West Indies may have lost yet another Test series against a higher ranked team. However, they still have something to play for going into the final Test. They will be keen to avoid a whitewash. It will be a tough job for sure, but they can look at some real positives going into the Edgbaston Test -- some created by themselves and the other thanks to the opposition.
The third and final Test of the Investec Series between England and West Indies will begin tomorrow at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Series is already sealed by England after victories in Lord’s and Trent Bridge so it’s all about saving themselves from a whitewash for the West Indies.
Finally, the war between swashbuckling left-hander Chris Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board seems to be over. The Jamaican destroyer has been named in West Indies Squad for the NatWest One-Day Series against England starting this month.
West Indies had a poor warm-up at Grace Road in Leicester because of rain on both the days. The visitors got just the 50 overs of cricket on Day 1 in which they got 150/3. There was no play at all on Day 2 as the match was drawn with the hosts Leicestershire not even getting the opportunity to bat.
The news that Sunil Narine will join the West Indies test squad in England should strengthen the wavering faith of fans grown weary by the constant pummeling their team has been receiving for over a decade. The hope that his addition would have stirred in the hearts of Caribbean cricket lovers would only have been dampened by the fact that he replaces the leader of the attack, Kemar Roach, whose injury has forced his return to Barbados.