Brathwaite, Warrican Impress For President's XI

Fri, May 29, '15


Windies v Australia

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

Shaun Marsh struck a timely century to press his claim for a spot in the first Test against West Indies next week, but all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite smashed a cameo, unbeaten half-century and grabbed two wickets to inspire the West Indies President's XI on the second day of their three-day game here yesterday.

Left-hander Marsh finished the day on 118 not out as Australia closed on 205 for six in their first innings.

Adam Voges struck 52 in a 116-run, third-wicket partnership with Marsh, which pulled the tourists out of difficulty at 25 for two.

Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican was the main destroyer with three for 69 while Brathwaite collected two for 28 from his 14 overs - including the scalp of captain Michael Clarke for 15.

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Andre Fletcher arrested in Dominica - report

Fri, May 29, '15



West Indies and Windward Islands wicketkeeper-batsman Andre Fletcher has reportedly been arrested at the Douglas Charles airport in Dominica on possession of ammunition, Dominica News Online (DNO) reported on Thursday.

According to the news report Fletcher, 27, had been in Dominica practicing with the Windward Islands team and was leaving the country when he was arrested. DNO reported he would appear in court on Friday.

Lockhart Sebastian, the Windward Islands manager, said he was aware of the arrest, according to the report. "I will support him, I will not abandon him … that is the job of a manager," he was quoted as saying by DNO.


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Chanderpaul no longer good enough to play for West Indies - Holding

Thu, May 28, '15


Michael Holding

Michael Holding, the former West Indies fast bowler, has backed the chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd's logic of jettisoning Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the Australia series. Holding said that Chanderpaul, who has managed 183 runs in his last 11 innings at 16.64, was no longer good enough to be picked for West Indies.

"I don't believe that cricketers should just get a series for getting a series sake. I don't think Shivnarine Chanderpaul has proven in recent times that he is still a good enough player to be playing for West Indies," Holding told ESPNcricinfo. "He has done yeoman service for over two decades. West Indies should be happy to have had him playing for them for that long. All good things have to come to an end.

"I saw him play against South Africa recently and he certainly did not look like the Shivnarine Chanderpaul that I was accustomed to seeing. He was a little bit slow with his reactions to the fast bowlers and we know what Australia are going to be bringing."

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President’s XI 288-5 Vs Australia In Warmup Game

Thu, May 28, '15


Windies v Australia

West Indies President's XI, winning the toss and opting to bat, were 288 for five at the close on the opening day of the three-day tour match against the touring Australians at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here yesterday.

With two places still up for grabs in the West Indies squad ahead of the first Test in Dominica next week, three players-opener Rejendra Chandrika, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase-all got half centuries to press their claims.

Chandrika made 74, Dowrich 78 and Chase was unbeaten on 65, along with Trinidad and Tobago's Jason Mohammed on 42 not out.


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Tale of a terrific

Wed, May 27, '15


Shiv Chanderpaul

It is not in Shivnarine Chanderpaul's nature to give things away. At least in the business of cricket.

Forty-nine times in 280 innings, he left the crease with his wicket still in tact. No top player in the history of the game has been unbeaten so many times. The closest to him is South African Jacques Kallis with 40 not outs. It was as if the 22 yards of turf was Shiv's home, his favourite place in the whole world. It didn't matter in what country, what island, what city those 22 yards happened to be found.

When Shiv got to the middle and extracted one of the bails from its groove in a stump, stooped down and hammered an indentation in the ground to mark his guard, it was like him laying down a foundation; he was setting up house.

I have lost count of the number of debates in various media centres that I have been privy to, when West Indies have been down to nine, ten, Jack and Chanderpaul, and people have raged over his refusal to protect the tail.

Over the years, the faces changed, the abilities of the batsmen varied, but Shiv stuck to his measured script, taking his time. At the end, he was the last man standing, still at "home" win lose or draw. Often it was 'lose.'

That mindset, that appreciation for his wicket was something several of his West Indies teammates over the years needed to emulate, but sadly didn't.

The Windies might have saved or even won a few more Tests had they followed Shiv's lead.

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