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Game-Breaking Talents

Tino Best

Fast, furious and fallible. The 22-year-old is a raw fast bowler with bags of potential. He may be small but when he gets it right, his pace will test any batsman. Best bowled beautifully against England on Tuesday and his two early wickets were crucial. But when he loses his rhythm he is wild and wayward. He can overdo the histrionics, but he is the sort of player you do not take your eye off.

Ramnaresh Sarwan

Tuesday's innings of 89 was overshadowed by wonderful centuries from Andrew Flintoff, Andrew Strauss and Chris Gayle. But, in many ways, Sarwan's 78-ball innings was the best of the lot. The West Indian vice-captain grabbed hold of the game at a crucial time and manoeuvred the ball around magnificently. The Guyanan added impetus to their run chase and made it easy for Gayle see his side home.

Ian Butler

After watching Butler bowl in this tournament it is difficult to understand why he was not involved in the Test series. In his two games the 22-year-old has bowled with pace and hostility. A bouncer from him hit Flintoff on the head at Bristol and he will not shy away from giving the West Indians a few short balls too. New Zealand use him in the middle of the innings, but the Aucklander always looks like taking wickets.

Nathan Astle

A major score on this tour of England is overdue from the New Zealand opener, but 13 one-day hundreds and the fastest double-century in Test history highlight the sort of carnage he can cause. The West Indian bowlers need to get their line right against the 33-year-old. Astle is a strong cutter and he will punish Best and Co should they stray. If he gets going, Brian Lara's side will drift out of the game very quickly.

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