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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  • Tyler 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Carl 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.

  • ANDREW 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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...

  • ANDREW 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.

  • Bad 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

  • Carl 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...?

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