West Indies tour of India 2013-14 October 4, 2013

Kirk Edwards, Walton in Test squad

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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.

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  • TylerLennox on October 11, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    No Narine??? One of the best bowlers in the world, especially in India where the pitches favour spin bowling?

    No Rampaul??? One of the best fast bowlers that the West Indies has?

    No DWAYNE??? An established all-rounder that is known for taking wickets on Indian pitches, and able to bat a good inning?

    Why is it that the West Indies selectors never choose the best players available? Why wouldn't you want your very best to play against one of the top test cricket teams on the planet??? I don't get it.

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    can you tell me how the world #1 player cannot make our test squad?. Am I missing something?. He needs to prove himself to wi selectors? . He have proven himself to the world already, any side in the world would be glad to give him first pick . But not WI , why is that

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    I find it completely impossible to pick a final eleven from this squad. the following HAVE to be picked. gayle, bravo, Sammy, chanders, Edwards?, samuels, ramdin, roach, best, shillingford. this leaves one more spot from- permaul a specialist spinner. deonarine a batsman that is a useful parttime spinner , cotterrell to boost a 2 prong pace attack or powell a promising young batsman. however WITHOUT permaul you have a 4 man bowling attack. without cotterrel you have only a 4 man attack. but you have to have an opener! someone has to open with gayle and it has to be powell. either this or deonarine or Edwards have to open. I cannot see how you can fit in a specialist opener without weakening the bowling and fitting in a bowler weakens the opening spot. the only solution is Edwards or deo as opener- though I would pick chanderpaul. you shouldn't have a middle order guy open but shiv is prob the main guy to do it. its unfair on deo and kirk on return to get them opening.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on October 6, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Bajan0123, Ramdin wasn't dropped. I agree that the squad is shaping up quite nicely, although the lack of Cummins/Johnson is a mystery I have already offered my opinion on earlier in the thread. A four pronged pace attack is the most enjoyable sight for many a Windies fan. Conjuring memories of the greats - and times when nobody could match them. We won't see their like for a long time, if ever. But the opportunity to watch an attack of Roach, Best, Cummins and Johnson/Cotterrell would be nice.

  • bajan0123 on October 6, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    I believe the WI team is heading in the right direction and i expect them to have a successful tour of both India and NZ. The selectors did the right thing by dropping Ramdin and Gabriel. I agree with the selection of Walton and i hope he has a successful career. Sarwan had his chance, however it time for Edwards, Brathwaite, Fundadin and Johnathan Carter to carry the torch. I hope the WI unleash a four pace attack soon with Roach, Best, Cummings and Cotterrell. Maybe in NZ. Go WI.

  • on October 5, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Stupid windies selectors once again.......where is rampaul,narine, sarwan ??west indies team should be ; from batting order Gayle Powell sarwan Darren bravo chanderpaul samuels ramdin sammy narine rampaul roach....cotterell for powell depending on the conditions.....bravo should open

  • on October 5, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    why aren't west indies picking their best players? youngsters like Johnson and cummings and Gabriel should be in there. what every did Gabriel do wrong? again batter youngsters confidence. weird management. in my view shillingford is a less expensive option than narine and might be a clever selection. narine is a 20/20 show pony. rampaul is a good bowler though so best above him gives pace like fire but what about pace from a youngster and going for the more consistent ravi? however I can see the latter is often injury prone. Edwards above a windies a batsman of which many performed is surprising . at least the future looks goo but how can it be if it isn't picked. at this rate they will all go the way of chris Jordan! still good luck wi...

  • bajan0123 on October 5, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I think the WI selectors should have included Kraig Brathwaite in the team instead of Deonarine. Brathwaite has proven himself to be an outstanding batsman with a lot of patients. Fundadin and Johnathan Carter has also perform better than Deonarine. Those who are calling for Rampaul over Best is not serious, Rampaul and Narine are more successful at T20 and ODI. They have not been successful in test. I am pleased Cummings and Cottrell are in the side. Hopefully Brathwaite is in for NZ tour. Good luck WI.

  • Cricmakessense on October 5, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    People narine will get his run in tests in due time but for now shilli is perfoming a lot better than him in the longer format...narine needs a few first class or a games to prove himself to the selectors for tests. No doubt once he gets it right he'll be amazing but for now we'll keep him as our main man for limited over cricket... Rampaul missing may be due to injury but i can't determine y permaul was selected over miller. I also think brathwaithe shud make it ahead of walton but i say again its a good squad

  • SNIFFLEATHER on October 5, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Posted by Stephen Ramsingh on (October 5, 2013, 10:12 GMT) Our best fast bowler in Rampaul not in the team! The best bowler in the world in Narine,not in the team!

    Rampaul is not as good as Roach. Others such as Gabriel, Cummins, Holder and con are also better prospects. Even the erratic Best would rank higher than Ravi. Narine is far from the best in the world too. Dale Steyn anyone...?

  • TylerLennox on October 11, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    No Narine??? One of the best bowlers in the world, especially in India where the pitches favour spin bowling?

    No Rampaul??? One of the best fast bowlers that the West Indies has?

    No DWAYNE??? An established all-rounder that is known for taking wickets on Indian pitches, and able to bat a good inning?

    Why is it that the West Indies selectors never choose the best players available? Why wouldn't you want your very best to play against one of the top test cricket teams on the planet??? I don't get it.

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    can you tell me how the world #1 player cannot make our test squad?. Am I missing something?. He needs to prove himself to wi selectors? . He have proven himself to the world already, any side in the world would be glad to give him first pick . But not WI , why is that

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    I find it completely impossible to pick a final eleven from this squad. the following HAVE to be picked. gayle, bravo, Sammy, chanders, Edwards?, samuels, ramdin, roach, best, shillingford. this leaves one more spot from- permaul a specialist spinner. deonarine a batsman that is a useful parttime spinner , cotterrell to boost a 2 prong pace attack or powell a promising young batsman. however WITHOUT permaul you have a 4 man bowling attack. without cotterrel you have only a 4 man attack. but you have to have an opener! someone has to open with gayle and it has to be powell. either this or deonarine or Edwards have to open. I cannot see how you can fit in a specialist opener without weakening the bowling and fitting in a bowler weakens the opening spot. the only solution is Edwards or deo as opener- though I would pick chanderpaul. you shouldn't have a middle order guy open but shiv is prob the main guy to do it. its unfair on deo and kirk on return to get them opening.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on October 6, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Bajan0123, Ramdin wasn't dropped. I agree that the squad is shaping up quite nicely, although the lack of Cummins/Johnson is a mystery I have already offered my opinion on earlier in the thread. A four pronged pace attack is the most enjoyable sight for many a Windies fan. Conjuring memories of the greats - and times when nobody could match them. We won't see their like for a long time, if ever. But the opportunity to watch an attack of Roach, Best, Cummins and Johnson/Cotterrell would be nice.

  • bajan0123 on October 6, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    I believe the WI team is heading in the right direction and i expect them to have a successful tour of both India and NZ. The selectors did the right thing by dropping Ramdin and Gabriel. I agree with the selection of Walton and i hope he has a successful career. Sarwan had his chance, however it time for Edwards, Brathwaite, Fundadin and Johnathan Carter to carry the torch. I hope the WI unleash a four pace attack soon with Roach, Best, Cummings and Cotterrell. Maybe in NZ. Go WI.

  • on October 5, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Stupid windies selectors once again.......where is rampaul,narine, sarwan ??west indies team should be ; from batting order Gayle Powell sarwan Darren bravo chanderpaul samuels ramdin sammy narine rampaul roach....cotterell for powell depending on the conditions.....bravo should open

  • on October 5, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    why aren't west indies picking their best players? youngsters like Johnson and cummings and Gabriel should be in there. what every did Gabriel do wrong? again batter youngsters confidence. weird management. in my view shillingford is a less expensive option than narine and might be a clever selection. narine is a 20/20 show pony. rampaul is a good bowler though so best above him gives pace like fire but what about pace from a youngster and going for the more consistent ravi? however I can see the latter is often injury prone. Edwards above a windies a batsman of which many performed is surprising . at least the future looks goo but how can it be if it isn't picked. at this rate they will all go the way of chris Jordan! still good luck wi...

  • bajan0123 on October 5, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I think the WI selectors should have included Kraig Brathwaite in the team instead of Deonarine. Brathwaite has proven himself to be an outstanding batsman with a lot of patients. Fundadin and Johnathan Carter has also perform better than Deonarine. Those who are calling for Rampaul over Best is not serious, Rampaul and Narine are more successful at T20 and ODI. They have not been successful in test. I am pleased Cummings and Cottrell are in the side. Hopefully Brathwaite is in for NZ tour. Good luck WI.

  • Cricmakessense on October 5, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    People narine will get his run in tests in due time but for now shilli is perfoming a lot better than him in the longer format...narine needs a few first class or a games to prove himself to the selectors for tests. No doubt once he gets it right he'll be amazing but for now we'll keep him as our main man for limited over cricket... Rampaul missing may be due to injury but i can't determine y permaul was selected over miller. I also think brathwaithe shud make it ahead of walton but i say again its a good squad

  • SNIFFLEATHER on October 5, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Posted by Stephen Ramsingh on (October 5, 2013, 10:12 GMT) Our best fast bowler in Rampaul not in the team! The best bowler in the world in Narine,not in the team!

    Rampaul is not as good as Roach. Others such as Gabriel, Cummins, Holder and con are also better prospects. Even the erratic Best would rank higher than Ravi. Narine is far from the best in the world too. Dale Steyn anyone...?

  • on October 5, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Our best fast bowler in Rampaul not in the team! The best bowler in the world in Narine,not in the team! Against powerhouse India and we are experimenting? When we finally have something good going W.I. way,the selectors mess it up.It will be interesting to hear what the cricketing gurus have to say about this 11.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on October 5, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    When Rampaul first came onto the scene years ago, he gave the Windies followers plenty of hope - as did Fidel Edwards, Reon King, Nixon McLean etc. However, his lack of fitness discipline has always hurt his chances. He is a good bowler, but has always lacked pace. Bowling steadily and moving the ball a bit at 80mph is useful, but it will never give you the penetration you desire. With Sammy in the team, Rampaul is not needed. He is fading as the years go by, another who had his chances and failed to step up. That's why guys such as Delorn Johnson, Miguel Cummins, Jason Holder and Sheldon Cotterrell all need to be encouraged and blooded early on - teach them how it is to be a test cricketer at a young age and they may well stand a better chance of making the transition to the highest level. If they fail, they still have plenty of time to correct it - but sticking with Rampaul, Edwards etc just delays the possible introduction of world beaters, and prolongs the test careers of so-so's.

  • smudgeon on October 5, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    I like that they're sticking with Shillingford, he's a good tall orthodox spinner, perhaps that height (and bounce) will be a real advantage. Permaul seems to have done alright in the recent A match against India, valuable experience in those conditions, but Nikitia Miller also did pretty well and seems to have missed out. Ah, I guess they have Deonarine, Samuels and Gayle in addition to Shillingford and Permaul, so it's not like they're running low on spin options, huh? Wondering why Narine isn't in contention here - perhaps someone who knows a little more might let me know? I gather he's considered (by himself and the selectors?) as more of a short-form specialist, and I know he's been on Champions League duties. If that's the case, it's a shame - if he just worked on perfecting ONE stock ball and was a little more conservative with his huge bag of tricks, he could be a real handful in Tests...

  • on October 4, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    fidel edwards has had his day in the sun, its now time for cummins to come in but i still think the selectors have done a good job generally,in my opinion the only mistake they have made is perservering with edwards who has a bad back.we are gradually getting our batting right ,we now have good spin bowlers ,just got to get our fast bowlers boeling fast and line and length .

  • Riddymon on October 4, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    @Dr_Zeus: Dwayne Bravo isn't normally picked in the test squad...well not in recent times at least. I agree with the decision not to play Narine...he's a good spinner but he's at his best in limited overs you when you have time and scoreboard pressure. Ramdin should not be in this squad....Best should not be in this squad, I don't care how fast he bowls. HE tends to have good overs followed by horrid overs. Definitely would've chosen rampaul to spearhead the attack alongside Roach. Looks like they're trying to blood some new players which is good though..we'll see how well this turns out.

  • on October 4, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    I want to add my two cents worth about Miguel Cummings, he definitely deserves a look. He is performing very well with the West Indies A currently on tour in India. I like Leon Johnson as a player to keep an eye on.

  • on October 4, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    I read through the comments and there is a common concern about selection by the WI cricket board.Nafzak mentioned Deonarine who failed and yet was selected.It seems as though our selectors have no clue of what is needed for WI cricket, this is messing cricket and the confidence of our players. Narine has tormented every batsman that ever faced him, and not to see him play test cricket is denying the world of a classy bowler more than the player himself.Rampaul is in excellent form and so is Cummins.Fudadin has shown his intention.Chanderpaul has a while more and I am sure the guys will benefit immensely.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on October 4, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Posted by Fernsby on (October 4, 2013, 17:50 GMT) @SNIFFLEATHER.. so you want a guy to go play India after few months of cricket? That's how we hurt our players.

    No Fernsby, that's not how you hurt GOOD players, that's how you find world beaters at an early age. Cummins has not played a bunch of first class cricket - but when he has, he's been superb - and on mostly slow, low tracks. Imagine this guy on green tops in New Zealand, or bouncy tracks in SAF/AUS. We need to take a chance, that is what I'm saying. Sure, you will say he's unproven long term - but the extra year or two in the wings, whilst rehashed bowlers like Rampaul or Fidel Edwards gain more unwarranted opportunities will do what exactly...? Delorn Johnson was fantastic for two seasons - without selection. I don't want to see guys like this ignored when those who have had their chances are continued to be selected. The bottom line is this - if you are good enough, you are old enough.

  • nafzak on October 4, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Why even send an "A" team to India, if good performances will not be rewarded. Fuadin, Braithwaite and Edwards all performed well so far. Deonarine whom I really like, has not and yet he is in the team. Rampaul has shown that he is the best WI fast bowler when fit and it appears that he is fit. Narine is our best spinner and among the best in the world today, and deserves a shot at Test cricket.. if not now, when? Shillingford in front of Narine and Bishoo I don't get. Bishoo by the way, has much improved his batting. Sorry, but I just cannot see WI winning any Test matches soon.

  • on October 4, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    WI will definitely beat India in ODI's, in Tests, I believe that WI has better chances because they have quality spinners. Let us see if Dhoni calls for "Spinning Tracks". He would make a blunder if he does that.

  • Aju.Nair on October 4, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    bad selection to miss Narine and Miller...Miller has played very well for the A team and still dont know why he has not given a chance..Kirk Edwards selection was good as he already showed his potential..1. Gayle 2. K Powell 3. Kirk Edwards 4. D.Bravo 5. S.Chanderpaul 6. M. Samules 7. D.Ramdin 8. D.Sammy 9.V. Perumaul 10. K. Roach 11. S. Shillingford may the possible 11. But they are one bowler short in this..they have to take a decision between K.Powel and K.Edwards for including one more bowler and that would have been ideal place for Miller or Narine...Godspeed..

  • on October 4, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    @Alexei.. exactly! It's like people want a 25 man squad going to India.

    People also need to realise we have an embarrassment of riches with spinners right now. You can make cases for any of Miller, Benn, Bishoo and Narine. All can't be picked. Everyone wants to chuck in young players. For the past 10 years that what we were doing and where that get us? all the way down to the bottom. We have a set nucleus of players and doing well so let it be. Make complaints after the series and see who performs.

  • WILAD on October 4, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @SNIFFLEATHER.. so you want a guy to go play India after few months of cricket? That's how we hurt our players.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on October 4, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Can't understand why some people believe that holding back Miguel Cummins is a good idea. How exactly? To teach him the art of patience...? Crazy. This young man has shown already that he has genuine pace (over 90mph) and good control. He isn't 18 years old so I disagree that he needs time to learn the game...don't remember many of the greats having to wait too long...why do it to Cummins...? Get him in

  • Frayninho21 on October 4, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    I'm surprised to see that Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine have been omitted from the squad.

  • on October 4, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Don't understand all these complaints about Sammy. He has shown even after the captaincy was given to Bravo in ODI that he is the heart of this West Indies team. He has the captaincy temperament and even though he doesn't bat all that well, his cameos does make up for the lack-lustre performances of the top order many times and he bowls his heart out for the team. He is the only player that shows the true WI spirit of old...

  • Alexei on October 4, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Why people are questioning these selections? Every time a team is picked all you people can do is qarrel about the selections no matter what the result the team picks up. Isn't it clear as day that the selectors are trying to stick with the core group of players that we've won the last 6 tests with? Obviously there'll be additions bcuz more ppl are required to travel to India. @aclarity Deonarine made a superb 110 at a strike rate of 60 vs Sri Lanka A in the summer, he was only man to conquer the bowling in that innings and has been in the squad from the Australian's tour here. Cummings deserves more time to develop while Cotterell would give us a dimension we haven't had in a while with his left arm pace.Edwards' recall was expected but Walton's wasnt. He wouldn't get a game over Ramdin so he's there for experience and if memory serves me right, TWO WK'S WERE PICKED FOR OUR LAST TOUR OF INDIA. But I did expect Rampaul to get recalled. ALL IN ALL YALL NEED TO CALM DOWN

  • on October 4, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    we need in the wi squad cummins holder Gabriel cutrell who Ibeleave was picked to fail,this man was not picked on indiaA match, if we do not rectify captain position we will never be able to pick right team the captain should be powell with help from seniors on the team till he gains confidence , present captain has too many competitors for his position , that he is not clearly better than our problem in w I we have too many masters to please I am talking test cricket odi and t20 Sammy should captain that experiment w/ bravo was stupid but in wi cricket there is no shortage of stupidity

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    I'm looking for Jonathan Carter, Ravi Rampaul, Nikiti Miller and Assad Fudadin. I would even prefer Braithwaite over Powell. Not sure what justifies Narsing Deonarine's inclusion. Use the Windies A team to change things, they're actually successful in winning matches against top teams in their standard. Also would prefer Cummings over Cotteral, although both are justified.

  • thebeardedblunder on October 4, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Whatever happened to Sulliman Benn? Is he still playing, and is he in contention for selection? Hopefully someone can enlighten me.

  • Sachit1979 on October 4, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Gayle, Powell, Bravo, Chanders and Deonaraine, all lefties, looks like this series is going to be feast for Ravichandran Ashwin.

  • sweetiepaper on October 4, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Ok squad. But no need for Walton in the 15 on such a short tour. I cant see him playing before Ramdin. No Narine and Rampaul who do so well on Indian Pitches. Madness. I understand Narine is not the ideal test bowler. But selectors must choose horses for courses, Narine is at home on Indian pitches. Miller has been bowling quite well and deserved a recall. But Shillingford has done no wrong so its a bit of a dilemma with the spinners. Tino Best should not be there. If he and Deonarine doesn't come good on this tour, I hope its bye-bye for them. enough chances. I would have brought in Miller, Narine and Rampaul for Walton, Best and Deonarine/Permaul.

  • rayfanatics on October 4, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Quite surprised that many fans haven't spoken about Gabriel's exclusion. Just 3 test matches old and with pace and bounce to trouble the best, he had been discarded already. Have to agree with most comments here about Ramdin and Sammy - the dynamic duo. They are the only non-performing players in this pretty good squad and the only way to keep them safe is to make them captain and vice-captain. Way to go West Indies selectors! Why do you never surprise me?

  • SreeSreekant on October 4, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    This selection dissopints youngsters more. Brathwhite is gets disappointed alot with selection. what is he supposed to do more than this ? Fudadin..? L johnson..? these 3 deserves place than Deonaraine and K Edwards. Deonarine how does he got place in team..its really strange..nothing there to support his selection

  • Cricmakessense on October 4, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    y everyone appealing for so many youngsters...it works for india that doesn't mean it'll work for wi too...experience is needed and 2 or 3 debutant or new comers is good enough. this team already has permaul cotterell as debutants they don't really need anymore i'd really like to know wat miller did to the selectors. hope samuels and chanderpaul score some centuries...gayle needs to silence his critics powell edwards and deonarine has a lot to prove and lil bravo will do well

  • aclarity on October 4, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Why are two keepers in the same 15 man team on a very short tour? Politics! You give me Deonarine and I will give you Walton is a possibility. All speculation aside, from this team I would drop Deonarine, Sammy, Ramdin and Shilly. In their places, I would pick Brathwaite, Cumins, Narine and Carter/Simmons. No politics here and Gayle is the captain.

  • aclarity on October 4, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    WI selectors did not bite the bullet as expected. Sammy, like Dwayne Bravo is a T20 and ODI man. He cannot bat or bowl well enough to make the test team. Cozier told them you must pick two spinners in India. Then who are your two fast bowlers - Sammy and Roach or Best or Cottereal. Our selectors seem to have flashbacks. Deonarine has not made a century at any level in the past 3 years but he makes it before our Alister Cooke (Brathwaite). Apart from Shilly, there are Samuels and Gayle as off spinners. How about Carter? His record is by far superior to Deonarine in the past three years, particularly in the crunch. By the way I would choose Narine over Shilly based on "belly." Again I say Fire the Selectors!!

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    What happen to rampaul,holder and cummins ? Miller also deserves a chance ahead of permaul

  • JoshFromJamRock on October 4, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    I made an earlier comment on squad selection but i didn't realize Roach is now back from injury. Roach, Best, Shillingford and Permaul/Cotterrell would be my four SPECIALIST bowlers based on this squad. And for those backing Sammy, i agree he's done wonders for WI cricket and does not need to be discarded. He does certainly warrants his place in the limited over squads as an bowling allrounder ( he is the best bowling allrounder in the region btw). However in test cricket, He still needs to improve his batting and carrying on from his typically quick starts. A couple tours with the first-class "A" team should help him out instead of these T20 leagues. And for those against Ramdin, he is a solid wicket-keeper which is needed in Test cricket. If Ramdin was a good batsman averaging 30+, I would be ok with him batting at 6 and Sammy at 7 because the team would still have its four specialist bowlers....as i said earlier, 20 wickets win a Test match.

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    In response to Duane George instead of making a case for your name sake to play as a batsman why not ask why the second or third best bats Sarwan in terms of average 40 plus is not in the side? Would Kirk Edward be better in India than Sarwan? Rampaul is our best and most consistent fast bowler why is he not in the side? West Indies will loose this series badly. Sammy as captain is a no no for me.

  • Mayaro_Man on October 4, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    good squad, good to see Cotterell in there, might be the quickest we have at he moment and leftarm too. Best should not have been picked though as he does nothing with the ball except pace which will stand and asked to be hit in those conditions. Maybe Rampaul who still gets swing. Good batting side and good spinners. We could surprise India and draw this.

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Rampaul is a strike bowler, he should have been included in the squad...Not too sure what they are thinking....

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    2 Keepers in a 15 man squad for a short tour?

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    2 Keepers in a 15 man squad for a short tour?

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    We as WI's have to trust d selectors some, of d best spinners for those slow Indian wickets are left out and like some of d previous posts why aren't some of the players who are used to playing in Indian conditions not on the team ?

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Excellant Team... Will be good contest with Indian team :)

  • A-Gunnie on October 4, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    @ Duane Josiah George....Narine is not even in squad!! Anyway,the selectors don't even know their players and from what I see they are rotating them way too much and not giving them (some) a fair chance to settling-in and get their confidence in the respected format. They've killed Bissoo's career by doing,a guy who has shown very good results in the test format.

  • krishay on October 4, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    The team is a good team with the exception of Deonarine and Permaul!!! Dwayne Bravo could have been given the opportunity as an allrounder (who knows indian conditions ) in place of Deonarine. Also Miller did so well consistently for the WI A team, then he, Rampaul orNarine could have been given the chance!!

  • Anil_Koshy on October 4, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Why Cummins is not in the side, he looked promising during their tour of India.

  • md4cric on October 4, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Hi Stephen Would love to see 1-1 but the venues are not decided so it"s hard to predict. If 1 of the venues are Mohali or Nagpur/Bangluru then yes Windies Fasts could form an early damage but in case of not bowler friendly venues I'm afraid we might see 0-0, 2-0 in favor of India because what's changed since 2011 is Shikhar Dhawan and Pujara. One is aggressive to run away fast from the opening scoreline 0/0 to 120/0 or 1 in first session itself making a good platform for middle order to capitalize. It"ll be a good "Well fought " series as Windies has been creating those with others and infact in India in 2011.

  • bbnn on October 4, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Where is devendra bishoo?

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    What exactly has Narine done to warrant a test pick? And I would have Miller instead of Permaul but what has Shilly done to be dropped? Since shilly played for West Indies he has had ONE bad game and that was in England where the only person who played well was Samuels. Shillingford is the best test match spin bowler we have, LIKE IT OR NOT! Also, Deonarine has been given enough chances in my opinion so he should be dropped and Dwayne bravo should play as a batsman. I wonder why Dwayne does not take his batting more seriously because it seems like he has regressed in batting since he came into the team. Back to Mr Narine, he cannot bowl a consistent probing line and length and he is not patient enough to 'work on a batsman'. His wicket taking is much predicated on batsmen attacking and in test match cricket they do not have to as much as T20s. Good squad tho.

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Sometimes I does wonder if the persons who write these comments are sick 2 bad, after all what Sammmy has done as WI captain you all still want to see an under achieving Denish Ramdin as Capt. Compare Sammy and Ramdin test record since he became capt and you all will see what I'm talking about you all are either Jamaicans or Trinidadians.

    Secondly, Narine really an truly isn't a red ball bowler good move WI selectors keep him as a ODI/T20 specialist keep the batsmen thinking.

    Good move to bring back Kirk and Walton the place in the middle order is real stiff every one has a chance, and I like Contrell he's a gem if he stays fit. Finally if we draw or win the series we can climb to 4th place in test ranking. Go for it boys rally round Sammy and the West Indies.

  • CricketChat on October 4, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Sunil Narine and Rampaul should have been included unless they themselves wanted a break after CLT20. Sunil might have had some poor results in the past when just started tests. The only was he can prove he is better now is when he plays and of all places, India is where the place to do it.

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    I'd have Rampaul in, otherwise good squad. Totally agree with supporting comments for Sammy. Great bloke who has really helped turn Windies around. I wouldn't be surprised at a 1-1 scoreline.

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    you guys need to get off Sammy's back. The more the dogs bark the wagon rolls on. Forward on Sammy !!

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    I am surprised that Narine is not there in the test squad Eventhough his record is not good in test matches the conditions in India would have been perfect for him to show his mettle as a test bowler seeing how Indian batsmen struggled to pick him during IPL .

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    bit of a surprise no narine considering his present form and indians condition on 4th and 5th day wickets. rampaul a big surprise tooooooooooooo he handy with bat lower down the order . dwayne dravo should be given a go test cricket along with sarwan. cosidering that india will field more spinners they needed a solid right hand batters in middle, bcoz powell,jr bravo, fuddadin,deonarine are not good enough. predicting a 1-0 win for india. hope young and experience west indians prove me wrong and show some west indian flavour.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Why are people calling calling for Narine in Test? His stats are really not good in that format. There are better test bowlers than him

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    no miller........no rampaul two notable omissions.......once rampaul is fit he should be an automatic pick and killer miller still continues to be over looked i am beginning to think his non inclusion goes further than his efforts on the field.......though i like his enthusiasm i believe tino will struggle in india with his one dimensional bowling.....having said this it still is on paper a strong team...will have to wait and see

  • on October 4, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Hope Kirk Edwards doesn't end up going bang bang just to impress some IPL bosses. The West Indian test team could become a major force, if only some of their batsmen were willing to play the waiting game- ala Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Someone needs to hold one end up, play out the tough sessions and not expect Chanderpaul to do it everytime. They need to show some team spirit and give their 100%. Except Darren Sammy, who always gives 200% whatever may be the format, whatever may be the team he is playing, the others don't seem to be doing it. At least enough.

  • on October 4, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    good selection...considering current talent pool, each caribbean nations should have separate national teams like UK.

  • Captainman on October 4, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    West Indies are too big for India.

  • SamRoy on October 4, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    I think Miller is going to be missed. Preferably it should have been Narine and Miller rather than Shillingford and Permaul. At least, play two spinners otherwise WI might end up getting two innings defeats.

  • enigma12345 on October 4, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    My Squad Chris Gayle,Kirk Edwards,Darren Bravo,Marlon Samuel,Shivnarine Chanderpaul,Darren Sammy,Chadwick Walton,V.Perumal,S.Shilligford,S.Cottreall,Kemar Roach.

  • siddhartha87 on October 4, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    where is Nikita Miller. He is bowling really well in this "A" series.His 1st class record is tremendous as well. Really disappointed at this.Good to see Edwards back in the team.He handled spin really well in India last time.The batting line up looks really strong.But again inclusion of Sammy will hurt the balance of the team.MY xi- 1,gayle 2.Powell 3. Edwards 4. Bravo 5.C'paul 6 Samuels 7.Ramdin 8.Sammy 9.permaul 10. Roach/Best 11. Shillingford

    Inclusion of Sammy will probably lead to 3 pacer and 1 spinner combination which is bad combination in India tbh.

  • on October 4, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    I think order should be 1. Gayle 2. Powell 3. Kirk Edwards 4. Darren Bravo 5. Marlon samuels 6. SHiv CHandrapaul 7. Sammy 8 . Ramdin 9 . Shilling ford 10 . Permaul 11 . Roach

    12th cotterell . But then i think it should be sammy out and cotterell in and ramdin should be the captain

  • Sachit1979 on October 4, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Caribbean selectors ensure India's victory in this series by ignoring Sunil Narine and Sulieman Benn for this series. Few more questions to be answered: Is pace attack good enough with just Roach, Best, T20 specialist Sammy and inexperienced Cotterrell? What is the utility second keeper Walton in a series that includes just 2 tests Is Deonaraine capable enough to play as fifth bowler/all rounder? What is the form and fitness status of Shillingford?

    Only excitement I see in this squad is inclusion of Chanderpaul. It would be great to see the legend batsman in Caribbean colors after long time.

  • on October 4, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    I really think Nikita Miller should get another run. He's been bowling superbly in the A games in the subcontinent. The Indian batsmen will have Shane Shillingford for breakfast. Also, not picking Ravi Rampaul will hurt the Windies, surely.

    But it will be interesting to see how the batsmen cope against Ashwin and co. The last time around, they got mowed down early in the tour. But Chanders and Darren Bravo really got around to tackling them well by the second innings of the Kolkata test.

  • on October 4, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    so the WICB still thinks Tino Best deserves his place in d team...gr8 vision...

  • jimbond on October 4, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    So its Darren Sammy as captain, again! This is going to be the only weak link in this WI team. I am not an expert on WI cricket but I thought that Fletcher was performing better in recent times as compared to Walton. Or maybe, its only WK skills that is getting considered here- which is justifiable. If Cotterel is fit, thats good news- as India has always been troubled by left arm pacemen.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 4, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    The BCCI didn't even want to schedule 1 T20 real disappointing considering it would be a full house and how well loved W.I T20 players are in India but large chance of Indian defeat affecting ranking make them play 3 ODI in favored format again even after W.I just played tri series of ODI v India.

  • Ashniw on October 4, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Its unbelievable , Nikita Miller doesnt find a place for the India tour.I imagine infigthing and internal politics in the Jamaican team is the only reason Nikita Miller has been left out of the squad, inspite of stellar performance agianst India A and an outstanding first class record. Do the WI selectors have any other excuse?

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 4, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    If Kirk plays surely it will be opening along with Gayle so he should open in these A games Powell or Kraigg should come at 3.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 4, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    If Narine doesn't make squad for India then he's never going to play Test's seriously the management have lost the plot they throw him in deep end against England at start of the wet English year and then discard him ? surely he should be included in Inida just to see what he'd do in at least one game off his IPL impact alone ? For me Narine and Miller 100% should be in along with Shillingford.

  • sohaibahmad on October 4, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Where is Jerome Taylor, has he retired due to injuries or simple the forgotten man of WI? Miguel Cummins looks good too

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 4, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    What no Miller ?Miller has been better than Permaul with bat and ball. Cotterell was supposedly injured didn't even played an A game and now he's in First squad ? what's going on here . . .

  • WILAD on October 4, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Best has taken an average of three wickets a test match since coming back (but it's Tino so no one respects it I guess). If anyone can get something out of a dead pitch it's Tino. Roach is the top bowler. The other pacemen are just coming to watch really. Fast bowlers in India will just be used to rest the spinners anyway. Permaul has taken as much wickets as Miller on the A tour. I guess they decided to go with the youngster aint nothing wrong with that. We argue about playing youngsters then when their played we argue again, does this policy only apply to pacemen? Let Permaul get his chance. Batting wise we are set but it always seems so yet somehow collapses happen. This a a true test playing against India.

  • on October 4, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    (Part 2) Sammy's test record since becomining skipper is 2010 very inadequate for a test all-rounder - 25 test, 873 runs @ 23.59 & 50 wickets @ 38.08 - is not good enough. Once Sammy is in the test team, the windies are either a batsman short or a bowler short. Recently tests vs ZIM we had Ramdin batting @ # 6. Ramdin is not a test match # 6, he is barely good enough to bat @ # 7. His batting ability compared to other international test keepers such as Prior, haddin, De Villiers, Chandimal, Mushfiqur, Dhoni is below. He is only better than Pakistan test keeper Sarfraz Ahmed & whoever keeps for mediocre Zimbabwe.

    Thus if the selectors chose to bat Ramdin @ 6 to play Sammy, that is a recipe for disaster in India.Chris Gayle can easily lead the test team.

    Gayle (c), K Edwards, D Bravo, Samuels, C'Paul, Simmons, Ramdin, Narine, Shillingford, Roach, Cotterrelll

    K Powell, Walton, DW Bravo, Best

    I can understand Rampaul not being picked because of him just returning from injury.

  • on October 4, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Why do so many not like Powell. A couple series back the guy scored back to back hundreds. Averages about 10 higher than Brathwaite. Let Brathwaite continue improving and show consistency first. That's why we were so bad before just dropping in guys after 1 or two good innings.

  • on October 4, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    (Part 1) So does the non selection of Narine mean the selectors view him as ODI/T20 specialist only?. If so the selectors need to state this. Sure Narine hasn't had the greatest start to his test career, but he is a bowler whose talent means he should be backed across all three formats. He certainly has all the skills to be as success in tests as he is in ODI/T20s.

    If thats not the case, the better not use the excuse of "Narine & Shillingford being two off-spinners & thus they want the variety of a left-armer". Nonsense since Australia played two leg-spinners in Warne/MacGill with great success in many tests.

    I know for sure the Indian batsmen will be quite glad they won't be facing him in these tests, instead of Narine.

    Secondly i'm in the camp (which i know is very big around the caribbean & the windies fan diaspora worldwide) that believes Sammy should not be in the test team much less leading him. He is simply a T20 & ODI player & would be quite fine leading those sides.

  • Dav1daKing on October 4, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Nikita Miller could have been included also. but that's no big deal really i'm ok with the squad

  • Dav1daKing on October 4, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Tests: 1.Gayle, 2.Kraigg Brathwaite, 3.D.M.Bravo, 4.Samuels(VC), 5.Chanderpaul, 6.Deonarine, 7.Ramdin(Wktpr)(Capt), 8.Holder, 9.Shillingford, 10.Roach, 11.D.Johnson. (12th man.K.Edwards, 13.Cummings, 14.Permaul, 15.Fudadin)

    ODI's: 1.Gayle, 2.Charles(Wktpr), 3.D.M.Bravo, 4.Samuels, 5.Simmons, 6.Carter, 7.D.J.Bravo(VC), 8.Sammy(Capt), 9.Holder, 10.Narine, 11.Roach. (12th man.Russell, 13.Rampaul, 14.Permaul, 15.Deonarine)

    T20's: 1.Gayle, 2.Charles(Wktpr), 3.Samuels, 4.D.M.Bravo, 5.Simmons, 6.D.J.Bravo(VC), 7.Pollard, 8.Sammy(Capt), 9.Narine, 10.Santokie, 11.Best. (12th man.Dwayne Smith, 13.Nurse, 14.F.Edwards, 15.Russell.

    Talents That Missed Out On Selection: 1.C.Brathwaite, 2.Y.Ottley, 3.Badree, 4.Barath, 5.Devon Smith, 6.Gabriel, 7.Baugh(Wktpr), 8.Benn, 9.Bishoo, 10.Beaton, 11.Dorwhich(Wktpr), 12.Thomas(Wktpr), 13.L. Johnson, 14.Bonner, 15.Powell, 16.Cooper, 17.R.Reifer, 18.Sarwan, 19.Barnwell, 20.Cotterrell, 21.Fletcher(Wktpr), 22.Walton, 23.Miller.

  • podichetty on October 4, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Looks a really strong West indies squad and India will have their work cut out. it's amazing that even with so much talent in their ranks, they have not been consistent in tests. I won't be surprised if they manage to win the series this time !

  • on October 4, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    its a strong squad but where is Sunil Narayen? Anyway Looking towards WI revival...

  • Farce-Follower on October 4, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    For me the guys to watch for are Chanders and Gayle. The former a legend in his last tour of India, and the latter, well in whites.

  • JoshFromJamRock on October 4, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Squad looks good but where are Rampaul and Nikita Miller? Rampaul is a strike bowler and has control while Miller is WAY BETTER than permaul in every format of the game. Nevertheless this team won't got rolled over easily as this batting has a good mix of experience and potential. My first XI would be the following:

    1.Gayle 2.Edwards 3.Bravo 4.Chanderpaul 5.Samuels 6.Deonarine 7.Ramdin 8.Shillingford 9.Best 10.Permaul 11.Cotterrell

    As much as i admire Sammy, he will disrupt the balance of the team by replacing either Permaul and cotterrell making the bowling less threatening. I would have given Ramdin a chance as test captain because his place is pretty much secure in the team unless he really messes up on his batting. Containment is good but 20 wickets wins a Test match. The wicket taking responsible will be mainly on Shillingford (3 wkts per inning) because I don't see Best or Permaul taking more than 2 wkts per inning each. Samuels and Sammy should combine for 3 wkts per inning.

  • sagitrama on October 4, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    My 15 would have been Gayle, Powell, Brathwaite, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Kirk Edwards, Lil Bravo, Fudadin, Ramdin, Sammy, Shillingford, Miller, Cummins, Roach, Best. Experience + Youth + Form should have been the way

  • venkatesh018 on October 4, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    The squad has only 3 regular pacemen in Roach, Tino Best and Cotterrell. Why no Ravi Rampaul ?

  • Dav1daKing on October 4, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    i believe West Indies should have brought Kraigg Brathwaite instead of Powell. i think he's in better form and it'll aid the righthand-lefthand combination at the top of the order, as for the inclusion of Walton, i think that he needs another season scoring hundreds first and making big scores and for Cotterrell, i think Delorn Johnson should have been ahead of him in making his debut and even Miguel Cummings but all in all, it's an ok squad which should come out on top or give India a stern challenge.

  • on October 4, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Quick fix! From october to November

  • dpassionate on October 4, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Good work on updating dates :)

  • CherryWood_Champion on October 4, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    With Kirk in full form ... Shiv is as usual always the best ... Gayle knows how the pitches in India work ... and Samuels ... it is a formidable batting line up. For some reason my intuition says Cotterrell will be the man to be watched in this series. btw .. where the hell is Ravi Rampaul ?

  • on October 4, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    How can you even imagine of touring sub-continent without your class spinners in squad? where are Bishoo, Naraine & badree? strange to find them missing the squad, anybody any explanation?

  • Dr_Zeus on October 4, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    O:O.....at last Dwayne Bravo has been dropped....yaaaaayyyy for the West Indies selectors!!!!

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  • Dr_Zeus on October 4, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    O:O.....at last Dwayne Bravo has been dropped....yaaaaayyyy for the West Indies selectors!!!!

  • on October 4, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    How can you even imagine of touring sub-continent without your class spinners in squad? where are Bishoo, Naraine & badree? strange to find them missing the squad, anybody any explanation?

  • CherryWood_Champion on October 4, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    With Kirk in full form ... Shiv is as usual always the best ... Gayle knows how the pitches in India work ... and Samuels ... it is a formidable batting line up. For some reason my intuition says Cotterrell will be the man to be watched in this series. btw .. where the hell is Ravi Rampaul ?

  • dpassionate on October 4, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Good work on updating dates :)

  • on October 4, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Quick fix! From october to November

  • Dav1daKing on October 4, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    i believe West Indies should have brought Kraigg Brathwaite instead of Powell. i think he's in better form and it'll aid the righthand-lefthand combination at the top of the order, as for the inclusion of Walton, i think that he needs another season scoring hundreds first and making big scores and for Cotterrell, i think Delorn Johnson should have been ahead of him in making his debut and even Miguel Cummings but all in all, it's an ok squad which should come out on top or give India a stern challenge.

  • venkatesh018 on October 4, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    The squad has only 3 regular pacemen in Roach, Tino Best and Cotterrell. Why no Ravi Rampaul ?

  • sagitrama on October 4, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    My 15 would have been Gayle, Powell, Brathwaite, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Kirk Edwards, Lil Bravo, Fudadin, Ramdin, Sammy, Shillingford, Miller, Cummins, Roach, Best. Experience + Youth + Form should have been the way

  • JoshFromJamRock on October 4, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Squad looks good but where are Rampaul and Nikita Miller? Rampaul is a strike bowler and has control while Miller is WAY BETTER than permaul in every format of the game. Nevertheless this team won't got rolled over easily as this batting has a good mix of experience and potential. My first XI would be the following:

    1.Gayle 2.Edwards 3.Bravo 4.Chanderpaul 5.Samuels 6.Deonarine 7.Ramdin 8.Shillingford 9.Best 10.Permaul 11.Cotterrell

    As much as i admire Sammy, he will disrupt the balance of the team by replacing either Permaul and cotterrell making the bowling less threatening. I would have given Ramdin a chance as test captain because his place is pretty much secure in the team unless he really messes up on his batting. Containment is good but 20 wickets wins a Test match. The wicket taking responsible will be mainly on Shillingford (3 wkts per inning) because I don't see Best or Permaul taking more than 2 wkts per inning each. Samuels and Sammy should combine for 3 wkts per inning.

  • Farce-Follower on October 4, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    For me the guys to watch for are Chanders and Gayle. The former a legend in his last tour of India, and the latter, well in whites.