Friday, June 29, 2007

A side for the future

1. Chris Gayle (capt), 2 Devon Smith, 3 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Runako Morton, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Dwayne Smith, 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Dinesh Ramdin (wk), 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Daren Powell.

Finally. Even before the West Indies secured their first victory on tour, I thought that this was a side that could finally win a game. The XI had a refreshing look to it and this was translated into the fielding and batting yesterday at the Oval, Powell apart. For once the West Indies looked like they wanted to win something. Or could it be the old 20-minute attention span thing in class, where the West Indies are prone to the same after 20 overs? Nevertheless, this young side could be together for a long while yet. And if that's the case, who is to say that the West Indies can't be the team to dominate in the 2010s like they did in the 70s and 80s?