West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 November 28, 2013

Narine added to West Indies Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been added to the Test squad for the tour of New Zealand in December. Narine's inclusion came after offspinner Shane Shillingford and part-time spinner Marlon Samuels were reported for suspect actions during West Indies' recent tour of India.

Shillingford and Samuels, along with West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson, are headed to Perth for independent testing on their actions. Samuels' faster ball and Shillingford's doosra were the deliveries under scrutiny during the second Test in Mumbai in November.

Both players are available for selection for the first Test in Dunedin, which begins on December 3, subject to the results of the tests on their actions. Samuels, Shillingford and Gibson are expected to join the West Indies squad in New Zealand over the weekend.

Narine has played five Tests for West Indies and taken 15 wickets at an average of 48. Two of those matches were against New Zealand, and Narine took 12 wickets in those games.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Denesh Ramdin (vc), Tino Best, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Powell, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick Walton

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  • Rally_Windies on December 5, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Narine has played 5 Tests ,,,

    In 1st class cricket he has been very effective ,..

    Shillingford's 1st 5 Tests were MUCH worse than Narine's Shane Warne's 1st 5 tests were equally horrible ....

    5 Tests at 23 does not make a career ...

    if it did .. Shane Warne would have been a rubbish bowler who only played 5 Tests ....

  • dummy4fb on December 2, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    It is stunning to me that people are still still willing to justify Sammy's place on a W.I test squad or is it that the glory days of W.I are so long past that we have forgotten what a good test team looks like. Personally I cannot remember the last time Sammy played a "responsible innings". and as for motivator it blows my mind that a captain having his team behind the eight ball can enter the pitch, haul out, get a top edge and getting out. Are players are motivated by that? I know what i would do and how i would feel as a member of that team. quite frankly Sammy needs to go. Dwayne Bravo is a far better test player. as a captain he brings nothing special. so personally i cant see why after constant failures he remains.

  • looshan on December 1, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    I like the team and the retention of Sammy as captain I also agree that Chanderpaul must be allowed to play more of a leadership role, because he seems to be the only one with the discipline to stay in the wicket to consolidate the innings when wickets start to fall. I live in New York and just wanted to ask if any one knew anything about television and or radio commentary for the Test matches.

  • dummy4fb on December 1, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Sammy, as a test captain, is beyond understanding. He may be a performer on his day and nice a jovial nature, but he certainly not belongs to test. With his hit-out and get-out play he can't inspire neither himself nor the team. His dismissal in test matches against India has given much evidence that he's not a guy to lead in test.Though he could be used in playing XI with more use of his bowling. WI are suffering from the virus of "keeping one's place in XI". They seems to be a bunch of XI players who plays for the sake of playing only. I think in present test team Chanderpaul is a suitable guy to lead with experience and somewhat reliable also. They also need the inclusion of Dwayne in the test XI also so as to have more options, this also helps Dwayne in the ODI's where he has becoming an under performer. Patience is needed in test and this is always being a weak point with them, specially in batting. Now their "power era" has gone and some application is needed now.

  • espncricinfomobile on November 30, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    All this take of players making runs in dead rubbers. Can we name players who have scored ( except chanderpaul) when needed? That is the reason WI is rated where we are , no reliable batsmen

  • dummy4fb on November 30, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    With Sammy on the test team, I always feel that we are a batsman or bowler short. However, he seems to be a good motivator of men. I would like to see him bat more responsibly in crisis situations as he is the captain. Honestly, we need to find an opener and another middle order batsman soon because I can't see the likes of Chanderpaul playing for more than another two years. It's time to get Barath, Assad Fudadin or even Sarwan back in the set up. Rampaul should have made the squad but hopefully the team will perform creditably.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 29, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    People calling for Jason Holder are delusional, he's bowling slow late 70 mph with no skills (swing or seem movement) and no consistency even in short formats. Rampaul is 1 who would of added value in NZ but as Sammy plays as 4th bowler he takes that control place. Charles I don't think has ever been on radar for Tests Ramdin has been terrible I agree he has never scored in anything but dead rubbers or dead occasions never under pressure or when needed. They might as well give Walton a shot he did top score in the warm up game and it would be nice to see if he could deliver on the big stage not like he could do any worse than Ramdin.

  • CodandChips on November 29, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    People should forget about Johnson Charles playing test cricket. He has a first class average of under 18!

    @Non_Bias who are these bowlers who "need to be tested"?. Please explain this to me. Maybe Saeed Ajmal (although I think he's been tested)

  • espncricinfomobile on November 29, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    What cricket are we watching when suggesting Charles as a test wicketkeeper? please if we want to convert a batsman into a keeper ?look no further than Simmons.

  • A-Gunnie on November 29, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Narine have shown he's not as effective with the red ball as he is with the white...I know that may not sound too sensible from a cricket's point of view but the stats speak for itself.Why have W.I killed Bissoo's career as that man who was voted ICC up rising cricketer was dropped soon after that title and was never given another shot on the team?Give him a chance in the absence of Shillingford.