Best Cricketer in the World open with Martin Guptill tonight. One last life. One last oppurtunity. Brendon McCullum- Best In The World!!

  • TeamSelector on August 2, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Kane should bat @ #4 ... Roscoe's experience is needed at #5. Remember, there is no Vettori down the order now ...

  • on August 2, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    In hindsight, having the Bajan trio of Roach, Best and Fidel would be the closest we've come to having some genuine firepower, but as some others have stated, Tino and Fiddy can be wild and would go for too many runs. We need a accurate steady-eddie like RaviRamps, who probes around the off-stump line on a consistant basis. So many people have commented about who should be in and out of the side, the one thing that's encouraging is that the Selectors have brought in alot of youngsters and will continue to do so, as time goes on. Keep your eye on whoever we're touring this winter, as well as who we're hosting next year, because i can see guys like Johnson and Holder getting their chance at some point. Just a slight change of sport for a second, as this test is in Jamaica, has it occured to anyone that the 100 metres final will take place around tea-time on Day 4 (Sun 5 August 8pm GB time), i'm sure the locals, as well as the rest of the Caribbean will be looking out for Bolt vs Blake!

  • razeez on August 2, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    In response to silva-surfa, all valuable points but I think from the outside, we need to establish that everything is speculative and highly subjective. I recall an interview in which captain Sammy said that captaincy was overrated in its importance. Not exactly what I would classify as ideal leadership and commitment to his task. Little was made of the statement and we moved on. More could have been made of it, but it wasn't, so we have to be careful how we perceive things such as Chris Gayle's rejection of a retainer contract. These are human beings with human obligations, his circumstance is unknown to us and I can't see that I would question Chris' commitment to West Indies cricket based on these events. The point I was initially trying to make was that, if every player is judged on the merit of results, then with almost identical records, where is the accountability for Darren Sammy? In my opinion, if we set a certain standard, then accountability should not be varied.

  • mgsub on August 2, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    This series is in no way an indication the West Indies have turned the corner. Beating New Zealand these days is like beating Zimbabwe or Bangladesh. Beyond Chris Gayle, the West Indies batting order is very ordinary. A half decent competent bowling lineup can tear through the team without many problems. I am skeptical on Naraine as a bowler. He failed badly in England but excelled on the hot pitches of the West Indies and India. He needs to play some county cricket in England to solidify his arsenal. He has great stuff, but I keep thinking of Ajanta Mendis. Mendis was virtually untouchable when he came up but then the batters figured him out and now he can't even make the Sri Lankan side. Naraine needs all-world experience before fans can say he is a solid part of the attack.

  • Silva-Surfa on August 2, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    In reply to razeez; i get the impression that you're implying if the Board will take the Captaincy away from Sammy, if his record is simular to Gayle's?..personally i don't think it was about merit, but more about attitude. Gayle turned down a retainer contract and twisted the noses of the Board completely out of joint. They probably felt that it didn't look good for the Captain at the time, not commiting himself to West Indies cricket and chose instead, to keep his options open outside International Cricket. This isn't my opinion, but how it was percieved at the time, which led to the ridiculous on-going stand-off. Sammy might have his faults and it's debatable whether he warrants a place in the team, but one thing you can't argue is that he is fully commited to the cause and direction of West Indies cricket. It's not always about results, but for a structure to be set, to lay the foundatons for the future, as well as signs of the team playing as a collective unit and not individuals.

  • on August 2, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    People must understand that as a leader there are different attributes that you can have. Obviously, Sammy's and Gayle are two different characters and leaders. But Sammy proved to have a more successful captaincy career than Gayle so far.The question is why.... They both are well respected amongst the teams and conveys a great level of affability in West Indies cricket hence why I would consider them as motivators. I think they are excellent captains but currently Sammy has implemented self belief amongst the players and now they seem to understand that a BURNING DESIRE to achieve something would only lead to you getting it. I reckon that this was what west indies cricket needed, but unfortunately this greatness came from a mediocre player according to the voices of critic its...But the status proves other wise..... Congrats Sammy on your outstanding leadership.

  • rayinto on August 2, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Pick the proper team for the conditions and Play both Tino & Fidel. Sammy in no way can compare to these two - so he can captain brom "beyond the boundary"

  • razeez on August 2, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Interesting to note that if WI fail to win this match, Sammy and Gayle will have identical win percentages as captain for the west indies in tests. Yet so much is written that separates them and proclaims a new dawn for west indies cricket. The record books don't reflect any tangible difference.

  • on August 2, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    2 saffer wicketkeepers in NZ squad 1 BJ Watling 2 Kruger van Wyk 1 saffer fast bowler Neil Wagner 1 aussie batsman Dean Brownlie is not that pretty much like England ?

  • on August 2, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    This is the only chance for the New Zealand BLACKCAPS to save themselves.. Flynn out sidelined...... Let the Best Cricketer in the World open with Martin Guptill tonight. One last life. One last oppurtunity. Brendon McCullum- Best In The World!!

  • TeamSelector on August 2, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Kane should bat @ #4 ... Roscoe's experience is needed at #5. Remember, there is no Vettori down the order now ...

  • on August 2, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    In hindsight, having the Bajan trio of Roach, Best and Fidel would be the closest we've come to having some genuine firepower, but as some others have stated, Tino and Fiddy can be wild and would go for too many runs. We need a accurate steady-eddie like RaviRamps, who probes around the off-stump line on a consistant basis. So many people have commented about who should be in and out of the side, the one thing that's encouraging is that the Selectors have brought in alot of youngsters and will continue to do so, as time goes on. Keep your eye on whoever we're touring this winter, as well as who we're hosting next year, because i can see guys like Johnson and Holder getting their chance at some point. Just a slight change of sport for a second, as this test is in Jamaica, has it occured to anyone that the 100 metres final will take place around tea-time on Day 4 (Sun 5 August 8pm GB time), i'm sure the locals, as well as the rest of the Caribbean will be looking out for Bolt vs Blake!

  • obatsalem1979 on August 2, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    tino best and fidel edwards in,out goes rampaul and sammy......pick teams for the pitch and conditions. nothing against sammy as a captain,but wi need quicker bowlers in this match and since best and edwards are in the 13 man squad,let them play.

  • emailmkarthik on August 2, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Where's Barath after that promising hundred on debut? He's vanished nearly. I want him to make a strong comeback to tests. Barath/Powell at one end and Gayle at the other end will be a good combo.

  • on August 2, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    I know New Zealand's board doesn't exactly have a lot of money but these injuries are making a mockery of the paper thin squad. New Zealand really should have had a regular off-spin option in their squad as well as better cover. West Indies have so many left hand bats.

  • on August 2, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    To be successful at this level for a legspinner, one needs to have plenty of variations- googly, flipper (mandatory) etc; if Nethula gets selected, this will be a big test of his skills. A legspinner bowling in a test match is always exciting to watch so looking forward

  • on August 2, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    2010/11 Sammy became the WI capt. And just for the records, as weak as WI was, prior to the re-entry of Gayle, the highest total agst WI(Sammy as capt) by any team was 631/7d. And that was scored by India in India. Not 637/2d at home(not a criticism). By the way could u imagine what would happen to your name sake, if he had such a lengthy lean period? I love WI.

  • mrhamilton on August 2, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    I simply cant understand all the blind emotional Windies fans who continue to slate Darren Sammy. Sammy is largely instrumental in instilling the new ethos of pride, fightm spirit and leading by example. He has done so in the last year with the bat and at times with the ball. His average in the last year with bat is 30 something, with the ball he has slipped slightly recently but still bowls a useful line and length which probes unlike any other windies bowler. People forget till he went to India his bowling average was 29. still 32 despite a lean couple of series's. Sammy really needs to be at number 6 I think hes a better batsman than Deonarine and Pollard and fudadins time will come.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 2, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    ...about Joel Garner. Those who remember "Big Bird" would gladly welcome someone of his type in the current set-up. Shannon Gabriel, Kevin McClean, Devendra Bishoo and 'A' team skipper Veerasammy Permaul are all worth keeping around the squad too, as the modern gruelling schedule means that no team will survive with just four decent bowlers. The keeper position poses questions. Is Ramdin our best option? Probably at present, but eyes should be open for another. The batting, following the rise in form of Marlon Samuels and the return of Grampy, appears more solid. Powell will hopefully cement his place at the top of the order alongside Gayle, whilst Darren Bravo's return is eagerly anticipated. Chanderpaul will be at five for a whlie yet, so the biggest question then remains whether or not the make up of the side should change. Can we afford to use Sammy at six to allow an extra strike bowler? Ideally yes, but he isn't as good a bat as Deonarine/Fudadin. Onwards and upwards we go...

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 2, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Regardless of the result, and one dearly wishes for a home victory to give the people of the caribbean something to really celebrate, the home side must make a few tough decisions in the near future. Notably, it is time to put Edwards out to grass. His fire has long since diminished, and youngsters such as Delorn Johnson, who is well championed in these parts, must be given a run in the side. He is fast, tall (6'6"), and delivers from a high left arm angle that troubles many in his sights. His natural aggressiveness would also add more potency to the attack, which, whilst it still includes Sammy, really needs more firepower.Johnson is also a strong young man, capable of bowling longer spells than Edwards. Paired with Roach, they would form a formidable spearhead to the Windies attack. Jason Holder must also be considered before long, as although he is a yard short of Johnson's pace, he still bowls briskly, and delivers from 6'8". His accuracy and immense height have some reminiscing...

  • on August 2, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    It actually takes two players to replace vettori not just a spinner hes also a recognised batsman with 6 test hundreds

  • satish619chandar on August 2, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Watling was in good touch in ODIs.. But play him as opener? Why not Baz get into open? He did do a decent job there.. Nethula for Dan is a obvious choice.. For WI, it is too easy to get in Best for Ramps.. But certainly they will miss Ramps.. All the best for both teams - WI will remain firm favorites..

  • Kiwi-Jake on August 2, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Nethula ain't that great, I say NZ should go with 4 seamers like when they beat Australia. Southee actually looked good in the ODI's so I believe he should slot in as the 4th seamer, he also offers a little extra with the bat which NZ need now that they have to persist with Dean "not up to a lot" Brownlie.

  • on August 2, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    rising which world r u living in ramdin may be the best wicketkeeper in the w/i but he and baught r the 2poorest w/k bat in the worl name me a playing test side that have a keeper that dont make runs on a regular basis except thos 2 even to zimbauwbe have a keeper that make runs on a regular basis . sir sobers it is time that best/and edwards to start collecting their pension these guys best days r over why would u keep playing these guys who have been averaging 35/40/per wicket in their career it makes no sense to keep these guys what happen to players like johnson/holder and these other fast bowlers having a genuine left hand fast bowler in your side is an asset not a liability so it is time to give the young fast bowlers a break best /edwards all the can do is run with the ball and bowl fast and straight nothing more no movement whatsoever batsmen get to know them so good that they play them with ease nothing special in their bowling the r a pathetic site to look at trust me

  • on August 2, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Godfrey Pieters I understand what you are looking at with your comparison of Strauss and Sammy. The difference between Strauss and Sammy ,Strauss was in a lean period Sammy have never done any thing before. Go WI can't wait for tomorrow Gayle and company will make Sammy into a HERO for all his PRO FANS.

  • Maccanui on August 2, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Our most recent test win came in a match when Vettori didn't play so its not all bad. We probably still have a few too many NZ born players in our team for my liking but at least things are on the improve. Tompuffin, you might want to have another read of the article re: Flynn, or perhaps just read the article at least once.

  • cricketfannik on August 2, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    good test series may revieve test cricket in NZ and WI cheers

  • beejaytee on August 2, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    @tompuffin: That, we didn't need. OK, so Nethula has to play. Watling too, if fit. So, here's my 11: Guptill, Baz, Taylor, Kane, BJ, Brownlie, Van Wyk, Bracewell, Wagner, Nethula, Martin. I imagine, NZ being NZ, that we'll do something stupid like throw BJ to the wolves at #3, but let's hope not. I'd like to see Southee play in place of Brownlie, but I don't think it'll happen. Big game needed from The Phantom, who needs to find that uncomfortable length and angle he can get to the lefties. If he can win the Chris vs Chris battle, or even contain Gayle early, the 2nd Test may look quite different to the 1st.

  • on August 2, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    @ Godfrey Pieters - Strauss for 1 is a major part of what until recently is a consistently dominating setup that beats top class opposition. He has tactical acumen & leadership qualities that Sammy has not yet acquired. He has a batting average of over 40 with over 20 test centuries & almost 100 Tests worth of experience + he is a very good slip fielder. England also has the 2nd best batting lineup in International cricket so they can afford to carry Strauss if he isnt 100% in form especially against weaker opposition Also there r not any obvious replacements for Strauss that look capable or ready to do a better job with the bat & bear in mind they will be losing all that i mentioned b4 .

  • on August 1, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    A good performance by the West Indies. I thought Narine bowled well, but we need to manage him better than that. We can't have him bowl that many overs all the time. Sammy needs to bowl a little more, or even have Gayle or Samuels do some bowling. Somehow, I think we are a fast bowler short, but at least I'm seeing an improvement in Sammy's batting. I'm hoping one day Andre Russell can make the test eleven, he's a good talent.

  • on August 1, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    @Godfrey Pieters is a Sammy advocate. Lies, damned lies, and statistics. Using stats to bolster a weak argument. The fact remains that Sammy is not a strike bowler, and he denies a genuine strike bowler or a better allrounder than himself (Andre Russel) a place in this test team. Even Sir Viv said that Russell has the potential to be as good as Kallis in the future. Everyone except the selectors and the WICB sees that Sammy cannot continue going on as TEST CAPTAIN, as an ODI and T20 player he more than merits his selection, I have no problem with that, but NOT test, And btw, Andrew Strauss is NOT a class player, and isn't a creative captain, right now cricket fans in England calling for his replacement after the Oval embarassment.

  • tompuffin on August 1, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    As a side note, Daniel Flynn has also been ruled out of this test. Check it out on the New Zealand Hearld. More injury woes for NZ :( Chris Martin will have to open!

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 1, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    That should have been "head still hurts..."

  • Rising_Edge1234 on August 1, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Best and Fidel are the most aggressive of the 3 quickies and my heart wants to see them play, but my brain tells me both of them can be wild and inaccurate and if we have two reckless bowlers on at the same time it will spell disaster. So I'm going to go with Best and Roach. Ramdin is the best keeper in the WI and the best batsman among keepers so he should stay on for the immediate future. We have to get away from the mindset of a wicketkeeper-batsman. Let the batsmen do their job. That being said, I see a promising young keeper who can bat coming up the pike by the name of Shane Dowrich. I hope this young man becomes successful and give us that batting strength we so badly need in the lower middle order.

  • arif.vampire on August 1, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    its good that they are pumped up..but its time they need to look down and make sure their feet stays on the ground at least for the next 5 days

  • on August 1, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Best, Edwards for the xtra pace or Johnson for the variety, any one can do the job. What is important is the fact that WI now have a nucleus of players( Gayle, Shiv, Samuel, Roach & Narine) that can push the team forward. All the top teams have such players. And not to forget our fast learning, ever improving capt. All the best WI.

  • on August 1, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Mr SIRSOBERS I just love to read your comments I can see that you understand the game Fidel and Best need to play and go really hard at them, good point and statistics comparison Mr Godfrey Pieters best of luck to the guys tomorrow .

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 1, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Although my head still heads from the severe scratching following the news that Delorn Johnson has been overlooked AGAIN, I can't wait for the test match to start. Hopefully, the guys will make Sabina very difficult for the tourists. Roach and Best with the new ball? Sounds good to me.

  • bovado on August 1, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    good win but our weakest link is the wicket keeper. something needs to be done about that

  • cimrsimg on August 1, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Good to see Gayle's form. Keep the runs flowing.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 1, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    I'd like to see both BEST and EDWARDS added go hard with the bowling

  • carm on August 1, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    i love wi hope they can win the second test. Go Gayle and the other guys.

  • on August 1, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Currently there r two test series being played. WI/NZ &ENG/SA. I am going to make a comparison between two unlikely players D. SAMMY(WI capt & ANDREW STRAUSS(ENG capt). The period 2010/11 to the last two test matches.These players r being assessed as players & not as capts. One an opener, the other a bowling all rounder. Sammy 20tests,33inns,743runs, avg22.51. Strauss 21tests,32inns, avg33.2. However prior to 2012 Strauss' avg was 25.27 & it was only in 2012 when he made 329 incl two centuries agst WI that his avg moved to 33.2. for that period. I am not incl Sammy's 42 wkts in this assessment, because we r not incl Strauss record as a capt. I think Sammy more than merit his place in the WI team.

  • on August 1, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    I read about how ineffective Dan The Man has become with his bowling. His batting did nothing either. But how good are the replacements?

  • on August 1, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    C.H Gayle .. provide us with the usual fireworks

  • 777aditya on August 1, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Three words stand out in this article - "We're pumped up." I sincerely hope that West Indies go on to win this series and many more to come, preferably against top ranked test teams - if West Indies can stay focused, the prospects are mouthwatering! They have nothing to lose and a generation of fan following to gain.

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  • 777aditya on August 1, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Three words stand out in this article - "We're pumped up." I sincerely hope that West Indies go on to win this series and many more to come, preferably against top ranked test teams - if West Indies can stay focused, the prospects are mouthwatering! They have nothing to lose and a generation of fan following to gain.

  • on August 1, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    C.H Gayle .. provide us with the usual fireworks

  • on August 1, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    I read about how ineffective Dan The Man has become with his bowling. His batting did nothing either. But how good are the replacements?

  • on August 1, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Currently there r two test series being played. WI/NZ &ENG/SA. I am going to make a comparison between two unlikely players D. SAMMY(WI capt & ANDREW STRAUSS(ENG capt). The period 2010/11 to the last two test matches.These players r being assessed as players & not as capts. One an opener, the other a bowling all rounder. Sammy 20tests,33inns,743runs, avg22.51. Strauss 21tests,32inns, avg33.2. However prior to 2012 Strauss' avg was 25.27 & it was only in 2012 when he made 329 incl two centuries agst WI that his avg moved to 33.2. for that period. I am not incl Sammy's 42 wkts in this assessment, because we r not incl Strauss record as a capt. I think Sammy more than merit his place in the WI team.

  • carm on August 1, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    i love wi hope they can win the second test. Go Gayle and the other guys.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 1, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    I'd like to see both BEST and EDWARDS added go hard with the bowling

  • cimrsimg on August 1, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Good to see Gayle's form. Keep the runs flowing.

  • bovado on August 1, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    good win but our weakest link is the wicket keeper. something needs to be done about that

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 1, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Although my head still heads from the severe scratching following the news that Delorn Johnson has been overlooked AGAIN, I can't wait for the test match to start. Hopefully, the guys will make Sabina very difficult for the tourists. Roach and Best with the new ball? Sounds good to me.

  • on August 1, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Mr SIRSOBERS I just love to read your comments I can see that you understand the game Fidel and Best need to play and go really hard at them, good point and statistics comparison Mr Godfrey Pieters best of luck to the guys tomorrow .