Lack of experienced locker room presence continues to plague Windies

By Lance Whittaker and George Davis December 21, 2018

The West Indies continue to struggle to put together consistent performances.  With the team deciding to invest in youth the team lacks the wisdom of experienced players.

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    The 34-year-old previously spent time with Leicestershire and Sussex, joined Somerset midway last season where he took 22 wickets at an average of 16.64.

    The Jamaica, who took a season-best of 5 for 15 against Hampshire in Taunton, was crucial in the team’s run to the final for the first time in over 20 years.  Taylor has played 30 T20 internationals and 101 other T20 matches across the globe.   Unlike last season, Taylor will be available for Somerset for the entire duration of the T20 Blast.  The team begins its campaign with a fixture against Glamorgan on July 18. 

    Somerset Director of Cricket Andy Hurry insisted the club was happy to have Taylor back in its ranks.

    “Jerome made a real impact during the 2018 Vitality Blast campaign and we are really excited to be continuing our relationship with him,” Hurry said.

    “He brought a wealth of experience and skill that, alongside his availability for the full duration of the 2019 competition, will again add significant value to our attack.”

     

  • Root warns England to focus on Windies not Ashes Root warns England to focus on Windies not Ashes

    England captain Joe Root has warned players not to focus on this summer’s Ashes series during the upcoming tour against the Windies.

    With England entering the series as heavy favourites against the hosts, ranked four places below them in the latest ICC rankings.  In addition, the teams are at opposite ends of the form spectrum with the Windies coming off a disastrous tour of Asia and the English coming off an impressive 3-0 triumph’ over Sri Lanka.

    With such a gap in form and expectations, perhaps a few players could be forgiven for looking to this summer’s showdown with eternal rivals Australia.  Root, however, has different expectations.

    “Their job and their responsibility is not to worry about this summer’s Ashes, their job is to perform well for three Tests here. I don’t want the guys to be playing for stuff that’s going to be happening in six months’ time.

    “We have to look after here and now. We’re going to have to play well for long periods of time and know exactly what our roles are individual, not be distracted by other things.”

    England will play the West Indies in Wednesday’s first Test against at the Kensington Oval.

  • Phehlukwayo's career-best day inspires Proteas against Pakistan Phehlukwayo's career-best day inspires Proteas against Pakistan

    Andile Phehlukwayo enjoyed a career-best outing with bat and ball and Rassie van der Dussen made a second straight half-century as South Africa levelled their ODI series against Pakistan.

    The tourists had taken Saturday's opener by five wickets but the Proteas hit back by the same margin at Kingsmead on Tuesday as Phehlukwayo and Van der Dussen mounted a successful chase of 204 having come together at 80-5.

    Phehlukwayo earlier took an ODI-best 4-22 as Pakistan were all out for just 203 - a total only boosted thanks to Hasan Ali's career-high 59 from 45 balls in a ninth-wicket stand of 90 with captain Sarfraz Ahmed, celebrating his 100th appearance in the format.

    South Africa's chase was in tatters inside 15 overs but Phehlukwayo made his maiden ODI half-century, finishing 69 not out in an unbroken union worth 127 with Van der Dussen, who followed up his debut 93 at the weekend with an unbeaten 80 as the hosts made it 1-1 in the five-match series.

    Ultimately Pakistan were made to rue the failings of their top order as Fakhar Zaman's 26 from 44 balls proved the best effort among the first seven batsmen.

    Kagiso Rabada picked up both of his wickets with the short ball, a tactic that also saw Duanne Olivier remove Fakhar, while Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi (3-56) accounted for a weak middle order.

    When Hasan came to the crease Pakistan were reeling at 112-8 with 18 overs remaining but he set about the Proteas attack with glee, thumping five fours and three sixes - the last of which almost took out a spectator making use of a giant inflatable slide on the grassy banks.

    Phehlukwayo removed Sarfraz (41) and Hasan in the space of five balls to end the innings, and he was soon needed with the bat as South Africa wobbled.

    Shaheen Afridi (3-44) ousted Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks and Faf du Plessis - all for single figures - and when Shadab Khan dismissed David Miller (31) and Heinrich Klaasen with successive deliveries, the hosts were staring a 2-0 deficit in the face.

    But Phehlukwayo successfully overturned an lbw decision when he was on seven and Pakistan were cursing him further when he launched Mohammad Hafeez for two sixes in three balls in the 24th over.

    Van der Dussen brought up his fifty by pulling Shaheen for four, Phehlukwayo joining his partner with a reverse-swept boundary off Shadab, who dropped the all-rounder at point in the next over as the Proteas cruised home with eight overs to spare.

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