West Indies selectors have named a very weak Tri-Nations Series squad which lacks penetrative bowlers. Wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin must make room for Barbadian wicket keeper and batsman Shane Dowrich. Batsman Jason Mohammad should have been in the Tri-Nation squad, Andre Russell, the prolific all rounder and brilliant fielder would have been a plus to the team. Jonathan Carter did not merit his place in the squad and he never should have been selected.
West Indies batsmen and their bowlers must get into the mode of batting and bowling respectively according to One-Day standards. West Indies batsmen must re-form their Twenty20 habits and get into the rhythm of staying at the wicket for longer periods. West Indies cricket needs much modification. Sir Curtly Ambrose has done an admirable job with the West Indies bowlers. For the West Indies to gain success in One-Day Internationals and Test cricket, its players must transform their thinking into battling the opposition much tougher.
With Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell not included in The West Indies Tri-Nation squad, two key players as in Carlos Brathwaite and Kieron Pollard, will have to play full all rounder roles. Batting longer is the key for batsmen and bowlers have at least 10 overs to get it together. The swashbuckling Twenty20 hustle will have to cease and intelligent batting must prevail. Head Coach Lendl Simmons has a difficult job in getting players to focus on the longer version of the game. West Indies should have its strongest and best team playing at home. Captain Jason Holder has to play a pivotal role with the bat and ball.
WEST INDIES TRI-NATION SQUAD
Jason Holder [Capt] Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor. Australia squad Steve Smith [Captain] David Warner [Vice Captain]. George Bailey, Nathan Coulter- Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa.
Note: Captain Steve Smith hopefully will not make the mistake and assign David Warner at number three. Aaron Finch and David Warner must start the Australian innings. Usman Khawaja should bat at number three.
Abde Villiers [Capt], Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quintonde Kock, JP Dumimy, Fafdu Plessis, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw and Tabraiz Shamsi.