West Indies in England 2012 May 21, 2012

Sammy leaves Gayle door ajar

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West Indies' captain Darren Sammy did nothing to quash the theory after his side's defeat at Lord's that Chris Gayle should be invited to strengthen his side in the rest of the Test series against England, as well as the one-day matches that follow.

Gayle's involvement in IPL is over after Royal Challengers Bangalore were eliminated from the tournament and such has been his troubled relationship with the WICB that any emergency dash to the UK in time to play in one or both of the remaining two Tests seems hard to imagine.

But Sammy refused to close the door on the possibility after West Indies' five-wicket defeat against England at Lord's put them 1-0 down in the series, suggesting that both he and the coach, Ottis Gibson, would be content to accommodate Gayle's late arrival.

"Whatever happens outside this squad takes its own course," Sammy told Sky Sports. "Whoever comes in we will welcome them into the team and hopefully they will help. It is up to the selectors to select the team.

"I think Chris has said he is available for Test cricket, one-day cricket and T20 so it is up to the selectors. We have been having some difficulties at the top of the order and if he comes in we would all welcome him, myself, Ottis and all the guys."

One change West Indies will consider for the second Test at Trent Bridge on Friday, and one which needs no political machinations, is the inclusion of Shane Shillingford, the Dominican who took ten wickets in his last Test, against Australia on his home ground in Roseau in April.

Shillingford, according to Sammy, had been omitted at Lord's partly because he could not cope with the cold weather - and with higher temperatures forecast in the build-up to Trent Bridge that could change.

"Shane was experiencing a bit of difficulty gripping the ball but in the course of this Test match he has done some work and hopefully his fingers will be warm enough and ready for him to play for us in the next match," Sammy said. "He played a crucial role in the last series and once he is ready to master the cold we will have him in."

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  • zenboomerang on May 24, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @Godfrey Pieters... I commented a number of times on this subject (as have others) - biggest problem for WI's cricket happened in the 90's when large numbers of youth took up basketball in preference to cricket... The WICB knew this (& made public comments) but didn't instigate any strong countermeasures... Combine that with a relatively low population base & political jealousy, then the outlook doesn't look rosy... The biggest problem is the WICB itself - needs to be professionally run & independent from governments... Wouldn't hurt to look at what Oz cricket has gone through in the last 12 mths & bitten the bullet to make Oz cricket & its performance the no.1 focus...

  • on May 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    I am big fan of West Indies cricket for the 27 years since I know myself. However the windies cricket has improve over the last 12 weeks but the top three batsman are failing to make runs.with no runs made they are costing WI cricket games.something need to be done and done fast.I think one of the openers have to go and give room for someone else. I think Sammy would make a good captain for the future of the WI, but he need to use the reviews system no matter whats the outcome.The results is out or not out. The game was made for the umpires to fule so that cannot change. No reviews left the game will still go on. keep up the good work WI.

  • bobmartin on May 24, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    For those who think Gayle would save the Windies..I suggest you study his TEST stats a little more closely... His overall average is a not too impressive 41.65... In 159 innings he's only scored between 50 and 100 runs in 33 (21%) of his innings and he's only scored a 100 or more in 13 (less than 9%) of his innings. In other words on average he'll be out for less that 50 just over 71% of the time.. Bring him on I say...

  • on May 24, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @ Meety; U have the general idea. And yes I do support the A-side tour idea,that would also help. I'm all for what will help WI cricket.

  • AKS286 on May 24, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    now gayle is in the team result will be same but fans will shout bring sarwan, bravo in the team WI fought very bravely after that wi will again loose. WI IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR TEST this is the truth beliv it or not.

  • on May 24, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    gayle and narine shud play, atleast narine can win 2 test matches, he will remove everyone before all reads him

  • Meety on May 24, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    @Godfrey Pieters - its basically a cricketing generation ago that the WI were last a force in cricket & most cricket fans know that world cricket would be richer with a strong WI. Oz often have A-series in the top end of Oz during the winter, can't remember the last time I saw a WI A-side tour here! I actually think the IPL could be a benefit to the WIndies LONG TERM. Correct me if I am wrong, but cricket is a poor cousin to US pro-sports? ASSUMING IPL is here to stay, WI players are in high demand, therefor the money available in a career in cricket will increase, making cricket more flavoursome compared to other sports. Therefor BETTER athletes will choose cricket more often. The trick for the WICB (not sure if they are capable of this), is to get International scheduling for tours & home series AWAY from the IPL window. I know Hurricane season is an impediment, but surely there are other opportunities? If so, WICB can co-exist & then field the BEST playing XI AVAILABLE!

  • Meety on May 24, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    @Godfrey Pieters - Know what you are saying, that being said the ECB can set whatever quotas they like - it's their comp. Ozzy players used to treat the County scene as a finishing school & we also don't have the same exposure we once had. Regarding your players growth, I would say the first thing the WICB needs to do, is get the pitches sorted out. Too many low slow variable bounce pitches (based on Oz's last tour). Variety is key, atm none of your youngsters (batsmen) seem capable of consistantly averaging 40+ in a season, & most of the leading wicket takers are spinners, (great if you are only playing in Asia). Although a side was just named - I don't think the WIB send many A-sides around the world. In terms of sending young WI players to "leagues" in Oz & SA, I assume you mean FC cricket. I would say it would be almost impossible for a young WI cricketer to play Shield cricket in Oz, but they COULD gain a lot playing in Sydney or Melbourne Grade cricket. TBC

  • on May 23, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    A few suggestions to an earlier comment. Since we r not going to get a WI cricket league in a hurry, I would like to suggest the foll. 1.The WICB negotiate on behalf of our young players for some of them to play in the SA & AUSSIES leagues. And for them to play some form of league cricket in ENG. 2. The WICB can scout around those same leagues in an effort to identify promising players that r eligible to represent WI, like in the case of Nash, & before Greenidge. Some more suggestions will be welcomed.

  • on May 23, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    There is an irony to what is happening to WI cricket. The very ENG we r playing r largely responsible for the deterioration of WI cricket. And I am not saying this in a negative way, since every cricket Board has to protect its cricket. When the ENG put a limit to the amt of o/seas players in the county arena, WI cricket suffered a great deal. 4 things became absent,1. exposure, 2.top level coaching,3. discipline & 4. professionalism. All vital to the development of a cricketer. What we have is a group of ordinary players playing among themselves at the regional level, with no improvement in sight. Those players r then selected to represent the WI & we expect a miracle. With a few exceptions, our players r do their apprenticeship at the test level, so what do u expect. And yes, who to blame? THE WICB.

  • zenboomerang on May 24, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @Godfrey Pieters... I commented a number of times on this subject (as have others) - biggest problem for WI's cricket happened in the 90's when large numbers of youth took up basketball in preference to cricket... The WICB knew this (& made public comments) but didn't instigate any strong countermeasures... Combine that with a relatively low population base & political jealousy, then the outlook doesn't look rosy... The biggest problem is the WICB itself - needs to be professionally run & independent from governments... Wouldn't hurt to look at what Oz cricket has gone through in the last 12 mths & bitten the bullet to make Oz cricket & its performance the no.1 focus...

  • on May 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    I am big fan of West Indies cricket for the 27 years since I know myself. However the windies cricket has improve over the last 12 weeks but the top three batsman are failing to make runs.with no runs made they are costing WI cricket games.something need to be done and done fast.I think one of the openers have to go and give room for someone else. I think Sammy would make a good captain for the future of the WI, but he need to use the reviews system no matter whats the outcome.The results is out or not out. The game was made for the umpires to fule so that cannot change. No reviews left the game will still go on. keep up the good work WI.

  • bobmartin on May 24, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    For those who think Gayle would save the Windies..I suggest you study his TEST stats a little more closely... His overall average is a not too impressive 41.65... In 159 innings he's only scored between 50 and 100 runs in 33 (21%) of his innings and he's only scored a 100 or more in 13 (less than 9%) of his innings. In other words on average he'll be out for less that 50 just over 71% of the time.. Bring him on I say...

  • on May 24, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @ Meety; U have the general idea. And yes I do support the A-side tour idea,that would also help. I'm all for what will help WI cricket.

  • AKS286 on May 24, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    now gayle is in the team result will be same but fans will shout bring sarwan, bravo in the team WI fought very bravely after that wi will again loose. WI IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR TEST this is the truth beliv it or not.

  • on May 24, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    gayle and narine shud play, atleast narine can win 2 test matches, he will remove everyone before all reads him

  • Meety on May 24, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    @Godfrey Pieters - its basically a cricketing generation ago that the WI were last a force in cricket & most cricket fans know that world cricket would be richer with a strong WI. Oz often have A-series in the top end of Oz during the winter, can't remember the last time I saw a WI A-side tour here! I actually think the IPL could be a benefit to the WIndies LONG TERM. Correct me if I am wrong, but cricket is a poor cousin to US pro-sports? ASSUMING IPL is here to stay, WI players are in high demand, therefor the money available in a career in cricket will increase, making cricket more flavoursome compared to other sports. Therefor BETTER athletes will choose cricket more often. The trick for the WICB (not sure if they are capable of this), is to get International scheduling for tours & home series AWAY from the IPL window. I know Hurricane season is an impediment, but surely there are other opportunities? If so, WICB can co-exist & then field the BEST playing XI AVAILABLE!

  • Meety on May 24, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    @Godfrey Pieters - Know what you are saying, that being said the ECB can set whatever quotas they like - it's their comp. Ozzy players used to treat the County scene as a finishing school & we also don't have the same exposure we once had. Regarding your players growth, I would say the first thing the WICB needs to do, is get the pitches sorted out. Too many low slow variable bounce pitches (based on Oz's last tour). Variety is key, atm none of your youngsters (batsmen) seem capable of consistantly averaging 40+ in a season, & most of the leading wicket takers are spinners, (great if you are only playing in Asia). Although a side was just named - I don't think the WIB send many A-sides around the world. In terms of sending young WI players to "leagues" in Oz & SA, I assume you mean FC cricket. I would say it would be almost impossible for a young WI cricketer to play Shield cricket in Oz, but they COULD gain a lot playing in Sydney or Melbourne Grade cricket. TBC

  • on May 23, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    A few suggestions to an earlier comment. Since we r not going to get a WI cricket league in a hurry, I would like to suggest the foll. 1.The WICB negotiate on behalf of our young players for some of them to play in the SA & AUSSIES leagues. And for them to play some form of league cricket in ENG. 2. The WICB can scout around those same leagues in an effort to identify promising players that r eligible to represent WI, like in the case of Nash, & before Greenidge. Some more suggestions will be welcomed.

  • on May 23, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    There is an irony to what is happening to WI cricket. The very ENG we r playing r largely responsible for the deterioration of WI cricket. And I am not saying this in a negative way, since every cricket Board has to protect its cricket. When the ENG put a limit to the amt of o/seas players in the county arena, WI cricket suffered a great deal. 4 things became absent,1. exposure, 2.top level coaching,3. discipline & 4. professionalism. All vital to the development of a cricketer. What we have is a group of ordinary players playing among themselves at the regional level, with no improvement in sight. Those players r then selected to represent the WI & we expect a miracle. With a few exceptions, our players r do their apprenticeship at the test level, so what do u expect. And yes, who to blame? THE WICB.

  • on May 23, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Gayle is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Meety on May 23, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @JG2704 on (May 23 2012, 08:24 AM GMT) - "...whether these guys want to play tests for WI or not." - that IS the question. This question has NEVER really been answered by ANY of the "outsiders" in the WI playing ranks. The article about Sarwan - there is no comments along the lines of "I have a burning ambition to play tests..." or "I want to represent my people again" - & I haven't heard or read anything from Gayle along those lines (for that matter J Taylor, Narine, or Pollard for tests).

  • on May 23, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    The real fact is that none of the players selected by IPL team want to play for their country.....People should understand that they are humans and want that extra money......Aussies were earlier not playing IPL saying it is such and such but the real fact is that now even their captain plays the IPL......others blaming the IPL are doing so just because they themselves cant become a part of it...........I hope I am right Mr Chapell etc

  • JG2704 on May 23, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @Meety on (May 23 2012, 00:58 AM GMT) Hearing you.Problem with the last bit is that IPL would correctly argue that these players did not want to play tests for WI anyway. I'm sure WI cricket would pursue that avenue if they thought it possible. In fact I think the 1st issue is whether these guys want to play tests for WI or not. If the answer is no then everything else is insignificant. Our sides are lucky in that (whether it be financial/country pride or both) our players want to play for their country

  • zenboomerang on May 23, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Although Gayle hasn't played Test cricket for 18 mths he is by far the best opener that the WI's have available... Add Sarwan & you have 2 batters with 40+ averages in Tests... A pity the fragile ego's of these 2 along with the WI cricket board has left the WI's without these top performers... Centuries are what win Test matches & these 2 have 28 between them - something only Chanderpaul seems capable of lately...

  • on May 23, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    W.I will be a big real danger in upcoming T20 worldcup..............

  • Meety on May 23, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    @JG2704- the fundamental diff between Oz & WI cricketers is that the central contracts in Oz are more than enough to set you up nicely after your playing days. Whilst I would argue that earning a Baggy Green is still the most cherished sporting honour in the country (even allowing for footy codes), the high salaries the Oz players have, mean that the incentive to supplement your income is secondary to securing the central contract. Also I would add, that Cric Oz has much more pulling power than the WI - when it comes to the IPL & scheduling. Cric Oz would not sign any NOC docs for any player that they wanted for an International fixture also.I don't begrudge Gayle & others playing in the IPL, all though I'd rather they admit that it is for securing their financial future than for political reasons they choose IPL over WI cricket. On a related matter, I think IPL franchises should pay some sort of "lease" to the WICB for players who otherwise would be playing tests- going to grass roots

  • rakeshdking on May 23, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    chris gayle i want u 2 c in d test cricket also com back 2 ur home team n show who u r...i want u break som new records most sixes in tests,odis,t20s as u do in ipl.,u com in for t20WC then WI wil surely win..i reckon one squad dat would make ur team best..ur playing Xl should b:chris gayle,darren bravo,dwayne bravo,kieron polard,andre russel,sammy,shillingford,sunil narine,kemar roach,tino best...i think narine wil make most of it...

  • JG2704 on May 22, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    @Lloyd Phillips on (May 22 2012, 07:10 AM GMT) Not sure about them refusing to sign contracts but I'll bow down to your knowledge - unlike most on here who post what is the vogue. I found it strange that all Aus test players who played IPL managed to do the test series first. Also I never heard of any unrest when Gibson was bowling coach of England - in fact I believe he was very highly regarded over here. Maybe it's just me but I wonder if the term scapegoat is appropriate both for Sammy and Gibson.

  • on May 22, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    I just can't see Gayle and Sammy getting along,

  • on May 22, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    If Lendl wants he can be the next Jeff Dujon or even an Adam Gilchrist or Sangakara, batting middle order and wicket keeping in test but opening in the shorter formats of the game. He will be the biggest thread to his fellow countryman if he does not turn 20's into 100's.

  • marq7 on May 22, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    @delboy: what about match practice? I would love to see Cg in the 2nd test. I guess he can feel his way there, then play the practice game before the 3rd test.

  • teo. on May 22, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    couldn't grip the ball???? really????

  • StJohn on May 22, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Sorry to say it, but Fidel Edwards seems to be on the wane. Watching Kemar Roach bowl in this last Test reminded me of Malcolm Marshall a bit at times. I'm an England supporter, but I think the old WI team of the 80s/early 90s would have steam-rollered England out for less than 191. WI have improved a bit in the last 3-4 years, but to start winning more Tests WI need to maintain levels of good performance for longer. WI had chances to win the recent series against Australia (despite what the 2-0 defeat might suggest). In this Test, England won 3 of the 4 days: WI need to start turning their now customary 1 or 2 good days per Test into 3 or 4 good days to start winning more. To be better placed to do that I think WI need one more quality strike bowler like Roach and a bit more solidity at the top of the batting order. Given Gayle's class, he has to be a reasonable option for achieving the latter. But there don't seem to be any other WI bowlers of Roach's quality available at the moment

  • SirViv1973 on May 22, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    As I said a few days ago the west indies middle order is good but there is nothing at the top. Barath remains an enigma a massive hundered for WI A against Eng in 09 and then 100 on bebut at the Gabba a few months later seemed to suggest he was going to be the next WI batting superstar but his Ave is about 20 since then in tests which simply isnt good enough lets face it with stats like that he would probably have been dropped by either Zim or Ban by now. Powell looks a bit out of his depth at this stage of his career and prob needs to go back to domestic cricket to learn a bit more and Fuddin is untried at this level. So at the moment I would think if Gayle is avialable for the 3rd test then why not play him ? As a whole though WI can be proud of their effort in the first test but you just feel that they are a batsman or 2 short & at least a bowler 2, Sammy is an impressive guy but as part of a four man attack.

  • SuperSharky on May 22, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    To me Shane Shillingford is West Indies number 1 spinner and Narine second.

  • Z.Saleem on May 22, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    me too....WI to win the T20 world cup I believe (6th sense is saying that).

  • AKS286 on May 22, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    @sathish kumar PLZ FANS LOOK AT THE DREAM TEAM OF SATHISH KUMAR OMG i'm speechless no shivy. your team will score 50 all out. d.bravo is compared to lara. this is the another joke. @sathisg kumar team VS my team porterfield, sterling, sf bergur, ten doestche, cg williams, n'o brien, k'o brien, dwalatzai, RM HAQ, rankin, c. viljoen. my team will white wash ur team.

  • AKS286 on May 22, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    with gayle again wi will loss. on that time fans will shout for sarwan and bravo. how optimistic you fans are about naraine. i also feel bad but its true WI is not eligible of testcricket.

  • on May 22, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    The team representing the west indies is the worse in near memory, The Captain absolutly lacking, and the team wofully insufficent. This team is no way as stronge and the Jamaica National cricekt team.

  • SuperSharky on May 22, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    A-Team: 1-Chris Gayle 2-Adrian Barath 3-Darren Bravo 4-Shivnarine Chanderpaul 5-Dwayne Bravo 6-Kieron Pollard 7-Denesh Ramdin 8-Darren Sammy (C) 9-Sunil Narine 10-Kemar Roach 11-Fidel Edwards B-Team: 1-Devon Smith 2-Lendl Simmons 3-Ramnaresh Sarwan 4-Marlon Samuels 5-Narsingh Deonarine 6-Andre Russel 7-Carlton Baugh 8-Dwayne Smith 9-Devandra Bishoo 10-Ravi Rampaul 11-Jerome Taylor C-Team: 1-Kieran Powell 2-Kraigg Brathwaite 3-Kirk Edwards 4-Brendan Nash 5-Andre Fletcher 6-Kevon Cooper 7-Chadwick Walton 8-Krishmar Santokie 9-Sulieman Benn 10-Darren Powell 11-Shannon Gabriel.

  • delboy on May 22, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    @marq7: I live 10 minutes away from the Oval cricket ground, 25 minutes from Lords and was born within walking distance of Trent Bridge. I know when KP returned which Surrey games he was available for; during heavy rain...Where I'm sitting right now; the weather is more like India than T&T. All it take these days my friend is a couple of hours in a gymnasium or giving sportsmen the right hydration, clothing etc and they can simulate conditions in which they are due to compete.

  • Steveofthewindies on May 22, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Best West Indies side? Gayle; Dwayne Smith; Chanderpaul; Sarwan; Darren Bravo; Dwayne Bravo; Darren Sammy ( Captain); Dinish Ramdin; Jerome Taylor; Roach; Rampaul and Shillingford

    Come on WICB and Ottis Gibson - Pick the best ...not the rest!!!

  • on May 22, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    bring in gayle, narine and sarwan, had they included them earlier, 1st test result could have been different! and also dwayne bravo is a better all rounder than sammy.

  • SuperSharky on May 22, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    All hail to Sammy ! He is a great man and a great leader. Keeping the islands irie.

  • on May 22, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    With Gayle and Narine... It could be one of the best team.... want to see Narine in action against english.

  • on May 22, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    recall Gayle and Naraine.still you have a chance

  • on May 22, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    on and say that he is pleased with the performance despite the defeat...I think the problem is that they don't want to win..They are just there to compete..the moment they realise that they are playing cricket not to compete but to win...all the problems will be solved.. Darren Sammy is not a captaincy and test material..Come on WICB get Sarwan in, when a batsman is in his 30s thats the time he is in his prime and he can win matches for you..By the way does anybody know where is Jerome Taylor or just to make room for Sammy in the squad he was made a scapegoat?

  • on May 22, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    With Gayle, Bravo, Narine, Pollard, Samuels, Sammy, + their pace bowling attack...I believe WI would do well in in One cricket and I back them for winning the T20 worldcup this year....

  • cskfangg on May 22, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    If WICB cameout of its bad approch towards their talented playes like Gayle,sarwan...etc..then WI are mighty team to beat in cricket.. Test team should be:Gayle,barath,bravo,chanders,sarwan,samuels,ramdin,sammy/,roach,edwards,S.narine. hope this will happen in few days..fingerscrossed.. :)

  • on May 22, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    My Current Dream West indies Team : Gayle, K Edwards, D arren Bravo, Dwanye Bravo, Dwyane smith, Pollard, Russel, Sammy, Narine, F Edwards, Roach

  • kickittome70 on May 22, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Gayle, Bravo Sr and Narine would transform and rebalance this inconsistent but dangerous West INdian outfit. Australia were pushed to the limit in the carribean last month by a team that had one champion in form bat (Shiv), a superb captain whose his players would walk over hot coals for and belief. Take a look at the top of the run and wicket tables in the IPL - you will see Narine and Gayle standing proudly at the top. Make no mistake, Narine will be a world class spinner for many years to come. Watching him clean bowl Sachie sent a message to the WICB that they must do whatever they can to make him comfortable playing in there national team. Gayle - what can I say. The guy is a force of nature who will annihilate any attack in the world on his day. Makes Peitersen look like Chris Taverae. And then you have the underrated Dwayne Bravo. A guy who can provide balance to a weak batting order and give the younger bats a bit of confidence knowing he will follow. And he can bowl a bit.

  • on May 22, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    jason i think u need to refresh your memorygayle bravo were offer central contract which they refuse to sign now they cannot have it both ways u either is going to be commited to the c/board r the i.p.l they choose the i/p/l so why blame the w.i.c.b for them not in the test team as far as this unit is concern they r doing pretty well if u look at the last 6 test matches the w/i had a good chance winning a few of them all those mactches were close could gone either way now u r saying that with those players who r not playing for the w/i makes the difference well let me remind u that with those same players we uses to loose in 2 and half r 3 days why dont we see it as it is the players r more commited to the game in terms of disiciplined today than before give them a chance lets admit it those senior players were never commited the give a good innings today then they give u 6 bad 1only lara and chanderpaul played their game with commitmentthey seldom throw away their wickets so get i

  • on May 22, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    What's wrong with some of the smart(:p) people bashing IPL? It was purely Narine's decision to pick and he chose IPL over WI.

    Gayle is a kinda player who scored majority of runs in boundaries and he is not a good runner between the wickets. So give him the opener slot, he'll get your team 300+ runs on any given day unless you run him out. Gayle's inclusion will definitely be threatening to the opposition and that will reinforce your moral strength.

  • hems4cric on May 22, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    @Merlin Moore: IPL is a 6 week event, whereas WI have a yearly calendar.. What was Gayle doing before IPL when WI was playing Tests?? Blaming IPL for everybody's failure has become a fashion these days.. I am not a fan of IPL.. but criticism should make some sense.. not just join the "Bash IPL no matter what" bandwagon.. All these players are adults and know what they are doing...let them do what they deem is right.. its easy to be an armchair expert and preach with a secured job and salary...

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 22, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    dont understand why gayle places ipl over test almost as if test cricket is an afterthought just because his team crashed in the ipl all the people who keep on overreacting dat he is the best oneday player in the world will see the harsh reality in seaming conditions watson devilliers msd and kp are the best limited overs players

  • neerajprasher on May 22, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    1.Gayle2.barath.3kedwards4.bravo5.chanderpaul6.samules.7Ramdin8.DJ Bravo 9sammy10.roach11narine BEST 11 players for WI to beat England

  • marq7 on May 22, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    @delboy: K. Pieterson and M. Samuels both had practice matches to get acclimatised.

  • vattettan on May 22, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Dear Merlin Moore: I am an Indian and I would love to see the WI players playing for WI rather than IPL. I, in fact lost my interest in IPL considerably. And I believe the above statements would be true for a good part of Indian fans. Unfortunately fans do not control cricket, at least not in India! But cannot blame the players, especially WI, SL, (and Pak if given chance) players, playing in IPL as I believe they do not get any reasonable pay for playing for their country. (May be same holds for most of the countries other than Eng & Aus players). All being said, let us hope both India and WI teams get better. In fact I hope all the teams get better except Australia and Engalnd! (I know that is not going to happen, especially not Australia!)

  • paps1889 on May 22, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    @GlobalCricketLover- Narine will not single handedly changes this West Indies team..The other players have to contribute for them. Chanderpaul is the only player who can make some difference otherwise West Indies will lose the series.

  • on May 22, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    yuh know wat i doh blame these guys for going out their and makin ah living at least they have worth,playin for west indies, under paid, and yuh not sure if they might even play

  • on May 22, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    How long will windies keep getting thrashed and how much time does Sammy and Gibson have to produce results ?

  • jasonpete on May 22, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Posted by  Merlin Moore on (May 21 2012, 18:28 PM GMT), wrong to criticse other boards or leagues ,it's WICB inability to stop these players.Australia was playing full squad against WI during ipl times .some of the players like Warner,hussey and many more players who were all contracted with ipl franchises chose to play for country first .But during those times some WI players were playing in IPL and you can't pass the blame it to someone when your own board doesn't give contracts to these players and players feel insecure Afterall chose to play for IPL.Everyone loves to watch WI cricket team but WICB need to sort out their players contracts and some administration hurdles.

  • AzyS on May 22, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    the west indies team is simply exciting and is one of the best but i dont know if it is the selectors or the players or the administrators who are in the wrong to keep selecting the wrong team. just imagine a team including gayle,sarwan,pollard,dwayne bravo and smith,darren bravo,sunil narine,fidel edwards,kemar roach,chanderpaul,marlon samuels,adrian barath,kirk edwards,ravi rampaul,shane shilingford,carlton baugh,dinesh ramdin,brendan nash,sammy,andre russel and others.just select them and give them contracts and encourage them and you will have a winning combination pretty soon.also keep sending the west indies A & under-19 teams on regular tours to create a feeder line to the national team.C'mon Maaan u Guys R Winners.

  • Meety on May 22, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge - "...every side he's been a part of in recent years has been soundly thrashed by England..." what happenned in the Caribean the last time England toured there for Test cricket???? @Rally_Windies - Edwards & Gabriel had injuries! @Josh Maddy - re: Pollard. I think Pollards' potential in Tests depends on what role he is given. Assuming that Gibson has converted the WI culture to hard work ethic, & Pollard is on board in that respect, I would see Pollard as a potential swap for Samuels. Their FC batting stats are similar. I think Pollard showed signs of maturing with his 1st ODI ton - against Oz recently. I would love to see him bowl more, with him earning a specialist bowling position - batting @#7 or #8. @delboy - the difference being they have all had FC matches to aclimatise - Gayle won't have.

  • on May 22, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    If C G is available i see know reason why he shouldn't be selected for the next test. Also if Rampaul is fit i would like to see him play and give Edwards a rest.

  • Woody111 on May 22, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Having a hard time gripping to ball due to the cold?!? Is that a joke Sammy?

  • on May 22, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    as most batmen would gayle might have trouble face the red ball on seaming wickets, he might not score much or he might score alot... we all know if he bats for long what will happen, he already scored 2 300+ scores, he is capable, surely he's a better opener than all of WI other choices, they got nothing to lose and everything to gain with playing gayle....

  • on May 22, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    Is it me or does west indies just does not have the inability to bowl out the lower order of any team? getting the top 6 wickets seems to be no problem but the last 4 always seem to add like 200 runs...

  • on May 22, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    I think the side should be Chris Gayle,adraian barath,shivnarine chanderpaul,darren bravo(wk),kirk edwards,dwayne bravo(c),andre russel,ravi rampaul,kemar roach,shane shillinford and fidel edwards,but use ramdin still until darren bravo comes a professionaL WICKET KEEPER.

  • Burbon on May 22, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    I guess Sammy and Otis have finally seen the light.You can work as hard as you want(as the current WI team has been doing) you just have to have match winners in your side.

  • delboy on May 21, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    @marq7, what makes Gayle so different to KP, Marlon and other's who recently returned to playing in England from the IPL?

  • AnoMaLy on May 21, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    What has Sammy done for WI cricket? Has pathetic stats! Arrogant, overrated and delusional. Can't wait to see Gayle & Narine in the test squad.

  • Zahidsaltin on May 21, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Take Chanders out and you have team capable of nothing

  • on May 21, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    @Kurt Prescott: I too believed that Pollard wasn't cut out for Test cricket. But he has shown -- like Warner -- that he has the will and talent to become a good Test cricketer. The good thing about him is that he hits straight; even Sunil Gavaskar praised his style of batting. He has improved a great deal in the last one year. In my opinion, he deserves opportunities at the highest level.

  • cricketdebator on May 21, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @ ProgidyB, Tendulkar was on the team in England last year, yet India was white-washed 4-0. So likewise, Gayle being on the team does not mean West Indies will win. If you can remember, Gayle was also the captain in 2009 when West Indies lost as well and many other times before that as well. What West Indies need more than anything else is a bowling attack capable of maintaining the pressure and bowling out the opposition twice in good time, in order to win matches. That was the real strength in their glory days. Sadly it is no more, and until they produce these bowlers, I'm afraid the results will continue to be the same. Bowlers win matches!

  • on May 21, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    To Every!-- Pollard,Dr. Smith are not capable of handling test cricket.. Now Gayle and Bravo needs to get their priority str8.. West Indies cricket made you both. Sarwan deserves a recall. Narine needs a contract! Then we will have about 24 good players to select a strong 11 from.

  • on May 21, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Sammy is like a puppet saying what he is told to say. He can never speak his mind when it comes on to Gayle (or sarwan, Nash) exclusion from the team. He does not merrit his place as a player much more the captain so does Ottis Gibson as coach, both of them was put there to help get rid of Chris Gayle, Ronnie Sarwan and the others.

  • brittop on May 21, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    I can see a good argument for Gayle to play - he is obviously still talented and is an experienced test player. Dwayne Bravo to a lesser degree. The thing against is that WI didn't have much better results when they were playing. Narine seems to have made a good start to his first class career, and had a successful ODI debut series, but he hasn't even played test cricket yet, so you can't tell he's going to be a "saviour". As for Pollard, I don't rate his chances of a successful test career at all - he's a T20 player. Presume the Smith being mentioned is Dwayne (because he's in the IPL, I believe), and I reckon he's a short form player as well.

  • marq7 on May 21, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    It's not that easy for C. Gayle to walk into England, don whites and perform. England has a totally different climate and pitches to India. I would dare say that some comments are based on the entertainment value CG brings rather than W.I. beating England. I don't think that we can go wrong having S. Narine play, but we need to be fair to Shillingford who played well against the Aussies. If the other 'stars' are to return, their attitude must change also. I prefer to seem a bunch of triers than a loosing star-studded group a la India 2011.

  • on May 21, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Gayle,Sarwan& Narine....are ok....Why Pollard?

  • on May 21, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    England is actually playing West Indies A team and barely beating them. If Gayle, Narine return to them that should be enough to beat England. Not to forget Pollard, Smith and the other Bravo, Russell and Cooper.

  • Rickb on May 21, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Do some people really know what they are asking for. I understand bringing Gayle and Sarwan back into the West Indies. But people Where is Dwayne Smith and Keiron Pollard going to fit in this West Indies TEST Team. Are you going to drop Shiv, Darren Bravo or Marlon Samuels. Better if you dont say anything.

  • on May 21, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    The enitire Austrailia series in the West Indies showed the weakness in the top three batsmen yet Desmond Haynes could not improve the team in this area. Last week, again Chanderpaul was criticized for his style of batting. But although Brian Lara suggest Chanderpaul bats at number three, Gibson or no selectors heard that. A spot where Sarwan is badly missed. A winning West Indies team would include Gayle, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, and Shane Shllingford, with Smith, Sunil Narine and Pollard in the one dayers. But to do this Sammy may have to be dropped so this will not happen. It was not Sammy leadership that creates a fighting WI team it is the fear being dropped by Otis Gibson. The WICB knows this and so is the rest. You can only fool some people or the same people all the time, not all the people all the time. Chanders, please settle down and make your final hundred or two in this series. You missed it in the first test. You may not be considered for another tour, unless Gibson goes.

  • creekeetman on May 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    @ paps1889, I don't think anyone, myself included is suggesting that Gayle is suddenly going to transform the WI into winners, but at least it puts a proven world class batsman at the top, instead of Powell who looks lost. That might at least steady the innings so that when Chanderpaul and Samuels get in the score is'nt 3 for nothing. Similar to when Pakistan was there a couple years ago, they had an inexperienced top order, and were being bowled out for very low scores in the first two tests until Mohammed Younis came in, the first test he played, which was the third they won.

  • JG2704 on May 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Gayle averaged 25 last time he played in England although I'm sure mr magic man would come stright from IPL and adapt to English conditions and a luke warm bowling attack straight away.

  • on May 21, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    ipl has ruined cricket , if narine was playing test match i bet england would have hardly managaed to get more than 200 runs in each inning . . .

  • Shan156 on May 21, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    @Velu Haarvest, if you prefer the Windies to be hammered by an innings and 300 runs while scoring at a run rate of 4-5 an over, then you have a point in including Pollard and Smith. IPL stars don't make a good test team - ask India. Gayle, OTOH, with a test triple century could well make a difference. But, is he test match ready? Biffing 6s in T20s against club sides on flat wickets is hardly preparation to face a quality seam attack in swinging conditions. Windies are a batsman or two light and they should definitely include Shillingford for the next two tests but any calls to include the likes of Pollard and Smith are inane.

  • JG2704 on May 21, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    @Aly Baba on (May 21 2012, 15:15 PM GMT) Sammy has helped unite the team.In terms of talent he may be behind but in terms of loyalty and caring for WI cricket Sammy is streets ahead.

  • on May 21, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    gayle should be given chance............................

  • Stark62 on May 21, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    I would definitely watch him play, no matter what!!

    I know the likes of Strauss, Cook and Trott are consistent and make tons of runs but that is just not my type of brand.

    I would much rather see a quick fire 30 from a Gayle or Afridi, rather than a century or double hundred from Cook or Chanderpaul.

  • riverlime on May 21, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    @jb633..... I like your thinking but why stop there? How does this lineup for the third test( Narine isn't available until next weekend) sound? Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Bravo, Chanders, Samuels/Bravo, Ramdin, Rampaul, Roach, Gabriel, Narine,( Twelfth Man- Russell). Unfortunately, Sarwan has committed himself to Leicester after being rejected by WICB for two years. Also, Bravo senior, Narine and Gayle were not on the original Test list, so THAT would be too hard for the WICB to change. Also, even though Sammy is more of a limited overs specialist, he is STILL the captain, so someone has to be dropped to make room for him. ........As a result the team will probably mirror the composition for the first Test, and lose a possibly winnable game.

  • aclarity on May 21, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    This WI team needs its two elite players: Gayle and Narine. Dwayne Bravo can not make the test team. Sammy is a more accurate bowler and remember he is the captain. Dwayne Smith is a joke and Sarwan has to demonstrate that he is not running away from pace. Edwards should be dropped (9 wickets in his last six test matches) and bowling at 83mph. I repeat that Benn, Carter and Cottereal were foolishly omitted by the selectors (2 spinners and a keeper). The selectors are yet to demonstrate strategic foresight. For example Sammy has said that Shillingford can not handle the cold weather. I suggested Benn in England and Shilly for Austrailia and Asia. Was I wrong?

  • Rising_Edge1234 on May 21, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    C'mon Mr. Gayle, please head to England. We need you now.

  • Nampally on May 21, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Gayle & Bravo are available & WI must grab them to strengthen their side. Gayle can strengthen the opening whilst Bravo can replace one of the fast bowlers & lengthen the batting. Gayle will also strike fear into English bowlers by his presence. If he scores big along with Chaner & Sanuel, WI can easily post a total of over 400 - which could grossly boost WI chances of squaring the series. Common, WI Selectors - send these 2 guys to boost the team.

  • Afridipak on May 21, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    I'm from Pakistan but i also love the WI team and especially gayle i hope that he'll come in the next test.

  • on May 21, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Great news. Eagerly waiting to see Master Blaster Chris Gayle

  • Asraf12 on May 21, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I will love to see Gayle back in the test side, but Captain Sammy Said "One change West Indies will consider for the second Test at Trent Bridge on Friday, and one which needs no political machinations, is the inclusion of Shane Shillingford, the Dominican who took ten wickets in his last Test, against Australia on his home ground in Roseau in April". I thinks that mean no game for Gayle or Deonarine or Fudadin who are all in great form. Selectors and Coach will wait until they fed up and play them so that they can fail to say that they didn't perform. Our WI Otis is good at that. Go WICB kill what brings the Caribbean People together.

  • on May 21, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    It get's on my nerves when Indian cricket fans criticise the WICB over not presenting the best players, when it is selfish India, and their IPL that should be blamed for all the troubles in the West Indies organisation. If it is an Indian league, why don't they get their own darn players and leave ours alone to play for their country. The IPL should at least disqualify any player who has been picked on their home team when it is active. They are all shedding crocodile tears over a weakened West Indies right now, but they should be taking note, because the West Indies is getting better and better, while India is on the decline!

  • bobmartin on May 21, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    The Windies supporters calling for Gayle's inclusion are beginning to sound like the Indians do when they talk about Tendulkar; that is, if he is in the team, suddenly the opposition will be annihilated. Well we saw how untrue that was on India's England and Australian tours in the not too distant past. But leaving that aside, how would selecting Gayle go down with the rest of the squad's morale. They have worked their socks off playing the Aussies and getting up for this series, then suddenly super-saviour Gayle swans in from the IPL, a million rupees richer, and immediately commands a place in the team. Can't see that going down very well, given the work ethic that Gibson and Sammy have forged..

  • on May 21, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    As pakistanis we are the spin kings nowadays but we have seen raw talent in sunil narine and its utterly shameful that he preferred ipl on test matches and WICB did not raised eyebrows . If he would have played three tests against aussies i really doubt the outcome that happened . WI if you want to win matches shillingford and narine shud play atleast test matches regularly . People want gayle back but i think gayle cant stand much chance against broady jimmy & swanny . Though sarwans come back will strengthen their batting . Narine & Sarwan are key to success . Gayle can be a good gesture as well .

  • on May 21, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    anuradea ... exactly all the of those players need to be included, and it will be totally a different game....

  • paps1889 on May 21, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    If Chris Gayle comes, the west indies team will not change magically. England is a good team and they surely win the series, whether Gayle plays or not.

  • on May 21, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    My, my! What a turn of evens! Will this saga ever end? The devil is a busy man. If Gayle is not too tired & is available, he should be selected for the 2nd test. If for one reason & only one, he is our best opener & we need an opener. His stats in ENG don't say much, but he is all we have. Sad but true. SARS is gone, don't let Gayle go.

  • on May 21, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    am i missing something sammy talking about discipline and i though it was the was they thing gayle and the rest of guys was getting out they think they wasn't show any commitment r discipline for if its not that i am really missing something for thats not discipline the way he got out in the second inning a ball he need three step ladder to reach and some how he find a way to get out off it the wicket was playing easy everyone came in and bat very comfortable so they could stay there and bat out the day and come back the next day and who noes may we have a draw r even eng. try to get the runs and get bowled out if u ask me thats not discipline from a captain especially the way he was batting very go so i wouldn't mind hear the discipline they have now what the other players didn't have

  • on May 21, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Given their previous form, I can't see the WICB 'losing face' and trying to parachute Gayle in for the last two test matches. The team gave a good account of themselves over the past 5 years and do appear to be playing more consistently these days. I think Rampaul and Shillingford will come in for Edwards (whose head is willing but his body is letting him down) and Gabriel (who played well on debut but seemed to pick up a knock) but it is a very tough ask to expect West Indies to win in the backyard of the world's best test match team. Hopefully, the West Indies will be able to put out their best team for the ODI's and T20's and then also for the home series against New Zealand and there will be the real possibility of some series wins.

  • on May 21, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Are these WI Selection Team going to bring all 5 toppers from IPL..? If they r not doin so, then WI needs to think of changing the Selection Team.. The Super 5 - Gayle, Pollard, Narine, Bravo, Smith.. hu huuuuuu... All 5 hv to play the 2nd and 3rd Test.. For Gods Sake..

  • GlobalCricketLover on May 21, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    I wish KKR too crashed out of IPL so Narine could play for WI. Hate these clubs taking away the best talent from representing their countries. This is coming from an Indian btw. For what KKR has done to WI, i sincerely hope KKR loses both its matches and go home with empty hands.

  • lenedwards96yahoo.co.uk on May 21, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    For WIndian supporters, and English commentators who don't want to face the truth about the WIndies team, I will do it for them! Firstly, Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, Narine and Sarwan will not make a difference. Secondly, the batting, with the exception of Chanderpaul failed mostly because of their lack of feet movement. Thirdly, the bowling caved in when the pressure was on in both innings, by bowling too full or too short, particularly to Cook in the 4th innings, who can cut with the best Fourthly, we had to endure the ridiculous sight of Samuels bowling his brand of TOTAL RUBBISH when there was an obvious need for more penetration. All these incidents prove what I knew before this test started and it was that this WIndies side is never going to develop until this captain is REMOVED and the analysis of WIndian commentators and writers tell it the way it is about WIndies cricket. BY THE WAY I AM A WINDIES SUPPORTER AND ENGLAND WILL WIN THE SERIES 3-0

  • ramps_wi on May 21, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Sammy will luv to hav Gayle back along with WI fans, but the WICb has the power hence this not happening for the test and based on how the "meeting goes" he may not make it for the one day's and will have to beg somerset to take him back

  • NewYorkCricket on May 21, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Get Gayle and Narine in. Put the differences to rest. Get back the crowds!! West Indies cricket needs them, world cricket needs them. Even an English fan will not mind a real contest.

  • on May 21, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    thats if gayle reali get the chance to come cause the wicb are nt 2 sure what they are doing

  • anuradea on May 21, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Imagin, Gayle, Pollard, Narine, Dwayne, Smith coming into this WI side with the rignt attitude as the one they have already built up. They will be unbeatable again. Key is to get these players in line with the team spitit Sammy had built up with this team. If they can great, get them in and if they can not DO NOT bring them in. Sammy seem to have great leadership qualities to have built this team to a fighting unit.

  • creekeetman on May 21, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    England need to bring Finn in for Bresnan, otherwise they're fine. WI need Gayle to open and also provide a bit off spin, the other changes they need, they would'nt do, so no point bringing them up, guess they will continue to enjoy mediocrity, and talk about being competitive without actually winning.

  • jafarkhan on May 21, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    well come Gayl we are waiting for you and we want WI win series 2-1 best of luck

  • Technical-1 on May 21, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Smiling! CG.. time to Hit Broad like you did.. LOL And wash him looking in amazement! Lets do it Fam.. We need some Entertainment. Some real cricket.

  • pr3m on May 21, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I hope against hope to watch Gayle bat for WI in the second and third Test, but with an Avengers movie out already, anything's possible!

    Shane would have had a novel experience, he might not have affected the outcome of the game, but it would be good preparation. Should an under cooked bowler be thrown in the midst of a Test, is an open debate. I'm not sure which side I lean on in that argument, but seeing him in the next game will be exciting. I saw a little bit of his bowling against Australia and he seemed like a logical next step in the WI progression. I respect his talent, and am looking forward to watching him perform on the big stage once again.

  • jb633 on May 21, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    I think the West Indies put up a great performance in the Lords test, but if they are to win they need Gayle back. People have argued he is only limited overs player, but I can remember him succeeding in the longer format too. The main difference between the two sides in this game was the top 3 batsmen. If WI went Gayle, Barath and Sarwan as 1,2 and 3 with Bravo and Shiv to follow, all of a sudden your are looking at a formidable lineup, a good blend of youth and expereince. Even though I support Eng I really hope the WI administration can wake up and grow up. The global game needs a strong WI team. Everyone will benefit in the long run.

  • barani_chennai on May 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    WICB, Please make sure Chris Gayle is playing second test onwards in ENgland.

  • cricketing on May 21, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    What about Sunil Narine, he is a genuine match winner. This is crazy not to pick him up for the 3rd test match. West indies would be super strong with Narine and Gayle (They are the two players who rocked IPL this season).

  • barani_chennai on May 21, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    hi WICB selectors, I request you to please select Chris Gayle and make sure that he is playing second test against England. Infact, Narine, Gayle, Pollard, Bravo should be in playing 11 agains england second test. Please please please.

  • on May 21, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Would be FANTASTIC! But I doubt it will happen....

  • abdulmuhayminkhan on May 21, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Shane shillingford didn't play because of the cold weather? I've never heard that one before. On another note, Gayle's inclusion will make the next few tests very interesting.

  • WTEH on May 21, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Oh come on sammy, you should be begging Gayle to return. Unless you'd like to be a captain of a sinking ship.

  • mar2000 on May 21, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    As for the cricket , the statement is correct by SAMMY. However , with the Return of RAMDIN and later GAYLE along with SAMULES , Otis Gibson will have a very tough time on his hand . Please let SARWAN stay where he is .

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    what about Sunil Narine? There is a player who REALLY has the potential to hurt us (England). He's inexperienced, but so are many already in the team. I don't mind if they don't pick him cos i'm English-just like i didn't mind SL not picking Mendis, but if he's available it's crazy to not pick him imo.

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    CHRIS GAYLE IS THE ANCHOR AND PILLAR FOR THIS TEAM. WHAT EVER PROBLEMS HAPPEN THEY SHOULD RESOLVE THEM OFF THE COURT, BUT HE SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY BRAUGHT BACK TO THE TEAM. CHRIS IS IN TREMENDOUS FORM NOW, HIS ARRIVAL BACK TO THE TEAM WILL BRING LOT OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND WILL UPLIFT THE SPIRITS OF ALL THE PLAYERS. THE TEAM NEEDS HIM BADLY, NOW THAT DARREN AND CHANDRAPAUL IN GOOD FORM, CHRIS'S ENTRY WILL STRENGTHEN THE TEAM A LOT AND WE CAN SEE SOME QUALITY TEST MATCHES AND ONE DAYS. CHRIS WELCOME BACK..... GOOD LUCK.....CHAD

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Why Gayle alone? Sunil Naraine should also be given his Test Cap, he is a phenomenon. He can outclass Ajmal & Ashwin both.

  • Dashgar on May 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Who would have believed this possible a couple of weeks ago. It would be a great story if it happened. Gayle is West Indies best opener so if he can be picked he should be.

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Sammy is under rated player how he can say about gayle , Sammy don't deserve his place in the team .

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    let common sense prevail - PICK GAYLE. For the love of the game. The sake of saving world cricket. For the sake of getting a crowd into the second test. Gayle's absence proved to be the decisive factor in the first test. More runs at the top of the order could have saved/won the game. The series against Australia and India were also relatively close and me and Australian fan reckons that we would really have struggled if the Windies had Gayle. For the sake of the fans worldwide, the players, the crowds and Caribbean/world cricket please select Gayle

  • jmcilhinney on May 21, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    It's got to be a tough call. I'm sure there are plenty of fans who will say that it's a no-brainer and he should be in but playing IPL in India is very different to playing Test cricket in England. He'll have had no time at all to acclimatise and both openers have scored some runs on tour so far. Maybe Edwards would be the one to miss out as he hasn't really scored any runs, although he was a little unlucky to be run out by Bravo in the second innings of the Test. My feeling is that they might not bring him in for the second Test but perhaps for the third.

  • Erebus26 on May 21, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    It would be great if Gayle could play a part in the test series, although I think the chances of it happening are very unlikely. It certainly would add some strength to the Windies top order and get a few more people through the gates. Got to credit Sammy for leaving the door open. On the other hand I don't buy his excuse for leaving Shillingford out. I think Sammy and Gibson plainly misjudged the pitch. I felt it cost them, as although I don't think Shane would've run through the England line-up he would've provided a good containing role and could chipped in with a few wickets. Plus he would've been a bit of an unknown quantity to the English batsmen.

  • ProdigyA on May 21, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Politics aside, Gayle should be in the team. Just his name in the lineup gives WI a whole new dimension and respect. Its almost equal to Sachin in the Indian team where the entire focus shifts to one person.

  • Rally_Windies on May 21, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    unable to comment on "cook and bell see england home" ...

    I would have added to that :"aided by some strange bowling tactics from the WI captain" ..

    at 54-4, I don't see why Sammy and Samuels had such long bowls...

    Gabriel might have been expensive, but he was attacking and could have gotten batsmen out. As long as the required runs were less than 100, I would have persisted with Gabriel, Roach and Edwards. I don't know why Sammy and Samuels combined for over 20 overs..

    Sammy is supposed to be the defensive work horse bowler... And if Shilly and Swan were ineffective, why would you bowl Samuels?

    I thought that Samuel's 10 overs were wasted.

    when SA bowled out Aus, sometimes Imran Tahir did not get a bowl .... Good captaincy, is expected from someone who is a professional captain ...

    If you picked a young inexperienced captain, solely because of his ability to hold his place in the side, I think we could be forgiving ...

    But , Sammy is not showing captaincy acumen

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    COME ON CHRIS TAKE THE OFFER AND SHOW WEST INDIES SELECTORS WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN MISSING. HOWEVER I HARDLY THINK ENGLAND BOWLERS ARE TOO THRILLED ABOUT SEEING GAYLE IN THE SIDE.

  • mrhamilton on May 21, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Gaytle needs to come in no question. Madness that 4 youngsters r at the top of the order. But barath, edwards, powell must not be discarded they deserve their chance. Rather the 1 left out must b reassured. For now samuels is playing well so he stays at 6. So i would take out edwards and put in gayle immediately.

  • Jayco on May 21, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    It would be great. I mean, it would be sad for a youngster to miss out, but you have to pick your team on merit. It's also to remember that Gayle and Barath bat very well together as a team.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on May 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Would love to see Gayle play. There again, every side he's been a part of in recent years has been soundly thrashed by England, like every other side in the world yes, but by himself Gayle is a player who can add big impetus to any WI innings. It's up to him.

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  • Front-Foot-Lunge on May 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Would love to see Gayle play. There again, every side he's been a part of in recent years has been soundly thrashed by England, like every other side in the world yes, but by himself Gayle is a player who can add big impetus to any WI innings. It's up to him.

  • Jayco on May 21, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    It would be great. I mean, it would be sad for a youngster to miss out, but you have to pick your team on merit. It's also to remember that Gayle and Barath bat very well together as a team.

  • mrhamilton on May 21, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Gaytle needs to come in no question. Madness that 4 youngsters r at the top of the order. But barath, edwards, powell must not be discarded they deserve their chance. Rather the 1 left out must b reassured. For now samuels is playing well so he stays at 6. So i would take out edwards and put in gayle immediately.

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    COME ON CHRIS TAKE THE OFFER AND SHOW WEST INDIES SELECTORS WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN MISSING. HOWEVER I HARDLY THINK ENGLAND BOWLERS ARE TOO THRILLED ABOUT SEEING GAYLE IN THE SIDE.

  • Rally_Windies on May 21, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    unable to comment on "cook and bell see england home" ...

    I would have added to that :"aided by some strange bowling tactics from the WI captain" ..

    at 54-4, I don't see why Sammy and Samuels had such long bowls...

    Gabriel might have been expensive, but he was attacking and could have gotten batsmen out. As long as the required runs were less than 100, I would have persisted with Gabriel, Roach and Edwards. I don't know why Sammy and Samuels combined for over 20 overs..

    Sammy is supposed to be the defensive work horse bowler... And if Shilly and Swan were ineffective, why would you bowl Samuels?

    I thought that Samuel's 10 overs were wasted.

    when SA bowled out Aus, sometimes Imran Tahir did not get a bowl .... Good captaincy, is expected from someone who is a professional captain ...

    If you picked a young inexperienced captain, solely because of his ability to hold his place in the side, I think we could be forgiving ...

    But , Sammy is not showing captaincy acumen

  • ProdigyA on May 21, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Politics aside, Gayle should be in the team. Just his name in the lineup gives WI a whole new dimension and respect. Its almost equal to Sachin in the Indian team where the entire focus shifts to one person.

  • Erebus26 on May 21, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    It would be great if Gayle could play a part in the test series, although I think the chances of it happening are very unlikely. It certainly would add some strength to the Windies top order and get a few more people through the gates. Got to credit Sammy for leaving the door open. On the other hand I don't buy his excuse for leaving Shillingford out. I think Sammy and Gibson plainly misjudged the pitch. I felt it cost them, as although I don't think Shane would've run through the England line-up he would've provided a good containing role and could chipped in with a few wickets. Plus he would've been a bit of an unknown quantity to the English batsmen.

  • jmcilhinney on May 21, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    It's got to be a tough call. I'm sure there are plenty of fans who will say that it's a no-brainer and he should be in but playing IPL in India is very different to playing Test cricket in England. He'll have had no time at all to acclimatise and both openers have scored some runs on tour so far. Maybe Edwards would be the one to miss out as he hasn't really scored any runs, although he was a little unlucky to be run out by Bravo in the second innings of the Test. My feeling is that they might not bring him in for the second Test but perhaps for the third.

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    let common sense prevail - PICK GAYLE. For the love of the game. The sake of saving world cricket. For the sake of getting a crowd into the second test. Gayle's absence proved to be the decisive factor in the first test. More runs at the top of the order could have saved/won the game. The series against Australia and India were also relatively close and me and Australian fan reckons that we would really have struggled if the Windies had Gayle. For the sake of the fans worldwide, the players, the crowds and Caribbean/world cricket please select Gayle

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Sammy is under rated player how he can say about gayle , Sammy don't deserve his place in the team .