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Kiwis, Windies evenly matched

Friday, December 1, 2017

While I did not expect our West Indies team to beat the shirts off England and India, I was impressed with the manner in which the team performed against them recently.

However, as they begin their two Test match series against New Zealand, one needs to reflect upon the present form of each player in the team. I am still of the belief that countries like Australia, India, South Africa, Pakistan and England are notches away from Roland Holder’s men.

I have always believed that comments from the coaching staff and the team captain can bring the fans up to date on what is likely to happen in their upcoming series hence the reason why I viewed the captain Roland holder’s“Grit and discipline” will provide the lads with victory pattern against the Kiwis.

I would so much have preferred to hear some indication of the climatic conditions, the quality of the wickets on which they will play and most of all, whether the players themselves have been through their previous mistakes and received corrective methods by their coaching staff.

New Zealand has always been a difficult opponent, because of their absolute desire to pay attention to details regarding, their opponents’ capabilities with bat, ball, running between wickets, and most of all, their ability to target their emphasis upon the key players in their quest to reduce the advantages which may appear to take the result their way.

Their wickets are similar in some cases to the English wickets where the ball tends to seam off surfaces which are bouncy by a few centimetres higher than everywhere else except Perth in Australia.

Their bowling strength lies squarely with their medium fast bowlers, whose length, line and surprise aggression, often bring some success to their efforts.

Despite the outstanding performances by some of the West Indian batsmen, these differences call for adjustment in terms of players having to adjust their style somewhat.

The natural ball players have often been able to adjust easily because of their rhythmic approach to their batting, where stroke play, footwork, and choice of strokes are their areas of success.

New Zealand always possess a very competent orthodox off spinner, whether right or left handers. They thrive on the essence of accuracy added to flight and direction of their deliveries. They do not possess wrist spinners of high quality, maybe because of the discomfort of holding the ball in moisturised conditions. It also means that playing the wrist spinners will provide their deepest problems for their batsmen.

Admittedly, they possess good players of quick bowling, especially if they are only moderate in the line and length.

It was excellent to see the scores in the opening match because of the length of time they spent at the crease.

Shai Hope, Roston Chase, and new comer Sunil Ambris will have to take responsibility at the crease as they do on most occasions. Kraig Braithwaite may be the one to adjust his batting style.

The epitome of concentration in his play is his main asset, a feature which he has demonstrated during his career so far. However, The Kiwis tend to pay attention to details among their opponents and Brathwaite will certainly be one main target.

For the sake of continuation, the West Indies will have to reduce the number of simple mistakes in all departments, especially the catching.

I expect a challenge for both teams in these matches, but I hope that the West Indies will start their trek upwards on the ranks of world cricket.


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