West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 January 7, 2014

Sammy ruled out of T20 series

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Darren Sammy, West Indies' Twenty20 captain, has been ruled out of the two T20 matches against New Zealand later his month due to his hamstring injury. Dwayne Bravo, the one-day captain, will lead the side that still will not include Chris Gayle who has yet to recover from his hamstring problem.

Sammy suffered his injury when he was running around a damp outfield in Queenstown before the third ODI. He will remain with the squad to aid the rehabilitation and his place has been taken by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller. "Darren is undergoing treatment and should be fit to return to playing duties in time for the Regional Super50 Tournament which starts later this month in Trinidad," said West Indies team physiotherapist C.J. Clark.

West Indies had previously announced that three additional players - Andre Fletcher, Andre Russell and Samuel Badree - would be joining the squad in New Zealand and Russell, the allrounder, will be considered for selection for the final ODI in Hamilton.

West Indies' squad has been severely depleted in recent weeks and for the Nelson one-dayer they were selecting from just 12 fit players. Along with the absent Gayle and injured Sammy, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo have flown home and Ravi Rampaul suffered a broken finger although he remains on the tour. From what would be a first-choice team, Kemar Roach and Kieran Pollard are also missing - Pollard is still recovering from a knee injury.

New Zealand, meanwhile have named a 12-man squad for T20 series made up of those who have appeared in the current ODIs minus Kane Williamson and Kyle Mills who have been left out and will play in the domestic tournament*. That means a very different side will take the field compared to the experimental XI that faced Sri Lanka in Pallekele during November; only five of that team are in the full-strength squad of 14.

"We are keen to keep this group together but are mindful of the strong performances from a number of other players including Hamish Rutherford, and Anton Devcich," Bruce Edgar, the national selector, said. "We are fortunate to be in a position to have a range of quality players to choose from."

New Zealand Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

West Indies Dwayne Bravo (capt), Samuel Badree, Tino Best, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Chadwick Walton

*The story was amended to correct the New Zealand squad to 12 players

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  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    Okay, I was there LIVE last night... and I will give it to Milne that, under lights, he exposed the West Indies with pace (at times) albeit with minimal movement (of ball or batsman's feet, lolz!)... But, importantly, Neesham showed that variety and guile still wins the day in T20 and ODI cricket and his threat as a batsman mean I would always play Neesham ahead of Munro or Milne to fit everyone into eleven (but sacrifice no balance, if anything improving due to all-rounders being better than specialists if good at both). Milne's 1/16 off 4 overs was good to see and his best bowling performance. But Neesham's potential threat with bat IF required last night (Ronchi and BMac finished unbeaten so he did not bat) loomed large during first innings and he took 3/16 off his four overs. I would not be totally surprised if, for the second T20 in Wellington, they consider 'resting' Southee and playing Milne, Neesham AND McClenaghan.. but if not, drop Milne. Neesham is floating power hitter.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Hey something is wrong within WEST INDIES camp all of ah sudden players flying back home injuries etc is time for Big changes in west indies cricket from the HEADS especially

  • Reg on January 9, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    If Mills and Williamson are not going to play at Auckland it makes sense for them to be playing HRV cup at least. So if Milne is in the squad he is very probably going to play, even though there looks to be abundant bowling available. That could part of the plan - if he doesn't need to bowl four overs he can just relax and get stuck in to them. Anyway, I wish him all the best. Looking ahead, if Shane Bond is working with him he could be one good performance away from being a regular (and very important) member of the team. These things can turn around quite quickly. Mitchell Johnson was rightly derided on the previous Ashes series in Australia, and how different it is now.

    Unfortunately the weather for Wellington looks rather doubtful, and the Auckland game could be it for "the series". So we had better give it heaps.

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Shane Bond is the bowling coach of the black caps and Milne is his pet project. The sooner he gets a game, the sooner the obsession with him ends.... of course, he did play a ame, in Queenstown, and he bowled two overs for 27 runs and no wicket when allowed to use full run up and time, which all the other bowlers were not. Neesham got 1/21 off his four overs, taking three steps and shoulder bowling at 134 k/hr!! Milne gets ghost-face and nervey, he is not aggressive in words or temperament. and just bowls FAST - no swing, no seam..... hell, I could get runs off him by simply reading the pace and playing early, nothing else can worry you. Stats do not lie for bowling (they can fluctuate for batting, but bowling is not a one chance and you are out, so stats can accurately reflect skill and performance). Milne is young, give him a go in three years. But a million bucks says Bond stands over Hesson and demands another go for his Central Districts oet project (they worked together). Boo!!

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    milne again what's wrong with the selectors milne is out of form n is not a international player, where's latham the batsman who scored 86 in sri lanka, milne should be replaced by boult in odis n t20is both, who played superbly in tests

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Sammy you will be missed by all

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    @dclar301 , he was one of the best player in cplt20 and was worchestshire's best player in county season

  • David on January 7, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    What is so good to see Russell back in the team? Good for New Zealand? It sure not good for WI. Russell has played 15 T20"s matches for WI and has taken 1 lousy wicket while going at over 10 runs an over. Only in the WI those figures will get you a play.

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Why are big hitters of the ball like Pollar, Gayle and Samules ?

  • jared on January 7, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @ NostroGustro, i think marty lerverno missed your point but im hearing ya, you raise a good point but surely you must agree that some players just arn't cut out for some formats? richardson should never of played odi's, mills should not play tests even the second best batter in the country shouldn't play t-20's not that williamson isn't good enough. i don't think milne is a spray can, not like he was we he first entered the scene his stock delivery is a nice short of a length ball at a good clip, perfect for test cricket but not so much the odi and t-20 stuff especially if he gets hit because he doesn't seem to be able to adjust his length quick enough and continuously gets punished, batsmen would look to defend that kind of bowling in test cricket rather than attack it and i think that would make him a far more effective test cricketer than odi and t-20 player, im sure we'll agree to disagree but im sure bond has it covered anyway.

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