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‘Mediocre’ West Indies

Cricket BallVeteran cricket commentator and writer Ton Cozier, in a column on espncricinfo.com, noted that as the cricket world’s attention was riveted exclusive on the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the lead-in to Sunday’s fascinating final between the co-hosts, two also-rans from the tournament were preparing for a low-key Test series on the other side of the planet relevant only to the teams themselves and a few individuals on either side.

Cozier posited that West Indies depended on net run rate and the result of a match between others to squeeze into the quarter-final of the World Cup where they were promptly dispatched by New Zealand. They returned home to hastily get ready for three Tests against England, who didn’t make it into the top eight at the World Cup.

He said that it is an immediate opportunity for a tired West Indies, who carried eight players aged 30 or above to the World Cup, to start rebuilding under new head coach Phil Simmons. A West Indian himself, his international career as power-hitting opening batsman and useful medium-pace bowler spanned 1987 through 1999.

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