articles by Garfield Robinson

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Stuart Broad's hold over David Warner presents lessons to end historic dominance of left-handed batsmen in cricket

In the ongoing Ashes, Broad has gone round the wicket to Warner, a mode of attack that is indicative of a wider response to left-handed batting, one that tries to address some of the unique problems that left-handers pose. Broad's sustained success may set a template for right-arm pacers to deal with left-handed batsmen.

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India vs West Indies: Windies need to invest more on players' mental strength, groom best available talent for future challenges

There are no hidden talents waiting to be discovered in West Indies, so the team will only get better through purposeful practice and mental development.

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Sri Lanka vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Nicholas Pooran proves his worth with mature, calculated ton

Nicholas Pooran might not yet be the finished product but he showed, against Sri Lanka, that he could one day stand with the elites.

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India vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Windies' irresponsible batting, lack of ODI nous, one-dimensional bowling sum up underwhelming campaign

The overall campaign has been disheartening for the West Indies supporters. In fairness, the games against England and India were the ones in which the Windies were outplayed, for the other games it was their own undoing that cost them.

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West Indies vs Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Windies' one-dimensional pace attack, fixation with short balls found wanting on unresponsive track

That Bangladesh only lost three wickets in overtaking the West Indies’ sizeable total is an indication of the innocuity of their bowling in this game, especially as one of those wickets was due to a spectacular fielding effort by Sheldon Cottrell.

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Australia vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: In humbling loss, lie great lessons for Jason Holder's team

One lesson the West Indies should take away from their 15-run loss to Australia in their second game of the 2019 World Cup is this: If they have to win the tournament, they have to run a much tighter operation.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: With assistance from Trent Bridge pitch, West Indies pacers blew away Pakistan

This West Indies-Pakistan encounter was an interesting one for a number of reasons, chief among them being that the venue, Trent Bridge in Nottingham, is renown as a benign surface especially kind to batsmen.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, West Indies preview: Jason Holder and Co can cause upsets on their day, but lack of spin options is a worry

Some of the game’s great batsmen came out of the West Indies, but the edifice the fans mostly stare at and reminisce about and are all proud of, was founded mainly on the abundant supply of fast bowlers.

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Asif Ali's bravery in face of personal grief shows sportspersons usually find a way to be not crippled by emotions

The athlete who chooses to play while still grieving usually finds a way, somehow, not to be crippled by emotions. They usually find a way to compartmentalise the different demands for their attention in order to concentrate on the matter at hand.

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Carlos Brathwaite, West Indies all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Brathwaite will hope to move on from 2016 success, bring more glory in UK

The West Indies’ emphasis on pace could relegate Brathwaite to the sidelines, especially in the earlier games. If things don’t go to plan, however, and they are forced to resort to control instead, Brathwaite could well be called upon to play an important role this summer.

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Andre Russell, West Indies all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Hard-hitting Russell looking to replicate IPL heroics for Windies

No chase is ever out of reach with Andre Russell still at the crease. He specializes in lost causes, and opponents dare not feel assured of victory until he has safely returned to the pavilion.

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Shannon Gabriel, West Indies fast bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Pace and accuracy make experienced Gabriel a daunting prospect

Tall and robust, Shannon Gabriel has pace in abundance, enough to match that of young tearaway Oshane Thomas. Gabriel’s experience and superior accuracy, however, should make him a more daunting proposition.

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Sheldon Cottrell, West Indies fast bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Left-arm pacer adds variety to bowling attack

His emphatic, celebratory salute has become famous. And it has been seen enough times in 50-overs cricket for Sheldon Cottrell to earn a spot in the West Indies squad.

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Oshane Thomas, West Indies fast bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Searing pace, awkward height make Thomas a handful

Oshane Thomas shot into notice with a scorching yorker that uprooted Chris Gayle’s stumps during the CPL a few years ago. Another memorable CPL dismissal was another yorker, a reverse-swinging one this time, that snaked in from off to disassemble Martin Guptill’s stumps.

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Kemar Roach, West Indies fast bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Skillful and resilient, Roach ready to spearhead Caribbean attack

No longer frightening batsmen with pace, Roach now relies on accuracy, swing, seam movement, and other subtleties. He is something of a specialist against left-handers, employing a demanding line into the batsman from round the wicket and occasionally shifting the ball away towards slips.

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Fabian Allen, West Indies all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Surprise choice will hope to justify his selection

Allen is seen as an all-rounder of promise and has racked up a few sparkling performances that could be interpreted as hints of greater things to come.

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Ashley Nurse, West Indies bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Spinner will look to silence his critics on big stage

Nurse is powerfully built, can bludgeon the ball a long way, and sometimes provides valuable runs in the lower order.

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Nicholas Pooran, West Indies wicketkeeper, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Upcoming star will try to make a mark on the big stage

A member of the KingsXI Punjab in the IPL, Pooran has been contracted to a number of T20 franchises, and he has shown his worth as a quite capable wicketkeeper-batsman with the power and willingness to hit the ball a far way.

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Evin Lewis, West Indies batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Opener would look to make an impact on his comeback in England

Like his idol Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis hits the ball far and often. “I hit a lot of sixes, big sixes like him,” he said when asked why he picked Gayle as his mentor.