The West Indies summer of international cricket came to a close disappointingly for the men in Maroon. The weather ruined their chances in the T-20 series against Pakistan with 3 of the 4 matches abandoned.
Therefore, they lost to their Asian counterparts by a margin of 1-0. The team hoped to rebound by claiming the two-match test series at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
The series started brightly with a thrilling victory in game one with the lower order batsmen providing resistance and battling their way to a one-wicket victory.
In the second match, the batsmen buckled under the pressure and succumbed to a 109-run defeat on the final day.
Here’s a look at the positives and negatives arising from this series.
- Jayden Seales — Jayden proved to be that he belonged on the international stage in this series. He captured the man of the match in the 1st match by taking 8 wickets for 125 runs.
Jayden was brilliant with his line, length, and control in both innings. He produced wickets based on his ability to nip the ball of the surface and get nicks to the wicketkeeper or the slips.
According to espncricinfo.com, he finished with 11 wickets in the series at an average of 17.09 and a strike rate of 27.00. His tally of 11 wickets made him the bowler with the second most wickets in the series.
Remarkably after doing his job in the bowling department, he had to put his head down and help the team with the bat. He spent 26 minutes at the crease facing the 13 balls for his 2 runs which helped the team to produce a thrilling victory in the 1st match.
- Kemar Roach — Kemar had a good series with the ball and even with the bat. Roache secured a total of 8 wickets at an average of 19.50 and a strike rate of 48.7.
Roach is a model of consistency that young bowlers like Jayden can emulate. He has the innate ability to produce wicket-taking deliveries that either force a mistake from the batsmen or breach their defenses.
Kemar also showed the top-order batsmen how to fight at the crease for the team in that second innings knock in the first game. He rallied the lower-order batsmen with his 30 runs from 52 balls pushed the Windies to that vital win.
- Jason Holder — Holder proved that he is worthy of being considered one of the best all-rounders in world cricket. In the bowling department, he generated eight wickets and tied with Roache for the third most in the series.
Jason is a constant menace to batsmen due to his ability to bowl to a plan and to seam the ball. Holder also performed well with the bat scoring 147 runs in the four innings at an average of 36.75 with one-half century.
He can improve with conversions to bigger scores but those returns are good from the all-rounder.
- Kieran Powell — Kieran had a disastrous series with the bat against the Pakistanis. In the four innings, Powell scored only 32 runs at an average of 8.00 and a best of 23.
As the opening batsman, Kieran let his team down by failing to create a platform for his team to build a total.
He failed to negotiate the new ball far too often and committed a crime in the 2nd innings of the final match by getting himself run out chasing a big total.
- Nkumer Bonner — the Jamaican right-handed batsman was playing on his home patch at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. However, his familiarity with conditions did not show in this series. In the four innings, Bonner finished with 44 runs at an average of 11.00.
He had a high score of 37 which means he only scored 7 in the next three innings. Bonner is a handy bowler but he must recognize that he is selected to score runs primarily.
His technique needs to improve with him being out bowled or leg before wicket in 3 of the 4 innings.
- Batting Overall — the team was let down by the batsmen in this series. The entire lineup failed to score a century in the series with captain Brathwaite coming closest with 97 runs.
The credit for the victory in the first game goes to the lower-order batsmen and not the top order. Coach Simmonds made comments after the series and in his assessment, he laid the blame squarely on the batsmen.
He stated via espncricinfo.com, “the bowling has been exceptional – it carries its weight and pulls the team – but the batters have to sit down and work out how to get to the scores we want to get.”
I agree with those sentiments because more improvement needs to be done on the technical and mental approach to constructing an innings and assessing conditions. We will improve as a unit only when we improve our batting.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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