West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 December 24, 2013

Samuels returns home from NZ with wrist injury

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Marlon Samuels, the West Indies allrounder, has been ruled out of the New Zealand limited-overs series with the recurrence of a chronic wrist injury. The injury, on his right wrist, will require surgery.

West Indies' physiotherapist CJ Clark confirmed that Samuels is returning home. "It will require surgery management and he returns home to seek that surgical opinion and advice from the WICB medical panel, headed by Dr Akshai Mansingh," Clark said.

Coach Ottis Gibson said Samuels absence will be hard to cope with for an already-struggling team. "Marlon's injury is unfortunate at such a tough time for the team," Gibson said. "But it gives another player the opportunity to make a name for themselves in this series."

West Indies are already without two of their biggest names, with Chris Gayle's hamstring and Kieron Pollard's knee keeping them out of the series. Dwayne Bravo, the ODI captain, said it would be difficult without the trio.

"Chris Gayle, Samuels and Pollard are three of our better players, we can't hide that," Bravo said. "We're definitely going to miss them, because they are three world-class players and despite the talent we have, I don't think any of us can actually fit those shoes. For me as a captain, I'm going to miss their ability as well as their experience, but it's a good opportunity for other players, they get an opportunity now to make a name for themselves and try to stamp their authority. They're definitely going to be missed, but I'm not going to use it as an excuse if we don't play well. If we play to our true potential, we're going to do well."

Wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton will remain in New Zealand following the Tests as Samuels' replacement. Walton has played two Tests and two ODIs, but is yet to score a run in one-day cricket.

Gibson said he was confident, though, that Walton would make use of opportunities that came his way. "Chaddy has been on tour with us from the start, including the tour of India, without getting an opportunity. He has been working hard and growing as a player, and I feel confident that when his opportunity comes he will make the most of it."

Samuels had been in patchy form in the three Tests, which West Indies lost 0-2, scoring one half-century but not touching 25 in the other five innings. His bowling action had been called into question during the series, and though he was cleared to bowl his part-time offspin by the ICC following biomechanical analysis, he was banned from bowling his quicker delivery - his elbow was found to flex beyond the permissible 15 degrees when he bowled that ball.

West Indies play five ODIs against New Zealand, starting in Auckland on Boxing Day, followed by two Twenty20s.

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  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    what do you call a better batsman than a keeper when walton gets his oppertunity he has to make big runs not 20s and 30s but 60s 70 s and 80s thats what you call a good batsman

  • Norman on December 25, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Give Leon Johnson a look, he is a very talented youngster, and could play well in the absence of Samuels. The WICB brought hired an Englishman called Richard Prybus to shake up things in West Indies cricket, he did a great job in Pakistan developing young talent from the school boy level. He is a pit bull type but knows the game, his position is director of cricket. Will be meeting Gibson and Sammy after the NZ tour.

  • Roy on December 24, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Chanderpaul was rank in the ICC ODI , as the 3rd highest ODI batsman in the world and the best ODI batsman in the West Indies, then they drop him from the ODI team, Ramdin just made 107 at a strike rate of 72.29 in the last test, and is the best keeper in the West Indies, he is not good enough for the ODI team. You have two good hope in the batting line up for the ODI, but you would not play them. The selectors is part of West Indies problem!!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Abdool Majeed, you clearly don't like the man else you would have done some homework. Maybe you you should check his stats when he was with England or maybe you should realize that Sammy & Gibson got the most test wins in a row for quite a while even when we had Lara and Gayle as captain and better teams we lost badly. Remember the 47 all out at Sabina? If you don't like the man thats of but as least get your facts straight before you try and destroy the man. Some of us actually know the facts. You seem to want great results with players that are weak mentally.

  • Joshua on December 24, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Gayle allowed Brathwaite, Shillingford allowed Narine in, and hopefully Sarwan is finally recalled for Samuels

    A couple things I hope to happen

    1) Powell, Brathwaite, Edwards & Bravo as batting nucleus for the next 7 yrs 2) Shiv playing until end of 2014 3) Sarwan recalled and playing until end of 2015 4) Gayle quitting Tests before being recalled 5) Russell drafted in to fill the #6 spot as the batting allrounder who bowls at good pace 6) Roach, Rampaul, Holder & Narine as bowling nucleus for the next 5yrs 7) Cummings in as first choice backup pacer 8) Permaul kept as the backup spinner 9) Best discarded for good 10) Gabriel & Cotterell going back to the HPC for a couple years. 11) Ramdin staying as 1st choice Keeper for at least 3 more yrs & made captain 12) Walton drafted in & playing whenever Ramdin isn't available. 13) Sammy should be dropped but made captain for T20 and ODIs

    Just my ideas of course, but we all agree that the captain, coach & selectors need to be changed 1st

  • Satesh on December 24, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    @wirus totally understand your point - what is missing is that our selectors are operating as if they don't have a clue about this. if its a wicket-keeper they need then why not Shiv (ave 41) or Sarwan (ave 42) or even Barath (ave 30)? the former two has strike rate in the 70's and the latter in the 60's. we need batsmen who can hold the batting together. very disappointed with no Santokie or Russel. my team (16 in the squad):- 1 Powell 2 Charles (wk) 3 Edwards 4 DM Bravo 5 Simmons 6 DJ Bravo (c) 7 Sammy 8 Narine 9 Rampaul 10 Miller 11 Holder if no Rampaul then I'll have Deonarine or Ramdin ahead of Walton. we need someone to share the new ball with Holder and yes , NOT Best - not after the last 2 series. Bringing in Shiv would go a far way to help offset the void left with no Gayle,Pollard & Samuels. GOOD LUCK WEST INDIES. Here's hoping that this one day series starts our pay back!!

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    bravo and gibson lamenting Samuels absence from the odi and t20 is an indication that west indian cricket is in the wrong hands. Samuels is not performing and his absence is a blessing. how come Gibson and Bravo does not realise that. it's sad that our cricket is in the wrong hands.

  • o on December 24, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Andre Russell and Santokie should also be in short format squad surely ? Santokie would have really enjoyed these NZ conditions and gives the left arm variation. I hope they are included for the T20's at least as they were the stand out guys in the CPL. Santokie has been the best T20 bowler 2 years running ! it's funny W.I don't want to recognise him but I bet an IPL side will snap him up this coming auction.

  • sau on December 24, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Still no Dwayne Smith in the team!!!!!!!! Baffling!!!!!!!

  • Norman on December 24, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    In reply to Georgetown1 post, I have not read the article you speak of by Anil Kumble but there is an interesting article by Tony Cozier on nationnews.com about an underreported news piece. It concerns the recent hire by the WICB of Richard Pybus an Englishman,'pit bull ' type, who's position will be director of cricket. Pybus supposedly will oversee the reformation of West Indies cricket beginning from the school level. According to TC, he has had success in Pakistan and other places where worked, but his aggressive style has had him at odds with authorities in those places as well. Maybe the board is finally committed to reversing the trend in West Indies cricket.

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