West Indies v Pakistan 2011 May 9, 2011

Fit again, Fidel Edwards ready for comeback

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Fidel Edwards, the West Indies fast bowler, is confident that he is ready for a return to international cricket after nearly two years out. Edwards, 29, made his first-class comeback in February after back surgery had kept him on the sidelines since the 2009 Champions League, and he was named for this week's two-day practice match in Guyana.

That could pave the way for Edwards to play in the first Test against Pakistan, starting on Thursday. He has had a successful comeback for Barbados in the regional four-day competition, and collected 22 wickets at 23.77 from his six outings.

"I'm very happy to be back," Edwards said. "I spent a long time out but I've made a full recovery and my body is ready to play five-day cricket again. I did a lot of good work with my trainer and the physio in Barbados and they were tremendous help to me during my comeback period.

"I felt I bowled well for Barbados and that helped me. I spent some time at the camp in Barbados before the series started and I felt comfortable. I did some work with the head coach (Ottis Gibson) during the camp and things have been going smoothly.

"I'm really looking ahead to what is upcoming. This series against Pakistan is a good place to start. I'm focussed and I'm looking to stay fit and strong. I'm looking to get wickets and help the West Indies to success. There is a lot to play for and I'm looking forward.

"I have some goals I'm looking to achieve and one thing is to help the team win and move back up the ladder. This is vitally important to the team overall and to the supporters of West Indies cricket."

West Indies are currently seventh on the Test rankings table, but they will move up to sixth if they win the two-match series against Pakistan. However, they will need to turn around some poor form in the longest format; West Indies haven't won any of their past 17 Tests, a winless streak stretching back to February 2009.

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  • POSTED BY simonviller on | May 12, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    We have to keep trying until we get it right if we are to compete with the top teams . Take Australia for example ,they have about eight batsmen ,several being bowlers ,that's what we need more of , bowlers who can bat and batsmen who can bowl [ all - rounders]. A guy like Mitch Johnson could easily make any test team as an upper order batsman ,but te team has that much talent they can do this . I can West Indies there in the near future with all this young talent .

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | May 12, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    One poster remarks that ,Ramadin cannot bat is not true in my opinion .If we go back to his early years in the team ,we would think otherwise . If he couldn't bat ,he wouldn't have scored the runs he did ,including the century . He wil be back soon when we play the big boys ;mark my word ... That's my keeper man !

  • POSTED BY delastbastion on | May 11, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    does anybody find it ludicrous that Chairman of selectors Clyde Butts when questioned on the inclusion of Devon smith, could publicly state, " of course he's not gonna start against spin in a test match, so we think that he can actually go out there and do the business and we want to give him that chance." ..............why would he think that pakistan is obligated to start their attack with pace? ....when Devon's is a wicket waiting to fall to spin.

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | May 11, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Ravi Ramphal must be no.1 choice now. He must and will play in Guyana and next test in Jamaica. Him warrant a place in de team and must open de new ball with Edward. WI cannot drop dis guy! He will take at least 6 wicket in Guyana garonteed! I would drop Roach now; him bowling a whole set of trash and Pakistan batsmen know how to play im!Roach too wild and trying to bowl too hard that is why he cant get wicket. Ramphal will take 6 plus wicket and Bishoe will take at least 7 wickets on im test debut.

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | May 11, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Sammy is taking up a specialist position, unbalancing the team. With both Nash and Chanderpaul in the side, West Indies should have enough stability to complement the natural strokeplay of Darren Bravo, Simmons, & Sarwan. I am not confident of Smith's ability against spin. What's the status on Adrian Barath? For the all-rounder, Samuels is my choice ahead of Sammy - but Sammy is the captain, so it would be difficult to see us playing 3 all-rounders in a test (counting Nash). I won't want to drop any of the specialist bowlers Fidel Edwards, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul. But with Sammy in, one would have to go. Nash also does provide bowling options.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | May 11, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @PaddyRasta ! man why are you so "sweet" on Ramdin ?This man had his chances and failed miserably,let others get theirs.After 81 tests Ramdin has an av.of < 25,after 8 tests Baugh < 25 too !One selector said Ramdin is the best keeper,and everbody jumping on his bandwagon.Thomas is just as good or better,Patrick Browne is just as good or better,and Walton the same.I think Thomas though, should be the keeper in the tests .What has Ramdin done in the tests he has played ?Ramdin more so than Baugh,has dropped catches,conceeded byes,failed to gather,and miss stump in the 81 tests that he has played,as against Baugh in his 8 tests.Why don't you comment on Pollard's 5.7 av. against quality bowling,and Rampaul's bowling av.of 109.75 in tests.,and you talk about constructive criticism.Thomas has not yet played in a test match to prove his worth,and you want Ramdin to come back.Man everybody can see your trini bias coming out everytime you comment,like if trinis can play cricket like bajans.

  • POSTED BY samedwards on | May 11, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    In my opinion,this would be the best West Indian Test sqaud-Gayle,Barath,Darren Bravo,Sarwan,Chanderpaul,Nash,Simmons,Dwayne Bravo,Jerome Taylor,Bishoo,Roach,Fidel Edwards,Andre Russell,Benn,Baugh

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    Lets hope that Fidel's goal isnt to bowl the fastest ball as he had declared in the last worldcup he played in

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Don't sacrifice a bowler for Sammy. I am not a big Rampaul fan but he deserves a place based on the odis. Edwards, Bishoo, Rampaul and Roach. nash as captain.

  • POSTED BY westindian4life on | May 11, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    I hope to see this West Indies team against India for the One Dayers (15 man squad) - Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Adrian Bharath (if fit or Kraigg Brathwaite just for experience), Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels (hopefully in better form), Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo (needs to lift his game) Carlton Baugh (wk), Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampaul, Anthony Martin, Kemar Roach.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | May 12, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    We have to keep trying until we get it right if we are to compete with the top teams . Take Australia for example ,they have about eight batsmen ,several being bowlers ,that's what we need more of , bowlers who can bat and batsmen who can bowl [ all - rounders]. A guy like Mitch Johnson could easily make any test team as an upper order batsman ,but te team has that much talent they can do this . I can West Indies there in the near future with all this young talent .

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | May 12, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    One poster remarks that ,Ramadin cannot bat is not true in my opinion .If we go back to his early years in the team ,we would think otherwise . If he couldn't bat ,he wouldn't have scored the runs he did ,including the century . He wil be back soon when we play the big boys ;mark my word ... That's my keeper man !

  • POSTED BY delastbastion on | May 11, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    does anybody find it ludicrous that Chairman of selectors Clyde Butts when questioned on the inclusion of Devon smith, could publicly state, " of course he's not gonna start against spin in a test match, so we think that he can actually go out there and do the business and we want to give him that chance." ..............why would he think that pakistan is obligated to start their attack with pace? ....when Devon's is a wicket waiting to fall to spin.

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | May 11, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Ravi Ramphal must be no.1 choice now. He must and will play in Guyana and next test in Jamaica. Him warrant a place in de team and must open de new ball with Edward. WI cannot drop dis guy! He will take at least 6 wicket in Guyana garonteed! I would drop Roach now; him bowling a whole set of trash and Pakistan batsmen know how to play im!Roach too wild and trying to bowl too hard that is why he cant get wicket. Ramphal will take 6 plus wicket and Bishoe will take at least 7 wickets on im test debut.

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | May 11, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Sammy is taking up a specialist position, unbalancing the team. With both Nash and Chanderpaul in the side, West Indies should have enough stability to complement the natural strokeplay of Darren Bravo, Simmons, & Sarwan. I am not confident of Smith's ability against spin. What's the status on Adrian Barath? For the all-rounder, Samuels is my choice ahead of Sammy - but Sammy is the captain, so it would be difficult to see us playing 3 all-rounders in a test (counting Nash). I won't want to drop any of the specialist bowlers Fidel Edwards, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul. But with Sammy in, one would have to go. Nash also does provide bowling options.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | May 11, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @PaddyRasta ! man why are you so "sweet" on Ramdin ?This man had his chances and failed miserably,let others get theirs.After 81 tests Ramdin has an av.of < 25,after 8 tests Baugh < 25 too !One selector said Ramdin is the best keeper,and everbody jumping on his bandwagon.Thomas is just as good or better,Patrick Browne is just as good or better,and Walton the same.I think Thomas though, should be the keeper in the tests .What has Ramdin done in the tests he has played ?Ramdin more so than Baugh,has dropped catches,conceeded byes,failed to gather,and miss stump in the 81 tests that he has played,as against Baugh in his 8 tests.Why don't you comment on Pollard's 5.7 av. against quality bowling,and Rampaul's bowling av.of 109.75 in tests.,and you talk about constructive criticism.Thomas has not yet played in a test match to prove his worth,and you want Ramdin to come back.Man everybody can see your trini bias coming out everytime you comment,like if trinis can play cricket like bajans.

  • POSTED BY samedwards on | May 11, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    In my opinion,this would be the best West Indian Test sqaud-Gayle,Barath,Darren Bravo,Sarwan,Chanderpaul,Nash,Simmons,Dwayne Bravo,Jerome Taylor,Bishoo,Roach,Fidel Edwards,Andre Russell,Benn,Baugh

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    Lets hope that Fidel's goal isnt to bowl the fastest ball as he had declared in the last worldcup he played in

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Don't sacrifice a bowler for Sammy. I am not a big Rampaul fan but he deserves a place based on the odis. Edwards, Bishoo, Rampaul and Roach. nash as captain.

  • POSTED BY westindian4life on | May 11, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    I hope to see this West Indies team against India for the One Dayers (15 man squad) - Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Adrian Bharath (if fit or Kraigg Brathwaite just for experience), Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels (hopefully in better form), Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo (needs to lift his game) Carlton Baugh (wk), Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampaul, Anthony Martin, Kemar Roach.

  • POSTED BY westindian4life on | May 11, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    I cannot understand for the life of me how Devon Smith gets a pick in the squad for the first test...I know that people say that he struggled against the spinners but that is just a general criticism...the specifics are that Smith got out not trying to accelerate the scoring which might be understandable but he was genuinely at sea versus the Pakistan spinners...beaten in flight and turn...not a clue...I think that Kraigg Brathwaite would have been good pick and could not have done worse than Devon Smith...I guess though that the selectors will have to learn their lessons the hard way...I do hope that Smith comes good though and the West Indies win the test...I see alot of potential chokers with the bat...but Baugh, Smith, Sammy and Samuels better get it right....

  • POSTED BY JackJak on | May 11, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    Once India became dominant as a financial power in Cricket the decline of West Indies began..India's rise saw West Indies' decline..So obviously somebody doesnt want West Indies to be dominant again like back then..then a lot of sides will be bowled out in no time and a lot of averages will be torn apart

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    i wonder if any 1 remember the tour of england and wht gayle aid and how he carried himself as captain

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    how can u judge someone after 4 outings (thomas). and in a situation that he was not expected to play in on the biggest stage he did well give him time. hes also young kept well i think hes going to be great with time

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Good luck to the team. Have to say though, I don't quite get how Smith could not handle the spinners in the ODIs but the selectors suddenly expect him to cope well with them in the test environment with men around the bat and added pressure.

  • POSTED BY WI4life on | May 10, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    best 11 should be 1.gayle 2.barath 3.sarwan 4.chanderpaul 5.nash 6.dwyan bravo 7.baugh 8.taylor 9.edwards 10.roach 11.bishoo...............sammy should retire

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    My West Indies team would Be Simmons and Chanderpaul Sarwan D Bravo Nash Baugh 2 spinners would be Nikita Miller and Bishoo Roach Rampaul Edwards and Nash would be all rounder I prefer Baugh or Walton I would play Kirk Edwards he looks like hes suited more to Test Cricket this side is for Guyana because im expexting to turn Edwards as a extra opner

  • POSTED BY Gladman on | May 10, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    the best test team shld be gayle,barath,darren bravo,sarwan,chanders,nash,ramdin,dwayne bravo,taylor,roach and edwards

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | May 10, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    I've been waiting to see a decent WI quick attack. It's shameful really to see them open the bowling with spinners and what not, when they used to have 5-6 fastmen in the XI!

    Eddie+Taylor+Roach (and/or + Ravi)

    along with Bravo and Pollard.

  • POSTED BY NCassie on | May 10, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    OK so Ramdin still has to remain in the dog house, let's see if Baugh can bat better than him in the tests and they still are persisting on Sammy as captain. Best possible eleven (11) - Simmons, Chanders, Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, Sammy, baugh, Bishoo, Rampaul, Roach, Edwards (12th man Smith). My reason for Smith's ommission he doesn't have a clue how to bat the PAK spinners.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 10, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    PaddyRasta, think Gilchrist, Sangakarra, and Dhoni. These guys are/were both very good keepers and batsmen. They add depth to the line up as they turn a top 6 into a top7. They also give the team the option of batting in the top 6 and going in with 5 bowlers on a flat track. Sure, they should be good keepers, but if they can bat as well then that's a bonus to any team.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | May 10, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @avii_ I do not understand your logic. If Ramdin is the best keeper, then he should be playing. There is no WK allrounder in WI at the moment and in fact Ramdin has proven himself in recent times with the bat. I blame Dujon for this expectation, because before him, there was no expectation for the WK to make runs. WK is a specialist role especially in test matches and is more so with our pacemen coming back in the team as catches will win matches. I do not expect batsmen to be bowlers or vice versa. So why are WKs allrounders?

  • POSTED BY avii_ on | May 10, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    baugh/thomas together hvent had half the amount of time ramdin had to fail, give them a chance, ramdin had multiple years of international cricket and basically failed as a batman, giving someone else a chance isn't a bad thing, lets see what they can do, yes i agree ramdin is the best keeper in the west indies, but give baugh a bit more time lets see what he actually can do

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | May 10, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Agree with you VivGilchrist. It is a recipe for disaster effectively playing one specialist man short, especially if they want to blood new players. The WK problem for tests is not going to be solved with Baugh/ Thomas and Simmons's batting will suffer if they experiment him as WK. WI is better off with him as test opener as he is in good form. Pick your best 11 specialists, bat/ bowl/ WK, then your captain from this team. With the current line-up, this should be Nash.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 10, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    To all Windies fans- Please keep in mind, Test cricket is the ultimate test in skill and mental strength. Deficiencies don't get hidden like they do in the shorter formats. For this reason you need to pick a team of specialists. 6 specialist batsmen, 4 specialist bowlers, and a specialist keeper. An all-rounder should only be chosen if he is a specialist in at least one discipline - ie Watson and Kallis can be chosen on there batting alone, Bravo cannot (av31). Flintoff could be chosen as a bowler and his batting was a bonus. My point is Bravo, Pollard, Sammy, and Russel really shouldn't warrant selection until they start excelling in one discipline. If they can either bat top 6 as a batsman or warrant being one of the 4 main bowlers they will then warrant selection with there other skill adding depth to the team. Currently this is not the case and there inclusion weakens the TEST line-up.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | May 10, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    @ SportsJunky - Thomas has done nothing of note with the bat. Just look at his cricinfo profile and ODI/ T20 certainly does not make a WK for tests. He will be out of his depth. Ramdin should be recalled. He has shown great form with the bat in the 4 day game and is the best glovesman anyway.

  • POSTED BY sony_sr on | May 10, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Even with all the decline in last 10-15 years, WI still have a really good team to compete at international level. They just need some proper management at the board/players association/team level.

    All people involved with WICB and their players association, please please please stop fighting each other and work together to get WI cricket back of its winning ways. In return your names will be written in golden letters in the history of WI cricket.

  • POSTED BY tnelson on | May 10, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    I have no issues with the selection, except, Smith.......Hafeez is licking is lips again.....WICB have you not seem enough evidence that Smith has absolutely no clue to slow off breaks.....Why was young Braithwaite not given the nodd...i think he's a good enough player to be considered over smith. It would appear that WICB uses quite a different set of selection criteria that we are not privy, and perfromance is not one of them.

  • POSTED BY SportsJunky on | May 10, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    Again our selector are making huge mistakes in the selection of the team when will they get the picture, have they over looked young Devon Thomas who was great behind the stumps during the T20's and gone back to Baugh who has steel in his hand and not making any runs. Please selectors do the Caribbean people so good.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | May 9, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    @ simonviller It is hard to conceive 2 spinners, so Benn misses out with Bishoo at the moment. This would be achievable if Sammy was not an automatic pick and was replaced by Russell. Unfortunately Ramdin has been cast away to oblivion. He is the best WK but eveyone was expecting him to bat and of course now no one expects the same of Devon Thomas or Baugh (what have they done?). At 26 and with his international experience, he would also be a good option for captain which is also why he will not be given another chance with the current administration in place.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 9, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Gayle admitted he wasn't thinking of playing in the ipl.

    Taylor still hopes to lead the bowling attack.

    Chanders didn't want to retire and felt he could still contribute.

    Now, Fidel is hoping to make the team.

    So..........what are you thinking WICB?

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    I am eagerly waiting to see this guy action...

  • POSTED BY sagitrama on | May 9, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    I think Lendl Simmons should be given the gloves for the first match and see how he copes with it. If Simmons can do a decent work with the gloves and be even 70% as good with the bat to what he is at the moment, that would eliminate a huge headache of wk. Ideally the team should be Barath, Gayle, Nash, Sarwan, Chanders, Bravo (jnr), Bishoo, Taylor, Edwards, Roach, Bishoo with Benn, Baugh, Rampaul and Samuels making the rest of the squad. Also what Windies require are "specialists" in tests. Samuels, Nash and Chaders and Benn are test match specialists and should be replaced with Bravo, Sammy and Pollard for odi's/T20s. Smith, Pascal, Fletcher and Ramdin should be in T20's so that they remain match fit and are considered during IPL. Windies should learn from Ind where they have a talent pool of 20 players to choose from. Finally I would recommend against Bishoo playing India. Indians struggle against pace and WI should play 4 pace bowlers - Edwards, Taylor, Roach and Rampaul - Yummy!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I love sheer pace bowling. I would love you to see Taylor, Roach, Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul bowling together on a typical (fast bouncing track of old) track. They can certainly blast out oppositions. The problems with Westindies lately is with their batting which , like Pakistan, get low scores on any track. Whats the point of protecting your weak link, when they cant win you a match. During the ODIs, most of the wickets were slow low tracks on which Westindies cannot, currently, defeat almost any team. They played just one game on a supporting wicket and Ravi Rampaul almost blasted out Pakistan. WICB must think and protect their few fast bowlers and encourage young fast men with good tracks. Pakistan domestic games, unlike international games, have supporting wkts and therefore, there are still good fast bowlers appearing from everywhere in Pakistan

  • POSTED BY enigma12345 on | May 9, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    MY Squad is C.Gayle,S.Chandrapaul,Darren Bravo,Marlon Samuels,L.Simmons,Dwayne Bravo,Carlton Baugh,J.Taylor,F.Edwards,K.Roach,D.Bishoo

    R.Sarwan,R.Hinds,B.Nash,A.Russel,R.Rampaul,S.Benn.

  • POSTED BY Hendersun on | May 9, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Benn and Ramdin have no doubt been omitted from postings because everyone realizes that they ought to be restricted to space reserved for themselves,Carlton Baugh Jr and Devon Smith only.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | May 9, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Why is Benn and Ramadin not mentioned much in all these postings ? I think they are two of the best players in the region . [bowling and keeping ]

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | May 9, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    I am seeing several teams being picked ,some I agree with and some I don't ,but my opinion doesn't count . However I'LL say this ; West Indies team at present has an inconsistant batting line up starting especially , with the openers AND THAT'S WHAT I think the management is trying to do right now by testing all these new openers . Chris Gayle in my opinion ,is not suitable for for that position , but would serve West Indies better at a n:4 position with ANY TWO OF [Simmons ,Barath, Smith ,Edwards or Brathwaite ] at the top of the order . Secondly ,we need to place more emphasis on our bowlers batting ability ,too often they fall down in that department during crunch time ,unlike most of the oposition bowlers . We needed , I bellieve , about thirteen runs in one game during the World cup ,with 5 wickets in hand and lost that game . That's not good for any team at t

  • POSTED BY Hendersun on | May 9, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Simmons looks a shot in the Pakistan Tests now that his confidence should have improved following successful T20 and ODI encounters against them earlier in this season.Traditionally, Fidel performs okay against the meek and while he has not done badly in the most recent domestic season, there was no real outstanding performance that would put him head and shoulders above the 3 R's( Rampaul, Roach and Russell) in line for a Test match play.

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | May 9, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    if Rampaul is medium pace, where does that leave roach?

    he is bowling over 90mph and faster than roach at the moment.

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | May 9, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Lloyd and Greig were also big, medium paced and all-rounders - the difference is that they used their grey matter a lot more and understood that fielding and batting would not always be about muscle...

    Having Fidel Edwards back is great because for once their is an opening tandem that could get early breakthroughs - Bishoo needs a Yannick Cariah type all-rounder in the side to get some more pressure put on the opposition batting here in the Caribbean, cos no Caribbean pitch gives you an opportunity to attack relentlessly with pace anymore. That said, Samuels should consider playing dominoes as a profession, and Jack Jack could wish from now to the return of the Messiah, but Dwayne Bravo will be in all yellow from this week in Chennai!

  • POSTED BY jonfox6020 on | May 9, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Jak has a good team. However some key players are missing. But first Dwayne Bravo will not be playing in the test series due to IPL duties. My team will be - Simmons, Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Nash, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Bishoo, Rampaul, Taylor and Edwards. I agree with Gayle and Pollard being in the squad, but will they be available due to IPL duties?? If WI can pick a strong side, they have a good chance of winning the test series. However, some things need to be done such as - picking a new captain and bringing back Ramdin. Bishoo will do good and take wickets. The best option for captain is Sarwan or Ramdin.

  • POSTED BY MejiasBoy on | May 9, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    @mgzak, ok eventho fidel's avg is not the greatest, remember he has an asset that can not be measured..his HOSTILITY!! go on youtube and watch any fidel edwards dual with any top class batsmen and you will see why fidel is in the west indies team. quick hostile bowling is the way to go! edwards will complement taylor and roach. edwards pace and hostility will rattle batsmen which will allow taylor and roach to take wickets, based on their movement (more so taylor). talent is there, just going to take time. as for pollard hmph! i say leave him out the team!! let him play t20 bang slam. i hope these current crop of players watch Fire in Babylon as a TEAM, perhaps that will give them some burning desire and inspiration to rule cricket again!! COME ON!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    i aggree with jack..but i think we need ramdim there and also aadrain barath and lendel simmons on stand by

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    JakJak, why is Simmonds not in your side?

  • POSTED BY mgzak on | May 9, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    WI keep picking these players that have under-achieved. Edwards bowling average looks more like a batting average at almost 40 runs per wicket. Edwards will never be a great or even a good bowler so why is WI persisting with him? Pick some young talent and get rid of all these under-achievers!!

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | May 9, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    JackJak's team is correct...except for Benn. Gayle should be captain i guess. Chanderpaul??

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Jack very well said. The West Indian side has always looked good on paper but they always let their team down. They have so many all rounders bravo, pollard, sammy still they struggle at the international stage. The only time they perform is during IPL. They need to show maturity and mental strength and should always have the feeling that playing for your country is the greatest honor, only then they will succeed. Carefree attitude has lasted too long for them, its time for them to deliver!!

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | May 9, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Kieron Pollard really should be bowling 15 kmph quicker than he currently is. Maybe he is just like Jacob Oram useless in the speed department. Oram is huge but always bowled terrible pace. Pollard should change his action then maybe he will play test matches as a genuine all rounder.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Bet Of Luck........!- U Guyzzz Can Take West Indies Back To The Top............!

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 9, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    I agree with JackJak, Pollard needs to bend his back - my nana can bowl quicker than him with out a run up and opposite handed while balancing an egg on her head. Fidel on the other hand is quick and together with Roach and Taylor would be a good attack.

  • POSTED BY JackJak on | May 9, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul is good clever medium pacer too

  • POSTED BY JackJak on | May 9, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Allrounder ..Andre Russell seems a good prospect. This looks like a decent team..Devon Thomas, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Bishoo/Benn and the current keeper whoever it is. Looks like a solid team And Pollard Should be asked to play the Role of Flintoff..If flintoff can do it ..so can Pollard. Bend his back.. Why is a Huge guy built like a Buffalo bowling at the pace of Saurav ganguly hard to understand

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards and Kemar Roach firing on all cylinders? Now THAT would make me watch West Indian cricket again.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Fidel Edwards Is A Very Good Fast Bowler His Pace Variaton Is Excellent He Must Play In the Upcoming Test Series Along With Brendan Nash.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | May 9, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Anyone who can bowl 150kmph should be in a team, especially one struggling for experience.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Fidel Edwards, Jeromy Taylor, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul; West Indies can go back to 4 seam attack, all are healthy and can destroy any batting line up. They have 3 good all rounders as well, D.Bravo, Sammy/Gayle & Pollard. If West Indies administration can do just little better job, they do have talent to be back at the Top.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Good to have you back Fidel. Now if Jerome Taylor can be added to the mix along with Roach, WI could field 3 decent pacers .

  • POSTED BY vinayjayaram on | May 9, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    come on Fiedel..you are one of those bowlers whom we enjoy watching..we want you to be in top form..Wish you all the best for your career..

  • POSTED BY Spurwingdrive on | May 9, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    wonderful...i wish u all the best and hope ur body holds up and the WI give u a fare chance.

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  • POSTED BY Spurwingdrive on | May 9, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    wonderful...i wish u all the best and hope ur body holds up and the WI give u a fare chance.

  • POSTED BY vinayjayaram on | May 9, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    come on Fiedel..you are one of those bowlers whom we enjoy watching..we want you to be in top form..Wish you all the best for your career..

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Good to have you back Fidel. Now if Jerome Taylor can be added to the mix along with Roach, WI could field 3 decent pacers .

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Fidel Edwards, Jeromy Taylor, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul; West Indies can go back to 4 seam attack, all are healthy and can destroy any batting line up. They have 3 good all rounders as well, D.Bravo, Sammy/Gayle & Pollard. If West Indies administration can do just little better job, they do have talent to be back at the Top.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | May 9, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Anyone who can bowl 150kmph should be in a team, especially one struggling for experience.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Fidel Edwards Is A Very Good Fast Bowler His Pace Variaton Is Excellent He Must Play In the Upcoming Test Series Along With Brendan Nash.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards and Kemar Roach firing on all cylinders? Now THAT would make me watch West Indian cricket again.

  • POSTED BY JackJak on | May 9, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Allrounder ..Andre Russell seems a good prospect. This looks like a decent team..Devon Thomas, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Bishoo/Benn and the current keeper whoever it is. Looks like a solid team And Pollard Should be asked to play the Role of Flintoff..If flintoff can do it ..so can Pollard. Bend his back.. Why is a Huge guy built like a Buffalo bowling at the pace of Saurav ganguly hard to understand

  • POSTED BY JackJak on | May 9, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul is good clever medium pacer too

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 9, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    I agree with JackJak, Pollard needs to bend his back - my nana can bowl quicker than him with out a run up and opposite handed while balancing an egg on her head. Fidel on the other hand is quick and together with Roach and Taylor would be a good attack.