West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Roseau May 9, 2017

Series at stake as Misbah, Younis make last bow


Match facts

Roseau, May 10-14, 2017
Start time 1000 local (1400 GMT)

Play 02:11
Will treat it as a normal game - Misbah

Big picture

Conventional wisdom, and much of the second Test, suggested that Pakistan would have wrapped up the series by this stage, and the mood around Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan's retirements would have reached peak crescendo. However, Pakistan crumbled in a tame surrender in Bridgetown on the fifth day, and West Indies levelled the series. As such, it is a different narrative that grips Dominica: can Pakistan finally win a Test series in the Caribbean?

West Indies are basking in the glow of one of their sweetest wins in the recent past, coming back repeatedly to overpower, and ultimately blow away, a team many expected to be too strong for them. Shannon Gabriel ripped through Pakistan on the final day. Several West Indies batsmen also made contributions under pressure, and they have now won two of their last three Tests against Pakistan.

However, no one knows which West Indies side will turn up at Windsor Park. Pakistan will be well aware of that if they've finally recovered from the sucker-punch of what happened on the final day at the Kensington Oval. Mickey Arthur's side, however, largely dominated the second Test, and were just a cracked pitch and frayed nerves away from taking an unassailable lead.

Form guide

West Indies WLWLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan LWLLL

In the spotlight

After more than three years out of the Test side, Devendra Bishoo cannot complain about not being granted an extended run. What will concern West Indies is that the legspinner hasn't evolved much. Being sidelined in favour of Sunil Narine and Shane Shillingford wouldn't have helped, but a bowler of Bishoo's calibre should not look for justifications; he should look for wickets. With only five wickets at an average of 48.20 this series, Bishoo will be hungry to make amends.

Take a guess? With Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq walking out for a Test for the last time in their careers, that subplot is likely to be seared across the history of this Test for decades. With the spotlight on their contributions, class, and legacy, and the opposition possibly preparing guards of honour when they come out to bat, players with a flair for showmanship might find themselves distracted. Misbah and Younis aren't such players, but all eyes will be on them nonetheless.

The end of an era: Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan will sign out from Tests at the end of the series © AFP

Team news

West Indies' squad is unchanged from the side that guided them to the euphoria of the win in Bridgetown, and are unlikely to change that combination.

West Indies (possible): 1 Kieran Powell, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Shimron Hetmyer, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Roston Chase, 6 Vishaul Singh, 7 Shane Dowrich, 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Shannon Gabriel

Pakistan made the brave call of giving Shadab Khan a debut in the second Test. With one wicket for 145 across two innings, the Shadab's debut wasn't as electric as his maiden outings in the limited-overs formats. Misbah might prefer to go back to his tried and tested formula, of three seamers and Yasir Shah.

Pakistan (possible): 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Mohammad Abbas, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Yasir Shah

Pitch and conditions

Windsor Park is a young Test venue, having hosted only four games since its inauguration in 2009. Spinners have been fairly prolific in those contests.

Rain is expected to play spoilsport, with showers forecast on four of the five days. However, weather patterns can be fleeting in the Caribbean.

Stats and trivia

  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul took the last of just nine Test wickets in his career in the first Test played at Windsor Park, Dominica, in 2011. The victim was VVS Laxman, stumped by Carlton Baugh

  • Shane Shillingford has been the most prolific bowler in this venue's short history, taking two ten-fors in as many matches at this ground


Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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  • cricfan1493218115 on May 11, 2017, 5:15 GMT

    i would really love to see Haris Sohail in the team. He was excellent and consistent with his performances he was a good batsmen and also a good part time spinner.

  • Cricinfouser on May 10, 2017, 15:10 GMT

    Think pakistan openers not good select salman butt and asif cheaf selecter revenge from both players think after yk and misba retired pakistan cricket salman butt agressive captain good player asif swing king

  • Cricinfouser on May 10, 2017, 15:04 GMT

    Pakistan cheaf sekecter revenge from player why not give chance asif and salman butt not stable pakistan opening fair after amir and anwer make kamran and butt open fair good and asif and amir combination again be stong than before

  • cricfan9033227104 on May 10, 2017, 14:14 GMT

    Their are the few names like ponting,tendulkar,kallis,chandrapaul,sangakkara,jayawardene.....

  • swarzi on May 10, 2017, 14:14 GMT

    I am trying to make the point that, for psychological reasons, no coach should at anytime, have his young team focusing on the idea that their performance should be a function of the "state of pitch" any where in the world - at home or away. In fact, that should be last thing that young players should be told. What they should be taught instead, is that regardless to the state of the pitch, once it meets test match standards, they are to go out there and execute performances based on "discipline, ambition and determination" (dad), coupled with the tact and techniques that their coach taught them. I personally think the coaches should know that this should be the focus of their education to their students, instead of all the other distractions, which lots of these contemporary young players love to bring up as excuses for their inept performances - the coaches should try to avoid as much negative vibes as possible as they do their job - otherwise, it does weaken their effort!

  • cricfan1871404766 on May 10, 2017, 13:48 GMT

    Pakistan will win this match

  • jimmyvida on May 10, 2017, 13:47 GMT

    Pakistan deserved to lose the second test. With all the juicy full tosses and long hops dished out by WI spinners, especially Bishoo and Pakistan's batsmen unable to get even a single of these balls, well, need I say.............

  • Metman on May 10, 2017, 13:37 GMT

    Still no rain in Roseau up to 1330 GMT,conditions cloudy to overcast with medium level cloud and with low level cloud and showers slowly drifting in from the west but dissipating. Might be a prompt start,but showers definitely during the course of the day.

  • WNHS on May 10, 2017, 13:36 GMT

    I think people should hold off on calling Shai Hope "in form" and have hopes for him in this match. Yes he may have momentum and confidence from his last innings but don't forget he is a number 4 batsman who made his first half century in his 17th inning in Test cricket and has an average of under 20 as well. Also Ian Bishop said in the last game that 7 out of Shai Hope's 9 highest scores in FC cricket came at Kensington where he scored 90 in his last match. I'm hoping he can score outside of Barbados and the last match wasn't a one off but until then I'm not having high hopes and expectations. If you think I'm being pessimistic that's fine but it's going to take more than one good innings to convince me that Shai Hope is an international test player and not just a first class one.

  • dmqi on May 10, 2017, 12:28 GMT

    Pakistan has little chance against fast pitch. Y.Khan and Misbah may have to go on a sour note. No pakistani batsman has played with any confidence, except Misbah. Others need to come out and play the ball with their bat. Most disappointing performance by any Pakistani team in 20 years.

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