HEADLINE: Drawing parallels between WINDIES bowlers in 2018 and WINDIES batsmen in 2021

link CaribbeanCricket.com Joined: Mar 5, 2003
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4/5/21, 10:19:14 AM 

Dhaka, August 2015. That’s how far back we’d have to dig into the Test archives to find a 0-0 drawn series. That is, of course, until the West Indies and Sri Lanka matched each other over the last two weeks in Antigua to reset the record. A positive result would have seen the West Indies leapfrog their opponents to 7th in the ICC Test Rankings, but for an unapologetically flat final-day wicket.

On commentary, in the media and on social platforms, one particular question held constant throughout the just-concluded series: “Are the West Indies a batsman short, here?”

Based on the general composition of West Indies Test teams over the last three years, which usually took the image of six batsmen (including all-rounder Roston Chase), a wicketkeeper-batsman, Jason Holder and a pace-trio, one could argue that WINDIES were indeed a batsman short this time around. Yet, it never felt as such. 

Regardless of the series win in Bangladesh, there was to be no debate as to whether Holder—who declined the invitation to tour the Asian Subcontinent—being the number one ranked Test all-rounder in the world, would be included in the West Indies playing XI. His imminent inclusion was also set to shift the balance of the team in the process.

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link Onionman0 Joined: Mar 5, 2020
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4/5/21, 10:43:18 AM 
In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com

A very poor piece of journalism..... Flat pitches can never help West Indies cricket...from early 2000...we had Sarwan,Lara,Gayle, Hooper, Chanderpaul and few others scoring big tons in Caribbean...only to get white washed regularly outside Caribbean....at present, we have one of the better bowling attack since retirement of Ambrose and Walsh...these pitches will demotivate our present bowlers as well as youngsters like Chemar, Searles ors..,.

link WICFan Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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4/5/21, 11:41:11 AM 
In reply to Onionman0

Agreed.

The only thing I would say is that the pitches against Sri Lanka had a lot of cricket played on them and Antigua is notoriously a graveyard for fast bowlers.

Barbados and Jamaica have been good tracks for pacers in the past although they've been flat at times too.

link Jumpstart Joined: Nov 29, 2017
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4/5/21, 12:53:51 PM 
In reply to Onionman0

Ey doh call lara in that nonsense.......lara has test hundreds in every single test playing country he has played in......except india, a tour which followed an exhausting 6-8 months

link Windies2017 Joined: Mar 29, 2017
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4/5/21, 6:21:25 PM 
In reply to Jumpstart

Disrespecting Shiv too as if the man didn't use to give India and England a hard time.

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