February 12, 2013

Time to check Pollard's red-ball value

Kieron Pollard showed composure, common sense and courage during his century against Australia in Sydney; if he can more regularly bat as he did in that game, a Test call-up cannot be far off
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It is a question that still has to be adequately answered five years after Kieron Pollard entered international cricket in the 2007 World Cup, aged 19, a massive unit with a justifiable reputation as an awesome hitter.

Literally on the strength of his quick-fire demolition of bowling in the most abbreviated format, he has become a Twenty20 superstar, a multi-millionaire from his contracts in five such domestic leagues, along with his comparatively modest paydays from West Indies.

Yet Pollard has repeatedly stated that he won't be satisfied until he gets the chance to prove himself in Test cricket, with its unrestricted number of overs and field settings, and its changing conditions over five days that examine technique, character and stamina in a way that, for all its fast-moving excitement and popularity, 20 overs-cricket cannot.

The intermediate version, the 50-overs-an-innings one-day international, offers a more accurate guide for judging his ultimate desire. If he can more regularly bat as he did in the fourth ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday, his promotion to a Test team presently without the injured Marlon Samuels, its major batsman of 2012, and with a dearth of other capable candidates, cannot be far off.

His athletic fielding (typified by his extraordinary, leaping, one-handed boundary catch in the Canberra match on Wednesday) and his handy medium-pace bowling add to his value. The two Tests against a modest Zimbabwe next month would be as good a chance as any to check his red-ball value.

The features of his unbeaten 109 were composure, common sense and courage. It could not prevent another West Indies defeat; it did restore some pride for a team increasingly short of it.

It was his third ODI hundred following those against India in Chennai in December 2011 and Australia in St Lucia last March. No other West Indies batsman has managed as many in the same time span (Samuels has two).

The problem is that, as so often is the case, his latest effort was counterbalanced by the method of his dismissals in the first two matches in Australia. In the first, his crocked bat was in no position to keep out Mitchell Starc's third ball; in the second, his approach was typically Twenty20: a failed attempt to hoist his third ball for six that ended in long-off's lap.

By Sydney, though, the Twenty20 cobwebs had been swept away.

Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse for West Indies, they did within the first 20 overs in Friday's game. Once more destroyed by the swing and hostility of a left-arm fast bowler by the name of Mitchell, this one Johnson rather than their earlier tormentor Starc -- who was given the match off -- the West Indies were 17 for 3 after eight overs.

Just to add to the confusing name game, Johnson sent Johnson Charles' off-stump somersaulting third ball. Kieron Powell, who had a rewarding introduction to Australia (92 retired hurt, 11, 83 and 47 in his previous matches), skewed a skier to cover from the back of the bat; Darren Bravo, his body a target for the Australians all series, fended a wicked bouncer to slip. Tentative, the elder Bravo was lbw in off-spinner Glenn Maxwell's first over. In his first match of the series, Ben Cutting, the latest in the string of strapping young fast bowlers Australia presently possess as the West Indies once did, quickly took care of Narsingh Deonarine and Devon Thomas to slip catches.

At 55 for 6, with an erratic order to follow, another humiliating total to match the 70 in the first match at the WACA loomed. At this point, Pollard took charge with a maturity not always evident.

He was prepared for the inevitable bodyline barrage but the chest guard was uncomfortable and he did away with it. A short leg was placed (they might have watched Guyana's similar tactic in the Caribbean Twenty20), Johnson twice had him diving for cover and Cutting landed a blow to the unprotected thumb on the left glove that required lengthy attention from physio CJ Clark.

Still Pollard soldiered on, undistracted from his goal of reviving the faltering innings, as he did with help from Darren Sammy, the free-hitting Andre Russell and Sunil Narine (who could rank higher than No. 10 with more attention to his left-handed batting).

Statistics reveal the measure of Pollard's necessary restraint -- 95 balls with four fours to 50, seven fours and two sixes in 59 off the next 41 balls. His contribution was 92 off the 165 added by the last four wickets.

Significantly, Pollard embarked on his previous two hundreds with the innings in shambles; 78 for 5 that his 119 pushed to 233 against India, 146 for 5 against Australia that became 294 for 7, mainly through his 104.

As much as the selectors should be heartened by such performances, they will be concerned over inconsistency (as with every other batsman save Shivnarine Chanderpaul) and whether his hunger for Test cricket overrides the riches on offer in the Twenty20 leagues.

These are the questions they need to settle prior to the Zimbabwe series.

Tony Cozier has written about and commentated on cricket in the Caribbean for nearly 50 years

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  • on February 12, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    more great foresight by the great tony cozier. he was the one that wrote and article mentioning that sarwan would struggle to re launch his international career.that being said w.i have an interesting time with zimbabwe coming to change/improve their test team. their established team over the past yr or so has been: 1. gayle 2 powell 3 samuels 4 dm bravo 5 shiv 6? 7 ramdin 8 sammy 9 narine 10 roach 11 rampaul/best/edwards.

    when samuels returns their is one spot available in the test team. who are the candidates to best fill this? i personally would try andre rusell but their are other candidates as well 1. dw bravo: experienced in that role 2 pollard : in good form 3 sarwan : out of form but near 6000 test runs deonarine: prolific scorer in region 5 fuddadin 6 kirk edwards. i would really like to see the spot filled by a genuine test allrounder the best test teams in the world have 5 wicket taking bowling options. let's see if the selectors go with a batsman or an allrounder.

  • WindiesWillow on February 12, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    No doubt about it, Pollar deserves a test opportunity. Zimababwe tour is the right time for his introduction especially it being at home in WI. Look at the last decade...the plyers who were handed caps to play Test Cricket for WI. Keep in mind, in the distant past we had Dwayne Smith, Keith Arthurton, Roger Harper etc. playing Tests, how much does Pollard differ from them. In fact he may have a better temperament than all of them and a lot of global experience.

  • gloriouscricket on February 12, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Kieran Pollard! Awesome striker of the ball,excellent fielder & promising medium pace bowler.Does he has what it takes to make the WI first team? well he earned a call-up,cap IM.Edwards, Simmons, Russell also deserves a full tour, one in which they are playing.Still don't understand why Simmons isn't playing on a regular basis along with Edwards. There are at best 2 or 3 cricketers who are playing on this Australian tour that shouldn't be ahead of these cricketers. It is time that Bravo been given the Test Team to Captain,he brings a lot to the team, he needs the responsibilities to be placed upon his shoulders, he would definitely lift his game, he has the ability to do so.Lets use the talent, it is there.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on February 12, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    The Pollard experiment has been delayed long enough. It is a chapter that need to be written, or the story will remain incomplete. Allow Marlon Samuels to heal, he will be needed soon enough. Do not use the Zimbabwe series as anything approaching an 'A' series though, for that would indeed be folly. Patently, the tourists are a much weaker side than the hosts, but that does not mean West Indies should field a team of reserves. A few fringe players should certainly be involved, including Delorn Johnson, the young left arm fast bowler and Veerasammy Permaul, his 'A' team captain. Gayle, Powell, DB Bravo, Chanderpaul, Edwards, Deonarine and Pollard should be considered as the mainstay of the batting, with Sammy and Ramdin the all-rounders. The fast bowling unit should be selected from Roach, Best, Johnson, Holder and Gabriel, with an eye kept on other young quicks currently performing in the regional cometition. For spin, Narine, Permaul, Bishoo and Shillingford offer plenty of options.

  • on February 12, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Pollard should *absolutely* be provided with a berth in the Windies' middle order for the Zimbabwe Tests. He's a clean, powerful hitter, he has a sound defensive technique (an aspect of his game all too frequently overlooked, as he's rarely been given a chance to parade it in the shorter formats), but, most importantly of all, he's already proved he has the temperament to succeed in international cricket. Add to those qualities his nagging medium pace, his stunning athleticism in the field & over five years of top-level international experience, & he *should* be a shoe-in. The only doubts that remain appear to revolve around the bizarre notion that, simply because he's such a powerful striker of the ball & therefore is often caught on the boundary, he is, therefore, among that most despised of species, The One-Day Specialist.

    Wasn't exactly the same thing said about Virender Sehwag, Paul Collingwood & Faf du Plessis? Well, take a brief look at their respective Test records...

  • on February 13, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Pollard has performed often when he had the time at hand.. He has good enough technique to do well in tests.. It's already late and I think he should debut immediately. He will get some wickets with his fielding too..

  • gottalovetheraindance on February 13, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Holding did say Pollard was not a cricketer & with the type of shots he got out to @ times 1 could not blame him too much. However it seems like he has matured from getting a bit more experience under his belt & has begun to score a few centuries in the ODI here & there. However at the moment he could only take a spot as an all-rounder since his bowling is not very good and his credibility as a batsman at the International level is still not solidly proven. The West Indies Test team does not have an allrounder We either have 3.3 bowlers, a wicketkeeper, 6 batsmen & .7 of a captain or 4 bowlers, a wicketkeeper , 5 batsmen & a captain - so there is no all rounder space for him to fit into

  • Rally_Windies on February 13, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    so what is cozier's take on Devon Thomas ? Why is a specialist keeper, who cannot bat better than Narine, Rampaul or Best getting consistently picked in ODI's and 20/20's ...

    When 10 runs determines the winner , and your keeper cannot cross 10 runs in any game (go back to the ODI World Cup where Thomas's performances could have been blamed for narrow losses) ; what is the logic ?

    Thomas is the 5th best Keeper in ODI's and 20/20 in the region behind Baugh, Rhamdin, Dowrich & Walton

    in Test/ 4 Day cricket, Walton and Thomas leapfrog Dowrich and are 3rd/4th by the same margin that separates Rhamdin/Baugh for 1st/2nd ..

    in 4day. Miller REMAINS the #1 spinner in the region 6 years consecutively ... (ok Narine is #1 in 20/20 and ODI AND Bishoo and Badree where #1/#2 before Narine) ...

    Team selection is not rocket science ! WICB selectors are the WORST .... they did a decent job in 20/20 WC .... Why can't they continue ? Success enshrines nepotism .

  • PACERONE on February 13, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    The selectors should look to start grooming young players that have performed well recently.I have a team which include Barath/Dev Smith and Powell and Gayle to fill the top 3 batting positions.Samuel,Chanderpaul DM Bravo and Pollard the middle order.Roach,Best,Gabriel Beaton and Sammy for our quick bowlers and Narine along with Samuel and Gayle to do our slow bowling.PICK the best of these and we can compete with most teams.Our batsmen will have to play with their head on and we will be okay.Hit the ball on the ground should be the first idea when playing any stroke.

  • PACERONE on February 13, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    I do not understand how our selectors operate.Pollard for many years had more centuries in the 4 day game than many picked to play for W.I.he started with a century against a good Barbados team that included Collins,Collymore Hinds and Best.He scored 126 out of a total of 273.I was not thinking much of him playing this quickly,but the thought is within reason.I am a fan of Barath and Devon Smith I was waiting to see how Barath would do in the 4 day series been played.Smith has gone out and scored century in both inning of his first game.His seclection would depend on how many spinners would Zimbabwe play.Smith plays quick bowling a s good as any batsman in the W.I.Give Polly a chance...he might be a good candidate for captaincy when the present captain retires.

  • on February 12, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    more great foresight by the great tony cozier. he was the one that wrote and article mentioning that sarwan would struggle to re launch his international career.that being said w.i have an interesting time with zimbabwe coming to change/improve their test team. their established team over the past yr or so has been: 1. gayle 2 powell 3 samuels 4 dm bravo 5 shiv 6? 7 ramdin 8 sammy 9 narine 10 roach 11 rampaul/best/edwards.

    when samuels returns their is one spot available in the test team. who are the candidates to best fill this? i personally would try andre rusell but their are other candidates as well 1. dw bravo: experienced in that role 2 pollard : in good form 3 sarwan : out of form but near 6000 test runs deonarine: prolific scorer in region 5 fuddadin 6 kirk edwards. i would really like to see the spot filled by a genuine test allrounder the best test teams in the world have 5 wicket taking bowling options. let's see if the selectors go with a batsman or an allrounder.

  • WindiesWillow on February 12, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    No doubt about it, Pollar deserves a test opportunity. Zimababwe tour is the right time for his introduction especially it being at home in WI. Look at the last decade...the plyers who were handed caps to play Test Cricket for WI. Keep in mind, in the distant past we had Dwayne Smith, Keith Arthurton, Roger Harper etc. playing Tests, how much does Pollard differ from them. In fact he may have a better temperament than all of them and a lot of global experience.

  • gloriouscricket on February 12, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Kieran Pollard! Awesome striker of the ball,excellent fielder & promising medium pace bowler.Does he has what it takes to make the WI first team? well he earned a call-up,cap IM.Edwards, Simmons, Russell also deserves a full tour, one in which they are playing.Still don't understand why Simmons isn't playing on a regular basis along with Edwards. There are at best 2 or 3 cricketers who are playing on this Australian tour that shouldn't be ahead of these cricketers. It is time that Bravo been given the Test Team to Captain,he brings a lot to the team, he needs the responsibilities to be placed upon his shoulders, he would definitely lift his game, he has the ability to do so.Lets use the talent, it is there.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on February 12, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    The Pollard experiment has been delayed long enough. It is a chapter that need to be written, or the story will remain incomplete. Allow Marlon Samuels to heal, he will be needed soon enough. Do not use the Zimbabwe series as anything approaching an 'A' series though, for that would indeed be folly. Patently, the tourists are a much weaker side than the hosts, but that does not mean West Indies should field a team of reserves. A few fringe players should certainly be involved, including Delorn Johnson, the young left arm fast bowler and Veerasammy Permaul, his 'A' team captain. Gayle, Powell, DB Bravo, Chanderpaul, Edwards, Deonarine and Pollard should be considered as the mainstay of the batting, with Sammy and Ramdin the all-rounders. The fast bowling unit should be selected from Roach, Best, Johnson, Holder and Gabriel, with an eye kept on other young quicks currently performing in the regional cometition. For spin, Narine, Permaul, Bishoo and Shillingford offer plenty of options.

  • on February 12, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Pollard should *absolutely* be provided with a berth in the Windies' middle order for the Zimbabwe Tests. He's a clean, powerful hitter, he has a sound defensive technique (an aspect of his game all too frequently overlooked, as he's rarely been given a chance to parade it in the shorter formats), but, most importantly of all, he's already proved he has the temperament to succeed in international cricket. Add to those qualities his nagging medium pace, his stunning athleticism in the field & over five years of top-level international experience, & he *should* be a shoe-in. The only doubts that remain appear to revolve around the bizarre notion that, simply because he's such a powerful striker of the ball & therefore is often caught on the boundary, he is, therefore, among that most despised of species, The One-Day Specialist.

    Wasn't exactly the same thing said about Virender Sehwag, Paul Collingwood & Faf du Plessis? Well, take a brief look at their respective Test records...

  • on February 13, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Pollard has performed often when he had the time at hand.. He has good enough technique to do well in tests.. It's already late and I think he should debut immediately. He will get some wickets with his fielding too..

  • gottalovetheraindance on February 13, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Holding did say Pollard was not a cricketer & with the type of shots he got out to @ times 1 could not blame him too much. However it seems like he has matured from getting a bit more experience under his belt & has begun to score a few centuries in the ODI here & there. However at the moment he could only take a spot as an all-rounder since his bowling is not very good and his credibility as a batsman at the International level is still not solidly proven. The West Indies Test team does not have an allrounder We either have 3.3 bowlers, a wicketkeeper, 6 batsmen & .7 of a captain or 4 bowlers, a wicketkeeper , 5 batsmen & a captain - so there is no all rounder space for him to fit into

  • Rally_Windies on February 13, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    so what is cozier's take on Devon Thomas ? Why is a specialist keeper, who cannot bat better than Narine, Rampaul or Best getting consistently picked in ODI's and 20/20's ...

    When 10 runs determines the winner , and your keeper cannot cross 10 runs in any game (go back to the ODI World Cup where Thomas's performances could have been blamed for narrow losses) ; what is the logic ?

    Thomas is the 5th best Keeper in ODI's and 20/20 in the region behind Baugh, Rhamdin, Dowrich & Walton

    in Test/ 4 Day cricket, Walton and Thomas leapfrog Dowrich and are 3rd/4th by the same margin that separates Rhamdin/Baugh for 1st/2nd ..

    in 4day. Miller REMAINS the #1 spinner in the region 6 years consecutively ... (ok Narine is #1 in 20/20 and ODI AND Bishoo and Badree where #1/#2 before Narine) ...

    Team selection is not rocket science ! WICB selectors are the WORST .... they did a decent job in 20/20 WC .... Why can't they continue ? Success enshrines nepotism .

  • PACERONE on February 13, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    The selectors should look to start grooming young players that have performed well recently.I have a team which include Barath/Dev Smith and Powell and Gayle to fill the top 3 batting positions.Samuel,Chanderpaul DM Bravo and Pollard the middle order.Roach,Best,Gabriel Beaton and Sammy for our quick bowlers and Narine along with Samuel and Gayle to do our slow bowling.PICK the best of these and we can compete with most teams.Our batsmen will have to play with their head on and we will be okay.Hit the ball on the ground should be the first idea when playing any stroke.

  • PACERONE on February 13, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    I do not understand how our selectors operate.Pollard for many years had more centuries in the 4 day game than many picked to play for W.I.he started with a century against a good Barbados team that included Collins,Collymore Hinds and Best.He scored 126 out of a total of 273.I was not thinking much of him playing this quickly,but the thought is within reason.I am a fan of Barath and Devon Smith I was waiting to see how Barath would do in the 4 day series been played.Smith has gone out and scored century in both inning of his first game.His seclection would depend on how many spinners would Zimbabwe play.Smith plays quick bowling a s good as any batsman in the W.I.Give Polly a chance...he might be a good candidate for captaincy when the present captain retires.

  • satishchandar on February 13, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    One big advantage WI has is, their no.6 slot is still vacant. Powell and Gayle will open followed by Darren Bravo, Samuels, Chanders. This is a settled top 5 as of now. No.6 is still vacant and is temporarily filled by Deonarine who provides spin bowling option too. Pollard can be used if WI doesn't require the second spin option. Marlon can't be a option in longer formats. He just fires it in. I wouldn't say it as pure gamble to include Pollard. It might give him a chance to pace a innings by playing the ball on merit without bashing it which will help in other formats too. While i have no objection to him being in the 11, why not Russel in test team? Far better seamer than Pollard. Good bat. Can allow Ramdin to be at 6 and Russel at 7. I think WI are under utilising Russel. He is a very good potential and can beat Pollard in terms of batting and bowling. Though less in terms of fielding. One more big man pending. Is Dwayne Bravo fit enough for longer formats?

  • bharath74 on February 13, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Still Micheal Holding thinks KP is not a cricketer???

  • on February 13, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Even though it was said by a lengend in WI cricket that Pollard is no cricketer, maybe he should be given a chance to prove otherwise. After all, Mr Pollard cannot perform any worse than many who are playing in that format today.Then again, the question beg to be asked, would Sammy still be the captain?How many all rounders will be included in the team at the expence of a specialist batsman/bowler. This is the time to make a whole hearted change of the captaincy. How much longer can the WI team continue with a captain by default?

  • on February 12, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    I'm sure that we can find more talented player in West Indies than pollard, he need to be more consistent in ODI . We can't take any team for granted, look what happen in Bangladesh ODI we lost it. The WICB need to restructure their T20, ODI, Test team because they are few player are over work

  • Energetic. on February 12, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Might as well try him, very unlikely Zimbabwe will cause a threat to West Indies.

  • on February 12, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    No doubt he is a good player But why West Indies not rely on him as he is the Key man He should be promoted in Batting Order and also be given Chance in Test Cricket which is the CORE of cricket

  • nafzak on February 12, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    I cannot believe this nonsense and from Tony Cozier of all people. Okay, I give you that Pollard is an excellent fielder, but a test batsman? Is 20/20 and ODI the standard for picking a test team. I predicted this... that Pollard like Sammy will have a great performance after the ODI series is lost and he certainly did in a dead rubber match, when the Auzzies let up a bit. Pollard is great against weaker bowling as he has shown n IPL. Zimbabwe may be good for him, but WI will only fool themselves thnking that a good score against a weak Zimbabwe bowling attack is any real indication of improvement or great things to come. 20/20 is destroying potential Test batsmen (and even some previously good ones like Sarwan and Gayle) and until Pollard actual play some 4 day matches for T&T, I will stand by the words of Mr. Michael Holding; " Pollard is not a Cricketer." Thank You. Mohamed Z. Rahaman (Breado)

  • Reuelsean on February 12, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    @Brannavan Ramachandran, Pollard has a first class average of 37.60, which is slightly higher than Kirk Edwards, Narsingh Deonarine, and Kieran Powell, all of whom, have had chances to play test cricket. I agree with the point that he needs to play more first class cricket, but saying that there is no proof of test playing ability is a rubbish statement.

    If Darren Sammy could play test cricket, then so can pollard. With that being said, he needs to play more first class cricket. But giving him a run at the Zimbabweans in a test match or two is not a bad idea at all.

  • on February 12, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    no proof of test ability. A century against a weekened Australian side doesn't mean anything. His first class performance does not warrant a test selection. A good half a season in first class cricket, even if he must miss one IPL will do his cause a world of good

  • kentjones on February 12, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Pollard like so many modern day batters, is faced with the dilemma of when to hit or when to block in the shorter (T20)and longer (ODI, test),versions of the game. Few have been able to transcend these dimensions (Hussey is a notable and maybe unique exception). Hence his tendency or maybe temptation to hoist the ball over long-on: has been the nature of his dismissals on regular occasions. Whenever he has put his head down, he looks a capable player. An opportunity at test level will allow him the chance to overcome and any even improve his success in the shorter versions of the game. I will also like to see him develop into a good medium pacer, which can be achieved by bowling for long periods and developing variations here as well. Until Samuels returns, he seems a viable option in the middle order His success or failure here is up to him

  • on February 12, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Should not Mr Pollard and other cricketers like him when not on West Indies duty make themselves available to play first class cricket or whichever domestic competitions?.Nothing wrong with earning a living as a cricketer,none at all,but Australian big bash in December,BPL in January and IPL in april,or playerrs are hardly playing in our domestic competition,whether the pitches are low,slow and poor,whether standards poor or not,the WICB needs to get serious,ensure your better b players play 2-3 games each season,NOT just go from one T-20 competition to the next and you can automatically walk into a test team??,are you peoples really serious?.Peoples cannot see what T-20 cricket is doing to batting around the world,ours was bad even before T-20 leagues,it is worst now,Sri Lanka and us,our criket is being destroyed,countries actually cancelling test match tours because of clashes with IPLwhat is really happening?

  • on February 12, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    It's pleasing to see that Pollard is being viewed as more than just a big hitter in T20s. He's shown a good temperament and much needed patience to pace a innings and play to the situation, instead of just hitting their way out of trouble. Let's not cover the cracks that our cricket still needs alot of work after the Aussie whitewash in the ODIs. With so many failures in alot of areas and not being able to convert at least three opportunities out of the five games, where we were in a position to win, but threw their wickets away needlessly. Hopefully the Zimbabwe series will give the opportunity for some of the youngsters to gain some much needed experience.

  • tappee74 on February 12, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    He proved himself to be a world class fieldsman.With his gentle bowling and some diciplinary thoughts in his batting,I think he should be given a chance at test level.At the moment WI do not have much batting talent except Shivnarine Chanderpaul and a few others.Sarwan seems to have lost his spark and confidence and should make way for new blood.However, with Gibson given another stint as coach, I am not sure of the future.

  • on February 12, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    yeahm it wpould be a surprise package but they shoul try him in test

  • VivGilchrist on February 12, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Doesn't he have to make himself available for T&T in First Class cricket first?

  • NBRADEE on February 12, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    After the last episode abroad, I am hoping that the new recruits for the Zimbabwe tour include many from the HPC. We need to desperately leave behind some of the older names this time, and perhaps allow them to take up contracts in the IPL. Pollard will be a great addition now, being allowed to help galvanise a dressing room including Keiran Powell, Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul and Sammy. Others to be added can include Shannon Gabriel, Devendra Bishoo, Shane Shillingford and perhaps Kirk Edwards.

  • on February 12, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Iam in totally agreement with Mr.Cozier its time the selectors play Pollard in test cricket that will only make him a better player and in the long run benefit west indes cricket.

  • on February 12, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    He is a Gem .. and will prove to be good in whites too. Well written Mr. Cozier.

  • on February 12, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    He is a Gem .. and will prove to be good in whites too. Well written Mr. Cozier.

  • on February 12, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Iam in totally agreement with Mr.Cozier its time the selectors play Pollard in test cricket that will only make him a better player and in the long run benefit west indes cricket.

  • NBRADEE on February 12, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    After the last episode abroad, I am hoping that the new recruits for the Zimbabwe tour include many from the HPC. We need to desperately leave behind some of the older names this time, and perhaps allow them to take up contracts in the IPL. Pollard will be a great addition now, being allowed to help galvanise a dressing room including Keiran Powell, Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul and Sammy. Others to be added can include Shannon Gabriel, Devendra Bishoo, Shane Shillingford and perhaps Kirk Edwards.

  • VivGilchrist on February 12, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Doesn't he have to make himself available for T&T in First Class cricket first?

  • on February 12, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    yeahm it wpould be a surprise package but they shoul try him in test

  • tappee74 on February 12, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    He proved himself to be a world class fieldsman.With his gentle bowling and some diciplinary thoughts in his batting,I think he should be given a chance at test level.At the moment WI do not have much batting talent except Shivnarine Chanderpaul and a few others.Sarwan seems to have lost his spark and confidence and should make way for new blood.However, with Gibson given another stint as coach, I am not sure of the future.

  • on February 12, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    It's pleasing to see that Pollard is being viewed as more than just a big hitter in T20s. He's shown a good temperament and much needed patience to pace a innings and play to the situation, instead of just hitting their way out of trouble. Let's not cover the cracks that our cricket still needs alot of work after the Aussie whitewash in the ODIs. With so many failures in alot of areas and not being able to convert at least three opportunities out of the five games, where we were in a position to win, but threw their wickets away needlessly. Hopefully the Zimbabwe series will give the opportunity for some of the youngsters to gain some much needed experience.

  • on February 12, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Should not Mr Pollard and other cricketers like him when not on West Indies duty make themselves available to play first class cricket or whichever domestic competitions?.Nothing wrong with earning a living as a cricketer,none at all,but Australian big bash in December,BPL in January and IPL in april,or playerrs are hardly playing in our domestic competition,whether the pitches are low,slow and poor,whether standards poor or not,the WICB needs to get serious,ensure your better b players play 2-3 games each season,NOT just go from one T-20 competition to the next and you can automatically walk into a test team??,are you peoples really serious?.Peoples cannot see what T-20 cricket is doing to batting around the world,ours was bad even before T-20 leagues,it is worst now,Sri Lanka and us,our criket is being destroyed,countries actually cancelling test match tours because of clashes with IPLwhat is really happening?

  • kentjones on February 12, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Pollard like so many modern day batters, is faced with the dilemma of when to hit or when to block in the shorter (T20)and longer (ODI, test),versions of the game. Few have been able to transcend these dimensions (Hussey is a notable and maybe unique exception). Hence his tendency or maybe temptation to hoist the ball over long-on: has been the nature of his dismissals on regular occasions. Whenever he has put his head down, he looks a capable player. An opportunity at test level will allow him the chance to overcome and any even improve his success in the shorter versions of the game. I will also like to see him develop into a good medium pacer, which can be achieved by bowling for long periods and developing variations here as well. Until Samuels returns, he seems a viable option in the middle order His success or failure here is up to him

  • on February 12, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    no proof of test ability. A century against a weekened Australian side doesn't mean anything. His first class performance does not warrant a test selection. A good half a season in first class cricket, even if he must miss one IPL will do his cause a world of good