Australian summer hits Windies hard
What can be said that hasn’t been said already about the crushing defeat in Hobart? Ex-players, journalists and commentators have offered differing opinions on how the Windies should reform their cricket. From calls to sack the coach to even bringing back the legendary Brian Lara, critiques have been flowing.
The main problem, however, lies in the players’ pay packages.
Some of the Windie’s most prolific players are on Australian soil as we speak for the Big Bash T20 tournament starting on the 17th. As the more commercial facet of the game, T20 teams are able to pay players much more than national cricket boards. Other factors such as superstar Dwayne Bravo being snubbed for four years, Chris Gayle receiving a vote of no confidence from selectors and Kieron Pollard walking out of the squad midway through an India tour over a pay dispute only strengthen the claim that West Indies cricket is currently little more than a squabble of administrational disputes.
It is sad to see such an iconic cricket team being so heavily shamed on the international scale, however if any consolation can be found in this tour for the Windies it’s the fact that there’s always room in the ever growing T20 market to make a living.
As for the Australian camp, the deliberation surrounding the proposed team for the Boxing Day test has been a media hype-up to say the least. It is in my humble opinion that Joe Burns is one of the best men in the country at his job, and that’s to see off the new ball. With a tight technique and a powerful off-side game, Burns should be in no doubt for the rest of the summer at the top of the order. This is however in contention with reporters and journalists alike, who are quick to point out his few recent low scores as a justification for speculation on his position. Gone are the days when players were given a chance and not dropped at the small patch of low scores. A turnstile batting order, especially when it comes to openers, is not indicative of a trusting selection panel, nor is it healthy for a developing player trying to find rhythm in the national side.
The debate surrounding Khawaja and Shaun Marsh continues to be an interesting one, splitting the cricket community in two. In my opinion the spot must go to Shaun Marsh. Khawaja’s injury may flare up once again, leaving Marsh to hop in and out of the side once again. Additionally, Khawaja’s omission brings Smith back up to number 3, a spot he should never have left.
The next two tests will no doubt be an Australian dominated affair with very little to watch from the West Indies bar Darren Bravo’s apparent form.
It’s sad to say, but it appears the Big Bash could be drawing more ticket sales than the historic Boxing Day Test.