The Windies need results, not excuses

Mohammed Khaoula Roar Rookie

By Mohammed Khaoula, Mohammed Khaoula is a Roar Rookie

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    So here we are again, another new coach and new support staff, and another goal set by the new set-up of automatically qualifying for the World Cup and another failed series.

    When are we going to see some consistency? We know that the talent is there after an entertaining Super50 tournament and the Regional Four Day competition. Things are also looking positive in terms of the professionally prepared pitches helping in the development of youngsters by giving a proper gauge on ability and form.

    I am sick of the excuses and perplexed by the series against England – I saw photos of players smiling in the changing room with the opposition after being whitewashed 3-0 made, and they made me cringe, as I’m sure past legends would have done.

    It wouldn’t have been so bad had there been an effort in all three disciplines of the game throughout the English series; however, the batting was as rubbish as the fielding, and though the bowling was good, it was definitely not great.

    The squad picked for the series was different, comprising a top order that lacked firepower and discipline. The number of players missing could have filled an entire team with reserves.

    Two names that were greatly missed despite not in the greatest international form were Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo. While issues between the board and Darren Bravo are currently being sorted, the exclusion of Samuels, whose record in ODIs and experience would have been a blessing for a team lacking seniority, raises questions about the selection panel.

    The likes of Alzarri Joseph and Rakheem Cornwall need to be nurtured as special talents, while Gayle, Bravo junior and Samuels need to return as soon as possible. We want to see strength in all forms of the game, not just one.

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    The Crowd Says (9)

    • Roar Guru

      March 13th 2017 @ 4:33am
      Camo McD said | March 13th 2017 @ 4:33am | ! Report

      Yep, as far as I can tell Marlon was the only ‘senior’ player who turned out in the domestic one day comp at all but was still not selected, despite an excellent ODI record in recent years because he elected to miss some matches to go to the Pakistani League.

      Whilst the Windies got thrashed by England, Marlon instead won both the Pakistani League (captained by Darren Sammy) and earlier today the Hong Kong League.

      Jimmy Adams’ strikes me as quite diplomatic, and a better communicator – his appointment might help to an extent but they need to prioritise getting their best available XI on the field for every match and drop the strict rules around being available for the full domestic seasons which effectively means their best players need to forego hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to be available.

    • March 14th 2017 @ 12:10am
      Mohammed Khaoula said | March 14th 2017 @ 12:10am | ! Report

      What would you be doing Camo McD? To me Jason Holder looks lost at times and it is clearly inexperience, he deserves to be there however the added pressure isn’t helping his form all round. When I look at the Aussie team who are the underdogs to India compared to the Windies who are also underdogs I see an approach which is the opposite of each other, one is attacking and willing to be aggressive while the other is defensive and conservative. Do you agree?

      • Roar Guru

        March 14th 2017 @ 9:53am
        Camo McD said | March 14th 2017 @ 9:53am | ! Report

        There is a lot of talent there still. I think they need at least a couple of senior players in the side to complement the young guys coming through. Very tough on Holder to be both test and ODI skipper. Would replace him in one of the formats at least to take some pressure off. Whether any of Gayle / Bravo / Sammy would even be interested in returning as ODI captain is doubtful and it is even more unlikely they would be asked.

    • March 14th 2017 @ 11:12am
      Basil said | March 14th 2017 @ 11:12am | ! Report

      I share your concerns. The facts are that Samuels has been in pretty poor International form of late. Gayle has back “problems” and is older than what most people think. Pollard has a poor International record as does Simmons. Roach is nowhere near the player he was 5 years ago. Dwayne Bravo is a no7 at best. Russell is under ban but also does not have a good International record and Sammy is a bits-and-pieces player at best.
      Just because these millionaires go around beating up on domestic players in T20 leagues (actually Pollard and Simmons were useless I there last BBL attempts) we as fans tend to think that they are better than they actually are.

    • March 15th 2017 @ 2:43am
      Mohammed Khaoula said | March 15th 2017 @ 2:43am | ! Report

      I think that is a good idea, even having a senior vice captain is. Holder’s captaincy is far too defensive and defence is not his game. He is a better player and the Windies a better team when attacking as I think most teams are. Basil from what I have seen of Kemar Roach’s form for the A team a while back he is regaining his pace and looking a lot better, he seems to be on top of his injuries. Miguel Cummins from what I saw against India bowled a consistent line and length constantly even if he was not extremely quick. I want to also point out what has Roston Chase done to not have been picked recently? He has been a top find!

      • March 15th 2017 @ 8:50am
        Basil said | March 15th 2017 @ 8:50am | ! Report

        I must admit Roach’s most recent PCL game was a good one for him. Miguel Cummins selection was after an extended period of good form. I have no doubt that he’ll excel in England. Gabriel is lifting his standard and Joseph has real potential. I just don’t think that they can keep Holder as the 3rd seamer. It weakens there attack to much throwing out the balance of the team pretty much as Sammy did.
        The batting though needs work. Braithwaite, Chase, Bravo are ok but players like Blackwood and Chandrika don’t belong at that level.

        • March 16th 2017 @ 12:32am
          Mohammed Khaoula said | March 16th 2017 @ 12:32am | ! Report

          Blackwood needs to play his natural game, he is a top fielder and can hit a ball. With work his bowling can definitely improve. I think Chase is better than ok and would have him as one of my first picked in most conditions however yet to see him play on a seaming wicket.

    • March 15th 2017 @ 9:43pm
      John Erichsen said | March 15th 2017 @ 9:43pm | ! Report

      The greatest problems the West Indies cricket are nowhere near the cricket field, but rather in the board room.

      • March 16th 2017 @ 12:35am
        Mohammed Khaoula said | March 16th 2017 @ 12:35am | ! Report

        Let’s hope Jimmy Adams can keep his word on putting the best team out there with no political intervention.

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