West Indies tour of England 2012 May 22, 2012

Tino Best replaces injured Gabriel

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Tino Best, the Barbados fast bowler, has been recalled to the West Indies squad in England after Shannon Gabriel, who made his Test debut at Lord's, was ruled out of the remainder of the tour with a stress reaction in his back. Best is due to arrive in England on Wednesday.

Gabriel only bowled five overs in England's chase, during which he removed Kevin Pietersen, and subsequent investigation showed he would not be available for the second Test at Trent Bridge which starts on May 25. The management have decided to send him back to the Caribbean to recover. Kemar Roach (ankle) also struggled towards the end of the first Test while Ravi Rampaul missed the match with a neck problem.

"Shannon made the complaint late in the first Test against England and scans conducted following the match showed a stress reaction in the lower spine," CJ Clark, the West Indies physiotherapist, said.

"He was subsequently ruled out of the second Test and, after further consultation, we feel that to prevent this injury developing any further, it is in Shannon's best interest for him to return to Trinidad & Tobago for rest and rehabilitation to ensure he is fully fit when selected for West Indies in the future."

Best, 30, played the last of his 14 Tests in 2009 against Bangladesh in Grenada when West Indies were hit with a mass player walkout. However, he was recently named in the one-day squad for the series against Australia although, he did not make the XI for any of the five matches.

He has taken 28 Test wickets at 48.67 with a best of 4 for 46, although his record against England is better with 13 wickets at 32.37 from five matches. One of those games came in 2004 at Lord's which is where the well-known sledge "Mind the windows, Tino" came from Andrew Flintoff when Best was trying to slog Ashley Giles in the stands towards the end of the match.

Best has forced his way back into contention with consistent performances in the regional four-day competition in the Caribbean where he picked up 17 wickets at 20.64 during the 2011-12 season.

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  • John on May 23, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @satish619chandar on (May 23 2012, 09:37 AM GMT - Ok Gayle worded it differently but surely even saying "I don't care if test cricket dies" does not inspire confidence in the man as a person. Of course he has the right to say these things , but if I was a WI cricket fan I'd want someone who spoke like that nowhere near my test side. And it's not like he's a Lara or a Richards. As I put before he averages similar to Strauss and lots has been said about Strauss not being good enough. I'm not saying Gayle isn't talented enough if his heart was in the job but he's not that great

  • John on May 23, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    @Knave on (May 23 2012, 14:35 PM GMT) Have there not been improvements in team WI? Even the best coach in the world can only do so much with the tools he has. We're talking about a team who were usually uncompetitive a few years ago. The way I read Sammy/Gibson is that they are praising their players for their effort and progress. They're not saying , that's it , this is as good as it gets. Surely in any line of work this is a good thing and it creates a happier environment. Surely by criticising those who are working so hard is just going to have a negative effect

  • John on May 23, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    @creekeetman on (May 23 2012, 11:17 AM GMT) I read your posts and respect your views. I just feel that WI are making progress under Sammy. They have been competitive vs Aus and so far in England. Obviously I don't follow WI cricket so don't know who is coming through. Also are you sure that Russell wants to play for WI ? If I was a WI fan , I'd rather have less talented players who are keen toput the effort in and dying to play for their country than more talented players who maybe lack in attitude.Because I've not followed WI cricket I don't know how Best has done domestically but I must admit it seems a strange choice. I actually like Sammy as a character and although his strikerate aint great he can bat a little bit. Just feel the guy has a bit of character about him

  • Navin on May 23, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    What West Indies need is a new coach. With Gibson setting his sights on completing 4 days of play, tell me how that builds confidence in a team. And for Sammy to echo him is pure stupidity. If you cannot enter with the belief that you will win, then you have already failed. Gibson is good at hind sight; he has no foresight. You cannot instill a wiining attitude if your goal is not to win. It is time for Gibson to be replaced. West Indies needs a new coach.

  • Richard on May 23, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @ Narkovian - great name !! Not many people here will get it , I fear..

  • Jason on May 23, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @rydberg, so you switch a Seamer for a Spinner, especially with shillingford in the squad!!! Why??? Especially with Fidel out of form, Rampaul injured, The best option for taking wickets in Early English summer conditions is to bowl Seam up, especially with the weather we've had recently. If it was Aug and we'd had a long spell of hot dry then it might be an option but you have Shillingford and Samuals to bowl spin.

  • alfred on May 23, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @jg2704, thats the problem, they barely compete, and thats only because chanders scores runs... take his runs out of the last test, and england would've won in 3 days. take his runs out of the series against oz, and it would've been over a lot quicker as well. fidel is the WI strike bowler, yet he is not even average and seems incapable of bowling more than one spell in the second innings, even if there is a game on the line. sammy is a joke, his stats say it all, people respond by saying.. well his bowling average of 31 is'nt that bad, yes i know, but the strike rate of 1 wicket in over 11 overs is, he lacks penetration.. and its wickets that win matches. now they call best.. well thats not even funny. i have seen russell play 4 day cricket, he's a good cricketer, and he deserves a chance, never said he will provide miracles, but its a better option than recycling the same failures over and over.

  • Basil on May 23, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    I would've gone for Tonge. Good height and bounce and had a good domestic season. Rampaul has to come in for Edwards. Edwards after so many Tests averages 39 runs per wicket. This tells us that he's not good enough. If Taylor can't be selected, how about Richardson? As someone else had stated, three short fast bowlers are just all too similar. Roach, Rampaul, and Tonge.

  • alfred on May 23, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    benn's bowling average is well over 40, not to mention he has a severe attitude problem... there is no way he should ever play for the WI again. besides there are better spinners around now for the WI to choose from, starting with narine.

  • alfred on May 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @ Big_Bat, the only difference is, roach would've only made the bench in those days, while edwards and especially best would NEVER have even been considered. in those days wayne daniel and sylvester clarke could barely get a test and they were both way better than roach.

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