Selectors keep faith with Sabina 13 for pivotal Oval clash

West Indies selectors have retained faith in the same 13-man squad for the second Test against Pakistan starting here Sunday, despite their drubbing in the opening match in Kingston.

The Caribbean side under-performed with the bat to plunge to a seven-wicket defeat, 20 minutes after lunch on last Monday’s final day at Sabina Park.

West Indies entered the contest with a greenhorn batting line-up which included Vishal Singh and Shimron Hetmyer on debut but selectors have opted against changes and will enter the critical game at Kensington Oval with the same squad.

Vishal and Hetmyer failed in both innings along with Shai Hope and usually dependable opener Kraigg Brathwaite but rookies Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich both managed half-centuries.

Another defeat for West Indies in the upcoming match will hand Pakistan their first-ever Test series win in the Caribbean.

West Indies arrived here late Wednesday and trained on Thursday and Friday, as head coach Stuart Law brushed up on final preparations for the game.

The hosts won their last Test at the venue two years ago when they defeated England by five wickets inside three days.

SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Vishal Singh, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope, Jermaine Blackwood, Shannon Gabriel, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins. (CMC)

13 Responses to Selectors keep faith with Sabina 13 for pivotal Oval clash

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn April 28, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Selector Brown is a joker.

    • harry turnover April 29, 2017 at 7:26 am

      …and YOU are a BIGGER JOKER …because you FAILED to name YOUR team.
      Talk is CHEAP ,any body can talk…even VAGRANTS so you en saying jack sh8.

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn April 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    He will have to get beat up before and lose the series before he makes changes to the team.

  3. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt April 28, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Thrm crazy

  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn April 28, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Could you imagine if these players have to bat with out helmet today what will happened.

  5. Peter April 28, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I would have liked to see Leverage in the team in place of either Hetmyre or Vishal Singh, Both of whom I am still not impressed with and which I think Pakistan strategically baited Brown on in the President XI match. WI top order batsmen need to move in the crease and stop waiting the ball to come on to them. That few miliseconds wait allows many things to happen especially if the ball does or does not come on to them too early or too late. Batting technicians not commentators should be spotting all this. Commentators criticize after the fact, lobby for free lunch, and in most cases give poor descriptions. None intelligent at all.

    • harry turnover April 29, 2017 at 7:24 am

      ….and you IMPRESSED with Leverage a bowler whose body is going down at the crease BEFORE he delivers the ball ??? all your other points I agee with though.

  6. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons April 29, 2017 at 12:01 am

    good decision by the selectors

    • harry turnover April 29, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Well said !..anybody can see that you are ONE that knows and follows cricket.

  7. Waiting April 29, 2017 at 5:23 am

    As one that observes the game from afar I agree with Peter that the Pakistanis baited our selectors. It happens all the time and they are not learning. The real match is a big difference and usually the opponents tend to give us a game anyhow at the end of the serious when it don’t matter. Check and see.

  8. harry turnover April 29, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I won’t say they baited the selectors .The selectors were fooled into believing that Singh and Hetmyer were test material not knowing that Hetmyer is the same type of player as Blackwood…..too flashy and wants to hit every ball as hard as ever just to get a boundary.
    Although I too would have played Singh along with Blackwood and not Hetmyer,he ( Singh ) reminds me of Johnathan Carter…too inconsistent….scores runs when it doesn’t matter.

  9. Peter April 29, 2017 at 9:12 am

    harry turnover. I have recordings of Leverage bowling and cannot see him doing what you said he was doing. Yes he is young, strong, and tall. unfortunately he is still “green” nor “raw” if you choose. but some professional work with let’s say a Michael Holding can taper him well. A point to note is that cricketing bodies around the world are watching him carefully too. The guy is naturally fast. If Holder can lift his front leg (left leg) higher on his delivery stride, he will achieve more force and speed not to mention height from that pivotal action and will become a fearsome fast bowler. he is still quite young and the bowling technocrats need to study him.


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