West Indies in India 2011-12 November 1, 2011

Barath back for Tests in India

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Adrian Barath has been included in West Indies' Test squad for their tour of India after recovering from a hamstring injury. Lendl Simmons, who replaced Barath for the Tests in Bangladesh after Barath injured himself during the ODIs, will return to the West Indies. There are no other changes to the squad currently in Bangladesh.

Simmons had a run of poor form in West Indies' home Tests against Pakistan and India this year but was recalled to the side after scoring a century and a half-century in the first and second ODIs in Bangladesh. He failed in the Chittagong Test and young openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell, who both scored half-centuries in the first innings of the Mirpur Test, have been included in the squad ahead of him. Barath started the home series against India in June with a half-century but failed to convert starts thereafter.

The middle order is a settled one, while Denesh Ramdin continues to be in the squad as a second wicketkeeper. Shane Shillingford and Devendra Bishoo are the two spinners in the squad, which includes three quicks and the captain Darren Sammy.

The first Test between India and West Indies begins November 6 in Delhi. It will be followed by Tests in Kolkata and Mumbai, after which there will be a five-match ODI series for which West Indies will announce their squad later.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford

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  • windiesyouth.12 on November 4, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    how come barath gets injured so many times and still be recalled to WI team.....wasnt sarwan asked to prove his fitness when dropped from SL tour after a very good year with the bat???barath is a young man, there's no way he should be getting injured so frequently

  • dummy4fb on November 4, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    WEST INDIES WILL FEEL BETTER IF THE AVOID WHITEWASH IN A TEST SERIES AGAINST INDIA,IF THE SCORE LINE 1-0 FAV INDIA WEST INDIES WILL FEEL PROUD AND IF THE SERIES REMAIN DRAW THA WEST INDIES WILL BE THE CLEAR WINNER ,HENCE MESSAGE IS SIMPLE IF INDIA WANTS TO WIN THE SERIES THEY SHOULD WIN BY 3-0 LESS THAN THAT WEST INDIES WILL BE THE MORAL WINNERS

  • dummy4fb on November 4, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Nothing would scare the Indians more than Gayle in the form that he is in, opening against the inexperienced pace attack they have @ the moment. the scare factor alone should have prompted wicb the select him. The BCCI could also benefit from this as the fans would turn out more readily to see Sehwag & Gayle @ the top of both batting orders.

  • PaddyRasta on November 4, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    @simonviller I agree with you whole-heartedly. We need to back our team fully. The fact is that the squad has been picked and bar injuries, we have what we have. Suggestions or speculation of anyone else who is not there is a waste of breath. Sammy will lead the Team so pick your other 10 from the 14 and show your support. Go Windies!!!!

  • simonviller on November 4, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Are we true West Indian supporters ,or aren't we ? Why do some of us keep trying to destroy Sammy's confidence ,by saying all these negative things about him ? Don't you think that your comments would be better served by encouraging him , which will also help the team ??

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 4, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    @Clyde Pierre, Gayle said he is fine if Test Cricket dies. So, he shouldn't be so worried about not being part of a West Indies Test team! Coming to ODIs, Gayle's negative energy will only sink the Windies. Let him play hit and giggle cricket in India and elsewhere, where he gets paid a hefty amount. I think that's what he likes too. Players like Gayle get revved up by a fat pay cheque than by the great game of cricket. Good for him. He gets paid. He is happy. A happy Gayle hits and giggles. The crowd is happy. And, let's be happy with Gayle being rightly kept out of the Windies Cricket.

  • squaddy on November 3, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    why do people keep saying Gayle has failed??? if Gayle has failed then what has carl hooper done?

  • dirkcl on November 3, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    I find that the constant changing of the team distasteful. Simmons "failed" in one test after stellar performances in limited overs play over the last 6 months. We have allowed a number of "failures" to bog down this team. I hope that when Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell fail that they are dropped as fast. I think that Gayle is a good player but he clearly has major off-field issues. He plays when he is being paid so I guess he best play T20 cricket. Finally, why does the WICB persist in having tournaments while teams are on tour. How do they expect to evaluate talent? Let the peers play against their peers and stop padding certain teams with non-WI players.

  • dummy4fb on November 3, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    I always love when WI win matches, who is to say they would not have won with Gayle, lets face it he is the best opener we have, and to keep him out of the team is making us the laughing stock ini world cricket, Sammy is a good cricketer but by playing him we are leaving out more talented allrounders who should be playing, eg. Russell and Dwayne Bravo. Sammy captaincy is negative at most times, and his batting bowling and feilding at the test level is not dependable If the WIBC does not want Gayle as captain then make Samuels the Skipper WE WERE EXPECTED TO BEAT BANGLADESH but to beat INDIA we need our best team and that includes GAYLE and RUSSELL.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 3, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    West Indies fans need to stop bashing Sammy. Sammy may not be the best you have. But the man is trying and the team is constantly improving. He may or may not be the reason behind this improvement. But what do you want at the end of the day? Improvement. Isn't it? You have to rally behind him and his team; not mock and ridicule him.

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