West Indies in England 2012 May 8, 2012

Samuels arrives to bolster West Indies


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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  • Shaikh 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

  • Roland 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Robin 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?..

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Wayne 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.

  • adil 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.

  • Michael 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?

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