• Several West Indian players have been in excellent form in the days leading up to the first Test against England at ­Edgbaston on Thursday, which will be the first day-night and pink-ball Test match in England.
  • The West Indian batsmen on song include Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard, who has just played a blistering innings of 83.
  • The most ­effective West Indian bowlers at ­present include the mystery-spinner Sunil Narine and the accomplished all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.
  • None of these fine West Indian cricketers are in the West Indies Test squad in England.
  • Those left to play in Thursday’s Test for West Indies can mount a good new-ball attack: Shannon Gabriel, for a few overs, is an echo of their great fast bowlers, so England’s latest opening batsman, Mark Stoneman, can book himself in for the winter as Alastair Cook’s 12th partner if he can fend off the new pink ball when it is jagging around under Edgbaston’s floodlights.

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