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The Old, the Young, the Unwanted—Pt 2: will CWI find more measured role for Gayle?

The second T20I in St Kitts. Andrew Balbirnie contrives only to send his attempted slog off Romario Shepherd skywards. The sure-handed Dwayne John Bravo settles under it. The overly excited 25-year-old gets in the way. The chance goes a-begging. The Ireland skipper benefits from an early reprieve. Bravo’s bemused expression …

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Best: The Old, the Young, the Unwanted; time for WI to kill the fatted calf

With the wicked stepfather now out of the picture, the prodigal sons are back in the fold. And recent results suggest that the West Indies cricket family is once again not doing too badly, thank you. But Dwayne John Bravo seems not entirely sanguine about the status quo. Bravo’s younger …

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Scalp by scalp, Walsh steadily stakes claim for T20 World Cup selection

Despite being a player on the regional scene since the 2011-12 season, Hayden Walsh jr had never really knocked on the selection door before the middle of the 2019 CPL season. In the third game of his debut regional season, he had impressed with returns of 4 for 47 against …

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Best: Lil pin does chook hard; Walsh jr settles question of WI size

Hayden Walsh jr stands only 5’7” in his socks. But since last October, he has been steadily rising to the challenge of being a West Indian cricketer at last. But no matter how high he climbs, even if he were a 6’4” Alzarri Joseph or a 6’7” Jason Holder or …

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Antigua’s little hero Alzarri: Few words, plenty pace and a growing bag of Irish scalps 

Hayden Walsh Jr came to the wicket with the West Indies, in pursuit of 238 for a long-awaited series win, in trouble at 148 for 7. When Sheldon Cottrell smashed Mark Adair for six over extra-cover to give Kieron Pollard’s soldiers a narrow one-wicket win with one ball left in …

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Sir Frank’s lessons for Pollard; time for WI to have a word with Hetmyer

Until Tuesday, my cricketing new year was going reasonably well. Early in the day, Virat Kohli’s India had whipped Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I. But Ben Stokes’ bowling boots had, not for the first time, trampled all over my dream of a hard-earned draw for Faf Du Plessis’ men. …

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Too early to promote Hetmyer? Too late to rethink bringing back DJ Bravo et al? 

Blank Bravo. Drop white ball Holder. Hand Hetmyer a promotion. If the West Indies are serious about moving towards the top of international cricket anytime soon, now is certainly the time to make bold moves. And, thankfully, it looks to me as if that is the direction in which we …

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CPL 19: How Shoaib makes the Warriors click; young West Indians praise senior Pakistani statesman

Both as batsman and as captain, Shoaib Malik eschews extravagance and unapologetically espouses a policy of risk reduction. It is a choice which, so far in 2019, has paid rich dividends. Additionally, swimming steadfastly against the regional tide, he has often opted for finesse over force, for six singles rather …

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Dear Editor: Rooting for Tridents, sincerely, an Amazon Warrior fan

“GAW is far and away the best team in CPL 2019. But sport isn’t linear, and the best doesn’t always win the prize. […] I’d feel better about the Amazon Warriors’ chances in an NBA-style best of 5 maybe, not in a single game, because TKR could win a one-off, …

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