West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, 4th day, Providence May 15, 2011

We had the belief - Sammy

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"This is what West Indies cricket is about," Darren Sammy, the team's captain, said after a morale-boosting win over Pakistan in the first Test in Providence. There was much talk off the field in the lead-up to this Test: there was criticism about Sammy's form, the absence of key players from the squad for the series, differences between senior players and the board, but West Indies emerged victors in a low-scoring encounter to put those issues on the back-burner. They also ended up depriving Pakistan of an opportunity to win a Test series in the West Indies for the first time.

"We as a team needed this performance," Sammy, who picked up a five-wicket haul in the second innings to bowl out Pakistan for 178, said. "Lately, things hadn't been going well but I had the belief, this team had the belief."

Sammy failed with the bat, but finished the game with seven wickets. Two other performances stood out for West Indies, that of Devendra Bishoo in his debut Test and Ravi Rampaul, who had taken only four wickets in five Tests prior to the match, but took seven in the game, including crucial strikes early in both innings. "Rampaul looks fit, and has worked really hard with Ottis Gibson [the West Indies coach]. It was a tough decision to pick between him and Fidel Edwards," Sammy said.

The batsmen, said Sammy, did well to hang in there on a tough pitch in both innings. "It was a difficult pitch. We found ourselves not playing the spin too well. But I commend the guys for the effort, they batted out time and put in a total which in the end was enough to get the victory.

"We saw how the wicket played on the first day and it was good to see West Indies battling, batting out the whole day."

West Indies' team manager, Richie Richardson, added: "I thought Pakistan had the better part of the pitch but it was great to see the way our players applied themselves and went out there and played their hearts out. The bowlers stuck to the task and did a fantastic job. We also saw some resolute batting when it was required.

"What we are trying to build is a team. We are working on the total team concept, where players will have the confidence to go out and perform and know they have a role to play."

Pakistan were 80 for 3 overnight, chasing 219, but lost Asad Shafiq early on the fourth day. Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, and Umar Akmal put together a half-century stand but there wasn't much support from the lower order against a spirited West Indies performance. Misbah acknowledged the better team had won.

"To lose this Test is disappointing, they played better cricket and bowled disciplined lines," he said. Misbah praised Saeed Ajmal for his maiden ten-wicket haul in Tests - Ajmal finished with 11 - but rued missed opportunities and allowing the last-wicket pair of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Devendra Bishoo to extend the lead to 218 in the second innings.

"We dropped so many catches and gave away so many runs to the lower order. We were a little disappointing from the batting point of view also," Misbah said. "We fought well yesterday [Saturday] to recover after losing early wickets, but most of our guys got out to good balls."

The second Test gets underway at St Kitts on May 20.

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  • POSTED BY drice on | May 18, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    @everfaithful. On that Sammy average of 26, his average against Australia , South Africa, England, and Sri Lanka is over 40, which includes his one game with 7/66 in 2nd innings against England. Remove that one performance and the average becomes 66. Most current West Indian bowlers can at least match that against those teams.

  • POSTED BY ryan16 on | May 18, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Devon Smith need to go...

  • POSTED BY anderson2010 on | May 18, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Windies must not get carried away after victory against minnows.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    West Indies Must Include Fidel Edwards In Second Test ,He Is Very Good Bowler

  • POSTED BY wkkl on | May 17, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    y every1 blaming sammy,if ur better than sammy y dont u replace him?sammy has leadership n can bowl 12 test match 36 wkts thats good he jus need 2 work n his batting this is my side 4 the second test match out of d 13:1 lendl simmons 2 chanderpaul 3 bravo 4 sarwan 5 sammuels 6 nash 7 baugh 8 sammy 9 rampaul 10 bishoo 11 edwards.bowlers: sammy medium rampaul fast edwards fast medium bisho legbreak

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | May 17, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Hey John Mclean, you are right about dem Guyanese not supporting West Indies. I was there some time ago when at Bourda, India play WI and most people supporting India too. I dont really know why but what I hear from dem boys was dat there is too much corruption in WI board and people get fed up with all that. Some people say there is race problem too and I see dat for myself. In TandT there is problem like this too because some people complain dat good players dem not getting selected, but Guyana is worse; you can see it blatant.

  • POSTED BY wisdom350 on | May 17, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    No problem guys INSHALLAH we still can level the series !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY nataraajds on | May 17, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Full credit to WI team for the win. i don't say WI bowled well , but it's PAK batted very badly in both innings. if you compare the batting strength, WI looks better because they have chandrapaul, sarwan, brawoo. but here except misbah no one looks comfortable at this wicket, i don't understand why pak did not pickup Yunis khan ?

  • POSTED BY kannan_1969 on | May 17, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Bring in Pollard. He could be a Viv Richards and the change in WI cricket is sure

  • POSTED BY Silva-Surfa on | May 17, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    A great morale boosting victory for the Windies and i give props to Sammy for leading from the front because he has taken alot of criticism for his selection in the first place. But i wouldn't get too carried away, let's not forget that this is a very depleted Pakistani team as well and depsite this being a very intriguing test match, it was a poor batting performance by both teams, which flattered the stats of the Bowlers. St Kitts is renowned for being a very flat track and i heard that a duke ball was used in Guyana, so i'll be intrigued to see how the ball plays in the next test.

  • POSTED BY drice on | May 18, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    @everfaithful. On that Sammy average of 26, his average against Australia , South Africa, England, and Sri Lanka is over 40, which includes his one game with 7/66 in 2nd innings against England. Remove that one performance and the average becomes 66. Most current West Indian bowlers can at least match that against those teams.

  • POSTED BY ryan16 on | May 18, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Devon Smith need to go...

  • POSTED BY anderson2010 on | May 18, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Windies must not get carried away after victory against minnows.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    West Indies Must Include Fidel Edwards In Second Test ,He Is Very Good Bowler

  • POSTED BY wkkl on | May 17, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    y every1 blaming sammy,if ur better than sammy y dont u replace him?sammy has leadership n can bowl 12 test match 36 wkts thats good he jus need 2 work n his batting this is my side 4 the second test match out of d 13:1 lendl simmons 2 chanderpaul 3 bravo 4 sarwan 5 sammuels 6 nash 7 baugh 8 sammy 9 rampaul 10 bishoo 11 edwards.bowlers: sammy medium rampaul fast edwards fast medium bisho legbreak

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | May 17, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Hey John Mclean, you are right about dem Guyanese not supporting West Indies. I was there some time ago when at Bourda, India play WI and most people supporting India too. I dont really know why but what I hear from dem boys was dat there is too much corruption in WI board and people get fed up with all that. Some people say there is race problem too and I see dat for myself. In TandT there is problem like this too because some people complain dat good players dem not getting selected, but Guyana is worse; you can see it blatant.

  • POSTED BY wisdom350 on | May 17, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    No problem guys INSHALLAH we still can level the series !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY nataraajds on | May 17, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Full credit to WI team for the win. i don't say WI bowled well , but it's PAK batted very badly in both innings. if you compare the batting strength, WI looks better because they have chandrapaul, sarwan, brawoo. but here except misbah no one looks comfortable at this wicket, i don't understand why pak did not pickup Yunis khan ?

  • POSTED BY kannan_1969 on | May 17, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Bring in Pollard. He could be a Viv Richards and the change in WI cricket is sure

  • POSTED BY Silva-Surfa on | May 17, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    A great morale boosting victory for the Windies and i give props to Sammy for leading from the front because he has taken alot of criticism for his selection in the first place. But i wouldn't get too carried away, let's not forget that this is a very depleted Pakistani team as well and depsite this being a very intriguing test match, it was a poor batting performance by both teams, which flattered the stats of the Bowlers. St Kitts is renowned for being a very flat track and i heard that a duke ball was used in Guyana, so i'll be intrigued to see how the ball plays in the next test.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | May 17, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @everfaithful77 Yes it was a great win and all kudos to Sammy but 1. Frankly, he did not have to accept the captaincy and with it the responsibility to lead from the front and contribute as a player. He did this bowling on a pitch that suited him. 2. The Sri Lankan series was rained off, so I do not think this counts. 3. He is clearly not an allrounder at the moment unless the captaincy counts. This said he does seem to motivate the team and this is an extremely valuable trait. For India though, another frontline bowler will be needed and WI cannot afford to drop a batsman, so Simmons will have to be keeper.

  • POSTED BY Vernacular_Press on | May 17, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is the bast test player in pakistan.Again he will win matches

  • POSTED BY dane400 on | May 17, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    It's amazing how one test victory can invoke so much believe in a group of people who a desperate for victories. Reading all these comments saddens my heart because so many person believe that things are turning around now. How short sighted can we be.'ONE SUMMER DOES NOT MAKE A SWALLOW!' When WI defeated England the last time they were here, everyone started to think that we're world beaters again. We are so desperate! Until WI can pull of a string of victories consistently, there is now way i can confidently say we are on the road to the top. Let's see what happens in the second test. Lets not forget that Pakistan has never beaten the WI in the WI

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | May 17, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    It seems to me that there is a problem with structuring the team due to the lack of genuine all -rounders to bridge the gaps . If we strengthen our bowling ,it's at the expense of a batsman from a limited lineup .We got away with that this time ,but what aboutthe next time ? .....My plea to coach Gibson ,given your ability to transform players to reach their greater potential , would you reconsider one of our greatest potentials in the said" Dwayne Smith " ,to be part of the future in the all-rounders ' capacity ? As you have seen he has been one of ,if not the best fielder, in recent years ,big heart , good bowler and excellent striker of the ball . Forget those IPL GUYS GIVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE .We need him for the bad boys ,hes not afraid of them . ..Batting him at 9 was not good .I know you were not with us then others were responsible .

  • POSTED BY everfaithful77 on | May 17, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    CONGRATS WINDIES ON A FANTASTIC VICTORY. YOU MADE THE ENTIRE WEST INDIAN PEOPLE PROUD AND JUST HAPPY TO SEE WINDIES WIN A TEST MATCH IN A LONG TIME. WE MUST ALL CELEBRATE BUT THE JOB IS NOT YET COMPLETED BECAUSE YOU NOW HAVE TO WIN THE SERIES. Now I must turn to the SAMMY DETRACTORS. 1. Sammy was given the captaincy, he didn't ASK for it. 2. Since becoming captain we have seen the fortunes of West Indies cricket improve in all formats and we have not lost a test series, although facing teams ranked higher than us. 3. You claim his batting and bowling are not good enough to command a place in the side. He has always been known as a bowling allrounder and his bowling avg of 26 is the best among current WI bowlers including Edwards and Taylor. However I believe his most important attribute is the CONFIDENCE and PASSION he brings to our cricket. The team now performs as a UNIT with all members dedicated to the task and this is why we've won 3 in a row. TEAM UNITY is the KEY. GO WINDIES

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    When this test series started between W.I & Pakistan, people made this speculation that, this test series would be a cake walk for the formidable Pakistan, and to be honest no one gave any chance not even an outside chance to the west Indians. Because of their internal crisis in their administration and because of that they lost some top players like Gayle, Pollard & Taylor. But they impressed all by their confidence and never say die effort. Especially Bishoo was impressive with his cricket. It's now time for West Indians to continue this form and not to fall away again after a well fought victory. Congrats Sammy & ur team.

  • POSTED BY Dr.K.H.Iyer on | May 17, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    honestly miss Ambrose; Walsh & Bishop!:(

  • POSTED BY crimsonbull on | May 17, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    West Indies will never be No 1 for a long time. The reason is simple, the best athletes opt to play basketball!

  • POSTED BY wkkl on | May 17, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    cant wait till d nex match im a tru westindian suporter this would b my side: lendl simmons can open with chanderpaul then bravo at third 4 sarwn then 5th marlon samuels 6 nash 7 baugh 8 sammy 9 rampaul 10 devendra bishoo 11 fidel edwards

  • POSTED BY wkkl on | May 17, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    y pepol keep on blaming sammy so what if he's not so good at batting buth he has leadership n can bowl,ul did well h bowled very good line n lenght.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    drtrinileggie, I am surprized that you are bringing in Edwards. I support your selection, Ganga, Barrath, Ramdin, but instead of Edwards, why not Merv Dillon?

  • POSTED BY India2world on | May 16, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    too be honest none on the pak batsman are capable of playing test match except mibah....look the past 10 test match......they even can defend 150 odd runs........Too many 20-20 and one day match....lost the temperament of batsmans to stay on the wicket for long time.............

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    Honestly I always thought everyone need at least one chance we as west Indians need to support our team and stop try too break away like the Trini posse.What are they thinking ?

  • POSTED BY JohnMcClean on | May 16, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    I was at Providence on saturday and what I saw in Guyana was strange..almost everyone I spoke to was not supporting their home team, West Indies..they were instead backing Pakistan to win the test match. With so many people backing the oppostion it boggled my mind. It didnt make sense and was not normal. I questioned in my mind their loyalty to their country and West Indies on a whole. I couldnt understand it being a New Zealander (residing in Bermuda). There seems to be a vast amount of tension/dissatisfaction in the Guyanese people from what I gather. It sure is not good for cricket or anything else for that matter.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | May 16, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    As soon as Smith comes in whether he opens or bats at 6, Hafeez will be at the other end with a predictable outcome. He needs to be rested for the next test. If Barath is still injured then open with Samuels. Also self belief is a great thing - Sammy should have brought himself in as night watchman instead of Roach and show what he is capable of.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Any team who wants first time triumph after so many defeats should invite Pakistan and play against them. Pakistan will not disappoint them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Pakistan's batting line is historically fragile on difficult pitches. They always come out as looser. So if other team wants to win a test or series they should prepare difficult pitches that will garrented the match result in their favor.

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | May 16, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    forget havin a battin coach get a phyciatrist to relieve preassure put on the batsman when a spear head gets out and when the batman start playing daft shots also use him to help stop any rifts in the teazm

  • POSTED BY riptack on | May 16, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Sammy, you have earned my respect. Despite the naysayers, some of whom have not been very nice, you stepped up to the plate and performed. I do not respect you because you won, but for your professionalism. Your hunger! There is not enough of these in WI cricket.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | May 16, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    Congrats to WI and i think Pakistan batting has been poor consistently and its not getting better at all.Afridi was correct in pointing out that their team needs a batting coach.WI played very well but it would be interesting to see if they can do well consistently because surely Pakistan will come back hard at them

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | May 16, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    i think the reason we dont have a batting coach is because we cant affoard it jiaved doesn't want to do it inzy played with most of the players 4 years ago which leaves just zaheer abbas or a forn coach or we could scrap misbah shahid and either make razzak gul or hafeez captain im just wondering but do u thin gul is goin thru somthin he hasn't been 100% in the next match lets just replace him with sadaf

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | May 16, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    great job sammy we got 2 learn frm our mistakes saaed should be replaced by danish salman by either safraz or rizwan is obvioulsy the best keeper but safraz/rizwan are both extremly good and better with the bat monzoor should replace hafeez if it isn't conditions for spinning then he should replace taufeeq if taufeeq is not replaced by monzoor then he should be replaced by fawad

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | May 16, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Pakistan should now select @KIWIROCKER for the 2nd test he will make them win...

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | May 16, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Can any WI fans tell me who are the people criticizing Sammy even now?. Very unfair to criticize Sammy while he is winning the matches.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | May 16, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    @Metman - The keys peformers in this victory were Rampaul, Bishoo, Sammy and Roach. The importance of the stand between Chanderpaul and BISHOO must not be devalued. That tipified experience with an understudy. Do not think like Abramovich..(The CHELSEA FC OWNER).. REMEMBER THIS PAYERS ARE HUMAN BEINGS, IF YOU WANT TO WATCH A SET OF ITEMS WHICH CAN BE PROGRAMMED TO ALWAYS PROVIDE YOU THE SAME RESULTS BUY AN XBOX.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | May 16, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Congrats Sammy ,yr detractors are one by one now slowly crawling back into the woodwork like termites !Yr job is to keep them there !The slighest opening u give them,they would be back out like flies.From the beginning,I said u should have been given a team,minus the big guns.I also said that if Gayle is in the team,he should be skipper,otherwise they would have been trouble down the line,that certain players are out to embarrass u, and so forth and so on.We all know now, what was said when u were made skipper.@selectors,now that the plan to include Sars and Chanders in the Guy.test backfired,leaving a dent in yr coffers,what do yu plan to do with them?I have already said that Sarwan does not have the interest of WI cricket at heart,and u continue to pick him,and what about Smith,do u plan to stick with him,not opening ,but coming in when a pacer gets someone out,or when 2 pacers are operating at both ends and bowling well,and then come with the excuse,that they would not be change.

  • POSTED BY Riddymon on | May 16, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    At the end of the day, people will hate Sammy for just being Sammy. As I've said numerous times before, no one seems to see his useful as a steady containing bowler as opposed to outright, wicket taker. He's more useful than Dwayne Bravo (bowling wise) or Pollard (batting) so if you can think of good reasons to bring these guys in over Sammy. I'm waiting...all this cry for Samuels and he did NOTHING...it's laughable.

    My test 11: 1) Barath/Gayle [we all know gayle will be back] 2) Simmons 3) DM Bravo 4) Chanders 5) Sarwan 6) Nash 7) Any WK (they all suck to me) 8) Sammy 9) Bishoo 10) Edwards 11) Rampaul/Taylor

    This team will give you 6 specialist batsman, 2 spinners (if gayle is playing), 2 frontline quicks, an all rounder and a specialist WK. This team will DOMINATE

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | May 16, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Let us savour the victory as we dwell in the present. Forget who should have and should not have played.

    Moreso ALLAH did not want Pakistan to win.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | May 16, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Sammy seems like a good captain and has a bowling average of 26 after 12 tests which is far better than most WI bowlers in recent times. So, as an outsided (not West Indian) looking at these comments, I can't help but think that there is a great deal of bias against Sammy and looks like most of these comments are coming from Trinidadians. Ganga may have performed well domestically but whenever he was given a chance at the international level, he failed. So I don't know what the fuss is about bringing him in at the expense of Sammy.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | May 16, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    wel i think the only diffrence btwn both teams was 9th ,10th wkct partnership in both inings from WI tailenders. thats the difrence they scored almost 100 runs in both inings. which some of top order batsman from both teams failed to do. & real strange thing is contrast. pak lost 16 wckets to fast / medium & WI lost mostly to spiners.pakistans pacers didnd do anything.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Darren Bravo have to sort his game out a bit. Excellent player. trying to go too slow in test, end up loosing his wicket. He should be told to go and play his natural game. no.3 is a valuable spot. Look at the players who played at no.3 and impact they had on the teams: Tendulkar, Kallis, Sangakkara, Ponting, Lara etc tec

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    I do not know why is the selector still going with Devon Smith. He is a let down and a failure. He should be banished from West Indies cricket period. I do not see how the can question Sammy form. He will not do worst than Devon Smith. The management are to be blamed for the sate of West Indies cricket. We need a new management. As how they want to change the cricket squad, the management should be changed too. If not West Indies cricket will continue to slide. DEVON SMITH MUST TAKE THE BENCH.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Sammy doesnt but Darren Ganga does? why dont we play all Trinidadians Barath Pollard the other Bravo and Ramdin surely that is our strongest side? it is time trinidadains decide if they want to be part of West Indies cricket or IPL surely we will be stronger without them they all flatter to deceive. I can only recall a few Trinidadains contributing to any succesful West Indian team Bishop Sonny Rahmadin, Larry Gomes and Deryck Murray. may be you need to study West indian cricket history or ask Bernard Juilen why Kerry Packer singled him out and what he said to him. That will surely epitomize the role of Ttrinidadians in a West Indian team. It is yet to soon to past judgement on Darren Sammy but we have punched above our weight and competed in the two series he has been in charge wait until the Indian series is over to make a determination on his fate.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 16, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Only solution for Pak is: Replace Salman with Rizwan or Sarfraz. Hafeez for Manzoor plus, Taufeeq hasn't lit up the world from his return either.

    And bring in Pak's best Test spinner into the playing 11- Kaneria!

  • POSTED BY smjr on | May 16, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Being a Pakistani supporter I am disappointed for the loss we suffer but I must congratulate W.I for their renewed zest and skill shown under difficult conditions. They are disciplined in all departments of the game and each of their player has contributed some thing (look at the catch held by Devon smith in slip after getting failed in batting). On Pakistan part, as always happen, we did not bring the act together. Umar gul, Taufiq umer, Salman Ahmed are non players in this match, so actually we played with 8 players. In fielding we dropped too many catches and the slip cordon is unable to grab most opportunities. W.I bowled with purpose and plan while Pakistan bowlers except with Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez has no plan to adjust to a varying pitch. Our coaches Waqar and Aqiib should also accept defeat and resign after this series as Pakistan is not progressing well under their coaching. There are one or two wins here and there but over all the team is not performing good regularly.

  • POSTED BY howizzat on | May 16, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    West I ndians are always difficult to beat at home. India too has not done well in tests in West Indies. Pakistan did extremely well in ODI but WI bounced back in Tests. But in case of of India this time it will be other way. India will do well in Tests but lose the ODI series badly, thanks to the stalwarts like Yusuf, Parthiv, Saha, Mishra, Badrinath and Harbhajan chosen in the ODI squad.

  • POSTED BY davidtt on | May 16, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    This is an understrength Pakistan team, this win therefore is not a true indication of an improvement in WI Cricket....look at the scores....jus a lucky break for the Caribbean boys...next game they may not be so fortunate.

  • POSTED BY iftikhar93 on | May 16, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    All credit goes to Sammy and BIshoo. They have done a great job. After the first appearance of Bishoo in the WC. I already knew that he would be dangerous for Pakistan and especially in test matches and he proved that he will be a dangerous opponent for PAkistan. Hopefully, Pakistan will learn from this loss, and try there level best in the next match. Wish you goodluck.

  • POSTED BY Malepati on | May 16, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    It is good to see WI triumph in the first test. Both the teams fought well till the end, though WI prevailed with some gusty bowling from their Captain one should not forget the contribution by Ajmel. Ajmel is looking very ominous in both forms of cricket, he could be a great asset to Pakistani team in the coming though age seems to be catching up. I am looking forward to how the famous Indian batting will play Ajmel when Pakistan and Indian meet by this year end.

  • POSTED BY Truemans_Ghost on | May 16, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    A lot of people are being pretty harsh on Sammy. Seven test wickets is seven test wickets. They were the major factor in winning a test match. Give him some praise and hope this is a turning point rather than condemn him for confounding your doubts!

  • POSTED BY Anthony360 on | May 16, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Good Win for WI... Lets see another Win as Such as this, way to Go West Indies Now get Gayle back in the side

  • POSTED BY Rage468 on | May 16, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    stos: i think that pak in general is a much stronger team than WI in all areas except fielding. bowling WI out for 152 indeed brought them into the game and it was theirs.. but u see the same problem arises here. pak players either dont know how to finish a game or they play for themselves.. there is a dire need for a batting coach. why dont they understand this point, i see no reason. they have lost similiar kind of matches chasing low totals.

  • POSTED BY sawbo88 on | May 16, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    wow its amazing to still see such idle talk when west indies have performed as well as they have in the past. Sammy is doing a good job, and as long as the team is performing he deserves his place. If the W.I bring back in Ramdin, Fletcher or Pollard I will consider emigrating. Neither have performed at this level, and neither show any passion towards W.I cricket. Smith out, Baugh Out - Samuels and Fidel in. 1) Simmons (Wkt) 2) Chanderpaul 3) Bravo 4) Sarwan 5) Nash 6) Samuels 7) Sammy 8) Bishoo 9) Roach 10) Rampaul 11) Edwards/ Benn

  • POSTED BY inndman on | May 16, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Congratulations to the West Indies selectors for staying with Darren Sammy as Captain. Only change in the team for the next game should be the youngster Brawhaite for Smith. LET CHRIS GAYLE CONTINUE TO PLAY HIS VILLAGE CRICKET IN INDIA.

  • POSTED BY 6_sixes on | May 16, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Well done WI. Despite a good performance, I still am a bit skeptical as to whether Sammy is suitable to lead the team. Shiv you never fail to amaze us. I believe shiv should open the batting given he is always the only one left standing at the end.

  • POSTED BY beeran on | May 16, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    ONLY SOLUTION FOR PAK: BRING IMRAN FARHAT TO OPEN!

  • POSTED BY drtrinileggie on | May 16, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    second test

    out sammy out baugh out smith

    in d ganga in ramdin in fidel

  • POSTED BY westindian4life on | May 16, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Well isn't this a great change - West Indies won a Test Match - I didn't celebrate until the last wicket fell - i think that probably went for most windian fans...west-indies have thrown away so many matches from positions of ascendancy - but thank goodness... lots of questions for the second test - do the west indies stick with the winning team from guyana ? - smith surely has to go - will baugh stay ?...samuels has been knocking at the door in the longer version of the game at regional level...brendan nash failed in both innings...bravo and sarwan didn't perform well either - could either one be in danger of being dropped? - is roach's position secured with his at times flat performances or is Edwards going to come in?...Bishoo is the sole spinner but in St. Kitts shoud the windies even go with another spinner - if so someone will make their debut - how many new players will the windies bring in? - too many may spoil the chemistry....very exciting times indeed.....

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | May 16, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Congratulations West indies! Sammy you proved that you deserve to be in the team. Keep it up. Don't also discount the under the radar10th wicket 48 runs 2nd innings partnership between Chanderpaul & Bishoo that made the difference is the result. Overall a good team effort. Smith's position for the 2nd test has to be questionable. Perhaps drop Smith and play Fidel on the bouncier track (have Chanderpaul open and see if he can bat throug the innings!). And somebody please remind Bravo that having mannerisms like Lara does not make him Lara - so he needs to pull himself together. Go West Indies!

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Congrats WI!!! You showed character. Sammy, thanks for coming through. Now go out and win or draw the game in St. Kitts

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | May 16, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    @Srinivasan Narayanan-Interesting that you mention Allan Border, as I was thinking much the same thing earlier today as I mused over this most encouraging win for the Windies. I'm sure many will scoff by there are really some similarities. Border carved out a successful test career with over 10,000 test runs with only 3 or 4 strong shots and a bloody minded determination that the rot was to stop NOW. Not on his watch would they be giving up easily. What the Windies need is just such a character to whom national loyalty is pre-eminent. Sammy? Stranger things have happened.@tick-Exactly! Cheap shots are just that.....cheap. No true cricket fan would indulge in them and you're quite right, it happens to us all over time. W.G.Grace is said to have asked a cricketer in his team he was unfamiliar with, "Have you played much cricket?" "Well I've never made a duck, Sir," came the answer. "Then you've not played much cricket then," was his conclusion. Enough said.

  • POSTED BY fox6020 on | May 16, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Congrats to the WI team. It was a well fought game. However the batting failed in the 2nd innings, good thing for Chanderpaul and Bishoo last wicket partnership. We are still lacking in our batting...need an opener and a keeper. Possibly Barath as the opener. Sammy, Rampaul and Bishoo. I hope the selectors make the necessary changes to the team which will make it a bit stronger for the next match. A draw or win will move WI to #6 in test rankings, one just below Australia. RALLY ROUND D WI

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | May 16, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    @tick you are wrong, you are saying india has never won test series in NZ well in 2009 we won test and odi series in NZ..and every one knows pakistan are a good team in ODI and T20 but in tests they need a bit of catching up

  • POSTED BY NCassie on | May 16, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Good hard win! Congrats, please don't think about dropping Rampaul for Edwards, he has picked up wickets consistently. If there is any changes to do with this team it should be Baugh & Smith, these two are pasengers on this team, bring back Ramdin and give Samuels a chance.

  • POSTED BY Jama on | May 16, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    @ tick

    Get your facts right... Current Champs INDIANS have beaten New Zealand in Newzealand in both the oneday series and the Test Series in 2009/10 season.

    and Pakistanshould not have lost to WI as Pakistan team still looks a much better team on paper even without Yousuf.

    Yousuf use to be good but now he is too old and he cant play for pakistan forever.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Congratulation to wi . I am very happy for WI who should now onward make habit of winning. Pakistan is not real challange as they are missing good bowlers and battstmen. Thier fielding is very poor. WI real fight will be against India by theat hopefully Taylor, Gayle and Pollard should be in WI team and then it would be great series.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    I am appealing to all West Indians, stop thinking simply about your country and its players and think about THE WEST INDIES TEAM...I am reading comments how people (IsaacM_7 more specifically) asking for an almost completely trini side. Guys, come one! The team won. Just thank them..

    Now let me ask, are we to replace Sammy with another individual who cannot keep his place in the side like Ganga just becuz he trini or he jus dat gud a captain? come on think WI please.... Think WI!!!

  • POSTED BY Saaalik on | May 16, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Pakistan, bring back Mohammed Yousuf...look how beautifully he is benefitting Warwickshire through his poised, consistent, big innings building....its a tragedy how you waste the talent you have....and rob us, cricket lovers worldwide, of some beautiful cricketers...

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Often we stereotype players and conveniently subtract what does not fit with that image. Some benefit and some lose out in this selective assimilation of reality.

    Poor Darren Sammy seems to be one of them. Despite the failure of his opposite number, Misbah, despite the star Pak batter Umar Akmal coming up short, despite the non performance of Bishoo (under the weight of expectations, perhaps) Sammy carried the load in a crucial stage along with Rampaul. That contribution in this important win must be acknowledged.

    These days we hear a lot about 'attitude' and trying. Darren Sammy has shown that he has them even if he is not a glamor boy to be trotted out as an example. In the long haul such honest triers will reap the just rewards. He may not be an Allan Border but he definiteley can became a miniature AB.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    pakistan badly needs a tour of bangladesh. wi too hot for them.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | May 16, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Great west indies era we want back...Come on Guyana...

  • POSTED BY tick on | May 16, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    @hindh88 AND ALL FANS...pakistan are down in tests..yes..but this is the time which comes on every team..with experience gain by current pak team they surely will improve..reaching semi final of worldcup is not overrated also winning series in newzeland..WHICH CURRENT CHAMPS HAVE NOT DONE IN HISTORY but pak losing to windies is not extrordinary as well..pakistan are 6th in ranking,had only over 120 combined{LESS THAN CHANDERS AND SARWN} test experience..no world class or match winner as in other top teams..it was a contest of similar teams..better team won..if not for lobbies against aamir,asif..and if younus had not the tragedy of his brother...tell me honestly don't pakistan look competative...surely they would but its bygone....REMEMBER PAK,ONLY TEAM WHO STOOD AGAINST WINDIES GREAT TEAM..WATCH FIRE IN BABYLON...PAK WILL BOUNCE BACK..

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | May 16, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    @VivGilchris Gayle, Bravo, and Taylo are T20 players. WI selectors selected real Test Players for the Test and won. GO WI.

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | May 16, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Sammy state that it was a hard choice choosing between Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul?

    Baffling statement given Rampaul's performances since the world cup and recently concluded 1 day series.

  • POSTED BY Sumeet.Gupta on | May 16, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Congrats WI, world cricket needed this from you. Now only if you can be consistent and give India a run for their money as well this summer!

  • POSTED BY lyl67 on | May 16, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Congratulations to the West Indies team and their win. I did not think they could win even after completion of the first Innings. There is a lot of work to be done, and we still need our senior players, the wicket keeping is a big problem, Smith has not performed and seem to have a big problem with spin. Sammy has bowled very well on a dubious track, if he is as good on good wickets he deserves his place but his batting needs to improve. Benn should be in the team, he has now been disciplined and should be recalled unless the West Indies team. Congrats again, surprise me and win the second test.

  • POSTED BY kannan_1969 on | May 16, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Well done Windies. Hope this is the beginning of a new era for the Windies. Please sort out the differences with Gayle,Pollard and Jerome Taylor.They would add more flavour to bring back the good times of West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    i am suprised that Pakistan Team is not taking on board a batting consultant we have some young player that would be ready at the moment to take advice so why not hire a batting coach there are so many we can choose from Australian brad hodge to may be a batting pro like saeed anwar who could guide the batsman as currently we shouldnt be looking at miandad as he has done enough and now we need to look into someone else who can help the players it was a hard loss to swallow but a very good tense game of cricket

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | May 16, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    @VivGilchrist Bravo and Taylor probably would not have been picked anyway if they were there as who would they drop? Not Sammy or Roach. And Gayle is less interested in this team than being a rockstar, which is a shame. But hopefully Barath can be fit for the next test and come in for Smith.

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

    Great win and Sammy did contribute albeit on a surface that suited him. India will be much bigger opposition, so it is very encouraging the tail wagging and bowlers batting. The batsmen got starts but need to go that step further in the next test. Self belief can do wonders and if Sammy can motivate then Kudos to him. The only change would be to replace Smith - it was too predictable what happened.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Well done Sammy, that was a terrific piece of bowling and Rampaul too. However, i think the two people to be blamed for this loss are hafeez and taufeeq. taufeeq is a natural stroke player. he has been sucessfull in this form of cricket when he plays his natural stroke playing games. the more he goes on BACKFOOT and FRONT FOOT defending, the more he gets in to trouble. he really has to focus to cement his place, this is his time. but once agian, well done to Sammy and Co for playing a very good game!

  • POSTED BY wambling_future on | May 16, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Congrats to WI for such a wonderful victory and what a contrast in both the teams !! 17 WI wickets fell to Pakistani spinners while 16 Pakistani wickets fell to WI Fast Bowlers. In one way it shows more about the weakness of the teams(and also their bowling preferences) than it says about the pitch. Savor the moment enjoy it but remember a lot of improvement still needs to be done.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | May 16, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Windies just showed the world how overrated pak team is. Congrats Windies ......

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Good job west indies! they deserve a break and fought well in this test. pakistan needs to desperately work on its batting now.. we will never win test matches with a battling line up that gets blown away like a bunch of daffodils at the slightest breeze. this refusal of teams to come play in pakistan is a golden opportunity to correct our batting flaws. we always used to depend on batting friendly pitches to draw or win tests at home.. now we need to learn to adapt. come on guys.. you can do it! all it needs is application

  • POSTED BY rama_krish on | May 16, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    For all those who criticize Gayle, Bravo and Taylor for playing in the IPL rather than sitting at home waiting on a call from some incompetent and vindictive WICB selectors, remember that pride does not pay the bills. Until West Indies cricketers are compensated properly, there will always be this tension between playing for country and looking elsewhere to earn an income - personally, I prefer playing for income. Let the pride seekers look after themselves

  • POSTED BY Stos on | May 16, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    @Rage468: I think that Misbah was essentially accurate when he commented that the Pakistani batsmen generally didn't get themselves out in the second innings, but got out due to good bowling. I don't think it would be particularly accurate to say that Pakistan lost the game rather than West Indies winning it, and I'm not sure that Pakistan had 'won' the game at any point, any more than West Indies had until the dying moments (Pakistan were chasing the highest score in the game so far, after all). If many of the batsmen in the second innings had gotten out like Umar did in the first, you may have had a point, but generally they didn't. If anything, West Indies could have 'lost' the game due to their evident lack of practice at reading the hand for off-spin deliveries, but Pakistan weren't generally undone due to anything like that.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | May 16, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Well done WI. I was hoping that you would retain the momentum of winning the last 2 ODIs and you sure did it. And who better than Sammy to do it for them? As somebody pointed out his bowling average of 26 for a fast bowler is very rare these days and it is a shame to see lots of West Indians still criticizing him. His playing role is bowler people. As long as he does that stop whining!

  • POSTED BY chakor11 on | May 16, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Am very proud today to have Sammy as WI capt. Thanks Sammy. And for list of Mr. Loosers (Gayle, Taylor, Pollard, Bravo) - Are you watching this if you can still see beyond bloody money.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricindia on | May 16, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    well done west indies...! i am am INDIAN but i am great fan of westindian cricket ..very happy to see them winning....very impressed with sammy and his determination...with gayle,taylor having fun in IPL sammy and guys did it for windies...well done

  • POSTED BY Rage468 on | May 16, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    hats off to sammy.. did a great job but still this win cant be called a win for WI but a loss for pak. they lost an already won match. i see no reason why dont pak appoint a batting coach. they have everything from talent to class. only thing required is the grooming of it. keeping 2 bowling coaches makes no sense at all. hope that pak learns lesson from this loss...........

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 16, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Where would Gayle, Bravo, and Taylor rather be now?

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    i am a pure indian fan.........but west indies is always been like 2nd favorite cricket team 4 me....its like what is brazil to football is......their style of play,their approach is alwaz different than the other conventiona cricketl team................reall sad that they have bcome so inconsistent these days..........i m thinking why Brian lara wants to be a part of the IPL.......i believe west indies needs him the most at this stage...bring him back for at leats one year and he can inspire them to be a team the every nation woould be afraid of.......and also the WICB should consider to bring back stars like chris gayle,taylor,bravo,feidel edwards back to the team........they are all prooven match winners.........but happy that west indies defeated pakistan in a thrilling encounter.....hope they win in 2nd test too..........

  • POSTED BY royramesh on | May 16, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    I'm a WestIndian in Srilanka and happy for this win. But this is only the begining of the end (of players greed and prideless money bagging) I hope it'is not the end of another begining. Lankans love and support W I but I'm sick of the know-alls from the rest of the sub continent who seems to know all about W I.They heaped tons of uncalled for rubbish on Sammy. This is an honest St Lucian who is honest about his talents but loves his W I instead of money. Where are the critics NOW? I resent the constant carping about the W I failings and the Board. It is the money loving unfits like Gayle,Powell,Bravo,Taylor etc(started by Lara)that has poisoned W I cricket. Sarwan may have seen the light but he is not fit or committed and it shows.The Board should have been strong enough to select only W I contracted players and make them agree to that from U15 level. And no IPL clearance should have been given to them during any W I domestic or national fxture. Let them stay and get fit or get out.

  • POSTED BY WestIndies1987 on | May 16, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    No matter what happens we can all agree that West Indies cricket is NEVER boring. I congratulate the team on the victory but there is plenty to do still.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | May 16, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Fact is that both teams failed miserably to bat properly & WI bowlers were lucky to escape as winners.

  • POSTED BY harikeshan on | May 16, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Lots been said about Sammy being made Captain etc... Lets not forget that he was entrusted with the Jobs when the likes of Gayle and Shiv' Paul gave up. Everyone needs a start and takes time adjusting. Hey the mans only a few matches old in either format as Player and Captain. Probably takign this a one the many positives I am sure people will be happy to see WI move forward. Its not about having Stars in your side and al falling to earth when your backs against the wall. Its about standing up and putting on a fight. Its about committment and being proud of what you do its not about the money. If Gayle, Taylor, Bravo Snr...ahd any sense of pride playing for the Windies they should have opted to play for the WI rather than play in the IPL. May be WI cricket can take a leaf out of the Rajastan Royal Team book....where Shane Warne has marshalled them to excel even without big names.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Good win for WI & yes true they needed it badly & very good that it was due to captain who was under presure from every 1. apart from poor catching from pakistan ( which is usual now & it feel realy strange when they catch - :)) aprt from this pakistan lost mainly to 9th, 10th wckt partnership in 1st inings ( 53 runs) & 10 th wicket partnership in 2nd inings 48 runs. and all these lower order resistance was the only diffrence . otherwise both batting efforts looks same but real difrence no 9,10.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 16, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    I don't think I've ever seen a man with a bowling average of 26 get so much criticism. Sammy is statistically the best bowler in the country and one of the best in the world. I know he isn't the most talented or the fastest but he sticks to his job and bowls good lines with subtle movement. So far Sammy hasn't lost a test as captain, I think he is doing a great job.

  • POSTED BY Stos on | May 16, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Pakistan: lbw Sammy. It's good to have test cricket back, and to be honest I really liked this pitch, it made batsmen work pretty hard for their runs and made runs far more precious, as well as making the match itself interesting. It was hardly impossible for a batsman to stay in and get runs, but it required great discipline. In any case, given that one of the most promising bowlers in the WI team is a leg spinner, it's pretty bizarre to see calls to remove one of the team's best slip fielders, who can also be a very effective bowler, and generally also captains well, as well as seeming to have a good relationship with the rest of the team. @cricketman96: I pretty much agree, and the whining is getting a bit exhausting at this point. I'm Indian, but congratulations to the West Indies on an impressive victory in a tight match. Rampaul and Bishoo are looking great, and the bowling attack should be varied enough to excel in many conditions and situations.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | May 16, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    One swallow doesnt make a summer. The truth still remains- Sammy doesnt deserve a place in the WI team. Think of the people who still remain outside- Fidel Edwards, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Jerome Taylor, Barath. Do the right thing- WI selectors- select the right team. After that, we wont mind winning or losing.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    I am a die hard pakistani supporter, since i am half pakistani but windies are my second team. They are the most entertainig team in world cricket with their carribean flair. I am sincerely happy for wi well deserved win over pakistan.

  • POSTED BY rama_krish on | May 16, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Lots of comments today - good arguments fellas; keep it up. So we won a test - Congrats to the team. We, myself included, still have to eat some humble pie on Sammy who did well today. Ravi, Bishoo, Chanders all did well. Poor Devon and Sars - we should be looking for better batsmen and I can't wait for the return of Bharath. WI selectors now have a "job" on their hands picking a team in which everyone contributes, and with some progress over the next few months, we may finally see the departure of the "old guard", some of whom have been with us since the days of the South Africa debacle when Mr. Mandela had to appeal, personally, to the WI captain to allow the tour to take place.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 16, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    There was never any doubt that the resurgence of the West Indies had begun some time back. I am very happy that they have made a beginning of winning matches. Sammy will prove to be a good captain. He may not have the awesome abilities of Gayle. But he is a fair enough all rounder who has the humility and charecter to bring back this once great team. Let us join the chorus in wishing them the very best of luck for tye future.

  • POSTED BY Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on | May 16, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Request to WICB

    My test team:

    A.Barath, C.Gayle, L.Simmons, DM Bravo(captain), DJ Bravo, S.Chanderpaul, R. Sarwan,B.Nash(V.captain), M. Samuels, S Benn, D. Bishoo, K.Roach, J.Taylor,F.Edwards, R.Rampaul

    My ODI team: L.Simmons,C.Gayle, DM Bravo(captain), DJ Bravo,S.Chanderpaul,K.Pollard(V.Captain),R.Sarwan/D.Sammy,M.Samuels,A.Barath,S.Benn,K.Roach,D.Bishoo,J.Taylor,F.Edwards,A.Rusell/R.Rampaul

    My T20 team:

    L.Simmons,C.Gayle,DM Bravo(Captain),DJ Bravo,K.Pollard(V.Captain),D.Sammy,A.Barath,S.Benn,K.Roach,F.Edwards,J.Taylor,A.Russel,D.Bishoo,M.Samuels,R.Sarwan,R.Rampaul

    Go with this team!! Calypso will b back in carribean soon!! Windies will be top!! Please come forward to provide facilities to the players & give extra money for the players who are consistent.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Congrats to westindian team.Try to show some consistency.U were once a gr8 cricket nation which created legends.Inspire ur country people with ur performance...

  • POSTED BY Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on | May 16, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Congrats windies!!.. Darren Sammy is a good hitter,spiritual player but he lacks in one field to be a captain & find a place in a team. Consistency is the one!!. If he builds his consistency like Gayle, Roach, Benn, Bravo brothers & chanderpaul, none of the people in windies will discourage him, they will praise him like a star. I love to see windies crowd blowing horns & bell, waving the flags, but nowadays I couldnt see that.Humble request to WICB please leave ur controversy and build a strong team using experienced & young players & Im waiting to see the Caribbean calypso back in cricket field.

  • POSTED BY R_Joseph on | May 16, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Congrats to West Indies for wining a famous victory today. Sammy was magnificent, Rampaul superb, and the whole team showed character, determination and fight. Sammy was gracious in recognition of Rampaul efforts and asked him to lead the team off the field. Well done Windies. This victory is dedicated to Ian Bishop, Micheal Holding, and Tony Cozier, the # 1 naysayers of West Indies cricket.

  • POSTED BY cricketman96 on | May 16, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    I like it when we win.Period.Those of you who think that we should put aside our celebration to embrace your myopic,and blatant bias need to think again.When a region like ours (WI)starved for so long without a victory nothing u can do or say can dampen our moment of glory.I will stick with this combination.Why change a winning xi. In fact when one wins, its the time they should resist the urge to change.Also, u have to give individual players a considerable run for them to prove their worth.After all they must have posses some degree of talent to make the team.D haters are calling for Sammy's head.he is winning.For Ramdin's return, he had an extended run and failed.For Smith axing,he is the last to score a hundred in WI colors.For Brathwaite inclusion only to ask for him to be drop after one or two failure.Infact many of you were calling for Samuel's head after he only played 3 ODIs.There is a pattern here.You are only happy when WI lose.WI fan 4life.GO SAMMY.GO WEST INDIES.SWEET WIN!

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    I especially good about todays West Indian Victory because the skipper Darren Sammy led from the front. He has been a tremendous breath of fresh air as a leader and although I am disappointed in his batting, Darren has done enough with the ball to make this team on merit.

    He has more five wicket hauls than any other West Indian bowler in recent times and a better average than most.

    I notice that some feel that he is taking a spot that Benn could have. Gimme a break. Benn's bow;ing average is somewhere arouund 40. As for the allrounders spot, Dwayne Bravo has to make this team as a batsman now, his bowling is no longer good enough for Test Cricket.

    It is time to drop the insularity that is plaguing our game. The Small Island Captain might just lead us back to glory. We have to get on board and back our team, they have not been doing too badly recently.

  • POSTED BY denwarlo70 on | May 16, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    So, the hopeful Pakistanis crumbled leaving that 40 something year "not beaten the WI in the Caribbean" still in tact? Good on the WI team as something of theirs is still in tact.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    Oh my! congratulations to Sammy, Rampaul, Bishoo and the rest of the team. This is what you call Team player, players pulling their weigh not fooling around, but committed, dedicated to the task at hand. Well done W.I

  • POSTED BY vinz4u on | May 16, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    West Indies could be a very very good team if they manage their players right Gayle, Barath, Simmons, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Brathwitte, Samuels, Bravo bros, Pollard, Sammy, taylor, edwards, Roach, Benn, Bishoo, Sammy, Jason Holder( upcoming talent)...tell me that's not a good team... I think the key is rotating the bowlers properly this way they could avoid injuries and stay fresh... A full strength Windies can give some hard to Indians

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    hope west indies wins as sammy restricted pak by taking 5 wickets

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Cogratulations to Sammy and his men.Very good test cricket. Need to correct some problems for the second test. Like Smith and Sarwan.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | May 16, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Congrats WINDIES on a great and confidence boosting victory by the virtue of which it has shown the Pak team its place...

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | May 16, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    I am Sri Lankan and I am long time WI fan. I was closely watching WI team for past two years and their performance were terrible. After Sammy got captaincy I have at least see some good wins. I don't understand why some WI fans criticizing him even today (Remember He won a test match for you after two years). Please give the credit where it is due. I am pretty sure whole world and majority of WI fans are very happy with his performance. Good luck Sammy and others (Don't worry about the haters even if you take all 10 wickets they will still criticize you!!)

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Sammy still is a poor choice for a captain....if not for the captaincy he would be out of the team

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | May 16, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Being unemployed rocks! Cuz I got to see the whole match live by staying up five nights. To be honest we've seen some poor batting from both sides. Also Pakistan did what they do best regularly, dropping catches. But Sammy's bowling was really surprising, I don't remember him being that disciplined. But the pitch seemed to favor him a lot.

  • POSTED BY vmystic on | May 16, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    well done w.I we needed that wiin well done sammy you stick to it i think that the w.i batting coach has to work with D. Smith on his batting to handled hafeez on the next game come on smith i played cricket against with you and i know what you can do so on friday if you get picked lets go out and score some runs i know you can do it.great game guys and i hope you guys can bring it in the next game and the series against india.AND PLEASE LET ME SEE SOME PITCH THAT IS GOING TO SUIT OUR FAST BOWLERS BECAUSE I KNOW ROACH IS SAYING WHAT THE HELL THE GROUND STAFF AR DOING WITH THOSSE WICKETS

  • POSTED BY Woody111 on | May 16, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    Congrats West Indies; I hope this can start a revival in your cricket and you can commence the road back to the top. We need even, competitive cricket around the world and that includes you regaining the respect your greats developed.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul is a player, saw him in Australia and when he is switched on he can shorten up a few batsmen. Lets hope he goes on with it and helps with the rebuilding of the West Indian cricketing empire.

    Hope this ends up being a great series of test cricket to really making this the pinnacle of our wonderful game.

    T20 is fine to finance regional and national competitions, with First Class cricket needing to function at the elite level through strong national leadership, not corrupters who do not have the best interests of our game at heart.

  • POSTED BY cricfan77 on | May 15, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    congrats windies, if we pull off a series win it would put us to #6 just one place behind australia hmmmmmm,

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    drtrinileggie and others like that are not true supporters of WI cricket. Many like him/her secretly hope that WI lose. I know because I am a Trini and I listen to them all the time. All they want is Ganga to captain the side. One even told me that if he had to choose between a winning WI team or a WI team with many Trinidaddians he would go for the team with many Trinidadians. These kind of supporters we don't need.

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | May 15, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    @Godfrey. Fletcher? Most definitely not. @Isaach. I agree Sammy is not the best player in the team but he is more consistent with the ball than Ganga was with the bat...FULL STOP. I think this is a surface that just suited Sammy. On flatter decks, I don't think I would play him if Dwayne Bravo was present. Great to see W.I. lower order hang around and win a game without being full strength. It shows that despite W.I. is very weak, they are by no means the bottom of the world. It also shows that the lost to Bangladesh could not have happened if W.I. were not less than 1/2 strength.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    sammy is good on some wicket that why he cant be captain they sould roteate the team mix everyone up defernt wicket keeper, bowler rotate the team more we want deferent captains wat you think

  • POSTED BY kirksland on | May 15, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Well done guys, and to Sammy in particular, but as some others have said, One swallow does not a summer make. Devon needs to go, and Kraig should get his first opportunity. Not convinced about Sars, so mabe time for Samuels to rejoin the moddle order. Bravo Jr, needs to and will step up, he is pure class and along with Barath and hopefull Ledl Simmons the future of the batting line up. Roach was off this match, but he too has too much talent to give up on, and this was not his type of pitch. Still not convinced that Sammy is good for team balance and his batting is a major concern, as we are still short a specilaist bowler. Condrats to all W.I fans, but remember that India are next, and as good as this performance was, it will not be enough vs. the World #1. Last but hardly least, great debut by Bishoo, but lets not repeat the mistakes of the past and over workl him like we did Ramdin and Valentine and to a lesser extent Gibbs.

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | May 15, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    The thing about Sammy is not his natural talent (which players like Gayle, Sarwan and Taylor have in abundance) but rather it is his work ethic and enthusiasm which the Windies need in a captain. He obviously loves cricket, in particular test cricket, and has high ambitions in creating a windies team to once more challenge the world, and lets face it, they have the talent. The main problem though is the team balance. By having Sammy as an automatic pick, you are limiting your options to bring in players like Taylor, Edwards and even Samuels. I fear until Sammy can prove his ability with the bat, his place will always be under pressure.

  • POSTED BY Akoben on | May 15, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    WELL DONE FELLAS!!!

    No doubt there will be those who still find fault with us, even with a win. However, they will be a little quieter for it. Now, for me I would (wait for it)....no change the team for the 2nd test unless injury deems it. So now, why leave Smith in the team? We have been successful in not backing players when on a bad run. We now need to be successful in backing them if we know they are capable. Only after the series would I review the team preformances. I was very suprised by Rampaul's preformance. He may yet fulfill the promise he showed in his earlier years. I like that we have a bowler who thinks as well as bowls at pace. The pool of Edwards, Rampaul, Roach, Russell and Taylor means none can take their foot off the gas to secure their place. With Jason Holder also coming through we are able to allow the youngsters to develop 'naturally' to reach their full potential. The batting I would leave for now. Samuels will get his chance.

  • POSTED BY tnelson on | May 15, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Congrats to the guys, Sammy did well, got give him that, the conditions suited him well and he exploited it. I am most impressed with Rampaul accuracy and control. Bishoo looks like he belongs at this level, even at this stage...Smith needs to be replaced, the flaw in his technique is glaring...opponents is gonna take advantage in the future.....I magine a pace line up with Taylor, Rampaul, Roach/Fidel, on a bouncy pitch, should be a handful for the Indians. Benn needs to be sorted, we still need good spin option for Bishoo...thanks to the guys for giving a taste of victory again...our palates were deprived for a while

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Well done windies - it was thoroughly deserved. Sammy may not have his fans in the west indies but I as a Pakistani applaud his understated captaincy and the grit he showed. It was for everyone to see what it meant to him to win when he bowled ajmal. Great game of test cricket.

    It is unfortunate for me as a Pakistani to see them involved in some of the best test matches in the last couple of years and see them on the losing side all the time. They just dont have the grit and application required. Cricket isnt just about bowlers as once again they bowled out of their skins but batting wasnt just good enough. Nevertheless brilliant performances from Chanderpaul, Rampaul, Bishoo and Sammy.

  • POSTED BY exuma on | May 15, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    congrats sammy and the WI team, it shows what you can do when you belive in yourself and ability. But lets not get too far ahead of ourself and think all of our problems have been fixed, its icc #9 playing # 7. eventhough this win is welcome and well deseved, it has shfit the focus off of wicb and the controversial things they have been doing. they will use this win to justify that they are right and become more enpowered. never the less the wi people deserve this win and congrats to the wi team.for the second test, i suggest bringing fediel in for roach, samuel in for smith and sars or chanders at #3-taking some pressure off of bravo-he can bat but need a chance to settle in. EXUMA

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    It so puzzling. I am a big fan of West Indies cricket....batsmen lilke..devon smith.dwayne smith..daren ganga.pollard has been given so many opportunities but yet they ALWAYS screw up. From the time sammy has captain west indies has never had as many one day and test wins in years. The went to an unexpected quarter finals in the world cup. the players your see on the field are thosewho are dedicated to play for west indies cricket and have a pasion in making the side a better one..daren sammy is a very godo captain..but as MAJORITY of west indies players he has had a dreadful time with the bat and maybe the ball recently..but he over come it by providing belief and team spirit within the players and team..but wait..he also got the team wininng matches from since he got captaincy...LETS NOT CRITICIZE....sit and watch the game

  • POSTED BY AceB on | May 15, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Westindies ( 1 ) Pakistan ( 0 ) ..West Indies so-called fans who would prefer the team to lose , because of their political bias (-1 )...Imagine some people can't just simply have the good grace to say well done West Indies , I'll say it for you all ; Well done Darren Sammy and the TEAM ..

  • POSTED BY enigma12345 on | May 15, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    Congrats windies. My Squad for Next test is 1)L.Simmons 2)S.Chanderpaul 3) R.Sarwan 4) D.Bravo 5) M.Samuels 6) B.Nash 7) C.Baugh 8) D.Sammy 9) R.Rampaul 10 ) K.Roach 11) D.Bishoo

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | May 15, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    How refreshing to see a test where ball dominates bat. Far too many games - be it tests or 20/20 - have been dull, one sided batathons. Congrats to the Windies; here's hoping that it's the start of significant recovery. World cricket needs them to be strong. Now lets get Gayle, Bravo and Taylor back into the test team.

  • POSTED BY Uriah20 on | May 15, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Oh and for all the Gayle haters. The guy has averaged 52.91 in tests since Jan 2008. Don't believe the hype, he has been the most committed to the cause as captain as well as in Sri Lanka when he was replaced.

  • POSTED BY YoBro on | May 15, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    Sorry Sammy...too little, too late for me. I still think he is underperforming by a huge distance. I don't think he deserves to be in the team, let alone captain it. Suleiman Benn would be a better choice than this guy. What's he done with the bat in the last 5 years? What's his batting average - nondescript. Remember - every dog has his day.

  • POSTED BY Uriah20 on | May 15, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    @drtrinileggie That's weak! This squad of talented players finally puts in a performance minus the flash but with application and grit needed in test cricket and first thing you can do is complain? Really Bro? Sammy takes 7 wkts and he should go? Why? Because he doesn't bowl 90mph and spray it all over the place. Look at his test career, 12 tests, 36 wkts, avge 26, 4 5w innings. He bowls in the right areas creating pressure, which gets wickets for him and the team. Get behind the boys! They can't do it without us!

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Oh the sweet taste of victory! I am now going to celebrate this win since i don't know how long it will last.Its been 2+ yrs since we defeated England and felt what it is like to savor the sweet taste of victory.I don't care if WI don't win another test in 2011.One victory goes a long long way in wetting, us thirsty, West Indian fans appetite.We have been calling, clamoring,criticizing and even selecting whom we think deserve selection or not, all in a effort to win a test match,a 50 overs match or a 20/20 game.@drtrinileggie am just going to ignore your partisanship and un-call for bias.In our boisterous exuberance and excitement your voice has been drowned out by our noisy celebration. Winning washes away all the pain even if its only temporary. The next move is to get some consistency from this very strong batting lineup.Imagine a day when Chanderpaul "the bull" can't be out and others posting decent scores around him.We will soon be scoring 400+ consistently.RALLY ROUND D WI!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    sammy isnt going anywhere he will remain as captain for a long time to come, ever since he has been captain we have gon up 2 places in the test ranking, not even lara managed that, all we are missing is to drop baugh, roach, smith and bring in fidel edwards, marlon samuels and gayle , lendl simmons or daren bravo should keep

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | May 15, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    All hail test cricket. Nothing else can match it. @drtrinileggie-I reckon you're being a bit hard on Sammy mate. He really was tremendous today. If not for him Pakistan would have won. Would that have been preferable? I just don't get it.

  • POSTED BY IsaacM_7 on | May 15, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    agree with the trini being one myself. Sammy not good enough 2 keep place in team. it's like throwing a wrench in engine to try and accomodate him. Sure he had a good match with ball but looked clueless with the bat. Just for this series, Ganga should have been appointed captain. it makes perfect sense. i think windies players mature as they get older, hence samuels and ganga being the top bats in the regional tourney. Team should have been 1.D.Ganga 2. Simmo 3.Sars 4. Samuels 5. Chanders 6.N.Deonarine7. Ramdin 8. S.Ganga 9. Ravi 10. Roach/Fidel 11. Bishoo Best possible team to put out against a team full of spinners, with all the batters being the best players of spin that we have. Also inclusion of S.Ganga who deserves a chane and in my view is the best off spinner that we have at the moment. Deonarine a real underated player, just needs to apply himself a bit more, but for this series he is a really good player of spin nad a usefel leggie. yung bravo has plenty work 2 do.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    At least Sammy is devoted towards his country. . Look at your stars Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, where the hell are they . .

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Congratulations WI for winning a test match at last! But I want to congratulate the people of the region even more for pressuring the WI Board to reconsider their silly idea to retire Chanderpaul and Sarwan prematurely! You would notice that since Sarwan's return, even though he hasn't done anything spectacular, they've won every match. And now Chiv has returned, he more than anyone else has won this match. This speaks volumes of the type of confidence younger players show when some experience is around to guide them. How absurd: apart from Kemar Roach, we only have three cricketers with name reccognition in the WI now, yet WI Board decided to get rid of them! Don't they all need to have their heads properly examined? In fact, based on the success we see since the return of the old guard, I expect lots of heads to roll! President Jagdeo may have breached his head of state protocol via statements he made on Saturday, but people at his level need to speak out. Mediocrity is unacceptable!

  • POSTED BY 44johter on | May 15, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    We have had proper bowlers and captains and we still do not win. Let us give the WI a chance, they cant go anywhere but up. They played well and they deserve this victory. Let them enjoy it. Whether Sammy is the right captian or not time will tell. If we keep joining others in pulling down WI cricket how can we progress? Still need to address the batting. And they need to avoid controversies before a tour. At times I think people who claim that they want to take WI cricket foward actually want to destroy it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    A well deserved win. HOWEVER few things to iron out,we need not embarrass DEVON any further. HE will have to go. we cannot lose the series so it is BARATH or BRATHWAITE.EVEN an 85% fit BARATH should be considered. IMPORTANTLY, pitch report is necessary, after all we r at home. 2 spinners &2 pacers or the same attack,the report will help. DO we really need SARS? CAN SAMUELS deal with AJMAL? AJMAL will not just disappear, so make your pick. WHAT about FLETCHER as keeper,batting at 6? WE have to win this series.

  • POSTED BY Silloh on | May 15, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Congrats skipper Sammy and the Windies team ! We have waited a long time . This win will go a long way in promoting self belief. Sammy has been appointed skipper for the India tour as well next month. Give the man a chance arm chair generals .

  • POSTED BY yocasi on | May 15, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    With your "proper bowler and proper captain" everyone teed off on Windies, dtrinileggie. Congrats to Sammy and the boys! One shower doesn't make a rainy season, but it was a magnificent TEAM victory.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Samuels neeed to be in d side for next test - smith cant play spin - maybe baugh can try opening as it is low risk - most he can do is fail again - bravo is effectively an opener,

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Congratulations to west Indies for the victory. it was a low scoring but an interesting match. Even though sammy is not a great bowler, i liked his discipline and strategy to bowl wicket to wicket. Bishoo and bravo junior seem to be good prospects. better luck pakistan for the next match. They should hold on to the catches. True grit shown by the old horse chandrapaul .

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    If we had a proper bowler? and a proper captain? Some people are just soo blinded that they claim to see everything! Didn't the WI win a test match in over a year( last victory early 2009) and the first comment is if we had a proper bowler. How about a match winning,man of the match performance "5-29"? To be fair the only bowler who always looked threatening was Rampaul, and when the match threatened to get away(in the 2nd innings), the pakistanis were stopped in their tracks by Sammy. If you refuse to give the guy credit how can you then claim to be fair. All the petty squabbles, grow up! A win is a win.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Well done Windies! As someone who has followed the frustrating defeats down to the last ball this is refreshing. To give Pakistan the pitch advantage and still win convincingly is encouraging.

    We have to shield Devon Smith from Hafeez. Hats off to Sammy...performed well above his skill level. Can't knock someone who takes 5 wickets in an innings to win a Test match. Hope that those with more talent take their cue from this.

  • POSTED BY neilyb on | May 15, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Come on drtrinileggie, credit where credit is due, a win is a win, 5 wickets leading from the front has to be commended.However, Smith.... has a problem, therefore West Indies have a problem, unfortunately he must go. Who will you replace Baugh with? The man can actually bat and he is a fine keeper.

  • POSTED BY Principle on | May 15, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Well, well we have finally won a test and without the superstars I see. Congrats to Darren Sammy and his team. If this continues Mr. Gayle and Co. will not be able to regain there spots in the team and rightly so. Rather to win with a bunch of ordinary players than superstars. Long live captain Sammy.

  • POSTED BY drtrinileggie on | May 15, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Imagine if we had a proper bowler and a proper captain. Sammy you still don't belong in this side.

    Buagh out smith out sammy out.

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  • POSTED BY drtrinileggie on | May 15, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Imagine if we had a proper bowler and a proper captain. Sammy you still don't belong in this side.

    Buagh out smith out sammy out.

  • POSTED BY Principle on | May 15, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Well, well we have finally won a test and without the superstars I see. Congrats to Darren Sammy and his team. If this continues Mr. Gayle and Co. will not be able to regain there spots in the team and rightly so. Rather to win with a bunch of ordinary players than superstars. Long live captain Sammy.

  • POSTED BY neilyb on | May 15, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Come on drtrinileggie, credit where credit is due, a win is a win, 5 wickets leading from the front has to be commended.However, Smith.... has a problem, therefore West Indies have a problem, unfortunately he must go. Who will you replace Baugh with? The man can actually bat and he is a fine keeper.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Well done Windies! As someone who has followed the frustrating defeats down to the last ball this is refreshing. To give Pakistan the pitch advantage and still win convincingly is encouraging.

    We have to shield Devon Smith from Hafeez. Hats off to Sammy...performed well above his skill level. Can't knock someone who takes 5 wickets in an innings to win a Test match. Hope that those with more talent take their cue from this.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    If we had a proper bowler? and a proper captain? Some people are just soo blinded that they claim to see everything! Didn't the WI win a test match in over a year( last victory early 2009) and the first comment is if we had a proper bowler. How about a match winning,man of the match performance "5-29"? To be fair the only bowler who always looked threatening was Rampaul, and when the match threatened to get away(in the 2nd innings), the pakistanis were stopped in their tracks by Sammy. If you refuse to give the guy credit how can you then claim to be fair. All the petty squabbles, grow up! A win is a win.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Congratulations to west Indies for the victory. it was a low scoring but an interesting match. Even though sammy is not a great bowler, i liked his discipline and strategy to bowl wicket to wicket. Bishoo and bravo junior seem to be good prospects. better luck pakistan for the next match. They should hold on to the catches. True grit shown by the old horse chandrapaul .

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Samuels neeed to be in d side for next test - smith cant play spin - maybe baugh can try opening as it is low risk - most he can do is fail again - bravo is effectively an opener,

  • POSTED BY yocasi on | May 15, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    With your "proper bowler and proper captain" everyone teed off on Windies, dtrinileggie. Congrats to Sammy and the boys! One shower doesn't make a rainy season, but it was a magnificent TEAM victory.

  • POSTED BY Silloh on | May 15, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Congrats skipper Sammy and the Windies team ! We have waited a long time . This win will go a long way in promoting self belief. Sammy has been appointed skipper for the India tour as well next month. Give the man a chance arm chair generals .

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    A well deserved win. HOWEVER few things to iron out,we need not embarrass DEVON any further. HE will have to go. we cannot lose the series so it is BARATH or BRATHWAITE.EVEN an 85% fit BARATH should be considered. IMPORTANTLY, pitch report is necessary, after all we r at home. 2 spinners &2 pacers or the same attack,the report will help. DO we really need SARS? CAN SAMUELS deal with AJMAL? AJMAL will not just disappear, so make your pick. WHAT about FLETCHER as keeper,batting at 6? WE have to win this series.