FIRST TEST SQUAD

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link Emir Joined: Aug 8, 2014
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11/24/22, 8:29:05 AM 
Bowlers:

Joseph
Roach
Seales

Batters in batting order:
Brathwaite
Tagenarine
Blackwood
Myers
Bonner

Allrounders:
Chase- grudgingly so, his batting has been atrocious but we need a spinner option.
Holder- much depends on his batting and bowling

Gloveman:
DaSilva

link hubert Joined: Nov 13, 2002
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11/24/22, 8:46:22 AM 
In reply to Emir
That should be the team. I am looking to Joseph to be the key bowler
in this series.He is maturing very well and if he hits the right length on the Aussie pitches he
will be more than a handful.
Hiss batting potential will be valuable too.
And from i saw of Tage's innings today in the FC match,I believe he will be pretty ok against a
more stern and quality attack.
WI could surprise at the new Perth Stadium.
The day/night at Adelaide will be a helluva challenge tho.

link Seechy Joined: Jan 29, 2009
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11/24/22, 9:31:22 AM 
In reply to Emir

That will be the XI, but I think they will go with Bonner at 3, Blacks at 4, Mayers at 5. Chase doesn't deserve a place in the XI but is the only spinner.

link WICFan Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/24/22, 9:57:53 AM 
I've got a feeling that Brooks not playing in this match will see him in the test xi, whether it's at the expense of Bonner or Chase, I'm not sure.

link bird Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/24/22, 10:11:16 AM 
In reply to Emir

Reifer should be given a chance instead of Bonner, he will show more fight

link jacksparrow Joined: May 18, 2007
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11/24/22, 10:15:01 AM 
I would give Brooks a go instead of Bonner

link bird Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/24/22, 10:20:58 AM 
In reply to jacksparrow

I agree, I said before I don't think Bonner will score in Austrila

link Onionman0 Joined: Mar 5, 2020
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11/24/22, 10:36:46 AM 
In reply to Emir

The way Head Coach & management thinks....

Braithwaite
Tage
Reifer
Brooks
Blackwood
Mayers
Holder
Silva
Chase
Joseph
Roach
Seales

This 12 players....Reifer/ Mayers/ Chase any two......

link Emir Joined: Aug 8, 2014
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11/24/22, 11:02:47 AM 
In reply to Onionman0
Here's where you digress from this thread:

1. The purpose is to select 11, not the 12th man as it won't matter who that person is.

So please pick your 11.

2. You cannot be serious about Reifer? He can barely make the Barbados first 11, but you have him in our test team.

link Yadi Joined: Dec 25, 2003
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11/24/22, 11:26:15 AM 
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In reply to Emir

I'd use Shamar Brooks over Bonner - right now.

link openning Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/24/22, 11:36:59 AM 
In reply to Onionman0
The experimentation of Reifer batting at #3 should be over.
Roach
Joseph
Seales
Holder
Mayers
Chase
Brathwaite 1-2 overs before breaks, should be the line up for bowlers.

link Emir Joined: Aug 8, 2014
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11/24/22, 11:43:12 AM 
In reply to openning

Roach
Joseph
Seales
Holder
Mayers
Chase
Brathwaite


Are you over-confident? or over-rating our players? How do you justify going into a test match with 7 players?

link openning Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/24/22, 11:55:49 AM 
In reply to Emir
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link Onionman0 Joined: Mar 5, 2020
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11/24/22, 12:10:59 PM 
In reply to openning

I can't agree more with you..... Reifer should never bat in top 6.....but as I said, Simmons and management believes in extreme idiocy.... Moreover, in practice matches both Brooks & Tage has scored runs....it would be prudent that
Braithwaite
Tage
Brooks occupies 1-3 positions.....

link openning Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/24/22, 12:29:24 PM 
In reply to Onionman0
People, Tage was selected to replace Campbell, lets leave the opening positions alone.
I believe Brooks selection was to replace any injury to Bonner or Blackwood.
Chase is the only spinner selected, so his selection for the two tests, is guarantee.

link Seechy Joined: Jan 29, 2009
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11/24/22, 12:43:46 PM 
In reply to openning

Why should Chase's selection be guaranteed? On many occasions, Motie, Permaul, or Bishoo were the only spinner selected in their respective squads yet their selection was never guaranteed. They were often left out in favour of a 5th seam bowling option, as was what transpired in the last test against Bangladesh.

link WICFan Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/24/22, 12:57:59 PM 
Shoe-horning Brooks and Chase in without dropping Bonner or Seales is going to be the big dilemma for them.

link hubert Joined: Nov 13, 2002
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11/24/22, 2:11:53 PM 
In reply to WICFan
Agree with you but you know how things could shake out with who is in charge .
Reifer aint get a bat yet and Thomas gets another game while Blackwood who needs
the time at the wicket, is not playing this match.

Can't figure out some moves.But Tage must play and open too.

link openning Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/24/22, 7:09:08 PM 
In reply to Seechy
Why would you select one spinner, and not play him?
Can the pacers bowl 90 overs in a day?

link VoopsandOut Joined: Jun 14, 2017
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11/24/22, 10:23:11 PM 
I would just take Reifer out of Onion's team and that is my starting XI. ii have more confidence in Brooks than in Bonner against a pace attack.

link Seechy Joined: Jan 29, 2009
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11/25/22, 8:46:29 AM 
In reply to openning

EXACTLY! The same questions should be asked when the aforementioned spinners were left out for an extra pacer in the past. Chase is only a part-time spinner and the fact he is playing ahead of the specialist spinner Motie is mind-boggling and frustrating!!!

In the LAST Test WI played, they went with an attack of Roach, Seales, Joseph, Phillip, Mayers, and Reifer. Isn't that an overkill of medium-fast seam bowlers? Where was the spinner? Where was the balance in the attack? Why was Motie dropped? Why was Chase selected ahead of him for the Australia tour? What is going on in the selector's heads? Not play the specialist spinner in the last test, drop him for the next series and replace him with a part-time spinner who has done jack with the bat...can you not see the hypocrisy at play? It is doing harm to a young player's confidence. The specialist spinner should have at least been in the squad.

link Emir Joined: Aug 8, 2014
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11/25/22, 7:25:20 PM 
In reply to Yadi

Brooks cannot play in front of Bonner for the first test.

link imusic Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/25/22, 7:42:50 PM 
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In reply to openning

The experimentation of Reifer batting at #3 should be over

Who said it was an experiment?

This head coach and management team have clearly shown they believe Reifer is the genuine #3 batsman for WI in test cricket.

That is unlikely to change. Maybe a different head coach and management team will feel differently. Until then, you’re stuck with Viv Reifer

As for Brooks, Mayers, Bonner, Thomas, Blackwood?

Pick any combo. It won’t matter.

Chase has powerful friends. The only reason he’s in the squad.

link imusic Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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11/25/22, 7:47:48 PM 
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The merit first XI

Brathwaite
Chanderpaul
Anybody
Anybody
Anybody
Holder
Anybody
Thomas
Joseph
Roach
Seales

***Anybody = any of Blackwood, Bonner, Mayers, Brooks, Reifer, Chase***. They’re all practically the same

I selected Thomas over DaSilva because he is the better keeper and a toss up as to who is the better batsman. Right now, Thomas appears to have more form than Josh.


Seales also better watch out. Worryingly, he hasn’t taken a wicket so far on tour. At least Phillip has. Seales will play due to greater experience and is at this time a better bowler. He just might be out of form though.

link VoopsandOut Joined: Jun 14, 2017
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11/25/22, 8:02:36 PM 
In reply to imusic

since when is Thomas a better keeper than Silva? As far as I can see, he rarely keeps. I think that he deserves real consideration in the final XI as a batsman and will probably mix it up with Brooks and Bonner for the final batting spot (assuming Mayers is a sure pick). Of the 3, i would place Bonner 3rd in line. He has not been convincing against good quality fast bowling, ie. he has been the most unconvincing of the batting order. I agree that Motie should probably have gone to Oz before Chase but we are stuck with Chase for reasons that noone has really explained and so he plays to give the team balance (of a sort).

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