West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Basseterre May 19, 2011

West Indies eye rare series win

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Match Facts

May 20-24, Basseterre, St. Kitts
Start time 1000 (1400 GMT)

The Big Picture


Amid all the criticism heaped on West Indies cricket in recent years, perhaps the sharpest has centred on the lack of resolve shown by their players who have appeared diffident, in contrast to the weight of the great tradition they bear. Too many times, dominating positions have been frittered away, conveying the impression that they seemingly do not care to gain ground. The hurt is magnified, given that that the West Indies is the only place outside the sub-continent where cricket still appears to be much more than just a game.

That is why the win in the first Test against Pakistan - the first in a Test in almost two years - should ideally be seen as much more than just another win. What was equally heartening to see was what led to that win. The fight shown by the lower order, where the last two wickets added in excess of 50 runs in both innings in a low-scoring game where the winning margin was 40. Above all, the fight displayed by Darren Sammy who, with a Man of the Match performance, showed that he might also have the skills to be a contributing player at Test level in addition to being a willing captain.

All of which should be celebrated much more than a win, because, in isolation, the victory itself might just prove to be a one-off considering the various ills plaguing West Indies cricket. The final game in yet another two-Test series that has promised so much will give a stronger indication of whether the earlier win was more than just that. If Sammy does manage to pull off another victory, he would have bought time from the doubters. Even a draw will help, but a loss will lead to increasing calls of 'we told you so'.

To consolidate on their success in the first Test, West Indies will need to address their serious vulnerability while facing spin, especially against Saeed Ajmal. When your opener (Devon Smith) fails to last even an over against the opposition's part-time offspinner in Tests (Mohammad Hafeez), it reflects poorly on the skillsets of those playing at the highest level. The surface at Warner Park, though, should suit West Indies much more than the vicious turner at Providence that turned survival against quality spin into a lottery, one in which the hosts didn't enjoy much luck.

Brittle batting cost Pakistan the first Test, and considering that none of the top six has played more than 30 Tests, it is not a problem that is going to go away soon, especially in the absence of Younis Khan. The opening partnership has been worryingly unproductive; in 40 previous innings, only three times has it produced more than 100 runs and of the six pairs tried out, none have averaged more than 40 per innings. No wonder that Pakistan have struggled to put up totals in the region of 350-400, which hasn't allowed their strong bowling attack the kind of leeway it deserves.

As in the case of West Indies though, Pakistan should also find the usually flatter track at Warner Park much more conducive, and hope that their batting stands up, for once, so that they can at least hope to square the series. Otherwise, West Indies will overtake them in the ICC Test rankings.

Form guide

(most recent first)
West Indies: WDDDL
Pakistan: LDWDD

Watch out for...


Devendra Bishoo came close to becoming only the third West Indies spinner to take a five-for on Test debut. He displayed remarkable control over variety for someone playing the role of the sole specialist spinner in only his first Test. He also lasted almost 100 deliveries with the bat, showing glimpses of a reasonably tight technique for a No.11, and a strong character. West Indies cricket is in desperate need of all these qualities, and from initial impressions, Bishoo seems to have the potential.

Such is the lot of Darren Sammy that in every game that he leads his side, whatever he does or doesn't will be analysed and dissected to death. Why did he bring himself on to bowl, why didn't he bring himself on to bowl, why did he do what he did, why didn't he do what he didn't. Amid a perpetual one-sided trial, it was nice to see him being applauded by his team-mates after getting the key wicket of Umar Akmal that virtually sealed the win. In the end, their support and confidence matters the most and Sammy has another opportunity starting tomorrow to earn more of it.

Umar Akmal is the next big hope of Pakistan batting. He is also the current big frustration. A batsman so prodigiously talented has got to have more than a prolonged streak of youthful indulgence to throw away so many potential match-winning innings. Not for the first time in his career, Akmal played a wild pull to get out in the first innings in Providence, when he was not having any problems on a pitch that others had found unplayable. How many false dawns will Pakistan cricket have to endure before Akmal's sun truly rises?

Team news


After getting tormented by Hafeez for quite some time now, Smith has been left out of the 13-man squad and a debut for young Barbados opener Kraigg Brathwaite looks to be in order. Ravi Rampaul's stirring performance in Providence has ensured that he will continue to keep Fidel Edwards out. There should not be any other change, unless West Indies decide to go in with five bowlers on the traditionally placid Warner Park surface.

West Indies (probable): 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Brendan Nash, 7 Carlton Baugh (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Devendra Bishoo

Given that the pitch is not expected to aid spin much, Pakistan could consider bringing in one of Tanvir Ahmed or Junaid Khan in place of Abdur Rehman. Then again, West Indies' cluelessness against the slower men might just tempt them to stick with two specialist spinners.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Taufeeq Umar, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Mohammad Salman (wk), 8 Abdur Rehman / Tanvir Ahmed, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Saeed Ajmal

Pitch and conditions


Two previous Tests at Warner Park have produced high-scoring draws. Even South Africa, who won everything else on their trip to the Caribbean last year, could not bowl West Indies out twice on the flat surface. West Indies would not like to hand Pakistan another turner that suits Ajmal and Co, and reports suggest that the surface will be quite hard, with dry grass rolled in to bind it together. The weather is forecast to be quite cloudy over the next few days, and that could only please the West Indies seamers.

Stats and trivia

  • 12 of Umar Akmal's 27 Test innings have ended between 20 and 60
  • Saeed Ajmal's 11 for 111 in the first Test was his maiden ten-wicket haul
  • West Indies have won only two Test series in the past seven years

Quotes


"We obviously have got a very strong seam attack and they've obviously got a very strong spin attack. We are hoping that we can have a surface that is more helpful to our seam attack, one that gives us an advantage."
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson makes it clear what kind of pitch he would want to have

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • bumsonseats on May 20, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    they most most likely will win the series.last time out when they took the lead against england the wickets became so placid,no other result was possible.dpk

  • Nerk on May 20, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Hopefully this is a turning point for the Windies. But I am reminded of that win in South Africa, and then again against England a few years back. Both proved to be false dawns. But maybe with Sammy as the energetic, hard working leader the Windies can rebuild. World domination is not yet in their reach, but given a few years who knows?

  • cric_madness on May 20, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    As i saw Salamn in this tour, he is realy struggling with the bat. and seeems that he is purly a wicket keeper, bc he didnt score bouble figure in the last 6 games... he must be replaced by zulqarnain. Umer gul didnt come out of that mohali semi final yet.

  • I.F.Butt on May 20, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Drop Carlton Baugh as he is wasting a valuable spot and develop the wicketkeeping skills of Lendl Simmons and allow Fidel Edwards a chance as you can consider Darren Sammy the all rounder he is as an nr.7 batsman

  • on May 20, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    For WI: Fidel Edwards should be in the playing XI. For PAK: What is the use of Mohammad Salman? I don't understand why was he selected ahead of Adnan Akmal. Atleast, Adnan Akmal had the ability to hit the ball hard & compile runs quickly down the order.

  • on May 20, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Umer Akmal a Batting Hope. Umer Akmal is one of that rare bread whose average in both forms of International Cricket of Test and ODI matches is 36%. This would suggest that he has his own limitations. Once he has reached a score of 30 he seems to change into aggression rather than to compose himself and consider the state of the game at that moment. He becomes selfish and ponders for his own glory rather than the team. This could also be because of the current Pakistanis generations inherent cultural problem. The country and the nation is going through very difficult times and unable to find the right path. In my personal opinion he will remain as he is forever in both formats. I hope that I am wrong but my average of being right in my opinion throughout my life has been very high.

  • pontingkhan on May 20, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Bishoo is one of my favourite spinners, since his first ODI. An intelligent cricketer with the right mix of skill. hard-work, determination and a very good cricketing brain.

    I certainly expect big things from him.

    Luv from Pakistan !

  • Stos on May 20, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    @44johter: Samuels scored too slowly in an ODI and looked like he was too used to longer formats of the game to be comfortable in an ODI, but it's not clear that this has any evident negative implications as regards his performance in test matches. ODIs are a completely different type of match, and it really isn't very reasonable to assume that a person's form in ODIs will equal their performance in tests.

  • on May 20, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Why Fidel Edwards Is Out Of Team Fidel Edwards Is Such An Excellent Bowler

  • on May 20, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    pakistan ,find a new keeper batsman.

  • bumsonseats on May 20, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    they most most likely will win the series.last time out when they took the lead against england the wickets became so placid,no other result was possible.dpk

  • Nerk on May 20, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Hopefully this is a turning point for the Windies. But I am reminded of that win in South Africa, and then again against England a few years back. Both proved to be false dawns. But maybe with Sammy as the energetic, hard working leader the Windies can rebuild. World domination is not yet in their reach, but given a few years who knows?

  • cric_madness on May 20, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    As i saw Salamn in this tour, he is realy struggling with the bat. and seeems that he is purly a wicket keeper, bc he didnt score bouble figure in the last 6 games... he must be replaced by zulqarnain. Umer gul didnt come out of that mohali semi final yet.

  • I.F.Butt on May 20, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Drop Carlton Baugh as he is wasting a valuable spot and develop the wicketkeeping skills of Lendl Simmons and allow Fidel Edwards a chance as you can consider Darren Sammy the all rounder he is as an nr.7 batsman

  • on May 20, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    For WI: Fidel Edwards should be in the playing XI. For PAK: What is the use of Mohammad Salman? I don't understand why was he selected ahead of Adnan Akmal. Atleast, Adnan Akmal had the ability to hit the ball hard & compile runs quickly down the order.

  • on May 20, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Umer Akmal a Batting Hope. Umer Akmal is one of that rare bread whose average in both forms of International Cricket of Test and ODI matches is 36%. This would suggest that he has his own limitations. Once he has reached a score of 30 he seems to change into aggression rather than to compose himself and consider the state of the game at that moment. He becomes selfish and ponders for his own glory rather than the team. This could also be because of the current Pakistanis generations inherent cultural problem. The country and the nation is going through very difficult times and unable to find the right path. In my personal opinion he will remain as he is forever in both formats. I hope that I am wrong but my average of being right in my opinion throughout my life has been very high.

  • pontingkhan on May 20, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Bishoo is one of my favourite spinners, since his first ODI. An intelligent cricketer with the right mix of skill. hard-work, determination and a very good cricketing brain.

    I certainly expect big things from him.

    Luv from Pakistan !

  • Stos on May 20, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    @44johter: Samuels scored too slowly in an ODI and looked like he was too used to longer formats of the game to be comfortable in an ODI, but it's not clear that this has any evident negative implications as regards his performance in test matches. ODIs are a completely different type of match, and it really isn't very reasonable to assume that a person's form in ODIs will equal their performance in tests.

  • on May 20, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Why Fidel Edwards Is Out Of Team Fidel Edwards Is Such An Excellent Bowler

  • on May 20, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    pakistan ,find a new keeper batsman.

  • Dashgar on May 20, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I think this will be a very good game. People may say it is a must win for West Indies but you must remember they are still young and key players like Sarwan and Nash are still out of form. I hope both teams put up a good performance and we see a result late on the last day.

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul, Has earned the respect of some of the world's best player, Now Ravi will create the same excitement as his record breaking performances while playing for West Indies under 15 and under 19 . Narsingh Bhajan ( Uncle Nirmal) GO RAVI

  • Percy_Fender on May 20, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Umar Akmal is a talented batsman no doubt. But all these people who wax eloquent about his 'prodigous talent' would do well to remember that a good batsman is also a thinking cricketer. If at the point of seeing the ball and playing a stroke his thought process is kamikaze and self glorification, all the talent in this world is of no use. Umar Akmal's mindset has been seen in his feigning injury and acting in a manner hardly expected of him. I am not very sure if he can overcome these inherent mental shortcomings. I would much rather set store by Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali.They may be the Mudassar Nazars of today's Pakistan.

  • on May 20, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Its amazing to read some of the comments, suggesting that Salman the new wicketkeeper should be dropped because he cannot score runs. Pakistan didn't lose the first test because Salman didn't make runs, Pakistan lost because the top order failed. Hafeez, Taufiq and Azhar performed poorly, Misbah and Shafiq were able to save face in the second innings and Umar Akmal as usual showed that he has the batting skills but not the brains. Slaman has been impressive in his keeping, but you cannot expect a rookie keeper to come in and save the day when the entire batting line up has collapsed. I am 100% confident that given some experience he will shine as a batsman, his keeping is miles ahead of Kamran Akmal.

    On the other hand big up Bishoo, I hung out with him in GT (at the Edge) during T20 World Cup in West Indies 2010. Couldn't have guessed that his rise would be so meteoric, plus it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

  • simonviller on May 20, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Good for the young Brathwaite !I wish him the greatest success in his efforts tomorrow if he gets to play . It will be nice to hear all the cricket pundits as the game progresses . Good luck West I ndies .

  • exuma on May 20, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    looking foward to some good cricket this weekend. sorry smith, you tried, but must be able to play spin, to suceed at this level. you need to go to T&T and play some club cricket against good spin bowlers. chanders, keep batting like a crab, it has brought u much success, dont let the coach who himself was a mediocre player try to change your style. EXUMA

  • VivGilchrist on May 20, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    On a flat track, if they want to win the series 2-0 then they have to bring in Fidel at the expense of a batsman in Smith, to maintain bowling pressure on a batting track. After all you need to take 20 wickets to win a Test. If they want a draw and win the series 1-0, the experience of Samuels should come in for Smith.

  • Hindh on May 20, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Pakistan are struggling to beat even a second string WI team. This is good for cricket and WINDIES.......

  • tropicalkingb on May 20, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    I am not a Sammy fan. BUT what does the guy have to do to deserve a little respect? A 10 for..?

  • on May 20, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    Now that Smith is dropped what is the use of Hafeez in the team?

  • mso797 on May 20, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    didn;t thwey say they're were going 2 brin in somone 4 younis i was looking 4ward to yousuf, monzoor, or fawad

  • mnmdude on May 20, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    @Desihungama akmal plays good cricket. his test average is 35 at a sr of 65, which puts off pressure. next time u shud go and bowl to him and see how good he is.

  • 44johter on May 20, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Go Windies!!! No Devon Smith please this should be the last time we hear about him. Watching Samuels bat in the ondays was painful imagine what will happen in a test match. I would give Braithwaite a chance he cant do any worse than Samuels or Smith. Sammy this your big chance to prove your distractors wrong dont blow it. If you lose..........sorry for you.

  • wkkl on May 20, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    kraigg brathwaitte im proud of u ur very lucky 2 play 4 us 2day,im proud of u boy very proud do ur best sonny boy and probably u can get picked 4 d series against pakistan

  • on May 20, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    I will definitely look forward to see Chanderpaul and Bishoo play. Bishoo should hit more upper in the line-up.

  • on May 20, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    excellent move to drop devon smith

  • TeamSelector on May 19, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Pakistan should make one change to their team ......... leave out Mohamed Salman & bring in Hammad Azam. Let Akmal & Shafiq share the glovework. This would give them an extra seam option, strengthen their batting ....... while still retaining their three spinners. Taufeeq needs to go too, but they have no extra batsman in the squad to replace him. Umar Gul seems as if he needs a rest, but his experience is too vital to leave him out.

    1-Taufeeq, 2-Hafeez, 3-Azhar, 4-Misbah, 5-Shafiq, 6-Akmal, 7-Hammad, 8-Rehman, 9-Wahab, 10-Gul, 11-Ajmal.

  • fireballer on May 19, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Time for Devon Smith to be put out to pasture,,,,,,,,enough of someone who cannot bat to be playing @ this level.......

  • sehwaguparcut on May 19, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    IMO Pakistan should try Junaid or Tanvir Ahmed instead of Abdur Rehman. Then Umar Akmal needs to go up the order.

  • Stark62 on May 19, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    I hope the Windies win!

    Sammy is hurting the team balance but then again, what else can you do?

    Players turned down contracts, players didn't want it, players were tried and failed.

    Sammy may not be the best but at least his fully committed and ready to play for the Windies anytime plus, he is a good aggressive captain.

  • mso797 on May 19, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    bring in junaid instead of tanvir who gives away runs thats y we lost the last match

  • bluhunter on May 19, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    If Devon Smith makes the starting 11, I'll cancell my subscription of ATN.

  • irfans1 on May 19, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Could be a tight game really, hopefully it would be supporting wicket both for bowlers n batters. WI really need to continue their fighting spirit which they have shown in the 1st test, one change at the top for the opening slot would be ok to go in this match. Big heart Sammy is really leading the side very well, considering he is still missing some of his top players who are playing IPL.

    For Pak, it is very important for Umar Gul and Wahab should step up and show how much capable they are at this level. One change could be done depending on the wicket, one spinner can be changed to a genuine seamer or may be Hammad Azam(all-rounder) could make his way as 5th bowler and extra batting options(as new wicker-keeper Salman is not capable enough to be dependent of scroing some runs lower down the order). Good start would be crucial at the top of ther order fo batting too, Taufeeq need some score badly to keep his place for future tests, Hafeez's performance would also be very important

  • Douggy on May 19, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    One thing is for certain Smith needs to be dropped give Samuels or the new guy a chance.I would leave the bowling department the same Edwards just coming out of injury he might take a while to get back to his best. In a big game such as this one i would keep Roach who on his day and a track such as st Kitts could cause Pakistan real problems. Goodluck Windies!

  • Baggamojah on May 19, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    not that they need to larn to play spin i do believe that it;s an application thing with some of our top order players they need to think some more when they are in the middle people like saran and smith this is the time of there careers when we should be getting centuries from them every now and then .i must say that thy made me proud last week they way they played in guyana even though there are still work to be done.leave SAMMY alone at least for these two series on the west indies ,the so call big name guys in india they (GAYLE) he did nothing for us during the world cup when we needed him to fire for us look now he seems to find form now in the ipl the blind could see that what Sammy lacks in the ability to bat he makes up in his captaincy and leadership on the field which GAYLE shown us that hee don't have .so let rally with this young squad and leave the so call big names out because we see where there interest are.GOOD LUCK TOMORROW GUYS MAKE US PROUD .

  • PakCricketistanLover on May 19, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Drop Taufeeq. Play Ahmed Shahzad, even though he is dropped from the squad for Ireland. Play A Rehman, West Indians are deceptive to spin bowling. U Akmal needs to bat up the order. Misbah should come at 4. From what I have seen M Salman is yet to prove his worth. If all our players would have been there for no wrong reasons, imagine our playing XI - S Butt, M Hafeez, Y Khan, M Yousuf, M ul Haq, S Malik / U Akmal, K Akmal, M Aamir, M Asif, U Gul, S Ajmal. Would have been tough to defeat this team on any giving day. Hardluck PAKISTAN

  • on May 19, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Both teams are weak and are missing some of their key players such as Gayle, Yunus and Yusuf. In the last test it was the unsuitable test wicket which determined the result of the match. Ordinary bowlers were made to look extraordinary and quality batsmen were made to look number 9, 10 and Jack. As a cricket lover I found the test match generally boring as it deprived me of wanting to see the true talent of the promising young batsmen on both sides such as Bravo, Simmons, Azhar, Shafiq and Umar. The first test suited bowlers and it seems second test will be played on a flat wicket suiting batsmen. This makes for boring cricket and I wish the administrators get a right balance between bat and ball, otherwise test cricket will become unattractive. For the second test I hope Pakistan include the all rounder Azam in place of Rehman, he looks really talented. Also if I had my way I would drop Pakistani wicket keeper from the XI, it seems he cannot bat and get Umar to keep wicket.

  • on May 19, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    umar akmal is a terrific batsman.He proved it in Australia.No doubt he is a talent.He will learn his game gradually.One day he will be one of Pakistani greats.Others have to support him instead of putting all the pressure on him.

  • popahwheely on May 19, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Yea I don't know about that Pak is going to come hard. Shiv should open in my opinion and bring in Samuels, Roach or Edwards it don't matter and they might pull it off.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on May 19, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Pakistan does not have one single match winning batsman. A match winning batsman is someone who can hit a double century, and Pakistan does not have anyone that can hit a century.

  • NCassie on May 19, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Drop Devon, swap Fidel for Roach and they should have what it takes to take the series!

  • satspeare on May 19, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Shivnarine Chanderpaul,3 Darren Bravo, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 5 Brendan Nash, 6 Ramdin (wk), 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Ravi Rampaul, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Devendra Bishoo and 11 Fidel Edwards. PLEASE DON'T HAVE SIMMONS BETHE WICKET-KEEPER - IT WILL AFFECT HIS BATTING NEGATIVELY ALSO HE ALREADY HAS KNEE PROBLEMS. WE NEED TO HAVE OUR BEST KEEPER IN THE TEAM - RAMDIN. CHANDERPAUL OPENS TO GIVE HIM MORE TIME AT THE WICKET AND TO LEND SOME GUIDANCE TO THE REST OF THE BATTING. HAVE TO PLAY FOUR BOWLERS TO FREE UP SOME OF SAMMY'S RESPONSIBILITIES TO LEAD. NOT TOO FOND OF SAMUELS SINCE HE REFUSED TO BE A PART OF THE WORLD CUP - WHEN HE WAS NEEDED BUT HE REALLY SHOULD GET A CHANCE BECAUSE OF HIS PERFORMANCES IN THE REGIONALS. GOOD LUCK AND GO WEST INDIES!!!

  • Desihungama on May 19, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Umar Akmal is the next big hope of Pakistan batting? That sums up all the problems in Team Pakistan. I would send him 7 down in only a Twenty20 format. Maybe he can the drinks in longer formats.

  • shawnsundar on May 19, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Bring on Fidel and the youngster, leave out Smith and rest Roach, not because he's not playing well or anything, he just needs a rest in my opinion. Look out for Sarwan...

  • chicoguapo on May 19, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Otis, I have to say I disagree with you...what you need is that your batsmen learn to play spin...and rotate the strike when spin bowlers are in operation....your impact in the bowling area can be seen, but we need work..lots of it in the batting department....temperment/patience, intelligence and diligence.....lets go windies....lets use this first test test as a stepping stone to move foward...

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  • chicoguapo on May 19, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Otis, I have to say I disagree with you...what you need is that your batsmen learn to play spin...and rotate the strike when spin bowlers are in operation....your impact in the bowling area can be seen, but we need work..lots of it in the batting department....temperment/patience, intelligence and diligence.....lets go windies....lets use this first test test as a stepping stone to move foward...

  • shawnsundar on May 19, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Bring on Fidel and the youngster, leave out Smith and rest Roach, not because he's not playing well or anything, he just needs a rest in my opinion. Look out for Sarwan...

  • Desihungama on May 19, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Umar Akmal is the next big hope of Pakistan batting? That sums up all the problems in Team Pakistan. I would send him 7 down in only a Twenty20 format. Maybe he can the drinks in longer formats.

  • satspeare on May 19, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Shivnarine Chanderpaul,3 Darren Bravo, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 5 Brendan Nash, 6 Ramdin (wk), 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Ravi Rampaul, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Devendra Bishoo and 11 Fidel Edwards. PLEASE DON'T HAVE SIMMONS BETHE WICKET-KEEPER - IT WILL AFFECT HIS BATTING NEGATIVELY ALSO HE ALREADY HAS KNEE PROBLEMS. WE NEED TO HAVE OUR BEST KEEPER IN THE TEAM - RAMDIN. CHANDERPAUL OPENS TO GIVE HIM MORE TIME AT THE WICKET AND TO LEND SOME GUIDANCE TO THE REST OF THE BATTING. HAVE TO PLAY FOUR BOWLERS TO FREE UP SOME OF SAMMY'S RESPONSIBILITIES TO LEAD. NOT TOO FOND OF SAMUELS SINCE HE REFUSED TO BE A PART OF THE WORLD CUP - WHEN HE WAS NEEDED BUT HE REALLY SHOULD GET A CHANCE BECAUSE OF HIS PERFORMANCES IN THE REGIONALS. GOOD LUCK AND GO WEST INDIES!!!

  • NCassie on May 19, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Drop Devon, swap Fidel for Roach and they should have what it takes to take the series!

  • Hassan.Farooqi on May 19, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Pakistan does not have one single match winning batsman. A match winning batsman is someone who can hit a double century, and Pakistan does not have anyone that can hit a century.

  • popahwheely on May 19, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Yea I don't know about that Pak is going to come hard. Shiv should open in my opinion and bring in Samuels, Roach or Edwards it don't matter and they might pull it off.

  • on May 19, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    umar akmal is a terrific batsman.He proved it in Australia.No doubt he is a talent.He will learn his game gradually.One day he will be one of Pakistani greats.Others have to support him instead of putting all the pressure on him.

  • on May 19, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Both teams are weak and are missing some of their key players such as Gayle, Yunus and Yusuf. In the last test it was the unsuitable test wicket which determined the result of the match. Ordinary bowlers were made to look extraordinary and quality batsmen were made to look number 9, 10 and Jack. As a cricket lover I found the test match generally boring as it deprived me of wanting to see the true talent of the promising young batsmen on both sides such as Bravo, Simmons, Azhar, Shafiq and Umar. The first test suited bowlers and it seems second test will be played on a flat wicket suiting batsmen. This makes for boring cricket and I wish the administrators get a right balance between bat and ball, otherwise test cricket will become unattractive. For the second test I hope Pakistan include the all rounder Azam in place of Rehman, he looks really talented. Also if I had my way I would drop Pakistani wicket keeper from the XI, it seems he cannot bat and get Umar to keep wicket.

  • PakCricketistanLover on May 19, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Drop Taufeeq. Play Ahmed Shahzad, even though he is dropped from the squad for Ireland. Play A Rehman, West Indians are deceptive to spin bowling. U Akmal needs to bat up the order. Misbah should come at 4. From what I have seen M Salman is yet to prove his worth. If all our players would have been there for no wrong reasons, imagine our playing XI - S Butt, M Hafeez, Y Khan, M Yousuf, M ul Haq, S Malik / U Akmal, K Akmal, M Aamir, M Asif, U Gul, S Ajmal. Would have been tough to defeat this team on any giving day. Hardluck PAKISTAN