The West Indies test team just completed a two-test series in New Zealand and crashed to heavy defeats in both matches. They crashed to an innings, and 67 runs defeat in the first test match of the series and slumped to a 240-run lost in the second test match.
The team played some uninspiring cricket, and there were very few performances of note by players in the series.
Below is my evaluation of the individual performances of players in this test series.
Kraigg Brathwaite with 201 runs in the series, at an average of 50.25 was the second-best run scorer in the series, behind Ros Taylor. He was by far the best batsman for the West Indian team and the team was most competitive when he was batting. He, however, did not convert any of his two fifties into centuries, which is expected of a batsman of his caliber.
Kieran Powell made an aggregate of 82 runs in the two-test series, all of which was made in the first test match. He got a pair in the second test, which concluded a poor series for Powell, even by his low standards. His average was just 20 in the series, this poor batting from an opening batsman puts a lot of pressure on the team since the role of the opening batsman is to negotiate the new ball and set up the game for the other batsmen coming in. Powell was not able to do this, and this contributed to the batting capitulations that occurred in both test matches.
Shimron Hetmyer looks like a classy young player, he made 122 runs in the series at an average of 30. His knock of 66 in the second innings of the first test match was especially pleasing on the eyes. He has the natural flair of a Caribbean batsman and a decent technique. For Hetmyer to develop into the good batsman that his potential suggests he can be, he needs to learn to be more selective in his stroke play.
Shai Hope had a below-par series, with a run tally of 75, a highest score of 37 and an average of 18. This was particularly disappointing because he has in recent times shown that he belongs at the test level with excellent performances. He is now one of the main batsmen in the team and a good team performance hinges on his contribution, this was sadly not the case in this series and one hopes that this is not the start of a trend.
Overall another poor series for Roston Chase, he does not seem to be concentrating for the long periods required to be successful in test matches. He managed 99 runs at an average of 24, with one notable score of 64. He is also a main batsman in the team that is expected to contribute in a more significant manner. His bowling was also un-penetrative and unthreatening to the New Zealand batsmen, he took 4 wickets at 59.
Sunil Ambris did not have the start to his test career that he would have liked. He aggregated 25 runs in the test series at an average of 8.33. This is simply unacceptable for a top order batsman. He was, however, playing in his first test series and hopefully, he has learned from the experience.
Raymond Reifer played in the second test match only as a replacement for the suspended captain, Jason Holder. He made 52 runs at an average of 52 and took two wickets at 44. This was a decent debut match for Reifer in the context of the game and hopefully, he will get more opportunities to prove himself at the highest level.
Shane Dowrich also had a below-par series with the bat, making 56 runs at an underwhelming average of 14 and he did not significantly contribute in the lower as is expected. His wicketkeeping was also not top notch; although he took seven catches behind the wicket that was not good enough for a player with potential before and behind the stumps.
He needs to work not only on his batting consistency but his batting period if he is to assist the team.
Jason Holder played only the First Test Match, and this is a match that he will want to forget quickly, he made a combined total of 7 runs, took one wicket for over 100 runs and to top it off was suspended for one match for a slow team bowling overate. He at times seemed clueless in his decision making when New Zealand was batting and did not seem able to inspire his team, this contributed to the massive defeat that was suffered by the West Indies.
Kemar Roach had reasonable returns in the series, taking 6 wickets at 28. He bowled in good areas for the most part and probably deserved a few more wickets. Hopefully, he will stay fit going forward to continue contributing to the West Indian team with his experience and bowling. His 70 runs with the bat at 23 was also commendable for a lower order batsman.
Miguel Cummings bowled with great effort and venom, especially in the second test match. He collected seven wickets at 31 in the series and showed signs of being a very good fast bowler. He along with Shannon Gabriel were the leading wicket-takers for the West Indies in the two-match series.
Shannon Gabriel took 7 wickets at 37 and at times bowled with searing pace and venom. He, however, bowled some wayward deliveries at times which resulted in his economy rate in the series been 3.8. This took some of the gloss off his performance as the leader of the bowling attack.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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