Gayle confident of making India Tests

Tue, Sep 30, '14

 

Chris Gayle

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opener Chris Gayle is expressing confidence that he will be fit and ready in time to be considered for the West Indies’ upcoming Test series against India.

Gayle, who has been nursing a lower back injury in recent times, was last week left out of the West Indies one-day squad for their tour of the Asian country.
The Test series, however, which features three matches, is set to follow the five-match one-day series, which is set to bowl off on October 8.
“My recovery has been coming on nicely, and I expect to be fully fit and ready in time for the Test series,” said Gayle.
“The injury is the same one that has been affecting my back in recent times, but so far it has been coming on well,” added Gayle. “I have been able to give it some rest and as each day progresses, it keeps getting better and better.”

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Narine reported for suspect action

Tue, Sep 30, '14

 

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HYDERABAD, India (CMC): Umpires in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 have reported West Indies mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine for having a suspected illegal action.

The report, which relates specifically to his faster delivery, was lodged by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettithody Shamshuddin, along with third umpire Kumar Dharamsena, following Kolkata Knight Riders' 36-run victory over Dolphins at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here yesterday.

Trinidadian Narine has so far picked up 11 wickets for the Indian Premier League franchise KKR which has played unbeaten in the group phase of the CLT20 to qualify for the semi-finals.

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Windies Women lose Super Over thriller

Sun, Sep 28, '14

 

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC – A splendid half-century from Player-of-the-Series Deandra Dottin was not enough as West Indies Women went down to New Zealand Women via a tense Super Over, to concede their three-match Twenty20 International series here Saturday.

Set 112 for victory at Arnos Vale, West Indies recovered from a position of 21 for three in the fifth over to tie the scores at the end of the regular innings, thanks mainly to Dottin’s superbly controlled top score of 54.

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West Indies' quest for an allrounder continues

Sun, Sep 28, '14

by TONY COZIER

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There are a few unmistakable conclusions to be drawn from the West Indies squad for the imminent ODIs in India.

One is that in the limited time prior to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the new selection panel, under Clive Lloyd, is focusing on players who have been there, done that. Another is that spinners do not figure prominently in their World Cup plans, a third that the search for a capable allrounder continues.

Six of the 15 players heading for India for the five matches (Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul and Andre Russell) were in the previous World Cup there in 2011, when West Indies were comfortably defeated by Pakistan in the quarter-final. Assuming that Chris Gayle recovers from the operation on his back and none of the others breaks down, the number to go on to South Africa in January for a final build-up to the World Cup will be seven.

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What sort of batting partner do you like?

Sat, Sep 27, '14

 

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In a team sport of individual performances, the batting partnership is possibly the closest relationship in the game. Yes, the swing bowler relies on his slips to hold their catches, and the spinner needs his keeper to whip off the bails when he has drawn his prey from the crease (picture Shane Warne with Adam Gilchrist, both chirping at a batsman scrabbling around for survival), and bowling well in tandem with your partner can keep the pressure on both ends, and thus force mistakes at either.

For the batsman, the wicket is a lonely stage when 11 of your fellow actors don't want you to be there, and the umpire is only a cold arbiter waiting to dismiss you from play.

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