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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on November 3, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_West_Indies_cricket_captains rate captains for urself

  • elsmallo on November 2, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    Simmons a bit unlucky here I think, though he has had plenty of chances there is no doubt he is a talented player, just needs some kind of mental breakthrough re. batting in Tests. Didn't he keep wicket at one point - if he could develop this I'd pick him over Ramdin, whose batting has never convinced me. I support Sammy - he's got a fraction of the talent of Gayle but compare the talk and there's no doubt in my mind who deserves to be WI captain. Sometimes a team needs a player like him - they can't all be superstars. He understands the value of hard work. Bishoo, Bravo, Edwards all very good news.

  • Mayfield on November 2, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    To ncnotious and all the others who keep spouting the same rhetoric about Gayle, Bravo, Sarwan, Pollard et al, Gibson and company will be vindicated of your myopic views. How on earth can anyone defend players who do not want to sign central contracts? That mere fact indicates that they are only looking out for their self interest and not the WI. And by the way, I can understand their rationale, but be honest about it. If one refuses to sign a contract, then one can be considered an at will employee. That means that you can be fired at will. WICB has no obligation to players who refuse to sign central contracts. Their obligation is to the players that do. Also, I am happy that discipline, hard work and teamwork are now central to the WI team. It is obvious that those attributes were missing and that is why wit all the immense talent Gayle, Sarwan, Bravo et al. have, we weren't winning.

  • on November 2, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    the fact is the team right now under his leadership is putting up more of a fight than any other team led by our greats like chand, lara, gayle, brav, sars. we are actually taking 20 wickets constantly apart from our loss against pak and the crazy draw against bang. the team is responding to whatever he is telling them and they all seem to listen to him when he speaks. everyone makes mistakes and he is not immune to them. his batsmen have now realised they need to help the captain and they are doing that and now look like they know what they doing...lets just be happy that we are heading up slowly and not lying in wait for the next best captain...time waits for no man and we are trying hard to catch up to the time we've lost.

  • Ncnotorious on November 2, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    lmao your defense of sammy is the he's a "containment bowler"?...there is no place in a test 11 for a containment bowler. the fact that sammy got more wickets in this test than roach DOES NOT mean he is a better bowler...Sammy has no ability with the bat and is at no time threatening to the batsman...unlike roach -some1 said that he is ranked 8th in 20/20..? SO? gayle is ranked in the top 10 for more than 20/20s, thats not a justification for being included in a TEST 11. if he wants to have a spot in the test squad he needs to so production....isnt that what the entire team is based on now?????(supposedly)

  • on November 2, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    I realise that some people are questioning the non selection of some players. Are we aware of the current situations with those players b4 asking for their selection?Taylor, Sarwan, Benn, Gayle, Nash all have injury problems or discipline/issues with the board or didn't want to be selected. WI just won a test series after 8 years believe it or not. Probably Simmons could have stayed on, as we know that barath is prone to injury but the squad in Bang. did pretty well. I realise the relentless attacks on Sammy still continue but in this last test he did play a role in the win. In this last test Roach just didn't look himself and in fact only took the last wicket to fall. We have to encourage the team and hope for the best.

  • LabMan on November 2, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    All I want to say is please W Indies fans, give the young players a chance. Gayle, Sarwan and the others had their chances they failed to bring back the respectability back to the West Indies cricket. EVERYBODY CANT GET PICKED. ONLY 11 PEOPLE CAN BE ON THE FIELD AT A TIME. We were on a wicked losing streak. White wash left and right. With this new team we have seen gradual improvements in performances against India and Pakistan in the Caribbean and finally won an overseas test series from since 2003. No we are not there yet by a long stretch and we will see some big losses but the guys are new to the game and it is expected.we are in the rebuilding stage. But give them a chance they will grow into it just like Gayle did. They just need the opportunity. I dont expect to win this series but I do expect a hell of a fight. Rally around the West Indies.

  • on November 2, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Congratulations to "Edwards & Edwards" for their superlative performance in Bangladesh. Being an Indian, I hope this new performing pair wouldn't do a repeat business in India! The West Indies are becoming stronger by the day. If it is not a B.D. induced mirage, it will be very good for global cricket. No other team matches their style & passion, which make their playing so attractive to watch. By the way, many Indian fans will support the West Indies team, as long as they are not playing against India. Their popularity among Indian fans would be even higher, once the prodigal son gets back into their team, smoothly like a pleasing wind and not like a turbulent Gayle!

  • on November 2, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Sammy should be given his due reward. Don't forget he is a bowling all rounder capt. Sammy broke the partnership that was threatening to take the match away from the WI. YES threatening. Al Hasan & Rahim were scoring at 4.88 run/ov in their partnership, way beyond the required rate to win the match. Had those guys batted for another hour, we wouldn,t have been singing praises on WI. Next his 1.46 runs per ov is outstanding on a batting friendly pitch. And finally his faith in Bishoo when Al Hasan was going after him. Good captaincy. Until someone better comes along, let's support him. In the name of WI cricket. GREAT VICTORY GUYS.

  • mohamedamin on November 2, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    WICB needs a brain CEO like Zaka Ashraf - Newly appointed chairman of Pak Cric Board.....he already resovled the issue of Afridi and hes back in the Pak ODI team. he recognised how important is Afridi to Pak cricket....NO one from WICB can tell us whats really happening with Gayle issue....they continue to leave him out....Am gonna say it Gayle has nothing to apologise for....up until now the Board cant prove him wrong.....

  • NCassie on November 2, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    My 1st Test WI Eleven - Brathwaite, Powell, K. Edwards, Bravo, Chanders, Marlon, Ramdin, Sammy, Rampaul, Bishoo and Fidel

  • on November 2, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    c.baugh is a terrible keeper against spin but he is in the squad so that sammy captiancy is not challenged by ramdin.how long will this last? the selectors need to correct this and play the best team in india or pay the price for their brainless decision. every missed opportunity (stuped out or dropped catches) by the wicket keeper in india will cost dearly. WAKE UP BUTTS AND OTHERS ,put the best team on the field.

  • on November 2, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    The Guy who is challenging the selection of Shillingford. You want us to look at stats? Tell me who was among the leading wicket takers in the Caribbean for pretty much a decade before he even got a look into the West Indies team? We had guys like nikita miller who is nowhere close to the bowling ability of Shane Shillingford being picked before him. Did you see any cricket Shane has played? He troubles even the best batsmen. Get your facts right. You can't drop someone who has performed consistently over a number of years for a youngster that play one or two good competitions.

  • mezerable on November 2, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Why all these ignorant comments about the capt. inclusion into the WI team. Stats never lie...Rank 8th by the ICC in 20/20. Best bowling average in test in this current team. Solid ODI all-rounder. Fans have been fighting to see a penetrative Roach who hasn't picked up wickets and has played as a specialist night watchman. Sammy has shown the ability to pick up vital wickets...To win Test series....Pakistan and Bangladesh! Unfortunate against India and Draw in Sri Lanka.

  • on November 2, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    no sarwan, no gayle means no 300, ugly squad ! hope shiv get the 509 runs more he needs to get 10,000

  • on November 2, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    India india..........gayle is good choice for wi

  • LRichards on November 2, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Narine, Jn Mohammed, Santokie, Should be the latest addition to the West Indies Quad, There performances in the recent past should be rewarded, These PLAYERS should be pick for the One day leg series of India to Display there skills on the International scene. Loving the turnover of players now, BUT STILL MISSING GAYLE BADLY. WI Selectors please wake up.

  • VivGilchrist on November 2, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Another Test victory under Sammy. Sammy 50 wickets av29 doing his job as a containment bowler. What ignorant whiners dont realise is that Roach, Edwards, and Bishoo are all attacking bowlers requiring a Sammy type bowler to balance the attack. bowling looking better with Gibson at the helm too. The Haters must be hating this.

  • aclarity on November 2, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    This is another fundamental blunder by the WI Selectors. Narine is in form. He bowled well in India recently and was the top wicket taker in your most recent tournament but he is left out of the test team. Shillingford on the other hand has not played cricket at any level for a while but he is in the team. Is Shillingford an A grade player with a robust test record? Of course not! There must be someone from the windwards on the WI team, how else will Hunte get his votes. The non-selection of Narine is very backward thinking and is very transparent. We all saw Narine and he is a class above Shillingford. Let us go to the video tape - look at the statistics.

  • NBRADEE on November 1, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    What is the formula(e) for selection of cricketers? Can we look at the dedication to practice, comments made on/off the field, good looks even? No - production, and the consistency of production, too! Team harmony,potential, critical acclaim for prudence, fan adoration will not cut it - what's my point? THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE WINDIES TEAM!!! No one at the WICB level is able to tell us why the continuous rotation at the top, middle and bottom for this team; why the only unchallenged players on the team (re: place) are Chanderpaul and Sammy, etc. For all you Sammy fans - he is the LEAST productive of all our losing captains, and too much a risk to the careers of Rampaul, Roach and other penetrative bowlers as a continuous pick on the squad! One game with better performances does not a series win - if they cannot win this Test, and fail with the India and Australia series, WILL YOU THEN LOOK TO BLAME THE LACK OF SELECTION/MANAGEMENT FROM THE WICB????

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 1, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    One more thing I wanted to say, as much as I love my team, I would be very happy for the Windies if they beat us. That'll be a huge step for the Caribbean Tigers in the right direction. I have seen personally how many strong youngsters have taken to football in Jamaica, the land of Whispering Death (Michael Holding), Walsh and Patrick Patterson. That's very sad for the future of cricket in that region. I wish the Windies Cricket the very best. I really do. Anything for the sake of bringing the flare, athleticism and natural skill of Caribbean Cricket to the topmost echelons of Test Cricket and World Cricket, at large. With batsmen like Kirk, Darren, Shiv, Marlon and Barath, I don't see why anybody would write off this amazing team of immense talent and potential. Please keep out people with negative energy like Gayle. You'll do just fine.

  • on November 1, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    guys here are some facts: sarwan could not even play for his country Guyana in this present tournament...Jerome taylor same....how could they be picked for west indies?

  • on November 1, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    SOMEONE please help me, I obviously miss something. Why send home Simmons & bring in Barath. We already have our test openers Braithwaite & Powell. Simmons is our best ODI opener.What can Barath do that Simmons can't do? He is fit, can bat,bowl & w/keep & out field. After all there r only 3 tests matches. Pl I like Barath but I can't fathom the move. And pl don't tell me about playin spin. With the exception of Shiv & maybe Samuels none of them can.

  • sajjodaalman on November 1, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    we know why gayle and bravo are not here.. they are not loyal enought to west indies so i dont have a prob with them not being chosen. but where is ramnaresh sarwan?? he is good against spin and he has a very good record against india, he should have been picked! also i would have taken a risk and chosen sunil narine as 2nd spinner instead of shillingford. shilling has played any cricket for a while, but narine has been in amazing form

  • Mayfield on November 1, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    For all the naysayers and the ones who keep asking for the return of players who refused to sign central contracts, the WI team is going in the right direction. They have some young players who seem to have the right temperment-Bravo, Simmons, Brathwaithe and Keiran Powell have the potential to develop into quality players. Roach, Rampaul, Bess, Holder, Gabriel and Russel are young fast bowlers with great potential. Bishoo, Shillingford and Narine look good.With all of this talent and developing the right mentality and professionalism, the WI should do well in the future. All the naysayers will jump on board when these elements work together to make a formidable WI team. Gibson and co. are moving WI in the right direction, no matter what the naysayer might say. The proof will be in the pudding.

  • cricchic on November 1, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    As much as I like Sammy I like W.I Cricket more, for heaven's sake..Why Sammy is in a W.I Test side...He should Captain the 20/20 & ODI. Sammy is more of a containing bowler and not a wicket taking bowler..To win a Test Match you need to take 20 wickets. Every time Sammy play a test match we go with a genuine pace bowler short,Samuels have already proven that he can be a containing bowler, plus pick up a few wickets...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 1, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    This is going to be a tough series for India. Many players coming back from injuries. Not easy at this level no matter the quality of the opposition. And West Indies have excellent batsmen on the roll and awesome bowlers in Fidel, Bishoo and Rampaul. Underestimate this bunch at your own peril. I won't be surprised if they come out on top regularly and win the series as well. They don't have the negative energy of Gayle. That's a huge plus in and of itself. Welcome to India, Dear Caribbean Tigers! Be our Guests! I know how warm the Caribbean people are and their hospitality is second to none.

  • ramps_wi on November 1, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    talkin bout WI team selction does give me a headache yes, but ah cah help it, why the WICB and coach cannot relise that people want to see gayle, dwayne bravo etc we do want to see them they cannot entertain us, there must be someway to evict these fealls from office. Jack warner we need to you to run for WICB president to provide real vision for WI cricket future. i would like to see an attack with Roach, Rampaul,l Edwards and Sunil Narine.

  • on November 1, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    @krnataraj it is an illusion that India should have a tough test and one day series to improve its mental toughness ahead of australia. REMEMBER IT DID NOT HELP INDIA IN ENGLAND, DID IT? LOSING FORM HERE COULD BE DETRIMENTAL FOR INDIA,S CHANCES (SEHWAG COULD BE AN EXCEPTION AS HE HAS THAT ABILITY TO PLAY A BRILLIANT INNINGS WHEN PEOPLE THINK HE WOULD STRUGGLE) DON'T THINK THE OTHER PLAYERS CAN SURVIVE DROP IN FORM.

  • popahwheely on November 1, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Good Squad the only persons missing are Gayle and Jerome Taylor. People need to stop bashing Sammy he is what WI cricket needs right now until we groom a new young captain.I rather see this team go in and lose than watch a bunch of undisciplined "first choice players" play and lose anyway.

  • Hendersun on November 1, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING SOME TRULY PRODUCTIVE TEST CRICKET FROM WINDIES IN INDIA. RAMPAUL CAN/SHOULD ADD SOME EDGE TO THE BOWLING INDIAN SPIN ON FLAT TRACKS SHOULD PROVIDE SOUND TESTING FOR THE THREE K'S AND DARREN. CHANDERS AND SAMUELS HAVE EXPERIENCED THESE CONDITIONS BEFORE AND THEY SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF MEETTING THE TOUGH DEMANDS EFFECTIVELY.

  • on November 1, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    MY WI eleven to take them to top of the rankings in tests are: Gayle,Powell/barath,edwards,bravo,chanderpaul/deonarine(when he retires),samuels,ramdin,sammy,bishoo,rampaul,edwards. This squad has 3 quicks and 3spinners.

  • on November 1, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    good luck to the selected players as a WI fan. I think the team is missing a genuine alrounder bowler batsman 1 more genuine fast bowler. My squad would be Gayle ,Chanderpaul, Samuel, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, K Edwards, F Edwards, Bishoo, Roach, Rampaul, Barat, Sarwan, K Powell , Baugh.

  • lazytrini on November 1, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Is there any reason why Indian posters consistently feel the need to type in all caps? Also, there's someone here asking about Darren Powell? The fact that he was ever a front-line bowler for the WI is just an embarrassment.

  • on November 1, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    My Squad 1)Gayle 2)Sarwan 3) M.Samuels 4) Shivnarine Chanderpaul 5) Darren Bravo 6) Kirk Edwards 7) Carlton Baugh 8) Fidel Edwards 9) Kmar Roach 10) D.Bishoo 11) Jerome Taylor

    12)Dwayne Bravo 13) B.Nash 14)S.Benn 15) L.Simmons....

  • Vidoluga on November 1, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    I am frm the Windswards Islands. The best WI TEST team fr me is 1. Gayle 2. Kirk Edwards 3. Samuel 4. Darren Bravo 5. Chanderpaul 6. Sarwan 7. Baugh 8. Roach/Dw Bravo 9. Rampaul 10. Fidel Edward 11. Bishoo Four bowlers, Gayle & Samuel can provide backup. Captain Sarwan. Sammy must Captain the ODI & T20 teams but he can not make the test team.

  • on November 1, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Watching a WI eleven these days have become a travesty.Good players like Gayle and Sarwan are left out jokers like Sammy,Rookies get picked. WICB are funny. No wonder we are looked down upon in the cricketing world. Utter foolishness.

  • satish619chandar on November 1, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    @g.jeevan05 : Kirk Edwards and Samuels in good form.. Ignore them at your own peril.. Also, considering Indian teams lesser match practice, it might end up as a challenge too.. Until they reach the playfield, India will remain favourites and it leaves to the brand of cricket they play to decide the winners..

  • g.jeevan05 on November 1, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    It's India vs Chanderpaul!!!!!!

  • krnataraj on November 1, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    if west indies players know how to survive on slow turning tracks we will have a good series. otherwise it is going to be one way traffic!! hope the windies play at their best like they are doing in bangladesh and give india a good fight. it is imperative india have a tough test and one day series as this would help the team to improve its mental toughness for the upcoming tour down under!!! best of luck to both teams!!!

  • Beertjie on November 1, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    I mostly agree with you, @drtrinileggie, but I think the team ideally should have had Gayle, Dw Bravo and Sarwan in for Powell, Sammy and Ramdin. Either Dwayne Bravo or Sarwan could do a better job as captain than Sammy and would deserve their place on merit. My own preference is for Bravo so that I didn't need to pick Sarwan in the 11 for the first test and could have both Chanderpaul and Samuels. But we all know how flaky the WIndies are, so it would be good to have some experience around and on stand-by. My ideal 11 for Delhi: Gayle, Edwards, Sarwan, D Bravo, Samuels/Chanderpaul, Dw Bravo, Baugh, Roach, Shillingford, Edwards, Bishoo.

  • on November 1, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    chanders should captain the west indies,go w.i all the way.hahaha

  • on November 1, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    I HAVE A FEELING THAT THIS SERIES WILL NOT BE A CAKEWALK FOR INDIA.WITH THEIR INEXPERIENCE BOWLING ATTACK AND MANY OF THEIR BATSMAN ARE COMEING AFTER INJURY SO I AM NOT SURE THEY WILL FIND THIS WEST INDIAN SIDE EASY.I STILL FEEL BHAJJI SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE SIDE.

  • indianzen on November 1, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Better Chanderpaul retire and give the spot to a young and deserving batman...

  • maddy20 on November 1, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @mrcool This young squad was the one that crushed England. Under estimate the capabilities of Ashwin, Kohli, Rahane at your own peril, not to mention that the seniors are returning after a break. I see this series nothing more than a practice before the Aus tour. India will win it easily more so coz WICB chooses its own ego against fielding the best possible XI. Any cricket board would love to have gayle and benn in their team.

  • VivGilchrist on November 1, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    @Alex Mikaelian, Barath av 26, Samuels av 29, Dw Bravo av 31 bat and 39 ball, Benn av 41 ball. Don't be fooled by names that look good on a team sheet, but really lack the talent. These guys wouldn't make any of the top 6 Test squads. Hasn't K.Edwards impressed you yet?

  • aahahaa on November 1, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    @Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow Powell was a disaster and the Windies ook along time to get rid of him.

  • Rahul_78 on November 1, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    India need to be careful of WI, looking at Indian team selection seems like selectors have looked at this series to blood youngsters like Aaron, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma and Yadav who haven't played international test cricket at all. Anyone who knows a bit about test cricket will know that you need 20 wickets to win a test match. Irrespective of how strong a batting side you are if apposition puts on huge score on board you will always be playing catch up game. Besides Sehwag, Sachin and Yuvraj have hardly played any compatative cricket recently and Gambhir has just returned from an injury. India will do well to go in the tests by not underestimating WIs and prepare some turning tracks to help its spinners.

  • cricketdebator on November 1, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Ramdin is a good keeper, but what's the point in having 2 keepers iin a 15-man cricket squad? ' Doesn't make sense to me, but I notice there's not one word of dissagreement from the Pro-Ramdin's corner. And, for the benefit of my friend - Manish666, West Indies cricket is going in the right direction without Gayle, who, with all his thunder, means nothing to WI if he does not have the right attitude. Furthermore, WI cricket is much more important than him. Remember, no man is an Island.

  • drtrinileggie on November 1, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Slowly we are getting there. Too bad Sammy still continues. HE IS THE WEAK LINK.

  • mrcool on November 1, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    I think west indies will win this test series and I am not joking..Indian bowling attack looks weak with new bowlers.There should have been 1 experienced bowler.Samuels and chanderpaul will play key role.

  • satish619chandar on November 1, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    A decent team with good batsmen who try hard to graft an innings nad value their wicket.. With a bowler as coach, we see some more consistency in their bowling these days.. Looking out for good fight from WI..

  • on November 1, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    This is basically a second-string WI team. 1. Gayle, 2. Barath, 3. Darren Bravo, 4. Chanderpaul, 5. Samuels, 6. Dwayne Bravo, 7. Baugh, 8. Sammy, 9. Benn, 10. Rampaul, 11. Roach is the top strength Test XI, with Sarwan and Nash as reserve batsmen, Bishoo and Edwards as reserve bowlers, and Ramdin as reserve keeper. Powell, Braithwaite and K Edwards are still very young, Shillingford is average, and Simmons is like Devon Smith - decent but technically flawed. For ODI's, draft in Russell and Pollard for Nash and one of the seamers, and you are set.

  • satish619chandar on November 1, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @manish666 - Even Gayle has that ego.. If he feels he need to play international matches, then he also need to come a bit down from his ego..

  • on November 1, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Still no Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sulieman Benn, Brendan Nash or Ramnaresh Sarwan?

  • Sachit1979 on November 1, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    This is going to be a high profile series for Windies. So I think they should have gone with best possible combination. I would have preferred Chris Gayle over Keiron Powell, Dwayne Bravo over Kraig Braithwaite and Suleiman Benn over Shane Shillingford. Adrian Barath is another weak link as far as his fitness is concerned. I believe selectors should have pursued with Lendl Simmons only.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 1, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    good move...but will not be enough to win the test matches...

  • Swamin on November 1, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Now after IPL Indians like to watch Gayle's batting. Samuels & Chanderpaul have a good record against India.

  • manish666 on November 1, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    wht a pity....a thunder like gayle is not playing becoz sm idiots think their ego pampering is more important thn west idies cricket...specially on pitches where he proved himself murderous..its more thn stupidty to leave him out of squad...god knows where is windies cricket heading...

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on November 1, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    anyone know what happened to daren powell? he used to be a decent bowler for the windies.

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  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on November 1, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    anyone know what happened to daren powell? he used to be a decent bowler for the windies.

  • manish666 on November 1, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    wht a pity....a thunder like gayle is not playing becoz sm idiots think their ego pampering is more important thn west idies cricket...specially on pitches where he proved himself murderous..its more thn stupidty to leave him out of squad...god knows where is windies cricket heading...

  • Swamin on November 1, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Now after IPL Indians like to watch Gayle's batting. Samuels & Chanderpaul have a good record against India.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 1, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    good move...but will not be enough to win the test matches...

  • Sachit1979 on November 1, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    This is going to be a high profile series for Windies. So I think they should have gone with best possible combination. I would have preferred Chris Gayle over Keiron Powell, Dwayne Bravo over Kraig Braithwaite and Suleiman Benn over Shane Shillingford. Adrian Barath is another weak link as far as his fitness is concerned. I believe selectors should have pursued with Lendl Simmons only.

  • on November 1, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Still no Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sulieman Benn, Brendan Nash or Ramnaresh Sarwan?

  • satish619chandar on November 1, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @manish666 - Even Gayle has that ego.. If he feels he need to play international matches, then he also need to come a bit down from his ego..

  • on November 1, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    This is basically a second-string WI team. 1. Gayle, 2. Barath, 3. Darren Bravo, 4. Chanderpaul, 5. Samuels, 6. Dwayne Bravo, 7. Baugh, 8. Sammy, 9. Benn, 10. Rampaul, 11. Roach is the top strength Test XI, with Sarwan and Nash as reserve batsmen, Bishoo and Edwards as reserve bowlers, and Ramdin as reserve keeper. Powell, Braithwaite and K Edwards are still very young, Shillingford is average, and Simmons is like Devon Smith - decent but technically flawed. For ODI's, draft in Russell and Pollard for Nash and one of the seamers, and you are set.

  • satish619chandar on November 1, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    A decent team with good batsmen who try hard to graft an innings nad value their wicket.. With a bowler as coach, we see some more consistency in their bowling these days.. Looking out for good fight from WI..

  • mrcool on November 1, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    I think west indies will win this test series and I am not joking..Indian bowling attack looks weak with new bowlers.There should have been 1 experienced bowler.Samuels and chanderpaul will play key role.