(Excuse my earlier repost)
WI latest defeat confirms the fact that our batsmen are unable to win a
match. Once the opposition gets a big score in their first innings a WI
victory becomes a daunting tasks. But then can we be surprised when the
middle order continues it's pathetic display and the selectors are
apparently afraid to make the necessary changes. However, while it is
good that Lara got a ton it might have been too little to late, given the
current circumstances. In short, WI problems rest with the batsmen.
S Campbell: Has done well thus far on the tour and often plays with more
maturity than his chronological superiors.
C Hooper: What can one say except that his injury might be a blessing in
disguise. IMO, since he has to play (once fit) he should be the official
#6 batsman. WI can either invest in Williams or ship him home and give
another player a chance, most likely R Samuels (Jamaica). Hooper has not
justified his often unjustified place in the WI team.
B Lara: Usually, gets a good score but so far has been unable to win a
match for the Indies. His good performance in the 4th test may be a sign
of things to come.
J Adams: His illustrious average supersedes his recent performance. IMO,
he is a bit overrated and need to score runs against challenging bowlers.
When he batted at six many argued for him to bat at #4, now that he bats
at number four he simply has fewer not outs.
R. Richardson: Has seen better days, with 16 centuries under his belt he
may be able to recover from his dispair. IMO, he might have to open and
lead from the front rather than hiding down the order where he always bat
when his team is already in trouble.
K Arthurton: Has obviously over stayed his welcome and most likely be
replaced by Chanders in the fifth test. However, if Hoopers' injury keeps
him out the selectors will want to persist with him. However, Hooper
aside, I doubt if there is a more careless batsman. It is hard to believe
that KA is a make shift opener.
J Murry: He is obviously out of touch with his batting. However, in an
era where good keepers are scarce I doubt if he will be replaced in the
near future. Maybe C Browne can hope for an injury before the start of
the 5th test.
The bowlers are generally more consistent than the batsmen.