West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14

Sammy ruled out of T20 series

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January 7, 2014

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Darren Sammy strained his hamstring during training, New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Queenstown, January 1, 2014
Darren Sammy feels the pain of his injured hamstring © West Indies Cricket Board

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by regofpicton 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.

Posted by   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!!

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

Sammy you will be missed by all

Posted by   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

Posted by dclar301 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.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

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

Posted by kiwicricketnut 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.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

Glad to see some consistency but must agree with NostroGustro, would love to see Milne in the tests rather than the shorter smash and hope formats. The squad looks good for 20 overs especially with Rhyder back, plenty of all rounders which suits the 20/20 format

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Good to see Russel back in team

Posted by Snowbadger15 on (January 7, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

@nostrogustro Milne has played plenty of limited overs cricket to learn accuracy and control but he clearly has not as he has been expensive and has not taken wickets. Kiwicricketnut is right some players are just suited to the longest format. And you say 145 km pace against test class batsmen is not good enough the why did Mitchell Johnson take 37 wickets in 5 tests against the likes of cook, kp and bell. he bowled at milnes pace and he destroyed them. Milnes stats would also suggest his strength is first class cricket not list a or t20.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

@BRUTALANALYST - I am a big fan of WI. Only disppointed that inspite of the fact that the WI team boasts of the world's most wanted t20 players, they cant put up a team to atleast survive demotivating or pathetic cricket displays in t20i s & ODIs. POLLARD & SMITH (chief player of most mumbai Indian's IPL wins) RUSSELL BRAVO (one important reason for chennai winning IPL along with Hussey) NARINE(reason for Kolkatta winning IPL in 2012) GAYLE (chief contributor for RCB in most games, highest scorer in 2013) SAMUELS RAMPAUL

Kindly note that during the INDIA tour WI ignored SMITH & RUSSELL. (I agree Pollard wasnt available due to injury)

During BBL, pollard would have got a NOC from WI board and would have tried to join his BBL team. Bravo has no other go but to attend to WI duties as he has been made the captain of the ODI side. BRAVO should be selected for the test side. He is simply a world class all-rounder (in the level of probably WAtson & Kallis) Same with POLLARD.

Posted by NostroGustro on (January 7, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

@kiwicricketnut, sorry but this time I have to disagree with you. I don't think saving Milne for tests only is the correct way. Tests are the pinnacle you'll agree, and test class batsmen can handle a guy who sprays it around at 145kph+. You can't have a bowler releasing the pressure at one end. Giving Milne time in ODIs and T-20s will hone his accuracy and consistency. And if he sprays, so what, it's only a one dayer...

Posted by wirus on (January 7, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

One last time. They have to rearrange the batting line up especially in light of their depleted circumstances. It is not impossible that they could win especially if NZ have a bad day or become complacent. Probably the best combination would be 1.Edwards 2.Simmons 3.Powell 4.Bravo 5.Fletcher 6.Charles 7.Russel 8.Millar 9.Holder 10.Narine 11.Rampaul. Unfortunately it is a case once again of mixing mentally fresh players with a majority who are completely mentally shot. It hardly ever works.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

@BRUTALANALYST - Respect your comments!! But do understand that D.Smith & Russell were ignored for the INDIA series (I agree Pollard was injured then).

WI squad during IND tour: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-west-indies-2013-14/content/squad/687235.html

But during INDIA series there was no parallel T20 tournaments happenning, so GAYLE was available.

I seriously believe that till last year, Dwayne Bravo was ignoring the WI side, playing around for all other T20 tournaments. He would play a T20 tournament and then miss WI tours due to injury.

The only reason D.Bravo is available is because he has been made the captain, so he is forced to play for WI.

Please understand that I am a big fan of WI for years, seriously following all thats happening in WI even now.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 7, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

@ SrikumarKrishnaIyer Nonsesne on all counts No West Indians have turned down W.I duty to play in the Big Bash League. Dwayne Smith had said in a recent interview after CLT20 his goals are to get back in the W,I side for T20 and ODI world Cup. Pollard has also said recently his goal is to play Test cricket the Board is not ignoring him he is just injured like Gayle if the board was ignoring them they wouldn't have played in the last home Tri series or in Inida would they.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

Dwayne Smith is out of BBL as well due to personal reasons. Anyways just like POLLARD, GAYLE & d.BRAVO, he would have opted to play for BBL instead of WI ODIs/ T20Is. The WI board is not in good terms with such players, hence they are ignoring these 'GLOBE-TROTTING' T20 players and trying to build a team which is reliable and available for selection for the WI national side.

This is a very unfortunate situation for all the WI fans & WI cricket. Really sad......... The team that won the T20 World Cup (GAYLE, BRAVO, RUSELL, SMITH, NARINE, SAMUELS etc) is no more......

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

I am so happy that Kieron Pollard is down with injury, because anyway he would have opted to play for his BBL team instead of WI. Got the same feel for Gayle too.

Thankfully Dwayne Bravo cannot abandon WI for BBL matches since he is the captain of the side.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (January 7, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

don't get me wrong because i think shane bond is a brilliant bowling coach and has a far better cricketing brain than i'll ever have so i probably should just trust his judgement but i have to agree with Snowbadger15, milne is a brilliant young prospect and i love it when he's picked because its exciting watching raw pace but not everyone should be developed through t-20 or odi cricket before playing tests, some peoples skill set are just better suited to the longer form of the game, i believe milne is one of these players, i'd have him in the test team but no where near the odi or t-20 team, then as he grows more confidence and develops the right skills then you could bring him into the shorter formats, im sure bond knows what he's doing it just seems backward to me.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 7, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

Why no Dwayne Smith ? He's a fearsome striker of the ball and a stupendous fielder. He should atleast be a part of their future plans. I don't want to see him as the new Brad Hodge who always got regretted from the national team.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

Andre Russell should take this chance. He's been out of international cricket too long for someone of his quality.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

Same squad minus Kane Williamson?

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 7, 2014, 2:11 GMT)

Santokie and Dwayne Smith should be 2 of the first names out for a W.I T20 side yet both keep getting overlooked, I can't understand it.

Posted by Snowbadger15 on (January 7, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

Why is Milne being picked for a format in which his economy rate is over 10 and has only taken1 wicket in four games. Milne is very fast which is perfect for tests and his best records are in fc cricket. he should replace in the ineffective Wagner who does not offer any variety to the attack unlike Milne who would provide 150 km pace to our attack which is usually below 140km. Replace Milne with mills and this is our best squad for a long time.

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