Kirk Edwards, Walton in Test squad
Kirk Edwards and wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton have been named in the 15-member Test squad for West Indies' tour of India. Edwards, who is currently captaining the touring West Indies A team in the unofficial Tests against India A, made a case for his selection with some good scores on the tour.
Edwards was the 14th West Indies batsman to score a century in his debut Test - against India in 2011 - but was dropped after he failed during the side's tour to England in 2012. He was a part of the squad for the Tests against Bangladesh in November 2012, but did not get a game.
Since then, Edwards has captained the West Indies A team in first-class matches against Sri Lanka A at home and on the tour to India. The batsman is among the leading run-getters on the current tour of India. In three List A games, Edwards scored 159 runs at an average of 53, including one hundred and was third in the run-scoring charts, after Yuvraj Singh and Jonathan Carter. He scored two fifties in two first-class games and also captained the side to a 162-run win in the first match of the series.
Edwards was also the second highest run-scorer in first-class matches for West Indies A during the home series against Sri Lanka A. He scored 191 in two innings at an average of 95.5.
Another member of the Test squad on the comeback trail is Walton, who last played an international match for West Indies in 2009. Walton was a part of the replacement squad that was named after a player boycott erupted before the home series against Bangladesh in July 2009. The wicketkeeper-batsman had a productive domestic season earlier this year and was the leading run-scorer for Combined Campuses and Colleges, scoring 409 runs in six first-class games.
Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel's exclusion is the only other change from the Test squad that played against Zimbabwe in March. Gabriel was replaced by Jamaica pace bowler, Sheldon Cotterrell.
West Indies are scheduled to play two Tests and three ODIs on their tour of India. The first Test will begin on November 6, while the second Test is scheduled for November 14. The three ODIs will be played on November 21, 24 and 27.