West Indies in England 2012 April 27, 2012

Ramdin and Samuels back for West Indies


Denesh Ramdin has been recalled to keep wicket and Marlon Samuels to bat in the middle order while Kraigg Brathwaite and Carlton Baugh have lost their Test places in the West Indies squad for the tour of England due to begin in May.

The West Indies selectors named their 15-man squad for the tour on the final morning of the home Test series against Australia, also including the uncapped fast bowler Shannon Gabriel alongside Assad Fudadin, who was named in the squad for the Dominica Test.

The offspinner Shane Shillingford has leapfrogged Devendra Bishoo with two strong displays in the final two Australia Tests to claim the sole spinner's berth, with WICB chairman of selectors Clyde Butts saying that the panel expected pace to be West Indies' primary weapon on early season English pitches.

Bishoo and Brathwaite, who made three ducks and 11 in his final four innings of the Australia series after starting with a doughty half-century, will instead be playing for West Indies A against an India touring team at home. Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell were both included for England despite not passing 50 against Michael Clarke's tourists.

"We are going to England early in the season, where the conditions tend to favour the quick bowlers more than the spinners," Butts said. "Young Gabriel continues to impress the selectors in both regional and A-team cricket, and we feel it is a good time to introduce him to the team. We feel he will be an asset to the team in England and has a bright future in West Indies cricket.

"Shillingford has bowled very well against the Australians and we expect a lot from him in England. Bishoo has done well for West Indies in the last year or so, but he has lost some of his confidence and the selectors feel playing him in the A team against India A will give him the chance to regain that confidence.

"We have got to continue to build for the future and we believe that Barath and Powell have bright futures in the game. We also feel this way about Kraigg Brathwaite, but he too, has lost some of his conviction and the selectors also feel playing him in the A team against India A will give him the chance to regain that confidence. None of the other openers in the region have stood out and we are hoping to strengthen this part of our cricket in future regional tournaments and the A-team tours."

Baugh's omission may mean the end of his West Indies playing days, as he again failed to bridge the gap between the 20s he consistently makes in international matches and the centuries he has compiled in regional competition.

"Baugh has been good behind the stumps, but his batting has not quite lived up to expectations, hence the selection of Ramdin," Butts said. "Before he got injured in the camp prior to the series against Australia, Denesh was showing good form both behind the stumps and with the bat."

Samuels has returned after asking to be exempt from selection for the Australia series in order to participate in the IPL, his cause aided by the fact that numerous young players did not step up quite as hoped in his absence. "Marlon since his return to the team has not done badly for us and the selectors feel that he is an asset to the team," Butts said. "He had asked to miss the Australia matches for a stint at IPL."

There was no sign of Chris Gayle in the squad as the series clashes with the latter part of the Indian Twenty20 tournament, though he remains a possible inclusion for the limited-overs portion of the tour having reached an agreement with the WICB. West Indies' first tour match is against Sussex at Hove from May 5. The first Test begins at Lord's on May 17.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Batsman nowadays wear protection.So why not allow six bouncers in test.And atleast three in ODIs.That will encourage fast bowlers and return of exciting cricket of 80s.But ICC works for India i.e Indian Cunt Council.As they know their fast bowlers are pussies so they wont let that happen.And keep depriving us of great exciting fast bowlers.

  • charlie on April 30, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @ Randy Wilson ! I agree with your comments about Baugh . W.I can ill afford to be carrying a non- productive keeper with the bat ,no matter his other skills ,especially when he keeps getting out with a silly shot like that . Any other team ,he would have been gone long ago . Every good team has a good all -round keeper ,that was a major factor in Australia's win over WI in the last test ,wherein wade made a century . As for you team selection ,why not DR Smith for Simmons ?

  • Damo on April 30, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Please! All these "My test 11" posts are completely pointless, boring and tedious. No one else cares which 11 you think should be playing. Totally irrelevant!!

    Anyway, what is all this negativity towards the WI squad? They didnt do badly against the Aussies. It was only because of exceptional performances by the aussie bowlers in the first and Wade in the 2nd that allowed them to win. On another day, victory could have gone to WI in either test. I dont honestly believe we will make "mincemeat" out of this WI team. England never make mincement out of anyone, and usually find some way to make hard work of a light situation. Yes its going to be tough but you have the quicks to damage our batting line up. If you can do that then bat patentiently there is no reason why it cant be a good series and even cause an upset.

  • Neil on April 30, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    The West Indies selectors will make all efforts to ensure that Bishoo and Sunil Narine never play again. They will try all possible to propel Shillingford the way they did wih Benn who was an under achiever in all regards

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Some varied and valid points by alot of people on here and to be honest, there are times that i could see where the selectors are coming from, then there are other examples where there's no logic at all. Apart of me agrees that the players with the big-money contracts outside International cricket, shouldn't be considered for the Test Squad, only because there would be a lack of consistancy in selection. Their availability would sorely depend on whether or not it clashes with a big-money tournament and it can't be any good for the West Indies team to have half of the Squad in and out the side on a regular basis. What i find unfair towards the Windies is that these tournaments tend to clash in mid-season with the Regional-season and unlike the other International playing nations, the contracts are sufficient enough to keep their players happy. The West Indies can't even get close, which is why you can understand why it's a no-brainer for alot of the players chosen, it sucks!!!

  • RAYMOND on April 30, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    i hear people calling for the best team that includes gayle sarwan nash ramdin and all others..news flash they were in new zealand a few years back and chasing a score of under 400 for victory and at one point were 150 i think when ganga got out and west indies with it star studed team still went on to lose the game.when south africa toured the caribbean and gayle scored that 313 west indies still lost that game.in sri lanka lara score over 600 runs in three games west indies lost by an innings in two and over 200 in the last although lara had a double hundred and a hyndred in that same match.should i go on? having good players dosnt automatically make you into a team,is finding the right combination of good players that make you into a real team like the case with this present west indies team. they may not be the best talent that we have now but they certainly is the best combination of the talent we have and they are proving themselves.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Now the real test for the West Indies to show are they one of the most improved sides the series against England in England ,Hoping for the inclusion of key exodus players due to IPL in aseries against England

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @Dwight Bowen, I totally agree with your last comment about supporting the team. No doubt the selectors are doing their best in current situation. Their job is to pick the best out of available. However I would recall the comments made by Michael Holding that chanderpaul is the only experienced player in this current lineup who has played more than 30 test matches. Players are young and they must have atleast three players like chanderpaul around them, cauz right now they have not enough resources to consult when they are in trouble. This is the only area where I would go against the selectors otherwise squad has shown resillience. On the situation of contracts board did offer contracts to bravo, pollard and gayle last year but they didn't sign it and so forth this year the board didn't make any offer to them. However board didn't offer contract to Narine which is ridiculous and the result is obvious.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Am I the only person who thinks that WI have the personnel to be the number one team in all forms of cricket, if they just assemble their best players? Batsmen: GAYLE, POLLARD, CHANDERPAUL, DARREN BRAVO. Bowlers: RAMPAUL, ROACH, NARINE, BISHOO, EDWARDS. Allrounders: DWAYNE BRAVO, SAMMY. Please put Darren Bravo as wicket keeper. Forget Ramdin. This team of eleven would be giant slayers. Put Shillingford on the bench in reserve. Keep Sarwan and Russell on call. Lose Powell and Braithwaite, they don't know how to play cricket. Leave them at the high performance center for a couple of years until they learn how to high perform.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    As far as Narine goes the ball was in the selectors court, as well as the board. He was not offered a contract. When Kerry Packer came around many years ago.Lloyd, Holding, Roberts, Richards, Murray all left the West Indian shores for lucrative contracts. Alvin Kallicharan was left holding down the fort. When they returned Lloyd was renamed Captain and said he will not play if his VC Murray was not reinstated. Kallicharan eventually fell by the wayside. Was it Patriotic then, but West Indians cheered on because they felt we were invincible then.

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