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Old 17th April 2008, 15:22   #21
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Have the Windies bottomed out?

Ok they lost the last 2 tests of their series against SA very comfortably but of course they won the first test very comfortably with their pace attack firing against an SA side that on paper would have been predicted to clean sweep that series. For a long while the pace attack of Taylor, Powell and Edwards with Bravo in support has sporadically looked promising but too often wayward, indisciplined and feeble. However that series followed by their 1-1 draw with Sri Lanka has shown far more consistency from their attack plus more urgency in the field. This showed in the subsequent ODI series victory.

Is their new coaching set up finally installing discipline within the bowling and fielding set-up. Problems of course remain who is going to provide runs apart from Sarwan and Chanderpaul on a regular basis? That is a rhetorical question when so many batsman have the expansive drives of Windian yore, yet a defensive technique to match Chris Read's (i.e. non existant). Perhaps the likes of Chatergoon can provide a bit more solidity but they need at least 3 or 4 batsman to come through a long with a good old fashioned 6'5 or so quickie who is one nasty son of a b*tch!
yes,their tallest bowler is all of 6ft 7in!
but alas he is an off-spinner!
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Old 17th April 2008, 15:33   #22
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I think they've responded well to Gayle as captain which has created an enthusiastic bond. There also seem to be a few youngsters emerging. In Dyson they might have chosen the right man to coach.
Well they certainly seem to be a good deal better than the rabble who were over here last year, I mean we were poor in beating them 3-0. However they lost Sarwan to injury and one or two other batsmen were out of the equation. You are probably right about Dyson, but its hard to know with Gayle I thought he was too laid back to be a captain. If they do keep improving next years England series in the Carribean could be a tough assignment.

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yes,their tallest bowler is all of 6ft 7in!
but alas he is an off-spinner!
Suleiman Benn I take it? He's a left arm spinner.
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Old 17th April 2008, 21:50   #23
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Well they certainly seem to be a good deal better than the rabble who were over here last year, I mean we were poor in beating them 3-0. However they lost Sarwan to injury and one or two other batsmen were out of the equation. You are probably right about Dyson, but its hard to know with Gayle I thought he was too laid back to be a captain. If they do keep improving next years England series in the Carribean could be a tough assignment.



Suleiman Benn I take it? He's a left arm spinner.
yes indeed dude.
height an advantage if the bowler gives the ball some flight!
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Old 18th April 2008, 09:32   #24
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yes indeed dude.
height an advantage if the bowler gives the ball some flight!
True but being rubbish is a disadvantage and when I've seen him bowl, he's looked very uninspiring.
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Old 8th September 2008, 11:46   #25
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Hi guys,

I'm a WIndies fan, and I've found the West Indies thread....

But are there any other WI fans on this forum?
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Old 8th September 2008, 11:56   #26
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Hi guys,

I'm a WIndies fan, and I've found the West Indies thread....

But are there any other WI fans on this forum?
Unfortunately not, but feel free to post your views on what's happening with Windies cricket, I'm sure that you'll receive plenty of feedback. They seemed to have shown signs, minor signs of improvement in the last year and hope that this improves. Also many fans on here will be interested to find out whose coming through out of the younger generation.
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Old 8th September 2008, 23:22   #27
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Lots of us would love WI to be more of a force in international cricket but sadly I don't see it happening any time soon. In fact, I'd even worry that the cricket is going out of West Indian culture to an extent that it may never happen again. I hope I'm wrong but I hear bleak prognoses from a lot of the pundits.
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Old 9th September 2008, 11:29   #28
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Old 10th September 2008, 08:34   #29
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20/20 cricket might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Stanford has helped to revive cricket in the Caribbean.

Under the WICB, potential athletes were looking to other sports - in Jamaica and Trinidad, that was football. It was felt that athletes could earn more as a footballer than as a cricketer.

Now, Stanford has changed that back to the way it used to be. Youngsters are taking up cricket once more, because of the prospect of earning decent sums of money playing 20/20 cricket.

That has to be a good thing....
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20/20 cricket might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Stanford has helped to revive cricket in the Caribbean.

Under the WICB, potential athletes were looking to other sports - in Jamaica and Trinidad, that was football. It was felt that athletes could earn more as a footballer than as a cricketer.

Now, Stanford has changed that back to the way it used to be. Youngsters are taking up cricket once more, because of the prospect of earning decent sums of money playing 20/20 cricket.

That has to be a good thing....
There's little doubt that even prior to this Stanford T20 series the short format of the game is the sort of thing to turn the heads of young kids but the problem is will they be interested in learning the type of skills that would enable them to become test stars. Windies have always produced some exciting shot players but many of these are without the skill to consistently become class test players.
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The real concern is that if Stanford has his way, nobody in WI cricket will even care about the fact that the standard of their test side is low.
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Glad to hear it. I was amazed Viv Richards stood alongside him when the big money games were announced. I would have thought he would be against this sort of thing.
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Old 16th September 2008, 08:30   #34
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Yes, Holding has been intensely critical of Stanford and 20/20 cricket....

But I think it's essential to generate interest in cricket in the Caribbean region. Let's face it - Test cricket is supported mainly by older folk, like me, in the West Indies. When you watch cricket in the Caribbean on telly, the dwindling crowds at Test matches mainly comprise men over 40. If it's to go on like that, support for Test cricket would die out in the Caribbean.

But when you look at the fans turning up for 20/20 cricket, they are young, and they include women and children. The only 20/20 international against Australia was sold out!

And Caribbean cricketers never really had much coaching. A lot of their talent comes from unbridled, instinctive play. That has been their greatest strength, as well as their greatest downfall....
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We're all hoping for a big revival from the Windies. Well done to Shiv on winning the top award.
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Not in T20 though.

I'd like to see them have a great test side again.
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Old 16th September 2008, 16:02   #37
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...like they were a few years before.
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Old 23rd October 2008, 17:13   #38
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Not in T20 though.

I'd like to see them have a great test side again.
The 20/20 competition looms on the horizon....
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I just wish the WICB would hurry up and announce ticket details for the real Cricket that starts in Feb 09.
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I just wish the WICB would hurry up and announce ticket details for the real Cricket that starts in Feb 09.
Where are you planning to go to see them?

Not Antigua?
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