Zone Blitz: Who do you think will make the Windies squad and who will miss out?

By George Davis, Mariah Ramharack& Lance Whittaker April 19, 2019

A provisional Windies squad will be selected next week.  Who do you think will be in and who will be out? 

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    There was no space for the 38-year-old batsman when the final squad was announced last month, which could spell out the end of the player’s tenure with the regional team.

    Samuels has been sidelined with a recurring knee injury since representing the regional team against Bangladesh last year.

      Some had, however, argued that the batsman should have been included based on his experience as a proven match winner and his willingness to appear for the team at the ICC World Cup qualifiers, an invitation that was declined by some players currently in the squad.

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    “They should have picked him. Marlon should have been in the squad. Being there throughout the playoffs, being an experienced guy in the middle – he should be there,” he added.

    “Whether or not they start him [in the final XI] but I think he has done enough to be in the 15-man squad to go to England. It would have been his last World Cup.”

    Samuels, who has insisted he is fit enough to play in the tournament, was not included in the 10-man reserve list announced last week either.

    “I don’t know what was the thinking of the selectors. Obviously with guys like (Shimron) Hetmyer and Shai Hope in the side. Maybe he (Samuels) is not fit, I don’t know. Maybe something is wrong with him, who knows.”

     

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    The Windies were off to a slow start after Hayley Matthews was dismissed for 3 runs in the fourth over.  After joining Britney Cooper at the crease, Taylor went straight to work as she cracked her 75 off just 53 balls.  The innings included 11 fours and one six. 

    Taylor and Cooper took the team past the half-century mark for the second wicket.  The partnership was, however, broken when Sophie MacMohan dismissed Cooper for 17.

     Shermaine Campbell then joined Taylor at the crease and the two rapidly accelerated the score, putting on 75 from 47 balls, before the team ended with 139 for 4.

    In response, Ireland’s number three batsman Kim Garth was the only one to offer up any resistance, after scoring 46 from 55 balls.  The rest of the line-up failed to get into double figures as they were meekly dismissed for 75 in 18.4 overs.  Fletcher ended with impressive figures of 4 for 14, with Chinelle Henry claiming 2 for 15.

     

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