Just wondering, didn't the mandatory 14 day quarantine for incoming travelers start on 8 June?Windies players have all tested negative and leave Antigua soon
May be completely wrong here but I was under the impression where they have been quarantined does have training facilities so they can get cracking as soon as they arrive.Just wondering, didn't the mandatory 14 day quarantine for incoming travelers start on 8 June?
Why didn't the WIndies get there earlier so they could start training? Or do they have some sort of special permission?
Liked the look of Brathwaite when he first came on the scene, more reserved style than you’d generally associate with the more flamboyant strokeplayers from the West Indies, but there is always room for a player of this nature to compliment the more flashy players (see Chanderpaul, Adams, etc). At 27 and with 59 Tests to his name he really needs to find a consistently good level of performance in order to push on, his last couple of years have been poor and that’s despite two centuries against Bangladesh. Be very interesting to see how he goes here this time.A bit late on this but am a big fan of Kraigg Brathwaite but he hasn't performed for a good while now. I think the one thing in his favour is he's proven he can do it at Test level, an average of 33.29 certainly isn't terrible and you consider that goes up slightly if you ignore his early form - appreciate you could say that for everyone but when you make your debut as a teenager think he can be given some slack for finding his way - a big jump up from U19 and even domestic cricket to International cricket so difficult to have to make that transition so quickly.
That average goes up to just under 39 between the start of 2014 and the end of 2018 - and is only 3 runs lower then Dean Elgar a similarly scrappy accumulator of runs over the same time period. No doubt he has had an awful 2019 and a pretty poor 2018 too but when there are so few openers in the region - if you are looking domestically you've got 12 openers to choose from effectively, I'd personally give him more opportunities given you've got someone who has shown they can do it at Test level and to average just under 39 over a 5 year period as an opener of a largely struggling test team is no mean feat.
Also it was only 5 Tests ago Brathwaite and Campbell got the remaining runs to seal a 10wkt win against England, their 3 previous partnerships all being 50+ partnerships against England one of the stronger bowling outfits in seam-friendly conditions. Even the 1st innings of the St Lucia defeat 4 Tests ago brought a 50 opening stand. The pacers were key in that series win but having an opening pair that stopped West Indies being 40/3 until the series was already won was a vital step as well I think. Overall, the batting impressed me more in that series, I had no doubt of what Roach, Holder and Gabriel could do and thought seam-bowler friendly wickets were West Indies best/only chance of winning the series but I also doubted whether the batsman could get enough runs to be competitive. They managed to do so and I think in large part to that opening partnership.
Agreed, and he does need runs but I think his concentration rightly or wrongly makes me a bigger fan of him - the idea of a player who might not look all that if you were to watch just 20 isolated minutes of his batting but has shown that he is able to graft his way to good scores. My biggest fear is if you let go of Brathwaite you let go of an opener who has shown they have what it takes at Test level and even during his poor 2 year spell I think he played a key role in the England series win - how often have West Indies had openers put up 4 50+ opening stands in 5 completed innings. He's had a series against India where only Brooks potentially came out of it in a better position batting wise, and a one-off Test against Afghanistann since. I don't want to completely gloss over the fact this has been an extended period of poor form but he does have a tough job opening especially with home pitches suiting the pacers in recent times. He does need to do better, how much better? I geninely think an average of low to mid 30s would be a qualified success especially if home pitches are produced with the home seamers in mind.He has one of those techniques where if it goes wrong, it goes very wrong and he looks awful. I'd say 90% of his success is due to his incredible powers of concentration. Let's see how he does, he needs runs badly.
I've said this a few times but IMO you should be looking for your domestic decks to be flatter than your international ones.west indies batting needs roadier domestic decks imo. it's counterintuitive in that you'd think tough decks would produce gritty batsmen, but batsmen seem to develop better when they get conditions they can learn to bat for ages in rather than lotteries. also helps the bowlers, forcing them to do more than put it down the other end.
Presuming you mean 2014 where he averaged just under 78. But I think 2016 (55.72 average) and even 2017 (37.15) are decent numbers - for all the craze Dean Elgar gets he averages less then 40 in his Test match career. But does need to improve on his last two years.The Kraigg thing is frustrating. For a while, he looked like he would blossom into the next Chanderpaul. His domestic numbers are great, and he has massive powers of concentration. But after that one great year he had, he's looked pretty poor. I don't know what's happened to him. He's been looking kind of depressed too.
Sad to see no Pooran on the team. He needs to be on the test team ASAP.
I feel Dowrich is underrated and one of the best bats on the team.
I can see Stokes and Root destroying this bowling attack.
Interesting point about Dowrich but the majority of the reason for the average of 40 is his batting at 6 significantly bringing things up. At 7 he averages 32, and the one innings of substance in that time (which brings that average up from the low 20s) came under a distinct lack of pressure bearing in mind the match situation when he came in.Presuming you mean 2014 where he averaged just under 78. But I think 2016 (55.72 average) and even 2017 (37.15) are decent numbers - for all the craze Dean Elgar gets he averages less then 40 in his Test match career. But does need to improve on his last two years.
Glad you mentioned Dowrich I agree often think he's underappreciated - even in recent times I've seen massive criticism of his selections and think he often gets unfair blame when it comes to complaints about Barbados players dominating the West Indies Test squad. Dowrich averages 40 since the start of 2018 - given he often comes in at 7 he's probably the only player in the side who outperforms most of his counterparts in a batting slot. I can't imagine many other number 7s average 40 over a two year spell yet if you ask people who West Indies best Test batsman is I don't think Dowrich would get into the conversation really but credit to the guy I didn't know his average in recent times was quite as good as it was but always appreciated that he gets quiet, efficient runs.
runs being worth more at seven than at six is a weird oneInteresting point about Dowrich but the majority of the reason for the average of 40 is his batting at 6 significantly bringing things up. At 7 he averages 32, and the one innings of substance in that time (which brings that average up from the low 20s) came under a distinct lack of pressure bearing in mind the match situation when he came in.
Amongst people with a reasonable number of innings at 7, he’s behind de Kock, Pant, Sarfraz Ahmed and Paine and not much ahead of de Grandhomme, Pandya, Buttler and Dickwella which probably gives an indication as to why people wouldn’t immediately think of him when discussing the team’s top batsmen?