West Indies v South Africa 2010 May 18, 2010

Misfiring batsmen on final chance - Gayle

Cricinfo staff

Chris Gayle, the West Indies captain, has warned his under-performing batsmen the limited-overs series against South Africa could be their last chance. Gayle said the results during the World Twenty20 - the hosts exited after the Super Eights - had been noted and the displays must improve.

"It should be a wake-up call but from my point of view maybe it is a pressure situation," he said ahead of Wednesday's Twenty20. "The couple of days off could have let the players look into themselves a bit more and look to step up against South Africa. They are tough opponents. When you look at their bowling attack it is one of the best in the world."

South Africa also had a disappointing tournament and failed to reach the semi-finals. Missing out on the final four was tough on the local supporters, who watched the side struggle to post decent totals. Wavell Hinds was the only one dropped for this series, but Dwayne Bravo, Narsingh Deonarine and Andre Fletcher also had some trouble during the World Twenty20.

"Our batting display wasn't up to scratch," Gayle said. "Hopefully the guys can be ready physically and mentally. We've got to try and start fresh and take it from there."

West Indies A are currently playing Bangladesh A and Gayle said the players in that squad would be considered if the batsmen continued to fail. "Darren Bravo is doing pretty well," he said. "Hopefully he can continue from where he started.

"We are looking to turn around the situation. The selectors have come up with new strategies and hopefully when we come about the situation hopefully they make the right choice."

West Indies squad Chris Gayle (capt), Dwayne Bravo, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jerome Taylor.

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  • bryan on May 19, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    West Indies your selection policy is like schoolyard cricket.Sarwan cannot play 20/20 cricket,Chanderpaul is getting too ole for 20/20 cricket,Sammy should be an alternate to Bravo,Benn is not a long term promise,Roach need to develope more,Taylor test only and ODI only,Rampaul fair chance,Pollard need to move him up the order when we are 3 down in 10 overs,Ramdin is our best keeper put him in at 10. Face the reality West Indies ,Chris Gayle is not a fit and intelligent person, may hit the ball hard but only when the moon and stars aling.Gayle need to man up,he is not the only one that can captin the team in 20/20.This is some names WI selectors should consider,Marlon Samuel when his ban up,Darren Ganga as a 20/20 captin,William Perkins, Travis Dowlin,Adrian Barath,Lendel Simmons(can Keep too) David Bernard and Cortney Brown.

  • Dougla on May 19, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    Lendl Simmons Stats (T20): Note the first column is innings/minutes at wicket/balls faced. Judge for yourself

    Runs Mins BF 9 22 12 23* 54 32 29 29 19 44 50 37 77 59 50 0 6 1 0 1 2 5 13 6

  • Dougla on May 19, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Andre Fletcher's Stats (T20): Note the first column is innings/minutes at wicket/balls faced. Judge for yourself

    Runs Mins BF 6* 19 8 6 8 5 53 63 32 13 12 11 0 6 2 0 6 5 0 4 3 8 22 14 0 5 2 19 - 22 12* - 10 16 - 18 0 12 3

  • Dougla on May 19, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Pollard's Stats: Note the first column is innings/minutes at wicket/balls faced. Judge for yourself

    DNB - - 7 5 4 38 33 24 4* 2 1 DNB - - 19* 16 11 DNB - - 6 4 4 9 10 6 3 9 10 12 11 9 5 16 9 1 8 4 8 - 6 0 - 0 9 - 10 17 14 11 13 - 14 27 20 17

  • Simon on May 19, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    It would be interesting to know if the West Indies Cricket Authorities (particularly the selectors) even bother to take time out and read the comments posted here. If they do, they would surely be exposed to a number of sensible ideas, and hopefully act on them. One such idea is for the selectors to pick a sguad of young specialist players and train them specifically into a Twenty20 unit, since it is clear that the current team is incapable of coping with both test and twenty20 formats. Incumbents like Chanderpaul and Sarwan have never been and will never be succesful in the shorter format and in my opinion should (if anything) be reserved for Test cricket only. Finally, the main problem with WI cricket these days stems from the genaral attitude of the players. Most of them have taken their place on the team for granted and are only interested in money. While I agree that they should be well paid, I think the time has come when we need to demand appropriate performances in return.

  • Deryck on May 19, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    i would like someone to give information on how many overs Pollard has faced for the WI , he is always called on to blast the ball for 3-5 overs , when all the batters above failed and he is labeled as an underachiever ! be serious , how can anyone doubt Bravo's pedigree ? come on people , he just came out of an injury , he was pressed into action because the team needed him . Come on Marlon Samuels , after five years from the game he has to prove he has a game . i do agree that we should restructure our game , let the 2020 performers at regional level represent us , not because you are a Test player you can perform at 2020, it will give an incentive to the fringe players who perform at 2020. Look at England , you will not see Lumb , Morgan , keesweather , etc on their test team , they are good at 2020.

  • Neil on May 19, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    I think west indies seriously need to review their selection policies. an out of form wavell hinds in a t20 team...come on!...west indies need specialist t20 players in their side...thats wat they dont have!....look at england...they won the world cup and with specialist t20 players like keiswetter, morgan, lumb, wright. Look at australia...they have warner, watson, david hussey....india have pathan, sharma, raina etc.. the west indies team comprises of the same players for all 3 formats of the game...they have no flexibility of players for the formats!....when will they learn....its a pity to see all the pressure is on gayle and chanderpaul to score runs!

  • Michael on May 19, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Darren Ganga for what series?to lead whom?as far as I can recollect,Trinidad and Tobago is not playing in this series,and furthermore he is not a free scoring batsman.He is particularly good at leaving the ball outside the off stump.He will lead the T and T team in the upcoming T20 and ODI series and hope he gets the support of all the team members especially players like Emrit,Kelly,Dave Mohammmed and Jaggernauth.He and they know what I am talking about.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    I wondered why the captain only allowed Sammy to bowl one over in the semi finals in st Lucia (his home ground)and then bowled taylor whos figures were 34 runs in 3 overs. I believed that no other captain in his right frame of mind would have bowled Taylor unless he had taken at least 3 wickets in his previous overs.

  • Reza on May 19, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Can anybody explain it to me why this Andre Fletcher is being selected again and again without a single good score to his name. How much more time he needs to prove that he is really unproductive and in need to be dropped? Rampaul is simply not up to the level. WI have lots of better bowler than him. Deonaraine has failed to grab his place with the opportunities offered to him. So, its the time to look forward. Similarly, Ramdin's time is also running out behind the stumps. Dowlin, Darren Bravo, Nash, Walton (Wk), Tonge these genuine players could be drafted in and challenge those under performers.

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