Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Bring on the Calypso Kings - Windies Downunder (And Basin Stats.)

Seems to be a recurring theme these days, Windies on our shores before Christmas. Well seems that way, in reality it's not the case.  With the first test on 1st Dec and 2nd on 9th Dec, plenty for both teams to chase.

So what of this series?  2 tests, 3 ODI's and 3 T20's (which is also the format for the England series in March) is enough for the cricketing purist yes??

Well this is the first time the Windies have played a test in Basin Reserve since 2013, and before that in 2006.  Both times Blackcaps won by a goodly margin. Fair to say back then the Windies were a fractured team and we won't know how they will fare this time there.

If one were to go back in history of Windies teams at The Basin we'd find the test results are even. 7 Windies tests,-  3 won, 4 lost and 2 draws.

In the last 20 tests at The Basin overall, we (Blackcaps) have won 6, lost 8, drawn 6.

There have been 60 tests in all at The Basin - 17 won by us, 26 drawn, and 17 lost.

So what of this West Indies team? As stated earlier, they have been fractured and were sliding down the rankings in all forms.  But over the past 18 months there appears to be a resurgence in the Calypso Kings with some talent starting to shine.  And they played test cricket in August. something the Blackcaps can't attest to doing. I'm thinking this tour will be a watershed for them.  And for us!!

Yes what about us?  Last test cricket was in March so we will go into this series very much underdone.  And if we lose any of the two tests our ranking is likely to slide (Currently at 4, WI 8) and  even more so if series loss (be nice to stay ahead on Australia in test rankings)  I'm picking a drawn series, one test each.

The pajama stuff I don't usually follow too much, but if the Windies come to play, I'll certainly come to watch.

After the Blackcaps finish their T20 duties on the sub-continent I'll add my teams for he three forms of the game to play the Windies (After perusing the Plunket Shield games. There is very much an open palette for all three forms.

Latest Rankings, some slots to play for.'

ICC Test Rankings.


10 October 2017
Team
Matches Points Rating
India 36 4493 125
South Africa 34 3767 111
England 43 4497 105
New Zealand 32 3114 97
Australia 34 3294 97
Sri Lanka 39 3658 94
Pakistan 34 2988 88
West Indies 30 2260 75
Bangladesh 23 1651 72
Zimbabwe 10 0 0








ICC ODI Championship


29 October 2017
Team
Matches Points Rating
South Africa 53 6386 120
India 53 6379 120
Australia 52 5948 114
England 54 6156 114
New Zealand 49 5432 111
Pakistan 46 4560 99
Bangladesh 34 3114 92
Sri Lanka 64 5322 83
West Indies 40 3077 77
Afghanistan 30 1618 54
Zimbabwe 41 2129 52
Ireland 25 1028 41








ICC Twenty20 Championship


29 October 2017
Team
Matches Points Rating
New Zealand 13 1625 125
Pakistan 23 2843 124
West Indies 20 2395 120
England 17 2029 119
India 22 2545 116
South Africa 20 2238 112
Australia 15 1665 111
Sri Lanka 24 2177 91
Afghanistan 25 2157 86
Bangladesh 17 1289 76
Scotland 11 737 67
Zimbabwe 13 842 65
UAE 16 827 52
Netherlands 9 441 49
Hong Kong 13 599 46
PNG 6 235 39
Oman 9 345 38
Ireland 15 534 36

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