West Indies in Bangladesh 2011-12 October 19, 2011

Simmons replaces injured Barath

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lendl Simmons will replace his fellow Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies opener Adrian Barath in the squad for the two Tests in Bangladesh.

Barath suffered a hamstring injury during the first ODI in Mirpur and played no further part in the three-match series, which West Indies won 2-1. He will remain with the team in Bangladesh and continue his rehabilitation.

Simmons was in impressive form during the limited-overs leg of the tour, scoring 202 runs in two ODIs and 23 in the Twenty20. He did not play the final ODI in Chittagong because of a minor back problem.

He was in the side for the two home Tests against Pakistan in May, and started the Test series against India as well before being dropped for the third match. Simmons averages 16.21 in the seven Tests he has played but says this opportunity comes at the right time since he is in form

"I'm playing very well and feeling quite comfortable and confident," he said. "I had a good ODI Series so the aim is to kick on and get some big scores in the Test Series as well. This is a chance for me to put everything right and look to cement a spot. It's a matter of concentrating hard. When I get a start I know I have to look to build on that. I have made some big scores at first-class level so I know that in the long version of the game you have to be patient and build a foundation."

During the ODI in Chittagong, West Indies' batsmen were found wanting on a turning pitch and were bowled out for 61. The first Test will be at the same venue, beginning October 21, and Simmons said he was ready for the challenge the pitch would pose.

"Watching the pitch here in Chittagong, it is quite different to the ones we played on in Dhaka. In Dhaka you were able to play your shots a lot more freely. The one here was quite slow and the ball was gripping a bit on the surface. On this pitch you have to be very watchful and patient. The key is to get a start and once you get in you can't give it away. That will be my focus."

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Lendl Simmons.

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  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Not 2 many choices, hope Simmons take his chance.

  • ramesh on October 20, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    @metman:baugh has never scored century in test whereas ramdin hs is 166 he is even bettet player of spin than baugh

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    The major problem is in the opening dept. And this is vital in all formats of the game, moreso test cricket.However Gayle will soon be back & that will bring some relief WI & Sammy. Someone will have to partner Simmons at the top. Our bowling is fine,with Samuels performing with both bat & bowl. W/keeping is solid & brilliant at times. Bravo jr will have to improve & do so quickly. Sammy is a concern but not a very immediate one. A few weeks will determine how concern. By and large the team should pull through. Hope so!

  • ramesh on October 20, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    why to take sammy as captain make ramdin as captain give chance for roach to make team balance

  • hyrbie on October 20, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    Well let's see how kraigg brathwaite and keiron Powell get along at the top of the order , I find it unfortunate Andre russel and barath aren't playing that first test , glad Fidel is is there , Lendl Simmons looks good , team looks a good outfit , I'll be watching with intrest , let's go shiv, Sammy is a good leader , make gayle proud , contact him for advice and let Gibson consider his entry back into the team

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Yea lets leave out a player who has two triple centuries, why not?

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    I keep hearing this bash Sammy song……what I don't hear is anything about the batting...Adrian Barath to date has not lived up to his potential and is always hurt, Darren Bravo should be dropped he is not making runs and is one of the worst fielders in cricket. Sammy is the best person to lead this team, Justified by him taking wickets and proving himself a capable tactician and one of the best fielders in any form of cricket. Do you really want to have Ramdin as captain? Nonsense! WI is playing a much better brand of cricket under Sammy and Coach Gibson and they are winning…….Before Sammy took over when last did anyone give WI a chance to win.

  • colville on October 19, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    It behooves me that the fact that Sammy is bowling all-rounder, who so far has justified his place by taking wickets and proven himself a capable tactician (not unlike Shaid Afridi) is lost on many people. Calling for Ramdin to take over the captaincy is ludicrous, I have seen nothing to indicate that his batting has improved since the last time he was dropped. The only thing the team is missing in a consolidator in the middle order.

  • Derek on October 19, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    @Metman you've ask one rhetorical question after the next. When Sammy is on the BENCH Ramdin is captain. In the absence of Nash, who do you propose lead the team? It might also be that the WI are beginning to see sense in taking an extra specialist keeper rather than have to fly one out at short notice. I do not agree with the suggestion of Simmons keeping wicket with his back issues let him focus on opening. I also would not open with Simmons and Samuels no matter how well they bat together, should one of them fail the line up becomes too brittle. I would have Shiv, proven ability to see off opening bowlers and Simmons open, moving experience up front. This would allow Samuels to come at 3, with the inexperienced Edward dropped down to 5. By putting too many inexperienced players in the line of fire (i.e. when the opposition bowlers are fresh, ball new) you are asking to be bowled out cheaply. Too many EXPERTS pick a team in isolation of the opposition's plans and capabilities.

  • Satesh on October 19, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    1 Kirk Edwards, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 5 Lendl Simmons, 6 Denesh Ramdin, 7 Kemar Roach, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Shane Shillingford, 11 Ravi Rampaul. Sammy is there only as captain. If I could Fidel Edwards would be in this team ahead of Sammy and Kemar or Fidel asked to play as the all rounder. 5 specialist batsmen, a keeper, two spinners and 3 fast bowlers. Just can't understand the continued situation with Benn, Taylor and Gayle. What is the matter with Andre Russel?? Select the best team and then appoint from that team the best candidate as captain. The one that smiles need to go and wipe the smile off his face especially after the last game! How much longer are we to wait for the best available players to be put together at the same time? Still will remain a WI fan inspite of this mis-management and hugh egos ruining our team and individuals. Good luck WI

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