West Indies v South Africa 2010 May 18, 2010

Misfiring batsmen on final chance - Gayle

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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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  • BryanLara 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.

  • The_Ralph_11 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

  • The_Ralph_11 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

  • The_Ralph_11 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

  • cricketdebator 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.

  • olepolice 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.

  • xxxneilxxx 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!

  • Metman 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.

  • 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.

  • Philly.rocks 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.

  • BryanLara 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.

  • The_Ralph_11 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

  • The_Ralph_11 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

  • The_Ralph_11 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

  • cricketdebator 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.

  • olepolice 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.

  • xxxneilxxx 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!

  • Metman 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.

  • 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.

  • Philly.rocks 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.

  • on May 19, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    How sad it is when we keep making these mistakes over and over again. We continue to pick under performers, we gave Bravo, Sarwan, fletcher, Ramdin a chance at the just concluded WT20. They failed. These guys did absolutely nothing before to command a place, yet they were selected. Failed again!!! Now is the time for a new beginning. At least I thought so!! Here we go again. Same old thing. Unless we send a serious message to players who are not performing, or out of form, we will never improve. Bravo was out of form in the IPL. He was dropped after a few matches. There is no pressure on the above guys to improve. We are sending the message if you keep failingl you are going to be selected. We must stop selecting on past performance and hoping they come in to form during a tournament. Stanford super star was selected from the best. If we take this same approach we will go a long way in being a major contender in world cricket again.

  • on May 19, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    I think its said that we have to watch our West Indies Team lose the way they do sometimes, thats what hurts for me. When watching the games if Chris Gaygle should get out early its like all interest has been due to the quality of batting to follow. I think at one point we had some very good players comining up such as Recardo Powell, Dwayne Smith, Xavier Marshall Carlton Baugh jr and even Dwayne Bravo. The future was looking great then and one would have thought that we had talent for todays game. But where are thee players now? I would have never thought that West Indies would include Wavel Hinds in the T20 cup eleven, i would have rathered Dwayne Smith who brings more to the team than just batting. I think we have to really start looking at our talent and making sure that when they do represent the Westiindies they are ready to produce

  • crickethung on May 19, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    We may not want to accept it but WI cricket will NEVER reach the consistently high standard of the other teams because the administration do not have the will to do what it takes to get to that level. There are too much self interests and insularity that dictate their decisions. How else do you explain the selections??? HINDS?? In addition, generally, the players themselves are third world in mentality and have absolutely no sense of professionalism. A little bit of money in their pocket, some fame, women and party and they have arrived and they are happy. They enjoy being big fishes in little ponds.... much small mindedness. Probably when we are only able to compete with Zimbabwe and Kenya we might get ready to do something. Gayle's talk is cheap and powerless... but as captain I understand that he must say something. The individual countries of the WI may have to go it alone.

  • vinnyg on May 19, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    sarwan needs to adapt to t20 quicker...west indies needs more domestic t20...pollard is a showoff for nothing, does he even knows how to bat properly, he cant event bat for 5 overs...bravo was never a good batsman, he is a good fielder and bits and pieces with the bat and ball...sammy may contribute every now and then similar to bravo...ramdin shouldnt be such big concern what about all those other batsmen plus he is still the best keeper, however he needs to work on his batting.....andre fletcher....what a joke...with this current setup i dont see why samuels cant be drafted in....in all the players needs to learn proper cricket plus they they all need to perform if they want to be paid more

  • Metman on May 19, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Perkins what?he was dropped from the T andT team about a year and a half now for underperforming.He was tried by the W.I.selectors sometime ago , and was found to be a good reserve for the T andT team.Why pick Fletcher and Ramdin in the same eleven?Darren Bravo should have been summoned to replace Fletcher.By the way Frocktail,Fletcher won millions not for performing,but because of the prize money in a winnning team.Baugh had his chances already,Ramdin is being given more chances.Give Patrick Browne a chance,he cannot do no worse than Ramdin or Fletcher.If you are calling for Perkins ,I can call for Browne,because they both have been dropped by their respective teams.Remember Xavier Marshall?he was dropped by his national team and picked by the West Indies

  • on May 19, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    where is darren ganga for this series...has he retired, is he injured? he did do commentary for a match or two in the T20 World Cup..if he is fit and well, would he not be a good addition?

  • harikeshan on May 19, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    At the end of the day its mind over matter, they have the talent and have shown that on many an occasion. It's just that the focus is somewhere else rather than what is at hand. WICB needs to put things in perspective. Perform or perish. Bring in someone like Clive Lloyd and a few greats back to put WI back on track. Constant team changes will only make things worse. Stick to a plan, set short term goals and review them. Make changes when necessary and make players accountable. .

  • boris6491 on May 19, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    The ineptness of players such as Fletcher, Rampaul and even Pollard at international level are really hurting WI. Pollard particularly being a player who promises so much but seems to be unable to bring this out on the big stage. I feel that Nash deserves an opportunity in this side. He may not be destructive but is steady and reliable, something which cannot be said about most batsmen in that lineup at present. Darren Bravo seems to be having a good series against Bangladesh A (although the quality of his opponents may be questioned). Another person who WI require to stand up is Chanderpaul. He is such a fantastic cricketer and a proven performer who normally possesses something which most WI batsmen lack: consistency. If he fires and returns to form, Gayle and Sarwan contribute and Bravo can locate his nous, the WI batting can be a formidable unit. Their bowling has bite and penetrative instinct with the likes of Roach, Taylor and Benn. They need to click and play as a unit.

  • on May 19, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul is not int. std.,not quick enough,dont move ball enough Fletcher is useless,what has Dave Bernard done wrong?,what about Carlton fBaugh?why cant he be given a fair run like Ramdin and Fletcher?;after all,he is one of the best batters in the region.

  • on May 19, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    No one can blame gayle. What a captain will do if his team composition is not good. This WI side has only 4 players of International standard Gayle, Chandrapaul, Sarwan and Taylor. Bravo is not performing and Pollard has never performed at international level. Only other player who has performed well is Benn. This year Samuals will come out of his 5 years ban . So, Wi should select him. They also need someone like Barath who seems to be good batsman(But has to learn how to face spin bowling). Anothet player who can make this Side a better side is Fiedel Edwards. He is a great talent with the Bowl.

  • cricketman96 on May 19, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    wtg chris you are absolutely right on this one. many players have been underperforming and its about time for them to put up or get out.Ramdin should take careful note, he in particular has been underperforming in all 3 formats of the game, yet he continue to hold his position in the team.

  • vaibhav.junk on May 19, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    I love Gayle and love the West Indies cricket, the legacy of the Gods, the Super powers of the game, that Gayle has been chosen to carry forward, but am not sure how good Gayle is as a captain, but than neither was Lara able to carry the burden of 11 player alone, the point is West Indian cricket is in tatters since some time now, may it be the players conflict with the board, the selection committee, young blood not coming through to play at the top level. I don't know, someone needs to revive the system there and bring up some talent from the grass root level, See Australia did they ever suffer from Mcgrath's / Shane Warne's / Gilchirst's retirements, somehow there's always enough talent on the bench. I believe there is more than blaming the current players that the West Indian fans/ players/ board can do.

  • on May 19, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    I wonder who would have the cajones to blame Gayle & co for this abysmal showing. I remember when Lara was in charge, any failure was placed squarely at his feet. From the beginning of gayle's captaincy he has exhibited no tactical nous; neither has he been able to manage his troops. What a supreme lame player.

  • pSI51 on May 19, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Yes, batting is the biggest problem now for West Indies. Big names, of course, Chris Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan but is that enough. No quality batsman if these are excluded. Where is Brendon Nash and Lendl Simmons. I think they could be perfect 3 man downs for this team. And about opening Fletcher should be consistently taken or not taken at all, we've got Chattergoon, Devon Smith too.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 19, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    lol @ Frocktail's comment "Baugh is still breathing on his own". Thats some good wit. I agree, Baugh from what I've seen is innovative as well, which suits the format. Simmons should have always been in the team b-4 Hinds especially.

  • Cricketencyclopedia on May 19, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Well it's about time that Chris Gayle reads the riot act to his players, after their dismal peformances in recent times. Most of those under performing crickters have been given many opportunities to prove themselves, but they have failed ten out of ten times. If they were playing for other countries like Australia, England & South Africa, they would not have had the chance of playing again. It is also time for the selectors to start reading the riot act to the players also, so that they can wake up & smell the coffee.

  • decaby on May 19, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Chris you couldnt have said it any better... WI cant afford to lose you as WI lost the Prince... WI players need to cement their positions in the squad... no big boys in the team... perform or get drop...

  • tmartis on May 18, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    It is time that all struggling teams take a page out of England's book and "play without fear". Great motto that has produced great results. WI are a wonderful team to watch when they are firing and having fun. Hope they can improve their form.

  • Frocktail on May 18, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    The West Indies selectors are the bigest jokers there is. How can they persist with this losing team? Perkins is not dead. Simmonds is alive. Baugh is still breathing on his own. Fletcher captured everyone's attention as an openning bat. He opened with Gayle for Sanford 20/20 and won millions. He is in the side as a juggler now. One day open, next day down the order, the following day he is out the team. This is what I call set up for failure. West Indies is not good enough to play the same players for test, ODI'S and 20/20 matches. Can't the no good selectors figure that out?

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  • Frocktail on May 18, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    The West Indies selectors are the bigest jokers there is. How can they persist with this losing team? Perkins is not dead. Simmonds is alive. Baugh is still breathing on his own. Fletcher captured everyone's attention as an openning bat. He opened with Gayle for Sanford 20/20 and won millions. He is in the side as a juggler now. One day open, next day down the order, the following day he is out the team. This is what I call set up for failure. West Indies is not good enough to play the same players for test, ODI'S and 20/20 matches. Can't the no good selectors figure that out?

  • tmartis on May 18, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    It is time that all struggling teams take a page out of England's book and "play without fear". Great motto that has produced great results. WI are a wonderful team to watch when they are firing and having fun. Hope they can improve their form.

  • decaby on May 19, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Chris you couldnt have said it any better... WI cant afford to lose you as WI lost the Prince... WI players need to cement their positions in the squad... no big boys in the team... perform or get drop...

  • Cricketencyclopedia on May 19, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Well it's about time that Chris Gayle reads the riot act to his players, after their dismal peformances in recent times. Most of those under performing crickters have been given many opportunities to prove themselves, but they have failed ten out of ten times. If they were playing for other countries like Australia, England & South Africa, they would not have had the chance of playing again. It is also time for the selectors to start reading the riot act to the players also, so that they can wake up & smell the coffee.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 19, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    lol @ Frocktail's comment "Baugh is still breathing on his own". Thats some good wit. I agree, Baugh from what I've seen is innovative as well, which suits the format. Simmons should have always been in the team b-4 Hinds especially.

  • pSI51 on May 19, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Yes, batting is the biggest problem now for West Indies. Big names, of course, Chris Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan but is that enough. No quality batsman if these are excluded. Where is Brendon Nash and Lendl Simmons. I think they could be perfect 3 man downs for this team. And about opening Fletcher should be consistently taken or not taken at all, we've got Chattergoon, Devon Smith too.

  • on May 19, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    I wonder who would have the cajones to blame Gayle & co for this abysmal showing. I remember when Lara was in charge, any failure was placed squarely at his feet. From the beginning of gayle's captaincy he has exhibited no tactical nous; neither has he been able to manage his troops. What a supreme lame player.

  • vaibhav.junk on May 19, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    I love Gayle and love the West Indies cricket, the legacy of the Gods, the Super powers of the game, that Gayle has been chosen to carry forward, but am not sure how good Gayle is as a captain, but than neither was Lara able to carry the burden of 11 player alone, the point is West Indian cricket is in tatters since some time now, may it be the players conflict with the board, the selection committee, young blood not coming through to play at the top level. I don't know, someone needs to revive the system there and bring up some talent from the grass root level, See Australia did they ever suffer from Mcgrath's / Shane Warne's / Gilchirst's retirements, somehow there's always enough talent on the bench. I believe there is more than blaming the current players that the West Indian fans/ players/ board can do.

  • cricketman96 on May 19, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    wtg chris you are absolutely right on this one. many players have been underperforming and its about time for them to put up or get out.Ramdin should take careful note, he in particular has been underperforming in all 3 formats of the game, yet he continue to hold his position in the team.

  • on May 19, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    No one can blame gayle. What a captain will do if his team composition is not good. This WI side has only 4 players of International standard Gayle, Chandrapaul, Sarwan and Taylor. Bravo is not performing and Pollard has never performed at international level. Only other player who has performed well is Benn. This year Samuals will come out of his 5 years ban . So, Wi should select him. They also need someone like Barath who seems to be good batsman(But has to learn how to face spin bowling). Anothet player who can make this Side a better side is Fiedel Edwards. He is a great talent with the Bowl.