Trinidad & Tobago usually “portmanteaued” as Trinbago. My most favourite batsman is the Prince of Trinidad. A sweetly timed Brian Lara cover drive is a source of endless pleasure to yours truly.
1. Jeff Stollmeyer
Lost his best years to the war but ended with an average of 42.33. Formed a formidable opening partnership with Allan Rae.
2. Larry Gomes
One of the unheralded players of the juggernaut that was the 1980s West Indies. Scored a controlled 92* at a fair clip when he & Greenidge (214*) gunned down 342 in 66 overs, 12 overs less than allotted. Provided much needed stability in a team full of flair players.
3. Brian Lara (captain)
Prince of Trinidad. Scorer of 100, 200, 300, 400 & 500. ‘Nuff said. Also captain.
4. Gus Logie
After Clive Lloyd’s retirement it wasn’t uncommon to see the West Indies top order collapse but their blushes would be repeatedly saved by Dujon & Augustine “Gus” Logie. A magnificent fielder.
5. Gerry Gomez
Gerry Gomez was a competent allrounder with a test hundred and a ten wicket haul. Lost his best years to the war. Scored 324 runs at 36 & took 18 wickets at 14.22 in his only series in Australia.
6. Deryck Murray (wicketkeeper)
The wicketkeeper of the side. Since his debut in 1963 he was the preferred choice behind the stumps for the best part of 2 decades. A lower order pest with 11 50s to his name. Famously won a world cup match against Pakistan adding 64 runs with Andy Roberts for the last wicket.
7. Bernard Julien
One of the unique West Indian bowlers who bowled left-arm seam/swing instead of the common right arm (super) fast. A lusty hitter of the ball good enough to share a 231 run stand with Garry Sobers scoring 121 off just 143 balls.
8. Dwayne Bravo
Thought of as a limited overs specialist but make no mistake Dwayne Bravo was an allrounder of high quality. Unfortunately his career coincided with West Indies cricket in an awful state. He has scored 2 test 100s in Australia where visiting batsman struggle. One of them a backs to wall effort vs McGrath/Warne/McGill/Lee. Took two 5 wicket hauls as well.
9. Tony Gray
Tony Gray’s international career was short-lived but what a career it was. He took 22 test wickets at 17.13 & 44 ODI wickets at 18.97. Took over 450 first class wickets at 22.8. I expect him to fulfill his promise in this mythical championship.
10. Sonny Ramadhin
The other pal of the two pals of mine. An off-break bowler who bowled both off-break & leg-break with no change in action. As miserly as his spin twin Valentine. He holds the record for the most overs bowled in an innings as May & Cowdrey padded him for 98 overs in Edgbaston. With modern DRS available Ramadhin’s control could be devastating to the opposition batsmen.
11. Ian Bishop
West Indies seemed to produce extremely quick bowlers of greater than 6’5″ height endlessly in the 1980s. Bishop made his debut in 1989 & had a barnstorming start to his career (100 wickets in just 21 matches) before a devastating back injury laid him low. He was never the same man after that. I expect him to be at his hostile pre-injury best.
A decent batting lineup heavily dependent on Brian Lara’s immense appetite for hiyuuuuuge scores. Bowling powered by Bishop & Gray, mystified by Ramadhin & ably supported by Julien & Bravo. A team not as intimidating as Barbados, Jamaica or Guyana but if Lara & Bishop find form, an extremely competitive one.