West Indies wicketkeeper batsman Denesh Ramdin is the new West Indies Test captain. He replaces former captain Darren Sammy who was axed after a very poor showing during his four-year captaincy. Ramdin has the experience after being vice captain for a long period. He led the West Indies in one One-Day international and three Twenty20 matches. The West Indies cricket team needs a new image and this is the first step with with the appointment of a new leader. Sammy’s leadership was poor throughout his Test career.
FINAL 11 MUST BE BALANCED
West Indies selectors have the responsibility of choosing 11 players capable of performing as a balanced unit that can lead to success. Dwayne Bravo’s return to Test cricket will be welcomed but he has to be prepared to work harder at the Test level. West Indies batsmen must learn to settle at the wicket and build innings.
WEST INDIES BATSMEN MUST BE PATIENT
Test cricket calls for patience. It is the longer format of the game and West Indies batsmen must be patient in their undertakings. Shot selection is vital and batsmen must be able to analyse the position of the game and learn to make critical decisions. In the bowling department, West Indies must have two specialist spinners to play against New Zealand. Chris Gayle must be used occasionally. The West Indies team must lift its standards in Test cricket and this could be achieved by players displaying a professional attitude.
SPINNERS MAY LEAD WEST INDIES TO VICTORY
West Indies cricket is comprised of efficient spinners that can bowl the team to victory. Sunil Narine is a remarkable bowler at any level. The full West Indies team must step up and play intelligent cricket in order to defeat New Zealand.