Combined Islands All Time XI

The Combined Islands (Leeward Islands, Windward Islands) has historically sent the fewest test cricketers. It has however produced a few test cricketers of exceptional quality.

1. Devon Smith

A weak choice but there are hardly any openers of note from the Islands.

2. Stuart Williams

Another weak choice but there really are no other batsmen let alone openers of quality that have played test cricket.

3. Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards (captain)

The original master blaster. ‘Nuff said.

4. Richie Richardson

An aggressive batsman in the Richards mould. Captained West Indies and kept them competitive after losing many legends in the early 90s.

5. Keith Arthurton

Another weak choice but he was good enough to score 157* on a fast Gabba pitch vs McDermott/Hughes. A magnificent fielder.

6. Ridley Jacobs (wicketkeeper)

An excellent keeper who was also a decent bat. A man who repeatedly had to make recoveries because West Indies repeatedly kept collapsing during his era.

7. Winston Benjamin

A whippy customer who picked up 61 wickets in his 21 tests spread of 8 years. Won a match against Imran & co with an unbeaten 40 to preserve West Indies’ unbeaten record at home.

8. Kenny Benjamin

Kenny, no relation to Winston, was supporting bowler to Walsh & Ambrose in the 90s. There is no reason to believe he can’t support the following 3 bowlers.

9. Winston Davis

The West Indies’ embarrassment of riches in the 80s meant he played just 15 tests. More famous for his 7 wicket haul vs Australia in the 1983 world cup.

10. Andy Roberts

The silent killer. Did not speak a word but was the most menacing of bowlers of his era. Many batsmen, including Gavaskar, called him the most skilled West Indian bowler with the best bouncer. Holding, Garner all credit their learning to the 6’2″ Antiguan.

11. Curtly Ambrose

Sir Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose talked to no man. The most devastating bowler I have ever seen. No bowler picked up 5-6 wickets in a spell like Curtly did. Always kept the West Indies in the hunt even though the batsmen repeatedly failed.

A weak batting lineup that could be embarrassed if Richards & Richardson fail but the 5 pronged pace attack led by Roberts & Ambrose can keep the opposition from getting big totals. Probably the weakest of the Caribbean first class teams but if Richards could get going their bowling could deliver wins against any side.

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