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The multiple problems that surround West Indies Cricket continue to expand thus creating a damaging image for the region and the West Indies Cricket Board. The two Test series were won by Australia 2-0. In the first Test in Dominica, Australia won by 9 wickets and the second Test in Kingston, Jamaica, the team also won by 277 runs. Despite the strong Australian squad and their super ranking in Test and One-Day Internationals with the ICC, the West Indies should have performed much better.


Darren Bravo and Captain Denesh Ramdin are senior players in the West Indies squad however, their performances todate are below standard. When senior players are not in form and they are not exhibiting professional ethics, then these factors weaken the performance of the entire squad.

Some of the players in the West Indies squad seem not to be quite interested in pushing West Indies cricket forward. Kemar Roach’s lack of form has caused damaging effects to the team. Jason Holder is a fine right-arm medium fast bowler with quite effective results but he is not a starter and unfortunately for the West Indies, Jerome Taylor remains without backup a wicket taker. Devendra Bishoo’s bowling is penetrative but he is not a bowler for long spells; he is effective with four to five overs.


Shai Hope, Ravindran Dhanraj and Kraigg Braithwaite are still not up the top standard of Test cricket as top Test bowlers always up their game plan for debutants, especially the Australian bowlers. Australian fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc were too much for the West Indies batsmen.


Leadership is essential for a team to move forward and when a captain is unable to place his fielders in the correct position, then his ability to captain would be called into question. Head of the selection panel Clive Lloyd and head coach Phil Simmons will be hoping that their players improve quickly and take on the challenges at the international level.

Updated 3:05 am, July 10, 2018
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Bernard Campbell from brooklyn says:
on almost all the other teams a young and first time test player will come on and batt and at times score a century but our caribbean players will play until they become old enough to retire and you all will still say o he is young now what is really wrong with our cricket anand our administration?
June 19, 2015, 8:37 pm
A,f says:
as a cricket fan . And a westindian, I have been following wes indies cricket form as long as I can remember, and sadden me to see far behind West Indies cricket has gone compare to the rest of the other cricketing nations, the people that run our cricket don't care about us the supporters. They only care about their own reputations I had a lot respect for Clive Lloyd. However from what I can see the man is an idiot. As an experience man that claim he knows the game don't have no respect for the people of the region, take for example the bravo and Pollard they were left out of the World Cup because they want to build the team with younger players for the future please how old are these guys.pollard 27'bravo 31? And the chanderpaul incident, come on how can you be paying two tests match against a powerful team like Australia and you dropping experience and pick so many young boys I felt sorry for those boys they looked lost and out of place, some of them were batting in the wrong position, come on is that the best we can do?clive Lloyd you and the rest of your selection panel stop treating people of the region like idiots show us some respect if you don't know what you are doing get out and let someone else do the job.
June 20, 2015, 7:06 am
Junior. Brown from Bronx NY says:
I could get 17 players from the Bronx who could put up a better show than the West IIndies did against Australia. Their number one problem is they are happy in defeat. I thank God I was able to see the W I cricket from 19 63----19 90 at its BEST.Sorry I would not go across the street to watch them play.
June 20, 2015, 10:39 am
Jh says:
A, F please don't blame Clive Lloyd. Pollard and Bravo are not worth their place - their WI performance is as mediocre as the current bunch, except in T20. They are still part of the T20 side. And that's not to mention their roles in the India fiasco.
June 21, 2015, 2:03 am

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