West Indies in England 2012 May 23, 2012

Best ready for West Indies opportunity

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tino Best has described himself as fit and ready to return to action for West Indies, three years after he last played Test cricket. The fast bowler was called into the touring party as a replacement for Shannon Gabriel, who has returned home after suffering a stress reaction in his back during defeat in the first Test against England.

Best, 30, who had been named in the West Indies A team to face India A next month, was recently a member of the full squad for the limited-overs internationals against Australia but did not play. He left the Caribbean on Tuesday ahead of the second Test at Trent Bridge, which starts on Friday.

"I'm very happy to be recalled for the Test squad for the series in England," Best said. "I've been waiting for my opportunity to represent the West Indies again and this is another opportunity to wear the Baggy Maroon."

"I'm fit and feeling quite ready. I've been training and working hard, looking forward to this. I was in the team earlier this year when we played against Australia and I gained a lot of knowledge from being in the group. I felt I fitted in quite well and I have a good idea of the work ethic and what will be required of me."

With Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul all suffering niggles, Best could make an unexpected Test comeback, even if West Indies decide to pick the offspinner Shane Shillingford, as the tourists look to build on an encouraging but ultimately unsuccessful performance at Lord's. Best is familiar with English conditions, having toured with the West Indies in 2004 and played for Yorkshire in 2010.

"What I have to do, and what I am fully aware of, is how to put that knowledge to work," he said. "I'm a hard worker and I'm really delighted to get this opportunity."

Edited by Alan Gardner

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  • Ali on May 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    people 2004 is 8 years ago.. Tino Best has a much improved attitude NOW, and is twice the bowler he was in 2004.. he has performed regionally and deserves a second chance... HE HAS EARNED IT .....

    Rampaul got a second chance and is averaging less than 30 in his 2nd stint ..... Best may do the same ......

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Who's the next on the list in availability? The Prince, Lara? The King, Richards? Heavens Save The Windies. So saddening to watch them these days.

  • Anver on May 24, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    After some time... Best has got the best opportunity to showcase his bowling skills in tests... all the best !!!!!!!!!!!

  • charlie on May 23, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Rampaul not fully fit , Edwards not firing and Roach being overworked ; why not Best ? Truth be told WI have not enough dual purpose players to be that winning team at the moment . With the present batting of the front three ,who do not bowl ,it's even more difficult to add an extra bowler and as such , further compounds the issue . Having said that ,I don't think it's either fair or the right thing to, slot Best into the team without some adjustment to the conditions .

  • Alexei on May 23, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Best... Idk why they didn't pick Andrew Richardson but none the less i dont expect him to play, Rampaul & Shillingford should come in.. rest Edwards

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    is that any worse than sammy did at lord's recently.

  • Simon on May 23, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain -- the first Test was actually a pretty good game, and not entirely one-sided. I don't hold out much hope that the second Test will be the same, though. I expect England to win rather more comfortably at Trent Bridge, and though I was pleased and mildly surprised that WI took it to the fifth day at Lord's, I'll be much more surprised if the do the same in Nottingham.

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    So Gabriel was ready? Tino is one of the fittest players within the region. That slug pace we had in the first test isn't needed. He deserve his place because he has been playing good cricket. My bowlers would be Best and Roach for the 2nd test. Obviously it is seen now that Sammy's place is the team is being questioned. Would we take out samuels then to bring in shillingford? obvipusly no!. He deserve to land in England and play on Friday.

  • hyrbie on May 23, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    i have no problem with him being chosen but i feel this will be just for one test match, his speed is a good thing but i hope he turns up the heat , its down to the board so lets see

  • Len on May 23, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Could someone tell why on earth are WIndies picking Best? His attitude is best summed up in the Lords Test of 2004, when he played a TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE SLOG and was caught when his batting partner at the time, Chanderpaul was trying to save the match on the last day. The point I am really trying to make here is that I do not think his attitude to Test cricket has changed that much in the intervening years!. In finishing, I would say that because he cannot bowl or bat to a Test standard, I do not think that the rest of the players have that much of a regard for Sammy as captain and I am not only talking about Gayle.

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