New Zealand in West Indies, 2014 July 3, 2014

Familiar names boost West Indies

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'I am short of practice' - Badree

The switch to T20 cricket brings a familiar look to West Indies. Their two-match series against New Zealand will mark Kieron Pollard's return from a year-long injury break. Sunil Narine, who was sidelined from the Tests owing to IPL commitments, will take up national duty again. So will Samuel Badree, the no.1-ranked T20 bowler.

All three players had been involved in the IPL, along with some of the New Zealand squad. Pollard had shared a dressing room with the big-hitting Corey Anderson at Mumbai Indians. Badree was a team-mate of the New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum at Chennai Super Kings and he believed the insights he had gained would come in handy.

"Obviously Brendon McCullum is one of their key performers in this version," Badree said. "I've been with him in the IPL at Chennai and I know him quite well. Kane Williamson seems to be in good form, I don't know who the other opener will be. I don't think they've brought specialist openers for these two games. So I'll work with the analyst before the game and come up with my game plan.

"Always mentally ready for any challenge. Physically, some might say I'm a bit short on practice, given the weather conditions and the fact there's no cricket on in Trinidad & Tobago, but that's no excuse. I've been working in the nets and so on so like I said looking forward to two games against New Zealand."

West Indies had trialled an inexperienced team under a new captain during the three-Test series. Though there were some heartening individual performances, they lost the series 2-1. Most of the T20 squad is consistent with the one that turned out for the World Cup in March. Krishmar Santokie, the left-arm seamer, might make his first appearance on this tour. His assortment of slower balls and yorkers helped him play all of West Indies' games at the World Cup and a couple of matches for Mumbai in the IPL as well.

"Always be watchful of the batters. That's my main thing," Santokie said. "On occasions, it depends on the situation of the game, you might have to change things. I've been working on some more variations in the nets but nothing in particular.

"Regardless of what kind of pitch you play on. Everywhere in the world, variation is the key and that's what I bring to the team."

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  • Clifford on July 4, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    I won't hesitate to predict that the inclusions of these players will change the recent results of the Windians. Narine, Badree and Santokie should be playing in all formats of the game for the Windies. Pollard only in the T20's. They possess the mentality to make Windians win again. Chanderpaul and the Bravo's,Braithwaite, Blackwood, who would benefit from the attitude of the other mentioned players,Roach and Gabriel and Ramdin should be the team.

  • Garry on July 3, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    JoshFromJamRock WI will win, we are obviously not taking it seriously as we are using the same squad that was playing the test series and are not bringing over any of our 20/20 specialists, plus we are not very good at 20/20's anyway.

  • ESPN on July 3, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    andre flecther has to b d luckiest west indies player how on earth he is consistently picked god alone knows certainly not for cricket his record speaks for itself

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    There will be no Gayle! Its difficult to understand resting Gayle for a two match t20 series and playing him for three test matches. We need new selectors. Then dropping Richardson for the third test and playing shillingford.

  • Joshua on July 3, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    WI will either lose or draw this series.

    Probably WI XI:

    1)Fletcher 2)Smith 3)Simmons 4)Da. Bravo 5)Dw. Bravo 6)Pollard 7)Sammy 8)Ramdin 9)Narine 10)Santokie 11)Badree

    Its a pretty average side but I wish them luck.

    I would love to see a WI XI more resembling this below:

    1)Gayle 2)Smith 3)Fletcher(wk) 4)Simmons 5)Dw. Bravo 6)Pollard 7)Sammy 8)Benn 9)Narine 10)Badree 11)Santokie

    I think 3 spinners (a Leggie, Offie & left-arm offie) is ideal on caribbean/turning pitches with the left-arm bowling of Santokie being complimented with the right-arm bowling of Bravo. Not a fan of Sammy or Pollard bowling. Even Smith seems to be a better option based on his IPL performances. Ramdin and Darren Bravo aren't needed in T20s.

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