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I’m not the biggest expert on WI cricket but I’ll do my best haha.
For sure I reckon the attitudes of the old stars may impact the new young talent. Just look at Jofra Archer, he chose England over WI because he wanted to play test cricket more often. In saying this, I still think Jason Holder has done a solid job in his tenure as test captain with the options he’s had and as I mentioned the tour of Bangladesh should give them more confidence. Maybe if their best current players continue to play bilateral series the board can generate more revenue and hence pay increases. I also think a big board like Cricket Australia should organise more series with the WI, to help them financially. It’s been a long time since we’ve played them.
This years t20 WC is the first one in over 5 years, so hopefully there will be some decent build up and teams will plan properly. But yeah there is another one next year, so maybe the WI can have a go this year with their old guard and then reasses next year if necessary. The WI may certainly feel more passionate towards it because they are the reigning champs of course and their bilateral series performances have declined significantly, (now ranked number 10).
The last question I’m not fully sure. The WI seem like a pretty tight group, so I’m sure to an extent Pollard will be trying to encourage his mates to step up in time for the WC. Another thing that impacts selection, I forgot to mention in the article, recently WI, like many other teams, have a strong emphasise on fitness to make the team. This is why the likes of Hetmyer, Cottrell, Roston Chase didn’t make the squads for SL. This could also impact veterans coming back into the side.

The search is on for Caribbean flair

Yeah fair enough. I know theres a lot of complicated issues with the WI board, so it does make sense they prefer t20 leagues. Like I mentioned I do still believe they are still very good players, but what be nice if they were consistent in bilateral series as well. I think it’s about time the WI are invited to play here in Australia as well.

The search is on for Caribbean flair

On paper yeah they could be favourites, they just need consistency

The search is on for Caribbean flair

Away from home India have often played a 6th batsman, in the form of Hanuma Vihari. However considering how good Jadeja’s form has been in the last few years with the bat, India may sick to having him at number 6/7. I’d say he’s a proper genuine allrounder now.

Predicting India's line-up for the first Test against England

Pandya’s only real problem is consistency, he’s got all the necessary tools to succeed with the bat in test matches. If anything he’s a batting allrounder.

Can England spin to victory over imperious India?

Right now apparently he’s in the squad as a batsman, but once he’s back bowling consistently well, I reckon Hardik Pandya could slot into the side, at home. He could play as the third seamer, though I agree in Chennai India should play 3 spinners. Add a fulyl fit Ravi Jadeja and that’s a gun batting lineup up to number nine.

Can England spin to victory over imperious India?

Yeah this was written before the South Africa cancellation

The top five Test series to watch in 2021

Yeah that does sound quite interesting in theory. The only things I would say against it, is perhaps further perpetuates the financial dominance of India, Australia, England as they would continue to play against each other. Hopefully it would be conducted fair and evenly. And to extent it may take away a little bit from the specialness of an Ashes or Border-Gavaskar series, though at the end of the day it’s still top quality and there wouldn’t be a lot of complaints.

The multiple nation test series also sounds like a cool concept, but now days teams like having a few games to acclimatise in foreign conditions, so it could be a nightmare to schedule.

The top five Test series to watch in 2021

Didn’t realise this was happening, that’s definitely a good shout. Thought about the Eng vs NZ series but it’s just 2 test matches unfortunately 🙁

The top five Test series to watch in 2021