West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has been out of form for a long period and that has caused a major problem with the West Indies team winning. Jerome Taylor was left with the heavy burden of trying to get the opposition out and inexperienced opening batsmen caused the team many setbacks early in the match. Kraigg Braithwaite so far has done a reasonable good job as an opening batsman but has problems with the lifting ball and edging too much to the slips.
Jermaine Blackwood is a fine middle order batsman but others in the order have to step up to stabilize the batting. Captain Denesh Ramdin must be on top of his game. He is an experienced player and he must produce to enhance the efforts of the team. Bowling will be a main concern when Australia visits this June.
Variation seems to be lacking with all the West Indies bowlers. Bowling Coach Curtly Ambrose must have discussed with the bowlers to not bowl the same line continuously. Sulieman Benn is out of the squad because he bowls the same line frequently. He comes up with no slower nor faster flighted balls. Any quality spinner knows the importance of variation — one quicker straight ball from a spinner always has the possibility of picking up wickets. Australia’s Shane Warne is a perfect example.
Veerasammy Permaul seems to understand what it takes to pick up wickets. He still has to use the faster ball much more often. Devendra Bishoo is not a big turner of the ball and he bowls too short.
Apart from the fine performances from the West Indies bowlers, their batsmen, Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood played pivotal roles to ensure that the West Indies won the third and final Test match of the series. Blackwood and Bravo gathered a partnership of 108 runs. Bravo scored 82 and Blackwood 47 not out and he scored 85 in the first innings with 11 fours and 4 sixes.
West Indies defeated England by five wickets within three days at the Kensington Oval Ground in Barbados to even the series 1-1. England had scores of 257 and 123, the West Indies 189 and 194 for 5. For England, Captain Alastair Cook scored 105 and for the West Indies Jerome Taylor picked up 3 wickets for 36 runs in first innings. Fast bowler James Anderson who was named man of the series, picked up 6 wickets for 42 runs in the first innings from 12.4 overs.
West Indies bowlers displayed some spectacular performances in the second innings of the third and final Test match. Jerome Taylor 3 for 33, Veerasammy Permaul 3 for 43 and Jason Holder 3 for 15. England was bowled out for 123 runs in their second innings.
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