West Indies in Australia 2009-10 November 2, 2009

Chris Gayle reappointed captain for Australia tour

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Chris Gayle has been reappointed West Indies captain for the upcoming tour of Australia later this month, marking the end of the contractual dispute between the striking players and the West Indies Cricket Board. Senior players such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo also returned to the squad for the three-Test series following the strike, while youngsters such as Adrian Barath, Kemar Roach and Gavin Tonge made the cut as well.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) met in Barbados on Saturday to approve the selectors' recommendation of Gayle as captain and made the announcement on Monday. Gayle, 30, has not played international cricket since the home series against India in July due to the ugly contractual dispute between WICB and the players' union. In his absence, the selectors fielded depleted teams led by Floyd Reifer against Bangladesh and in the Champions Trophy.

Clyde Butts, the chairman of selectors, said he was confident of the team's prospects in Australia. "I think we have a good combination and an experienced team which I expect to do very well," he said. "We have selected a balanced team … we have a quality bowling attack, and a very good batting line-up with players who have performed on the international stage. We believe the players all have the ability to deliver at the highest level."

There are only two uncapped players in the squad, Barath and Tonge. Barath, the Trinidad & Tobago batsman, came into prominence by scoring a century for West Indies A against the touring England side earlier this year. He was then included in the squad for the first home Test against Bangladesh in July but didn't play. However, Barath shone for T&T during the Champions League in India. There is no third opener in the 15-man squad - Devon Smith and Lendl Simmons haven't been picked - so Barath could well open with Gayle in Brisbane.

Tonge, a 26-year old fast bowler, and Roach were handed their debut against Bangladesh during the strike and impressed with their speed. They proved a handful on the fast pitches in South Africa during the ICC Champions Trophy and those performances won them their spots on the plane to Australia. The trip will also be an interesting one for Brendan Nash, who played for Queensland before qualifying to become a West Indies international.

Fast bowler Fidel Edwards was not named in the squad because of a knee injury. Edwards had a problem with his knee after returning from the Champions League in India and missed the ongoing WICB President's Cup.

The announcement puts a lid on speculation over whether Daren Ganga, who captained Trinidad & Tobago to the final of the inaugural Champions League, would be handed the West Indies position. Ganga's leadership in India had been widely commended and fuelled the speculation but John Dyson, the recently deposed West Indies coach, revealed selectors had previously baulked at moves to restore him to the captaincy over concerns that his batting was not up to the rigors of international cricket. Ganga scored three centuries in 48 Tests between 1998 and 2008, averaging just 25.71.

"There was certainly some hesitation there," Dyson told Cricinfo before the confirmation of Gayle's captaincy. "Daren is obviously an impressive bloke and he is well suited to leading the Trinidadian side, but from my talks with selectors, the feeling was that he had not really grasped his opportunities in his 48 Tests."

Dyson, who predicted Gayle would hold on to the job, said it would be "wise of the selectors" to gauge his commitment to it. "Many of the things that have happened to the West Indies team haven't been his fault," Dyson said. "A lot of people would be tempted by the IPL and other leagues, and I think more and more players will let it be known that they are not totally committed to their teams. If Chris is committed to international cricket, I think he could yet be a good captain."

Gayle has had mixed results as captain, winning three Tests out of 14 and 13 ODIs out of 38. He led West Indies to two series wins in one-dayers, including an away victory against England last year, and against the touring Sri Lanka. He presided over a surprise win in the first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg but his side went on to lose the next two games and the series. His other Test wins came against Sri Lanka in Port-of-Spain to level the two match series and a deciding win over England at home earlier this year, before West Indies handed back the Wisden Trophy when they toured just after.

Squad: Chris Gayle (capt), Adrian Barath, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Travis Dowlin, Brendan Nash, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jerome Taylor, Gavin Tonge.

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  • POSTED BY Cantc on | November 8, 2009, 20:33 GMT

    gottalovetheraindance: who do you think will be WI 20/20 squad, the reason that i am asking is that we have a lot of young players who deserve to make a decent living. Our older guys has been playing 20/20 for awhile but has been failing to make it to lucrative leagues, so i personally think that this should bring about a change in picking our 20/20 team.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | November 7, 2009, 2:17 GMT

    delboy u can talk all you want. all the laptops & technology in the world wont help as much as playing real cricket in real pressure situations you think it was a laptop or any analytical tool helped holding take 14 wickets at the oval or lara make 277 vs australia in their backyard or ambrose bowl out england for 46 or help viv make a hundred off 50 odd balls. if you thought so think again. by all means technology is good but nothing beats knowledge exposure & experience when combined with hard work & talent as they give you a boost in confidence so you can go on the field & perform well in almost any condition under pressure.

  • POSTED BY Steven500 on | November 7, 2009, 1:18 GMT

    Its amazing that everyone is talking about Ganga leading the West Indies in Test matches, when he should be in charge of the one day and the 2020 sides as he has proven to be very formidable. Also everyone says Ganga cannot make the Test side because of his test average. (26.4). Have you seen the average of his replacements - they are all below 26, except Dale Richards 27. Ha Ha Ha,

    Steven 500

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | November 6, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    Good squad, especially with the bowling. I think these young fast bowlers could be good prospects. The selectors must remember that it is AUSTRALIA they will be playin, and should not discard these young men if they do not perform well just after 1 0r 2 matches. I think even though Dowlin performed credbly in the recent past, take into consideration his age. Simmons would be a better investment, plus he can wicketkeep if Ramdin is injured.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | November 6, 2009, 11:37 GMT

    gottalovetheraindance&Terryj; please leave England out of this they recruit their BETTER players these days from SA and AUS. That luxury of WI players playing in England no longer exist so the WI management need to look at forging alliance with the likes of Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Kenya and Zimbabwe. There is no amount of experts in these forums who could do well with donating a laptop or two and developing the analytical tools needed by the WI coaching staff to get upp to speed with the likes of the Australians. Cricket to a greater extent is played out on the PC. The part played on the pich is 30% ability and 70% mental strength. These are the areas which our coaches need to focus on at grassroots once they manage to rein in the egos.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | November 5, 2009, 22:27 GMT

    TerryJ i agree with you entirely. if you look at the great west indian players, most spent time playing in england /australia. So they were exposed to a wide variety of conditions & top players before & during their illustrious careers. it is full time we realise that when youngsters play regional cricket here (no matter how 'well' they perform) this does very little to prepare them for the rigours of top class cricket as the quality of the pitches coaching & cricket in the region is no longer as good & competitive as they used to be. this i believe is one of the main reasons we are at the bottom of the basin. look at all the players we have used in the past 15 years because they made runs or took wickets in 4 day competition & check how many of them were able to play quality cricket for a sustained period of time? How many of them could make a test or one day squad for a team ranked higher than west indies now?

  • POSTED BY Terry_J on | November 5, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    We still haven't got it into our thick skulls here in the W.I.I have read all the comments about "good team" and "good to have our best players back in the squad",and also who should have been picked and who shouldn't.We continue to fool ourselves and live in a dream world believing that our cricket will again rise to the level of our past glory.This will never happen until we address 2 things.Firstly..professionalism.Gone are the days when the majority of our cricketers were playing pro cricket in England.We are now a team of amateurs going to Australia to play pros.At the start of the series we may have a fighting spirit but the pros will eventually wear down that spirit and then grind us into the ground.Mentally,they are going to take us apart and by the end of the 3rd test we'll be physically & mentally drained and dying to return home.We need to start a pro league like football.Secondly,there is now way too much insularity in the W.I.team unlike the true unity of the T&T T20 side.

  • POSTED BY X-Factor on | November 5, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    A serious mistake.Lets face it Gayle will go after this test series(freelance). No question Simmons should have been in the squad at the expense of DOWLIN. Simmons(opener,keeper, seamer). TO BEAT the AUSSIES you needto score at a min of3.4 an over per day.Our middle order has five batsmen of a similar style.There is no one to take the attack to the Aussies bowlers. We have a cautious middle. It is unfortunate that Edwards couldnot make it.Finally we should have gambled with another spinner at the expense of Rampaul.Maybe Bishoo. Lets see how he goes in todays match.

  • POSTED BY mojojesus on | November 5, 2009, 10:07 GMT

    I am really sad for pollard. The aussies have taken note of his ability but regretably the WI board has overlooked him.. He should have been a first hand choice ...and what abt Darren Ganga???...even if he cant be the captain , atleast he should have been in the side.....

  • POSTED BY convertorboy on | November 4, 2009, 23:49 GMT

    A 15 man squad for such a long tour is really not enough. It lacks both a backup keeper and opener, a slot that Lendl Simmons would easily fill. I personally would have liked to see another spinner (Nikita Miller, Dave Mohammed), or at least a spinning allrounder (Sherwin Ganga, Royston Crandon) in the mix.

  • POSTED BY Cantc on | November 8, 2009, 20:33 GMT

    gottalovetheraindance: who do you think will be WI 20/20 squad, the reason that i am asking is that we have a lot of young players who deserve to make a decent living. Our older guys has been playing 20/20 for awhile but has been failing to make it to lucrative leagues, so i personally think that this should bring about a change in picking our 20/20 team.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | November 7, 2009, 2:17 GMT

    delboy u can talk all you want. all the laptops & technology in the world wont help as much as playing real cricket in real pressure situations you think it was a laptop or any analytical tool helped holding take 14 wickets at the oval or lara make 277 vs australia in their backyard or ambrose bowl out england for 46 or help viv make a hundred off 50 odd balls. if you thought so think again. by all means technology is good but nothing beats knowledge exposure & experience when combined with hard work & talent as they give you a boost in confidence so you can go on the field & perform well in almost any condition under pressure.

  • POSTED BY Steven500 on | November 7, 2009, 1:18 GMT

    Its amazing that everyone is talking about Ganga leading the West Indies in Test matches, when he should be in charge of the one day and the 2020 sides as he has proven to be very formidable. Also everyone says Ganga cannot make the Test side because of his test average. (26.4). Have you seen the average of his replacements - they are all below 26, except Dale Richards 27. Ha Ha Ha,

    Steven 500

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | November 6, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    Good squad, especially with the bowling. I think these young fast bowlers could be good prospects. The selectors must remember that it is AUSTRALIA they will be playin, and should not discard these young men if they do not perform well just after 1 0r 2 matches. I think even though Dowlin performed credbly in the recent past, take into consideration his age. Simmons would be a better investment, plus he can wicketkeep if Ramdin is injured.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | November 6, 2009, 11:37 GMT

    gottalovetheraindance&Terryj; please leave England out of this they recruit their BETTER players these days from SA and AUS. That luxury of WI players playing in England no longer exist so the WI management need to look at forging alliance with the likes of Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Kenya and Zimbabwe. There is no amount of experts in these forums who could do well with donating a laptop or two and developing the analytical tools needed by the WI coaching staff to get upp to speed with the likes of the Australians. Cricket to a greater extent is played out on the PC. The part played on the pich is 30% ability and 70% mental strength. These are the areas which our coaches need to focus on at grassroots once they manage to rein in the egos.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | November 5, 2009, 22:27 GMT

    TerryJ i agree with you entirely. if you look at the great west indian players, most spent time playing in england /australia. So they were exposed to a wide variety of conditions & top players before & during their illustrious careers. it is full time we realise that when youngsters play regional cricket here (no matter how 'well' they perform) this does very little to prepare them for the rigours of top class cricket as the quality of the pitches coaching & cricket in the region is no longer as good & competitive as they used to be. this i believe is one of the main reasons we are at the bottom of the basin. look at all the players we have used in the past 15 years because they made runs or took wickets in 4 day competition & check how many of them were able to play quality cricket for a sustained period of time? How many of them could make a test or one day squad for a team ranked higher than west indies now?

  • POSTED BY Terry_J on | November 5, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    We still haven't got it into our thick skulls here in the W.I.I have read all the comments about "good team" and "good to have our best players back in the squad",and also who should have been picked and who shouldn't.We continue to fool ourselves and live in a dream world believing that our cricket will again rise to the level of our past glory.This will never happen until we address 2 things.Firstly..professionalism.Gone are the days when the majority of our cricketers were playing pro cricket in England.We are now a team of amateurs going to Australia to play pros.At the start of the series we may have a fighting spirit but the pros will eventually wear down that spirit and then grind us into the ground.Mentally,they are going to take us apart and by the end of the 3rd test we'll be physically & mentally drained and dying to return home.We need to start a pro league like football.Secondly,there is now way too much insularity in the W.I.team unlike the true unity of the T&T T20 side.

  • POSTED BY X-Factor on | November 5, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    A serious mistake.Lets face it Gayle will go after this test series(freelance). No question Simmons should have been in the squad at the expense of DOWLIN. Simmons(opener,keeper, seamer). TO BEAT the AUSSIES you needto score at a min of3.4 an over per day.Our middle order has five batsmen of a similar style.There is no one to take the attack to the Aussies bowlers. We have a cautious middle. It is unfortunate that Edwards couldnot make it.Finally we should have gambled with another spinner at the expense of Rampaul.Maybe Bishoo. Lets see how he goes in todays match.

  • POSTED BY mojojesus on | November 5, 2009, 10:07 GMT

    I am really sad for pollard. The aussies have taken note of his ability but regretably the WI board has overlooked him.. He should have been a first hand choice ...and what abt Darren Ganga???...even if he cant be the captain , atleast he should have been in the side.....

  • POSTED BY convertorboy on | November 4, 2009, 23:49 GMT

    A 15 man squad for such a long tour is really not enough. It lacks both a backup keeper and opener, a slot that Lendl Simmons would easily fill. I personally would have liked to see another spinner (Nikita Miller, Dave Mohammed), or at least a spinning allrounder (Sherwin Ganga, Royston Crandon) in the mix.

  • POSTED BY elsmallo on | November 4, 2009, 17:30 GMT

    Good squad - I'm especially glad for Tongue. But they need to pick Simmons and especially Pollard - these are talented young guys who won't make the step up to Test cricket if they are required just for one-dayers. For Pollard read Symonds or Flintoff - neither of those big men had good starts in Test cricket but both flourished with maturity and experience.

  • POSTED BY sportsnut on | November 4, 2009, 2:33 GMT

    i think it is a pretty good squad selected however who will be the keeper if Ramdin goes down injured? (spare my ignorance) Surely in the West Indies there is a keeper who is also a capable batsmen thereby providing backup for both.

  • POSTED BY prudence on | November 4, 2009, 1:06 GMT

    i wish the boys all the best down under, they have the ability to do well if everyone put therir shoulders to the wheel its an awesome task but they been down that road before, good luck boys

  • POSTED BY legendmike on | November 3, 2009, 22:12 GMT

    Well since Edwards has been deemed injured, I guess it is not such a bad selection by the selectors. I probably would have given another spinner an opportunity and also given Simmons a longer run. My 11: Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Chanderpaul (Deonarine/Dowlin/Nash), Bravo(allrounder), Ramdin, Sammy(medium), Benn(Off Spinner), Taylor(Fast), Roach(Fast). The batting is decent all the way to number 10...Taylor has a test century against New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY wizzla on | November 3, 2009, 16:23 GMT

    There is no doiubt the best team in the world is the West Indies team however we have too many issues to deal with, quite frankly the fans arnt concerned about the issues we just want to see some cricket...Good cricket. If Gayle is will and he can do the job so why not give and groom another player to take over gayle is 30 we will need a new captain soon.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | November 3, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    It is strange that Keiron Pollard, Fidel Edwards and Lendl Simmons are not in this list.I am not too sure how good Narsingh Deonaraine and Darren Sammy are to warrant being selected. Having seen their performance stats, I am not convinced that they deserve to be ducked into the deep end of the pool in Australia.I cannot help getting the impression that the selections have not been made entirely on merit or with the future of West Idian cricket in mind. This is perhaps what ails West Indian cricket.Australians can be contained and beaten only when they are stunned and hammered. They respect ---- a euphimism for fear---- only those who thrash them on the field of play since it is difficult to get the better of them verbally.They get intimated by size and hubris as well like they were by Viv Richards and Colin Milburn of England in the 60s.This is what one Keiron Pollard could have achieved. To devastate them mentally. Fidel Edwards could have done this as a fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY NASIRSHAHSAHEB on | November 3, 2009, 15:19 GMT

    Welcome Back Mr Gayle

    Waiting anxiously for your powerplay and miised you lot in the T20 championship tourney.

  • POSTED BY Front_Runner on | November 3, 2009, 14:29 GMT

    Looking at the side, I think this would be the eleven for the First Test:

    Chris Gayle Adrian Barath Ramnaresh Sarwan Brendan Nash Shivnarine Chanderpaul Dwayne Bravo Denesh Ramdin Jerome Taylor Sulieman Benn Ravi Rampaul Gavin Tonge

  • POSTED BY kai-great on | November 3, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    Gayle is the best batsmen for an impressive start and an good ending target of 300. He's the man whose taken west indies to victory in the times of trouble. He has led west indies to many victories after brian lara retirement. And has much experienced international cricket and he should play as a captian. He has proved it that he's the best batsmen all formats of international cricket. As we talk about the opposition team and its also my favourite team. (Australia) . they have world class players and can defeat west indies, if Chris Gayle will not be there. But if he plays as a captain then he does much better as present because it build's confidence and increases his morale. Australia have excellent players too like Ricky Ponting,Shane Watson,Nathan hauritz,Brett lee,Tim Paine,Mike Hussey,Nathan Bracken. I just want to say that the whole series will finish without excitement without Chris Gayle

  • POSTED BY khadirmanjoor on | November 3, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    With some1 like Narsingh Deonarine and Adrian Barath, i think that if they can transform well from first class to the highest level and perform well W.I will be a far more DEFIANT force!!!!!! Think about it, W.I depend on a few Batsmen for the bulk of their scoring if not all of their scoring. the likes of Chanderpaul firstly, Gayle and Sarwan and Bravo to an extent. However, Test cricket demands a 'TEAM effort' to produce WINS!!!!!!!!!! am i right? If u pick 7 or 6 batsmen they must be DEPENDABLE. why would u pick 7 batsmen and 3 of them averages in the late 20's?????? Do'nt we have resources? yes!!! but people must be given a fair chance. just as Xavier Marshall was given a fair run with 90% failures!!!

  • POSTED BY delboy on | November 3, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    At an earlier juncture I stated that I could not see the sense in picking the older untested Dowlin ahead of Morton. The only Ganga I wish was included in the test 11 or will be considered in the shorter version ahead of Benn is Sherwin. He is a much better fielder and Batsman. If Benn is picked solely for his bowling then I'm already worried about the drop catches and extras which will be conceded unnecessarily..

  • POSTED BY picky on | November 3, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    I think captaincy is not really about skill, it's really about how well you get on with the players and Gayle seems to have that about him.But personally i think there are better options, they are just refusing to come forward( Sarwan and Bravo ). I wish him all the best and i am hoping and praying that we are not put to shame.We in the Caribbean would like a wonderfull holiday and even more a good start to the new year.This is how much Cricket means to us.

  • POSTED BY khadirmanjoor on | November 3, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    I'm happy to see that the W.I selectors have selected the team based on performance rather than nationality. When W.I last toured Abu Dabi early this year, we had approximately 8 Jamaicans in the starting eleven of each match. One of whom was 'CARLTON BAUGH'. Baugh averaged just about 14.0 runs with the bat and wasn't too spectacular with his glovework in the firstclass season in the caribbean prior to his selection. so i was really confused abt his selection among some others like darren powell etc. We have loads of talent here in the caribbean but the world wont see much of them. Thanks to ACL T20 and contractual disputes the world saw a few like Dave Mohamed whom the W.I selectors hardly give a chance to and young emerging Adrian Barrat who has forced his way in with 4 first class centuries in 2 years. We also saw in the second string W.Iplayers like Roach And i'm also happy that The 'Solid' Travis Dowlin has been included after reasonable performances with the second string tea

  • POSTED BY missone on | November 3, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    very well said why450. These ppl have no idea what's going on if not they would know that fidel is injured. but i like the look of the team. simmons has proven himself at limited overs cricket but not at test level for me yet. ganga? as captain? he needs to hold down a place in the side first

  • POSTED BY why450 on | November 3, 2009, 13:09 GMT

    Some of you calling for Ganga and calling for Edwards tells me you are not involved in W.I Cricket at all. Everyone should know that Edwards is a sure pick when he is FIT and not INJURED!!!!! As for Ganga, who says he can lead this team? not because he led Trinidad well in the CLT20. He is leading his country men not men from all around the region. The players respect Gayle more and it is EVIDENT wheather people feel he is too laid back or not. Not saying with him there it will have better results neither with Ganga there either. How can he play as Captain when he can't be sure to score a single run. You people need to just stop and let the real supporters comment. We just want to see how much they have improved against the Aussies, if we pick up a victory or the series all the better, but W.I cricket will only improve when the foundations are set right.

  • POSTED BY Westindiantnt on | November 3, 2009, 13:06 GMT

    Its an ok team, however, I would prefer to see Darren Bravo/ Dowlin, O Brown or Miller/ Benn and Ganga in the middle NOT as an opener where he is much more productive. It is unfortunate Edwards is injured. "Good luck to Gayle & his team"

  • POSTED BY phoenix_29 on | November 3, 2009, 11:47 GMT

    Team Pic.....Departure to Australia......waiting with bated breath...cant wait to see the manager & coach standing next to each other.....Garner & williams

  • POSTED BY drsuso on | November 3, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    It is going to be a tough series for Australia. I am very happy that Barath, Roach and Tonge are in the squad. Those who are thinking for a whitewash, my message to them is to wait till the end. Today's AUS is vulnerable.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_my_Heartbeat on | November 3, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    It's so good to have Gayle back as captain. He is experienced man with a lot of ability to destroy the bowling line up in any form of cricket. and also have the skills to tackle the difficult situations.

  • POSTED BY shridharan on | November 3, 2009, 9:45 GMT

    As it s a test series kieran is not included in the squad.

  • POSTED BY T20funda on | November 3, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    its a good side the batting line up is string enough to perform in aus, bowling unit is also promsing .Dowlin and deonarine are very good inclusion .But what about edwards is he injured?

  • POSTED BY lucyferr on | November 3, 2009, 9:11 GMT

    Never mind the Test & ODI squad - who's in the Windies T20 team? That's the only format that matters.

  • POSTED BY NAV_EEN on | November 3, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    nice team but i still feel that ganga deserves a place in squad and what abt darren bravo he has shown a lot of promise

  • POSTED BY Play_with_me on | November 3, 2009, 9:04 GMT

    Where is pollard????? he is the guy who smashed an australian team in th champions league. He should be roped in for ODI and T20 atleast.

  • POSTED BY Blacknwhite on | November 3, 2009, 8:10 GMT

    What west indies board is doing is a mistake...i think so..Darren ganga is the right leader for the team.....he shown is potential as a leader.....made the young players to rise on the occasions....at the right time...what is west indies need now is a good leader than a good batsman...

  • POSTED BY Screen1990 on | November 3, 2009, 7:29 GMT

    Nice squad but simmons should have been in atleast for limited overs games..simmons got very less chances but did remarkably well in domestic...and where is edwards??

  • POSTED BY chandau on | November 3, 2009, 6:15 GMT

    gayle, barath, sarwan, chanderpaul, nash, bravo, ramdin, benn, taylor, edwards, roach, smith/simmons/dowlin/, sammy/ pollard, rampaul / tonge. of course selectors the world over will ensure a couple of surprises so that the media and the public will have a hot topic to argue about. barath has little experience and going to aussy without simmons or smith is stupid. edwards is the fastest among pacies but no place in the squad!! pollard is not just a basher as he showed some sense during the CTI. cheers from sri lanka

  • POSTED BY windiesyouth.12 on | November 3, 2009, 5:11 GMT

    good to c the selectors keep dowlin in the squad, but no explanation on edwards, is he injured? batting seems ok, bowlimg a bit inexperienced but has a lot of promise. good luck guys

  • POSTED BY Professor_king44 on | November 3, 2009, 5:06 GMT

    Are these the best players that the WI have? One specialist fast bowler!!! What will happen if Taylor get injured in the first game? And Ramdin? Ain't it time for Ramdin to mature and start performing? Here is my squad: Gayle, Nash, Sarwan, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Bernard jr, Taylor, Edwards, Sammy, Barath, Roach, Benn and Darren Bravo.

  • POSTED BY akc5247 on | November 3, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    Where's Darren Ganga?!! He was touted the 'captain', and now he doesn't have a place on the squad? Whats up with WICB? I wish he gets another chance.

  • POSTED BY Number1CricketFan on | November 3, 2009, 4:48 GMT

    Good to see most of the senior players back in the team. What a sad period of time that was for West Indies cricket. Lets see what they can do up against the Auzzies

  • POSTED BY stefanbrasse on | November 3, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    In my opinion..Darren Bravo should be given a go at the opening slot! Dave Mohammed has impressed and I think his re-call is long over-due.

    My squad: C. Gayle, A. Barath, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, S. Chanderpaul, R. Sarwan, B. Nash, N. Deonarine, J. Taylor, R. Rampaul, D. Mohammed, D. Sammy, K. Roach, D. Ramdin, F. Edwards

    My first test match team: C. Gayle, Darren Bravo, R. Sarwan, N. Deonarine, S. Chanderpaul, B. Nash, Dwayne Bravo, D. Ramdin, J. Taylor, D. Mohammed, F. Edwards/Ravi Rampaul

  • POSTED BY legendmike on | November 3, 2009, 4:04 GMT

    I am a little dissapointed and surprised that Lendl Simmons is not included in this squad. I also feel that either Dave Mohammed or Nikita Miller deserved a shot as a second spinner whom can bat a bit. Am I missing something, is Fidel Edwards also excluded from the squad or is he injured?

  • POSTED BY vswami on | November 3, 2009, 4:03 GMT

    Where is Kieron Pollard ? He has to be a long term investment for West Indies, and he will learn so much touring Australia.

  • POSTED BY Sumeet.Gupta on | November 3, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    Where's Edwards? Is he out injured? Suddenly WI's pace cupboard looks rich again with Roach and Tonge and Sammy. They all were impressive against B'desh and in CT in SA...so they deserve a chance. Not sure about Rampaul though. He seems a misfit in longer version. I think Nash is a good batsman, Ian Chappell was wrongfully critical of him during CL T20, where he said Ganga should have been in the team. Now, with all due respect, Ganga is no Brearly and even if he was one, there is no space for Brearly in a modern team. Hope Aussie pitches are fast....it'll be fun to see all these fast bowlers in tandem.

  • POSTED BY Full_Blooded_Aussie on | November 3, 2009, 3:48 GMT

    will certainly be interesting to see the reception nash gets in brisbane

  • POSTED BY phoenix_29 on | November 3, 2009, 2:30 GMT

    where is Edwards???Thank god no smith,this time around he is another ganga, doesn't fulfill his potential,but I think Simmons, Edwards & Dave should have been there...well maybe in the home series against SouthAfrica in 2010....overall GOOD TEAM SELECTION,but do tell them to play with their heads & less flair because it still comes down to Gayle,Sarwan,Chanderpaul for the bulk of the runs,i guess Bravo & Ramdin would make 6 & 7.Lot depends on Dowlin, Deonarine & Nash on this tour to cement their places at 4,lot of hope,but can they face the music?????

  • POSTED BY Mervjo on | November 3, 2009, 1:48 GMT

    Amen!!!! This squad brought some joy and happiness to my heart. I've been waiting for this WICB/WIPA dispute to be down and out.

  • POSTED BY PetraH on | November 3, 2009, 1:45 GMT

    It is quite unfortunate the WI have to put Chris Gayle back into the captain's spot. However at present there is no one capable of leading the team and this is a sad state of affairs and only further shows how inept WI cricket has become.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | November 3, 2009, 1:36 GMT

    This is a very interesting squad. The selectors have put their necks on the line on a few calls e.g. Dowlin, Tonge, Rampaul & Barath. I think they should have picked a 17 man squad or at least named this squad for the 1st test alone. Maybe Morton could replace Dowlin with Miller added. I hope Fidel will be fit for the ODI if not the test series. He is very essential to the team. my team wood be: Gayle & Nash openers Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Deonarine, Bravo, Ramdin, Taylor, Sammy, Benn & Roach. All in all i think we will face a very tough time down under, even with Brett Lee injured.

  • POSTED BY rohanbala on | November 3, 2009, 1:20 GMT

    Chris Gayle is lucky to be given the captaincy again.. Hope he keeps himself focused on the job and not let his mind wander about things like IPL, T-20 etc etc. The team's tour to Australian would be a real challenge to many of the players like Adrian Barath who showed such promise in the recent Championship trophy. The selectors should have given Daren Ganga a chance for this tour as a possible future candidate for the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY rinspin on | November 3, 2009, 1:02 GMT

    yes good balanced squad. Good to see some up and coming players included in the squad

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | November 2, 2009, 23:36 GMT

    I'm amazed they've left out David Bernard. He was tremendous against Bangladesh and looked a far better player than anyone else on the team, including Dowlin, who has bizarrely been picked.

  • POSTED BY kingstonsfinest on | November 2, 2009, 21:38 GMT

    So why has Edwards been left out? He seemed to be fit in champions trophey recently why has he been left out? Also why Narsingh Deonarine get the nod over Simmons not understanding this?

  • POSTED BY renta on | November 2, 2009, 21:09 GMT

    Decent squad (given the dearth of regional talent), I would have preferred that they picked an extra opener instead of the extra middle order batsman. But I suppose they are looking to use Dowlin to fill that gap, which is probably not a bad idea.

    My final 11 for the 1st Test at the Gabba would be: Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Deonarine, Chanderpaul, Nash, Bravo, Ramdin, Taylor, Rampaul and Roach. The pacemen/seamers did the damage in the last test there - Aus v. Nzl

    Hope they all stay fit!!!

  • POSTED BY hytman on | November 2, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    where is fidel edwards and why isnt he in the squad.

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  • POSTED BY hytman on | November 2, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    where is fidel edwards and why isnt he in the squad.

  • POSTED BY renta on | November 2, 2009, 21:09 GMT

    Decent squad (given the dearth of regional talent), I would have preferred that they picked an extra opener instead of the extra middle order batsman. But I suppose they are looking to use Dowlin to fill that gap, which is probably not a bad idea.

    My final 11 for the 1st Test at the Gabba would be: Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Deonarine, Chanderpaul, Nash, Bravo, Ramdin, Taylor, Rampaul and Roach. The pacemen/seamers did the damage in the last test there - Aus v. Nzl

    Hope they all stay fit!!!

  • POSTED BY kingstonsfinest on | November 2, 2009, 21:38 GMT

    So why has Edwards been left out? He seemed to be fit in champions trophey recently why has he been left out? Also why Narsingh Deonarine get the nod over Simmons not understanding this?

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | November 2, 2009, 23:36 GMT

    I'm amazed they've left out David Bernard. He was tremendous against Bangladesh and looked a far better player than anyone else on the team, including Dowlin, who has bizarrely been picked.

  • POSTED BY rinspin on | November 3, 2009, 1:02 GMT

    yes good balanced squad. Good to see some up and coming players included in the squad

  • POSTED BY rohanbala on | November 3, 2009, 1:20 GMT

    Chris Gayle is lucky to be given the captaincy again.. Hope he keeps himself focused on the job and not let his mind wander about things like IPL, T-20 etc etc. The team's tour to Australian would be a real challenge to many of the players like Adrian Barath who showed such promise in the recent Championship trophy. The selectors should have given Daren Ganga a chance for this tour as a possible future candidate for the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | November 3, 2009, 1:36 GMT

    This is a very interesting squad. The selectors have put their necks on the line on a few calls e.g. Dowlin, Tonge, Rampaul & Barath. I think they should have picked a 17 man squad or at least named this squad for the 1st test alone. Maybe Morton could replace Dowlin with Miller added. I hope Fidel will be fit for the ODI if not the test series. He is very essential to the team. my team wood be: Gayle & Nash openers Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Deonarine, Bravo, Ramdin, Taylor, Sammy, Benn & Roach. All in all i think we will face a very tough time down under, even with Brett Lee injured.

  • POSTED BY PetraH on | November 3, 2009, 1:45 GMT

    It is quite unfortunate the WI have to put Chris Gayle back into the captain's spot. However at present there is no one capable of leading the team and this is a sad state of affairs and only further shows how inept WI cricket has become.

  • POSTED BY Mervjo on | November 3, 2009, 1:48 GMT

    Amen!!!! This squad brought some joy and happiness to my heart. I've been waiting for this WICB/WIPA dispute to be down and out.

  • POSTED BY phoenix_29 on | November 3, 2009, 2:30 GMT

    where is Edwards???Thank god no smith,this time around he is another ganga, doesn't fulfill his potential,but I think Simmons, Edwards & Dave should have been there...well maybe in the home series against SouthAfrica in 2010....overall GOOD TEAM SELECTION,but do tell them to play with their heads & less flair because it still comes down to Gayle,Sarwan,Chanderpaul for the bulk of the runs,i guess Bravo & Ramdin would make 6 & 7.Lot depends on Dowlin, Deonarine & Nash on this tour to cement their places at 4,lot of hope,but can they face the music?????