West Indies tour of England 2012 May 22, 2012

Tino Best replaces injured Gabriel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 23, 2012, 21:25 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 23, 2012, 21:19 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 23, 2012, 21:11 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Knave on | May 23, 2012, 14:35 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY A_Yorkshire_Lad on | May 23, 2012, 12:38 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | May 23, 2012, 12:11 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | May 23, 2012, 11:17 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 23, 2012, 11:07 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | May 23, 2012, 10:55 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | May 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 23, 2012, 21:25 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 23, 2012, 21:19 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 23, 2012, 21:11 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Knave on | May 23, 2012, 14:35 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY A_Yorkshire_Lad on | May 23, 2012, 12:38 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | May 23, 2012, 12:11 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | May 23, 2012, 11:17 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 23, 2012, 11:07 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | May 23, 2012, 10:55 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | May 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY TsoroM on | May 23, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    What the Windies really need are disciplined and accurate pacers which is what let them down on day 5 of the first test at Lords. After the burst Roach had removing Strauss and Anderson on the evening of day 4, there was a really solid platform to put doubt in the English batsmen's minds on day 5, but instead they came with wayward bowling, conceding a lot of unnecessary extras and certain overs going for more 10 to the over. I listened to commentators and read articles raising concerns over Sammy's bowling changes, but honestly the man was running out of ideas because Roach and Edwards were leaking runs and unable to maintain the pressure Roach had created earlier on. What differentiates good test team against mediocre ones is that good teams really push situations like that day 5 right to the end. They make the opposition really fight for such wins!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 23, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @JG2704 : Gayle never said " I wish test cricket should die" but "If test cricket dies, i wouldn't be worried".. That is his nature man and none has rights to say him other things.. It is just a honest opinion.. Holding said "Pollard is not even a cricketer" but Pollard did win games for WI in shorter format.. No one will jump on Holding for what he said on a guy who gives full effort on the field everytime he plays..

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 23, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @maddy20 on (May 23 2012, 04:53 AM GMT) - Gayle is experienced yes , but does he really want to play test cricket for WI anyway? As another poster said in another thread Gayle said he wished test cricket would die. Would a guy (despite all his talent) be a plus if his attitude isn;t right. Not to mention that it's not nailed on that he'd even score a 50 - he averaged 25 last time he was in England

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 23, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @creekeetman on (May 22 2012, 22:45 PM GMT) No I'm not that shallow , but guys like you are saying what a difference guys like Russell would make to the WI side who actually competed well with the players they have

  • POSTED BY HadleeCrowe on | May 23, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Is this the shortest fast bowling line up of all time???? Tino Best is 5'8, Edwards is something similar and Roachy ain't much taller either....??? What happened to the giants? THe Joel Garner/ AMbrose /Walsh freaks.... Midget fast bowlers are too samey... One a team perhaps think Goughy or Danny for the blackcaps but 3????

  • POSTED BY Big_Bat on | May 23, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    YES... A three pronged Bajan pace attack for the Windies brings back memories of the glory days of the late 70s and 80s.

    Lets hope it will be fire in Nottingham...

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 23, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @Leo C. Hall, care to name that team which is so good that Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul, Roach, possibly Ramdin, Fidel, Samuels, Barath don't get a game. You've mentioned Tonge, Cotterill and Richardson, they may or may not be better than Best but they wouldn't make a fully fit XI by a long way.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 23, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Poor Gabriel.. Always bad for any player to lose the hard earned chance via injury.. Hope he recovers soon and there remains a vacancy for him to fill in.. Is Tino the Best choice available? Have seen in domestic games and he was not that threatening.. And WI management, do you have any plans for Gayle/Narine? Narine's IPL will be over this week and will be available for team from next week.. Why not include him for third test squad? BTW, it will be terribly unfair for Shillingford but sometimes hard decisions can give you results like Bishoo dropped for Shillingford produced spark in WI-Aus series..

  • POSTED BY rydberg on | May 23, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    what about suleiman benn.his records are not bad.................

  • POSTED BY jdsudhan on | May 23, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    As Pietersen said GALYE has to play for WI, he is one of the best player in the world. So WI time to give him the chance.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | May 23, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    @JG2704 May be Gayle is not the best player of test cricket , but WI needs all the experience he can gain. Even if he scores just a 50 at the top of the order, they will be very valuable considering WI's consistently faltering top order. Barath looked really out of sorts in the last game and I am pretty sure he will perform better with the experienced Gayle opening with him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    HA HA HA HA!!! I cannot help but laugh at the selectors of West Indies cricket to have selected Best (who certainly is'nt what is name indicates) ahead of Richardson, Tonge or Cottrell. I have been taking note to see that the best team in the West Indies for the past five years cannot find any member a spot in this current losing West Indies team... But I am still asking Jamaica to go solo!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Edwards must fire up........Tino Best also should make advantage with the opportunity he got which would raise the moral of the team. Just wonder what would west indies do in tests once Shivnarine Chanderpaul retires who is 38 already....

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | May 22, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    @ jg2704, so you're that shallow to judge russell on one test... away from home, in sri lanka, on a dead galle pitch, the same pitch and match that gayle scored 333. look at his first class record, the average, the strike rate. not only that, as a bowler he already has two first class centuries, and you think best is a better option. you talk about players' stats, maybe you did'nt see tino best's. malcolm marshall had only 3 wickets after his first three tests at an average of 88... guess in your world he would've been dropped, imagine what the WI and the world would've missed out on.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | May 22, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    Coey Collymore would have been a better choice. Gabriel promises much.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    What does the wicket play like in Nott? Something also needs to be done at the top ok the order. Hope that WI win this one.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | May 22, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Best might be needed: both Edwards and Roach didn't look too fit by the end of the test, and Rampaul was already out injured. Tino might not be the greatest bowler in the world, but there's one thing- he's one of the most entertaining. It's a shame about young Gabriel, but he's a big, heavy man with a pounding action and fast bowling is going to put a lot of stress on his body. His build reminds me of Charlie Griffith; Charlie didn't have a real long career, but he managed to stay fit by not having a long, fast run, unlike Gabriel.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 22, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    well played Gabriel.Decent debut and (being that it won't be against Eng) I hope he can come back and continue his progress

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 22, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    @Errol Smith on (May 22 2012, 19:13 PM GMT) Maybe you should look at AR's stats. He's played one test and judging by the stats there's a reason he's played just the 1.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 22, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    @Jube on (May 22 2012, 12:54 PM GMT) I've only seen comments of praise for the way WI fought back. But I really don't think Gayle would make a significant contribution in tests in England. As for Pollard - 1 He would not be returning to the test fold as he has never played a test before. 2- His record in international T20/ODIs aint great. Do you seriously think he would do anything in test cricket?

  • POSTED BY mgzak on | May 22, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Tino Best is a spent force. His bowling average in test cricket looks like a batting average. So does Fidel Edwards' bowling average. After playing so many test matches and having an average of more than 39 runs/wkt, why invest more in these players? Are the WI selectors that unintelligent (for want of a better word)???!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Why Not Jerome Taylor/? he is still the better option then others....

  • POSTED BY yocasi on | May 22, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    One should never be satisfied with defeat but Windies supporters must acknowledge that for the 8th ranked Windies to Push #1 England on the latter's home turf even though we fell short, is no disgrace. Better teams than Windies have been pummelled by England.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Andrew Richardson took most wickets in th erecent 4 day competion for Jamaica, which Jamaica won for an unprecedented 5 times straight.I dont know what Andre Russels IPL commitments are.......but either would be infinitely more suitable than Tino Best, a most mediocre bowler.....However, both Richardson and Russell are from Jamaica where Chris Gayle comes from.........

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | May 22, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Tino Best's past performances at the highest level show that, so far, he is a complete under achiever. He was 'talked' into the team to begin with when he was totally not ready and made to believe by certain (Bajan) commentators that he was the next greatest fast bowler on earth. I do not see a place for him in the final eleven so why take him to the UK? Fidel's days are numbered and the selectors should be looking for his replacement. He is injury prone and can no longer deliver the goods consistently. Jerome Taylor has been kept out of the side and almost out oif cricket and everything possible should be done to get him back and into the team. I do not think our selectors or strategisers are doing a particularly good job. I think Sammy is doing his best and has made a big difference to the team but he can't keep his place for long if the big guns come back.

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | May 22, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    ahh, now tino is the new messiah. well since the recycling of mediocre players seems to be the theme for the WI, why don't they just bring back stuart williams, courtney browne and nixon mclean to "strengthen" the squad. oh yeah, throw in adam sanford since dominica is the favoured island at the moment.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Recycling garbage? Wow, people can really make some hurtful statements. He may not have been my first choice but I hope the best. He is given another chance.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | May 22, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    about WI bowling after walsh, ambrose, bishop, WI have another good combination but not managed like F.Rose, dillon, N. Mclean, R. king, cuffy, lawson, collymore, collins, taylor, ramnarine, mcgarell, allrounder like banks. shocking batsmen who are responsible for ruining the batting are sherwin campbell , x.marshall,r. hinds, ganga, darren bravo, barath falls in same category. WI bowling except of GIBbS WI never produce a world class spinner. without a spinner test match can't be imagine. look at the SA team they have very strong pace department but still one spinner in their side. the backup bowlers are also in the excellent form but still they go for 3 pacers. Same case to NZ where all the pitches are heaven for fast bowling but still they play spinner. Oz team beer is considered who played very little domestic cricket. now lyon who never look like a international spinner but still Oz go for specialist spinners. SINCE 93 all out in THE WILLS WORLD CUP WI STILL SUFFERING IN ALL DEPt

  • POSTED BY badboy4all on | May 22, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Why there is no J. Taylor he is a good fast bowler with good speed and he destroyed ones england and he can bat with is useful for WE.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    why there is no j. Taylor he destroyed England in Jamaica so he is a very good bowler and have speed and also he can bat and has a 100 under his name.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    @Ricardo Mitchell superb squad but who is the wkeeer

  • POSTED BY Henders on | May 22, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    The return of Tino Best signals that West Indies test selectors are strongly inclined on maintaining injury prone quickies in the team. In replacing Shannon Gabriel, who bowls with an action not all dissimilar to the action of injury prone Ian Bishop, Tino will be joining fellow Barbadian, the infamously injury prone Fidel Edwards. Can this combination serve a full summer in England?

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Would it not be more positive to select a younger player rather than someone who's got a very ordinary record in test cricket? Kevin McClean and Jason Holder both have impressive records, does anyone know how close they are to being of international standard?

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    A lot of you people are commenting and do not know what you are talking about. 1 Narine CHOSE to go to the IPL. REASON: money US$ 700k. He will play after the IPL is finished. maybe as early as third test but def in the ODIs. 2. Jerome Taylor has not played cricket for almost 2 years. Why would anyone pick him at this time.

    @NJCC Ravi Rampaul did not play because he is injured. He is already in the squad. Regarding Tino, he was picked based on this years FC season. He probly won't get a game anyway unless two pacers are injured.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @ NJCC: They picked Tino Best and not Ravi Rampaul to replace Shannon Gabriel in the squad, because Ravi rampaul cannot replace him in the squad as he is already in it!!! He was injured for the first test with a neck issue and hence did not play. Hope to see a better performance from the WI where they actually end up beating the opposition and not just COMPETING...

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | May 22, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    @Posted by on (May 22 2012, 12:00 PM GMT), Fair enough I didnt see the edited out sentances. which explains the confusion.....

  • POSTED BY settingcaptivesfree on | May 22, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    It is amazing how Best could regain a place in and other bowlers in the region cant make the team i am off the opinion that the coach being from barbados is seeking to push his country men who is over rated and under proform almost every season in the region seeing the failers of KEwards will they drop him interesting to see.

  • POSTED BY aclarity on | May 22, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    What do you expect from a configuration of selectors comprising 2 spinners and a keeper with very little test cricket among them. In the regional final, the top match, Best was a non factor and at 30 years and another short, fast bowler there is little variation. I keep reminding the idiots that Cottereal is atheletic, tall and a left armer with pace. He is the diamond in the rough. Joahnson is also good but he is young, developing and time is on his side. These selectors continue to regress. By the way Jerome Taylor has not even played a practice match for Jamaica much less WI. Fidel Edwards will continue play for WI on memory rather than reality (9 wickets in the last six tests) and bowling at 83mph. Well! Well!

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | May 22, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    mind the windows tino. best sledge ever. Freddie Flintoff

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | May 22, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Was hoping to see Gayle be called up too and Narine... as an england fan I want the strongest test possible for us before SA. Also I think WI have done well and showed heart despite the fact that board politics are ruining everything they do. Until they make some kind of window for the IPL, even if it's just a few weeks, and allow their players to go the side and nation will always suffer.... and they wonder why most of the kids over there want to play basketball and not cricket.

  • POSTED BY dane400 on | May 22, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    I like Tino Best die heart attitude. But he's a bit eccentric at times. Andrew Richardson was the leading wicket taker as a fast bowler in the recently concluded 4 day championship. He's has experience in England. He should have been selected over Tino Best. I can't understand the selection process. There are two words to describe it BRAINLESS and RIDICULOUS!!!!!

  • POSTED BY mrhamilton on | May 22, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @ricardo mitchell...u havent included a wicket keeper in your 4 posts about ur team selection. r u saying Sammy should be wicketkeeper too! lol

  • POSTED BY mrhamilton on | May 22, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Narvokian, I think sooner or later the whole, they tried hard but came up short with the rtesources they got argument should be discarded. No doubt Sammy and Gibson on balance have restored the fight and pride and discipline in Windies cricket that was missing since ambrose/walsh left the scene. BUT...the other key thing is making best of resources u got and man management therefore Chris Gayle simply must be in the side and so should Narine. Sammy for all his leadership must move down to 6 so 4 full bowlers can be played. I would have roach,narine, edwards and rampaul for now. Bravo snr is probably a lost cause and people forget sarwan played appalingly last windies summer he has had his chances.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | May 22, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Does Santoki not have a passport?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 22, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @NJCC on (May 22 2012, 13:17 PM GMT), Rampaul's already in the squad so how can they bring him in? Rampaul would have played the first Test if not for injury so, assuming he is fit, he's almost certainly going to be in the team for the second match. I wonder whether Best may end up having to come into the team for Roach or Edwards though, who both seem to be below 100% fitness.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Gabriel did not do great but he did not do bad either for someone on debut. Now if Best and Edwards are playing at the same time we shall have a problem. Two bowlers bowling four good balls and two bad balls every over. Hopefully they would get wickets with the four good balls. Great that we have a bowling coach!

  • POSTED BY WickedArt on | May 22, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    The West Indies will be whitewashed.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Why is Sarwan being kept out...he should be persisted with..my WI team would look something like this : Barath Gayle Sarwan Bravo Chanderpaul Samuels Ramdin Sammy Roach F Edwards Rampaul....from n Indian fan

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 22, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Injuries are never a good thing but, in the context of this series, it may not have any impact. I think that it's safe to say that Gabriel was only picked because Rampaul was injured so, assuming everyone else is healthy for the remainder, Gabriel probably wouldn't have played again anyway. From his performance though, I'm guessing that we'll see him back at some point.

  • POSTED BY essky on | May 22, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    I've heard of recycling Garbage, but this is ridiculous. Tino is still a hot head who loses it after a good sledge or a couple boundaries. He does well in the regional Tournament because that's his level, and the standard of batsmen isn't that good either. I think even Otis Gibson might be better than Tino.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 22, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    @MartinC on (May 22 2012, 10:58 AM GMT), Michael Holding said during commentary on the first Test that WICB had issued some sort of statement that Taylor would not play for WI again until he had completed a full season of FC cricket, which seemed unjustified when other players who had been injured didn't have the same restrictions. Taylor was apparently comfortable financially so didn't need cricket to make a living and apparently packed it in. He has now apparently been convinced to start playing FC cricket again. It will be interesting to see whether he is considered for selection for WI again if he completes a full season.

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | May 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Look. WI tried hard at Lord's and came up short. Doesn't really matter who they pick they would be lucky to beat Glamorgan on a consistent basis, let alone ENG. This is very sad to me, who remembers the great days of Sobers, Kanhai, Hall, Richards, Roberts, Holding and many many more.... Some of the greatest cricketers who ever lived. In my opinion, no modern side anywhere would live with the likes of them. Sad reflection on WI these days indeed. Not one of the present side would have got a game between 1957 - 1990.

  • POSTED BY NJCC on | May 22, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Why pick Tino Best what about bringing Ravi Rampaul who has always been consistent. WI is really making very poor choices.

  • POSTED BY Balb on | May 22, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Fans,Please do not kid yoursleves. The WICB, selectors and coach reminds me of an old saying " The blind leading the blind" and " a one eye man is king among the blind"

    No one form these groups listens so nothing will ever change until another five years or so. Good that the Jamaican head of state intervenes so that Galye couldplay again. Wonders why the Guyana head did not intervene on the Sarwan issue.

    Hope the likes of Trinidad and Guyana can form thier own teams like Bemruda, Hong Kong, Afghanistan and so on.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Good move by the WICB to recall Tino Best as the replacement for Gabriel. Tino has recommitted himself to cricket and bowled with good pace in the regional tournament earlier this year. Tino brings a lot of passion and energy to the field. Iif he gets a chance to play, his in-your-face attitude will undoubtedly get under the skin of the English batsmen, and that is not a bad thing!!!

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 22, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    I am Trini, and I think Tino should have been there before Gabriel ...

    Gabriel is not even good enough to be on T&T's side... he is still developing !

    Gabriel is fast, but that is it ... He plays infront of MUCH better bowlers just because of his pace.

    Atiba Alert is the Best T&T pacer, (not Rampaul) ....

    T&T cricket is just as controlled by nepotism and WI cricket..

  • POSTED BY Copernicus on | May 22, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    @Martin - Jerome Taylor was injured a while back, but he started playing before the WICB said he was fit. they stopped picking him, kept insisting he was injured, and he hasn't been heard of since last year as far as i can make out....

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    as the original reply said..they are scraping the bottom of the barrel

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | May 22, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Good to see Tino back. Even though his stay at headingley was quite short and to be honest not terribly successful,we warmed to his attitude and commitment to the cause. In fact he is a player who sums up the West Indies team as a whole at the moment.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 22, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Doubt he'll get a game if Rampaul is fit and Shillingford is picked. There is some good competition for places in this team. @MartinC, Jerome Taylor isn't playing any form of cricket at the moment. He's either retired or on an extended break from the game.

  • POSTED BY Jube on | May 22, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Its ridiculous the way people are driving down and being derogatory of the West Indian performance.They've fought hard, come back from being down to at one stage looking likely to pull off a great victory. That is much much more than the much vaunted Indian team could have even hoped to achieve last year. Maybe they hoped, but they never got anywhere near....... West Indies have an excellent bowling line up and should people like Gayle, Bravo and maybe Pollard return and Smith and Narine also be looked at they could very well be world beaters even in the forthcoming T20 World Cup... And full credit to Sammy for both keeping the team together and performing well despite his limitations...

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Never mind Tino, bring back Carlisle Best and his self-commentary.

  • POSTED BY General_Craig on | May 22, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Tino was very poor during his spell for Yorkshire in 2010, for the Windies' sake I hope he's improved since then.

  • POSTED BY Naren on | May 22, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Narine should be playing against England and giving them a hard time. This is why I hate IPL.

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | May 22, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Bad news for Gabriel, but good news for glaziers in England. What with the double-dip recession, they'll be hoping that Best gets a chance to bat.

  • POSTED BY wifan16 on | May 22, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    could it be that the coach is working these guys too hard, howcome all the bowlers are having some sort of problem? hmmmm

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    i think Jerome Taylor is perfect choice,where is he?

  • POSTED BY ross1235 on | May 22, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I saw Tino Best play in a T20 just the other day and I must say after not seeing him play for 2 years the man has not changed one bit. He runs in bowls as fast as he can with no control or accuracy. One of the commentators for the match I think it was Ina Bishop said that Tino Best does nto know how to pitch up the bowl. And so said so done. On those English weekend those batsmen will have a field day with those short balls he always bowls. As someone else said where is Jerome Taylor, hopefully Andre Russell will be back soon from the IPL. I wish Tino luck but if history prevails it will another tough time watching him run into bowl.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Mohammed Sami has taken 84 wickets from 35 matches at an average of 52. So he is even worse than Best.

  • POSTED BY balajeev on | May 22, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Gabriel looked promising, but at least Tino's got an even better surname.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding The article previously said that Best had the highest average of any bowler to have bowled more than 2000 deliveries. It seems that after I pointed out that Sami had bowled more than 2000 deliveries and had a higher average that this sentence has been edited out.

  • POSTED BY ilyas on | May 22, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    You have got to be kidding!!! Tino was never good enough and he still is not. Another short bowler who runs in faster than he bowls and is likely to get injured cos of the amount effort he has to put in to compensate for his height. Whats wrong with trying younger players such as Jason Holder who can bat as well? There must be other younger fast bowlers around who could learn a lot from this tour, especially as all the Windies fast bowlers in the team seem to have some sort of injury. I predict Tino will run in like a crazed man as always and reach about 80mph, sweat a lot and by the end of the 1st day of bowling will be bowling 70mph or be injured - ridiculous decision!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    RE. Jerome Taylor - he's a jamaican and although they're caribbean champs for the last 5 years there seems to be a quota system against them. If jerome was from one of nthe small islands he'd be in the team. lol

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    This was the perfect opportunity to get Gayle in the side.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 22, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    The bowling attack is good but the batting needs to be strengthened, especially at the top (opener role).

    I am in no way, indicating the inclusion of Gayle! :P

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Pure madness! Sarwan and Nash cant get a game...The cold air causing problem to the ill-man. The Side Should look like this (1) Barath (2) Gayle (3) Samuels (4) Future star young Bravo (4) China wall Mr. Chanderwall /paul (5) K Edwards (6) Sammy the Xavier type a character only seen in X-Men (7) the magician, Sunil Narine or shillingford (8) Rampaul (9) Our war head Roach (10) Fidel Edwards (11) Best. CONGRATS WINDIES FOR COMING BACK TO INTERNATIONAL CRICKET. Almost minus the glan from their last oponent. EVEN IF ENGLAND WIN THE TEST...THE ONE DAY AND T20 ARE OURS IF MR. HILLAIR TAKES HIS TABLETS AND carry in Pollard, Narine, Russel, Bravo and Smith.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | May 22, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    He he, "Mind the windows Tino..." (Freddie Flintoff)

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Pure madness! Sarwan and Nash cant get a game...The cold air causing problem to the ill-man. The Side Should look like this (1) Barath (2) Gayle (3) Samuels (4) Future star young Bravo (4) China wall Mr. Chanderwall /paul (5) K Edwards (6) Sammy the Xavier type a character only seen in X-Men (7) the magician, Sunil Narine or shillingford (8) Rampaul (9) Our war head Roach (10) Fidel Edwards (11) Best. CONGRATS WINDIES FOR COMING BACK TO INTERNATIONAL CRICKET. Almost minus the glan from their last oponent. EVEN IF ENGLAND WIN THE TEST...THE ONE DAY AND T20 ARE OURS IF MR. HILLAIR TAKES HIS TABLETS AND carry in Pollard, Narine, Russel, Bravo and Smith.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    My understanding was that Tino Best was already in the Country - playing club cricket in the South East.......

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | May 22, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @MartinC.............Jerone Taylor has stopped playing cricket after the WICB placed an advert/release in the Jamaica media stating that he will NEVER play cricket for the WI again unless he plays every game in an entire season in domestic cricket.

    This after he missed the first game in 2011 due to injury.............and while Sammy missed the first game (Windwards Vs Jamaica), and many otehr players missed games also.

    Seems as if the WICB tried to break his spirit and push him out of the team.............and they succeeded.

    I hope he gets help to pick himself up mentally and gets back in the game. A lot of people hate T20 and the IPL, but without it, we would have never seen the likes of Pollard, Narine, Russell (and many others) who the WICB continue to sideline and favour other mediocre players.

  • POSTED BY avii_ on | May 22, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    I thought they were picking from the performance in the recent regional 4 day competition for the test team, but I might be missing something.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    I have no notion about both players, So I have no comment about them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Won't play anyway. Shillingford or Rampaul should come straight in for Trent Bridge.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    What happen to the specialist spinner? what the hell is going on....are we going backwards to show up Chris Gayle before he returns are WI just not getting it right....No Omari Ebanks,,,No Narine,,,No Shillingford,,,No Bishoo what the Heck!....this is frustrating.Why them never call on my Granny ? Their next match should look like this.....(1) Barath, (2) Gayle, (3) Samuels, (4) Young Bravo, (5) Chanderpaul the Wall to take the torpedo off (6) K Edwards, (7) Sammy the X Xavier type Character only in X-Men, (8) Narine or Shillingford, (9) Rampaul (10) Fidel Edwards (11) Roach our war head in the attack

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    What happened with the young WEest India fast Bowler Brandon Bess. He is just in his early twenty's and has a good average in the last 2011- 2012 regional tournament?

    What happened to Taylor?

  • POSTED BY Reagos on | May 22, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Is that the "Best" we can do? At age 30 with no significant impact in the current game and surely no sustainable future, WI selectors should have gambled with a younger pace talent. I am almost certain that Tino will be involved in an incident needing the match referee to intervene.

  • POSTED BY drtrinileggie on | May 22, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    SCRAPPING THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL!!!!!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | May 22, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @Posted by on (May 22 2012, 10:35 AM GMT), Whats Mohammed Sami the Pakistan Bowler got to do with the West indies? Unlessof course theres a Mohammed Sami in the West Indies I've not heard off....Its a bit of a blow for the WI's and Gabriel as he looked a promising bowler hopefully he'll recover from the stress problem in short course, not sure Tino is the best bowler to call up though as a replacement.

  • POSTED BY MartinC on | May 22, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Whats happened to Jerome Taylor - is he injured or someone else who has got on the wrong side of the West Indies Board?

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    heshould have been there before gabriel anyways,Best of luck bessie

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Shannon had a good match.

    After Kevin Pieterson pulled Gabriel for four in the second innings, Gabriel was stressed out mentally and injured his brain. Then he attempted a next bouncer and injured his back. And all of this is some how Edwards fault.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Surely Mohammed Sami has a higher average than Best, and has sent down far more than 2000 deliveries?

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  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Surely Mohammed Sami has a higher average than Best, and has sent down far more than 2000 deliveries?

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Shannon had a good match.

    After Kevin Pieterson pulled Gabriel for four in the second innings, Gabriel was stressed out mentally and injured his brain. Then he attempted a next bouncer and injured his back. And all of this is some how Edwards fault.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    heshould have been there before gabriel anyways,Best of luck bessie

  • POSTED BY MartinC on | May 22, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Whats happened to Jerome Taylor - is he injured or someone else who has got on the wrong side of the West Indies Board?

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | May 22, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @Posted by on (May 22 2012, 10:35 AM GMT), Whats Mohammed Sami the Pakistan Bowler got to do with the West indies? Unlessof course theres a Mohammed Sami in the West Indies I've not heard off....Its a bit of a blow for the WI's and Gabriel as he looked a promising bowler hopefully he'll recover from the stress problem in short course, not sure Tino is the best bowler to call up though as a replacement.

  • POSTED BY drtrinileggie on | May 22, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    SCRAPPING THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Reagos on | May 22, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Is that the "Best" we can do? At age 30 with no significant impact in the current game and surely no sustainable future, WI selectors should have gambled with a younger pace talent. I am almost certain that Tino will be involved in an incident needing the match referee to intervene.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    What happened with the young WEest India fast Bowler Brandon Bess. He is just in his early twenty's and has a good average in the last 2011- 2012 regional tournament?

    What happened to Taylor?

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    What happen to the specialist spinner? what the hell is going on....are we going backwards to show up Chris Gayle before he returns are WI just not getting it right....No Omari Ebanks,,,No Narine,,,No Shillingford,,,No Bishoo what the Heck!....this is frustrating.Why them never call on my Granny ? Their next match should look like this.....(1) Barath, (2) Gayle, (3) Samuels, (4) Young Bravo, (5) Chanderpaul the Wall to take the torpedo off (6) K Edwards, (7) Sammy the X Xavier type Character only in X-Men, (8) Narine or Shillingford, (9) Rampaul (10) Fidel Edwards (11) Roach our war head in the attack

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Won't play anyway. Shillingford or Rampaul should come straight in for Trent Bridge.