FMD Kieron Pollard is a massive unit.
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And it was not one series they were at 4th strign it was the rest of that season including the ICC Champions Trophy.
You make any team play with a 4th string unit and they will struggle as the Windies did.
Sure West Indies lost 5-0 to SA last year a poor result, although SA are on of the favourites here but if you look closer at that match, that series could easily have been 4-1 in the Windies favour.
They are a good ODI side and in these conditions it will be a very touch game for England to win.
(As an aside, I would hesitate to call that side 4th string, as it wasn't entirely different from the side playing now. Sammy, Smith, Roach, Thomas and Miller were all playing.)
I think the Windies have a lot of talent in their side and are as good as anyone on their day, but evidently have performed as a team very rarely in the recent past. For that reason I would have England start the match as favourites, and by some distance.
Last edited by Howe_zat; 01-03-2011 at 05:04 AM.
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England should be well favourites but I wouldn't count out the Windies.
One of the main problems for the Windies is both the injury count and a lack of depth. It's really hurt when bowlers like Taylor and Edwards then batsmen like Barath continually miss matches because of injuries without adequate replacements
Last edited by GotSpin; 01-03-2011 at 07:05 AM.
Difference is those are the only 2 series losses (and both could be excused by the reserve team factor which you seem to be adamant is WI's excuse)
If the sides are really so close, how come one has won a lot more series in recent times than the other?
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