West Indies in England 2012 May 8, 2012

Samuels arrives to bolster West Indies

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West Indies' squad in England will shortly be at full strength after issues preventing the arrival of three absent players were resolved.

The side went into their first warm-up match against Sussex with only 11 fit men, as Marlon Samuels had not managed to travel from India, where he has been playing for Pune Warriors in the IPL, in time and Guyanese pair Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin had struggled to obtain the requisite visas required to gain entry into the UK. Fidel Edwards also missed the game with a back injury.

Now, however, Samuels has arrived in London - he landed on Tuesday morning and has joined the rest of the squad in Northampton - while Deonarine and Fudadin have secured the visas they required. They hope to arrive in the UK on Wednesday. Both of them scored half-centuries on Sunday in Jamacian club cricket, with Deonarine also claiming 6 for 12 with his offspin.

"We have seen some progress," a West Indies team spokesman confirmed. "Samuels is here and the other two have their visas now - or they are in the process of getting them now - and the aim is still that they arrive ahead of the game against England Lions."

West Indies also reported no new injury concerns. Edwards, who has a history of back trouble, missed the warm-up game at Hove due to on-going "work load management" but is expected to be fit for the first Test, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who received treatment for a hand injury at Hove, is also fit.

West Indies' final warm-up game ahead of the Test series is a four-day fixture against England Lions starting in Northampton on Thursday.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mansoor777 on May 10, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Samuel Can be Compared to Carl Hopper and Not Viv Richard. He has a Great Talent but did not justify till now. Hope he is there for long time in WI Team

  • TheLight on May 9, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Lol""Samuels should not be in the team in the first place. I predict he will not amass 100 in all of his innings

  • on May 9, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Samuels talks a good fight but doesn't walk the walk. Wasn't he the guy that said he didn't need an education because great batsmen don't need to? after the tour is over he may be looking for an alternative career. I think the key players for Windies will be Darren Bravo, Shiv, Kirk Edwards(assuming he is in good health) and Deonarine with his neat off spin.

  • on May 9, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Samuels is in form now but to be honest I predict a comfortably 3-0 if not 2-0 win to England. West Indies although they are now improved are just no match for England especially in English conditions. They only won 2 Tests in their last 30 Test matches since 2009.

  • Silva-Surfa on May 9, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Samuels has been tried and tested for many years now, if he was going to improve on his consistancy, he should've done so by now. Let's see how he copes in England, i'm not holding my breath to be honest, the miserable weather and overcast conditions during late-May/early June will favour seam and swing bowlers. So i believe that the Windies bowlers should do well over there, but the batsmen will struggle, not just with cold, but the depth of quality that will suit the England bowlers. Gibson has played cricket in England for many years, so his input to the younger batsmen will be crucial in their hopes of making this series competitive. At this present time, Brendan Nash is still the best number six in the Caribbean, but i would even consider Lendl Simmons as another option. Batting up the order in test matches hasn't worked out for him, so maybe no.6 might?..

  • on May 9, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    The Selectors seem to have alot of faith in Samuels. For a man of his ability, he has under-acheived badly. He's one of many examples as to why West Indies cricket has been struggling for so many years. There's some talent in the team, but is heavily outweighed by the lack of consistancy and discipline to play to the situation. Maybe the Board should employ Shiv Chanderpaul as a part-time batting coach becasue he embodies all the mental-strength and hunger to value his wicket, when he's at the crease.

  • CollisKing on May 9, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Good news.Samuels is one of the best batsman in The Caribbean. Marlon should be opening the batting and I am predicting two centuries in the 3-match Test series.

  • gokiwees on May 9, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @samroy Samuels averages about '30' in his 8 test match outings in 2011,whereas nash only averages 9.5 and sarwan averages 10.37 in the test matches they played last year i.e. 2011.

  • HusseyForever on May 9, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Samuels need bolstering himself for his poor form. How the hell can he bolster WI. He is no Dwayne Bravo or Kieron Pollard.

  • soumyas on May 9, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    where is their tall angry spinner Suleman Benn? he was really good in WC-2011, why no IPL team has signed him yet?

  • mansoor777 on May 10, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Samuel Can be Compared to Carl Hopper and Not Viv Richard. He has a Great Talent but did not justify till now. Hope he is there for long time in WI Team

  • TheLight on May 9, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Lol""Samuels should not be in the team in the first place. I predict he will not amass 100 in all of his innings

  • on May 9, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Samuels talks a good fight but doesn't walk the walk. Wasn't he the guy that said he didn't need an education because great batsmen don't need to? after the tour is over he may be looking for an alternative career. I think the key players for Windies will be Darren Bravo, Shiv, Kirk Edwards(assuming he is in good health) and Deonarine with his neat off spin.

  • on May 9, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Samuels is in form now but to be honest I predict a comfortably 3-0 if not 2-0 win to England. West Indies although they are now improved are just no match for England especially in English conditions. They only won 2 Tests in their last 30 Test matches since 2009.

  • Silva-Surfa on May 9, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Samuels has been tried and tested for many years now, if he was going to improve on his consistancy, he should've done so by now. Let's see how he copes in England, i'm not holding my breath to be honest, the miserable weather and overcast conditions during late-May/early June will favour seam and swing bowlers. So i believe that the Windies bowlers should do well over there, but the batsmen will struggle, not just with cold, but the depth of quality that will suit the England bowlers. Gibson has played cricket in England for many years, so his input to the younger batsmen will be crucial in their hopes of making this series competitive. At this present time, Brendan Nash is still the best number six in the Caribbean, but i would even consider Lendl Simmons as another option. Batting up the order in test matches hasn't worked out for him, so maybe no.6 might?..

  • on May 9, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    The Selectors seem to have alot of faith in Samuels. For a man of his ability, he has under-acheived badly. He's one of many examples as to why West Indies cricket has been struggling for so many years. There's some talent in the team, but is heavily outweighed by the lack of consistancy and discipline to play to the situation. Maybe the Board should employ Shiv Chanderpaul as a part-time batting coach becasue he embodies all the mental-strength and hunger to value his wicket, when he's at the crease.

  • CollisKing on May 9, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Good news.Samuels is one of the best batsman in The Caribbean. Marlon should be opening the batting and I am predicting two centuries in the 3-match Test series.

  • gokiwees on May 9, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @samroy Samuels averages about '30' in his 8 test match outings in 2011,whereas nash only averages 9.5 and sarwan averages 10.37 in the test matches they played last year i.e. 2011.

  • HusseyForever on May 9, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Samuels need bolstering himself for his poor form. How the hell can he bolster WI. He is no Dwayne Bravo or Kieron Pollard.

  • soumyas on May 9, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    where is their tall angry spinner Suleman Benn? he was really good in WC-2011, why no IPL team has signed him yet?

  • SamRoy on May 9, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Samuels is an overrated test batsmen. When any specialist batsmen has a first class average of 37 and test average of 29, he is not good enough. Plain and simple. Samuels, though with his restrictive bowling is a useful Limited Overs cricketer. I care for WI team. It has always been my second favourite team after my native India. I cannot understand why time Samuels gets a chance ahead of Nash or Sarwan in the test squad.

  • creekeetman on May 9, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    great news!!!! samuels the "star" with a test batting average of 29, and bowling average of 75 is here to save the day... england have no chance now.

  • on May 9, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Is Samuels the best WI player at praying for rain then?

  • Dashgar on May 9, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Samuels has been dumped as many times as Ashraful it seems. He's back in for this series but if he has too many more failures the Windies will have to consider canning him for good. Personally I don't mind that they don't pick Dwayne Bravo or Sarwan because those two were absolutely hopeless in their last run in the team. You can't pick based on reputation. You have to pick based on who will deliver the best results. I don't know if the Windies have it quite right yet, but they're doing the right thing leaving out some of these guys living off reputation.

  • everfaithful77 on May 9, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    I agree SAMUELS' batting has not lived up to expectations and if Barath plays the selectors will have a dilemma in deciding whether he plays ahead of Deonarine who performed quite well against the Aussies. However BARATH could also be left out from the final 11 because of poor form unless he gets a good score vs Eng Lions. EDWARDS can be pushed up the order to open with POWELL who looks solid at the moment. In that case both Samuels and Deonarine plays. I was very surprised that the selectors persisted with Barath after his poor returns against the Aussies; like Brathwaite he struggles to get the ball past the inner ring of fielders whereas Powell is much more powerful. Since GAYLE was not available for test series they could have opted for Dwayne SMITH, CARTER or Johnson CHARLES. Again the selectors are being too CONSERVATIVE. My 1st test 11: Powell, Edwards, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Deonarine, Ramdin, Sammy, Shillingford, Roach, Edwards or Rampaul. GO WINDIES!! YES YOU CAN !!

  • landl47 on May 9, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    It's a great pity for the WI squad that their preparation has been so disjointed. The fact that the three who were late arriving really didn't miss any meaningful practice just shows how poor the WI's luck has been. Hopefully they can get a decent game in against the Lions and have some work under their belts before the first test.

  • KathmanduNepalSandeshLamsal on May 9, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Gayle, Naraine, Pollard must be in squad for all the forms, untily they do perform.

    please adjust these 3 players by paying more then IPL.I hope they will come if the WICB give them 80% less then the IPL for their national pride.

  • satish619chandar on May 9, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Will Samuels really bolster the batting lineup.. Surely not atleast in OD format.. He need to get back to rotate strike well and smash bad ones.. He really gave away all the hard earned momentum against Aussies in the shorter formats.. I would rather like the same lineup as in home test with Kirk getting the No.3 slot.. Open with Powell and Barath followed by Kirk, Darren, Shiv, Deo, Ramdin, Sammy, Shilly, Roach, Edwards/Ramps.. Samuels can always remain a replacement for anyone in the lineup..

  • pharez on May 9, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Marlon Samuels is a prodigy. Sir Vivian Richards confirmed that when he first saw him at sabina park. However, Sir Vivian Richards also said that Marlon Samuels attitude is dispicable. The entire West Indies are aware of his lethargic attitude towards the game. It is unaminously said that "hard work" beats talent. Can you imagine, Samuels average for test cricket is 29. How could an international cricketer who's average is 29, choose IPL 20/20 over his international commitments and be an automatic selection upon arrival to his territory, Absolutely outrageous. However, i am happy that he has been given a fair opportunity to rekindle the form he had during the South Africa tour when he made a blistering century.

  • on May 9, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Welcome back Marlon Samuels! Now you can wear your own clothes, and eat your own food. You are back in your right mind, so you are ready to play some real cricket: Aren't you? Keep your eye on the ball bro!

  • Meety on May 8, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - mate you actually took the words right out of my mouth there. Samuels career average of 29 is hardly the "cavalry"!

  • RandyOZ on May 8, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Samuels bolstering the squad? Haha the writer must've had a good chuckle when he wrote that title.

  • on May 8, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Samuels bolstering? Samuels is a waste of time so does Bravo and Barath, this must be a joke about samuels bolstering.

  • VivGilchrist on May 8, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    I don't know about Samuels "bolstering" this squad, maybe with his poor form and record at best he can "join" the squad.

  • Nerk on May 8, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Why not have a test series against India at the same time? You could have the Windies Board VI playing in England and the Windies players VI in India. Pretty much how its turned out anyway.

  • Rick777 on May 8, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    On form & balance & availabilitythe best WI XI for the 1st test should be,

    Powel, Kirk, Bravo, Chandrapaul, Samuels, Deonarine, Ramadin, Sammy, Fiddle, Shillingford, Roach

    Subs: Naraine, Rampaul, Gayle, Barath, Pollard

    The remaining should be used to rotate for match 2 & 3.

    Gayle, Naraine, Pollard should be brought in to the test squad.

  • on May 8, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    why there is no Jerome Taylor in squade??

  • Sinhaya on May 8, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Whatever may be, please get good practice against the England Lions before the first test. Good luck Windies and stun England by all means.

  • yuva19 on May 8, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Samuels is a Better absent than present for Pune, he never contributed with bat or ball, with Clarke in he virtually will not get a game dis season...

  • on May 8, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Good for WI. Pune is out of the tournament anyway.

  • Rally_Windies on May 8, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    you know! a competent set of administrators would have flown Samuels in Directly from India ......

    the poor guy was stuck at home watching IPL cricket and reading about the WI tour game...

    he gets left in the cold even when in the WICB good books.......

    what a travesty of incompetence .... I'd take the PCB over WICB anyday ..... and that is saying a LOT .....

    if Afridi can play for Pak..... Gayle can't be much of a problem can he ?

    the best 11 should be selected and it is the role of the captain, coach and management to manage them .... the WICB prefers to pick the 'easiest to manage 11" so they won't have any work to do ......

  • on May 8, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Good news. Happy for all concern. In the match agst the Lions I hope they play the xtra batter; 7batters, w/kpr, Sammy, 2 quicks, with Deo bowling off breaks. Expose our batters to the conditions. There is where our weakness lies.

  • on May 8, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    its all irrelavant - if they don't have Gayle they hav NO chance

  • on May 8, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    I think you'll find WI are playing England, not India!

  • on May 8, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Test series against India? Surely you are mistaken, George!

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Intresting news,is that not so?

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Matters of this nature should attract the attention of Hilaire and he should leave issues of team composition and selection for those who know about the game.

  • Khali_Singh on May 8, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Ahead of series against England it should read

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Good news i guess,by Mr Samuels,for all of your talent,you OWE the West Indies loads,and i mean bucket loads of runs,this tour would be nice place to attempt the repay the extended faith the selectors have placed in you.

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    marlon samules is one of experienced player for wi in eng bacouse he perform brilliant last his last tour of eng. i think with gayle, russel, sammy,rampul and others wi wil damage eng definetely.

  • vinodzz on May 8, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    final warm up ahead of test series against India....:-)

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    The "Test series against India" eh? News to me

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    samuels arrive in england,he stuggled to make runs since his international return,and on pitches that had no devils in it he still didnt have any impact on the score,now he is in england where there will be pitches conducive to swing and reverse swing bowling. I hear they call him the batting manual,but he is going to have a warm time in england. The english men have tall fast bowlers,he alone will not be under the pump but the whole team. How will they adjust and cope,hmmmm,only time my friend.

  • hemanth_phd on May 8, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    "West Indies' final warm-up game ahead of the Test series against India is a four-day fixture against England Lions". I believe its test series against England, not India.

  • bala2rahul on May 8, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    last paragraph - " West Indies' final warm-up game ahead of the Test series against India is a four-day fixture against England Lions starting in Northampton on Thursday ". test series is against England, not India.

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @ Test Series against India, Dobell, are you ok?.

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  • on May 8, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @ Test Series against India, Dobell, are you ok?.

  • bala2rahul on May 8, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    last paragraph - " West Indies' final warm-up game ahead of the Test series against India is a four-day fixture against England Lions starting in Northampton on Thursday ". test series is against England, not India.

  • hemanth_phd on May 8, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    "West Indies' final warm-up game ahead of the Test series against India is a four-day fixture against England Lions". I believe its test series against England, not India.

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    samuels arrive in england,he stuggled to make runs since his international return,and on pitches that had no devils in it he still didnt have any impact on the score,now he is in england where there will be pitches conducive to swing and reverse swing bowling. I hear they call him the batting manual,but he is going to have a warm time in england. The english men have tall fast bowlers,he alone will not be under the pump but the whole team. How will they adjust and cope,hmmmm,only time my friend.

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    The "Test series against India" eh? News to me

  • vinodzz on May 8, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    final warm up ahead of test series against India....:-)

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    marlon samules is one of experienced player for wi in eng bacouse he perform brilliant last his last tour of eng. i think with gayle, russel, sammy,rampul and others wi wil damage eng definetely.

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Good news i guess,by Mr Samuels,for all of your talent,you OWE the West Indies loads,and i mean bucket loads of runs,this tour would be nice place to attempt the repay the extended faith the selectors have placed in you.

  • Khali_Singh on May 8, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Ahead of series against England it should read

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Matters of this nature should attract the attention of Hilaire and he should leave issues of team composition and selection for those who know about the game.