Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shiv's on a High but Could Still Move Up

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shiv's on a High but Could Still Move Up

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent

WEST INDIES are debating whether to move Shiv Chanderpaul up the order so the world's top Test batsman does not have to constantly dig his team out of a hole.

Chanderpaul recently climbed to the top of the Test rankings and averages 50 over a stellar 18-year international career, but the tourists' inexperienced top order means Chanderpaul often walks to the wicket with the side in trouble.

The top three in West Indies' defeat by England Lions last week comprised Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards, who have played only 25 Tests between them, so Chanderpaul's experience is vital against a team unbeaten in a home Test series since 2008.

Windies coach Ottis Gibson said: "Moving Shiv up the order is something we have thought about. Our batting revolves around Shiv. He is very comfortable at the position that he is at the moment and he is doing a good job for us.

"So without trying to upset the batting line-up too much, we've decided to leave it as it is at the moment. …

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