Australia in West Indies 2012 March 6, 2012

Tino Best recalled for Australia ODIs

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West Indies have picked uncapped batsman Johnson Charles and recalled fast bowler Tino Best to the squad for the first three ODIs against Australia in St Vincent in March. The 13-man squad does not include fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, who is ill, and batsmen Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath, who have finger injuries.

Dwayne Bravo also returned to the side after being sidelined by an ankle injury, but Fidel Edwards was missing because he is not being considered for ODIs by the WICB. The other exclusions from the side that toured India in December 2011 were batsman Danza Hyatt, legspinner Anthony Martin and offspinner Jason Mohammed.

"Johnson has shown marked improvement in his batting and deserves another opportunity at international level [he has played T20Is]," chairman of the WICB selection panel Clyde Butts said. "Tino, over the last two years, has been very consistent with his performance in the shorter format of the game, and Dwayne looks like he has returned to form and has been consistent, plus his on-field experience will be of value to us."

Charles, a Windward Islands batsman, was picked in the Twenty20 squad for the two matches in England in September 2011 and he made 57 runs with a best of 36. Best's last international appearance was at the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa in September 2009. Edwards hasn't played an ODI for West Indies since May 2009 either.

"Fidel is being considered for two formats of the game at this time - Tests and Twenty20s," Butts said. "It is all about workload management as we approach a long and demanding schedule of cricket, so we have to handle him with care, considering the injury problems which he has had in the past."

The first ODI against Australia is on March 16.

Edited by George Binoy

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  • acrawford78 on March 9, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Johnson Charles has never scored a first class hundred!

    The selectors are crazy

  • on March 9, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    I love how the WI selectors follow the pattern of other teams and their selection practices. Unfortunately for the selectors they do not realize that other nations have a wealth of talent and we do not. My mind goes back to a world cup when slow bowlers started opening the bowling and we followed suit. And then wicket keepers started opening the batting and we sent out current selector Mr Brown to do the same.WI cricket is lost. How can you name a team and exclude your best proven players and include players whose regional averages do not exceed 25. What do you expect these guys to do when they are exposed to higher competition? If you cant do well regionally you will never excel at the higher level. How on earth can three sane men sit down and come up with such insane conclusions.The current board and coach are doing a remarkable job in ensuring that our beloved cricket will soon be dead and buried for good!

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 8, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    There is absolutely no reason to bring in Johnson Charles. What did he do to earn a place in the squad? I understand Shiv is branded as test only player but look at the way he played in BPL (even Dwyne Smith to that matter). Especially when there is no established opener, you would think someone like Shiv and Dw. Smith would be considered. Apparently not! I wish (and only wish) all the crieckt boards in the WI should be run by the members of the glorious past team when WI ruled the world of cricket for 15 undefeated years. I hope the present team will do good but it does not look good on paper, at least!

  • VEXXZ on March 8, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    When you look at this WI squad . only Dwayne Bravo is at the top of his game. Next in the Caribbean is Dwayne Smith and he cannot make the squad , this tell's me that a"GRUDGE" is against this player .He will ply his trade just like Chris Gayle .... Here , there and every where but not for the WI .who has a blur vision .

  • on March 8, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    The WI selectors are at it again!!! There is no logic to their selection process. This team is very thin in the batting area. If you are not going to select Gayle, Sarwan and Chandrapaul and with Barath and Simmons unavailable through injuries, then you have to have a Kirk Edwards in there to add some stability to this batting lineup. Edwards has had a very successful introduction to international cricket over the last 2 years. In fact, apart from Darren Bravo, he has been the best batsman for the WI over this period. Where is Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor? Even if you want to "manage" Edwards' workload, you don't have to leave him out, play him in alternate matches!!The team selected by the WI selectors will be hard pressed to score 200 runs in any innings against the Australians.

    The WI team for the 1st ODI should be - Powell, K.Edwards, Darren Bravo,Samuels, Chandrapaul, Dwayne Bravo,Russell, Ramdin,Roach,Narine,Bishoo...

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 8, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    So the bowling line up is not very impressive for pace but Bishoo & Narine together might be very effective if both players click. Not sure about Arnos Vale ground and spin though. Will the selectors be brave enough to choose 2 spinners in the "eleven" for any match?

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 8, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @alonetiger - "chandarpaul and pollard etc only play for their self". What do you mean by this? I'm not trying to be rude, just trying to understand your opinion.

  • on March 8, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Who or what is Johnson Charles, a board members relative perhaps. It seems as if we are back to nepotism. Sammy is captain and that's why Charles is selected over the likes of Gayle, Chanders or Sarwan.

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 8, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Johnson Charles? Why? Can anyone understand the thinking behind this selection? The selectors must be really good keepers cause they've got me stumped!

  • on March 8, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Apparently the team is being written off even before the series has started! Obviously whoever is picked will NEVER satisfy everyone. And please do not base our comments on the recently held BPL. It was such substandard cricket that I refused to watch it.T. Best on his performances alone in the regional competition DESERVES a pick. The Aussies give their players second and third chances so why shouldn't we? I see Dw. Smith more or less in the T20 matches(T20's and ODI's are worlds apart). After the world cup Chand. was the only senior I could have seen being retained but apparently management has other ideas. The squad looks ok. Remember no one gave the WI a chance in hell after facing India straight after their WC win and the team managed 2 victories against India and 2 against pakistan. Give the team a chance before judging!

  • acrawford78 on March 9, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Johnson Charles has never scored a first class hundred!

    The selectors are crazy

  • on March 9, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    I love how the WI selectors follow the pattern of other teams and their selection practices. Unfortunately for the selectors they do not realize that other nations have a wealth of talent and we do not. My mind goes back to a world cup when slow bowlers started opening the bowling and we followed suit. And then wicket keepers started opening the batting and we sent out current selector Mr Brown to do the same.WI cricket is lost. How can you name a team and exclude your best proven players and include players whose regional averages do not exceed 25. What do you expect these guys to do when they are exposed to higher competition? If you cant do well regionally you will never excel at the higher level. How on earth can three sane men sit down and come up with such insane conclusions.The current board and coach are doing a remarkable job in ensuring that our beloved cricket will soon be dead and buried for good!

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 8, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    There is absolutely no reason to bring in Johnson Charles. What did he do to earn a place in the squad? I understand Shiv is branded as test only player but look at the way he played in BPL (even Dwyne Smith to that matter). Especially when there is no established opener, you would think someone like Shiv and Dw. Smith would be considered. Apparently not! I wish (and only wish) all the crieckt boards in the WI should be run by the members of the glorious past team when WI ruled the world of cricket for 15 undefeated years. I hope the present team will do good but it does not look good on paper, at least!

  • VEXXZ on March 8, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    When you look at this WI squad . only Dwayne Bravo is at the top of his game. Next in the Caribbean is Dwayne Smith and he cannot make the squad , this tell's me that a"GRUDGE" is against this player .He will ply his trade just like Chris Gayle .... Here , there and every where but not for the WI .who has a blur vision .

  • on March 8, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    The WI selectors are at it again!!! There is no logic to their selection process. This team is very thin in the batting area. If you are not going to select Gayle, Sarwan and Chandrapaul and with Barath and Simmons unavailable through injuries, then you have to have a Kirk Edwards in there to add some stability to this batting lineup. Edwards has had a very successful introduction to international cricket over the last 2 years. In fact, apart from Darren Bravo, he has been the best batsman for the WI over this period. Where is Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor? Even if you want to "manage" Edwards' workload, you don't have to leave him out, play him in alternate matches!!The team selected by the WI selectors will be hard pressed to score 200 runs in any innings against the Australians.

    The WI team for the 1st ODI should be - Powell, K.Edwards, Darren Bravo,Samuels, Chandrapaul, Dwayne Bravo,Russell, Ramdin,Roach,Narine,Bishoo...

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 8, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    So the bowling line up is not very impressive for pace but Bishoo & Narine together might be very effective if both players click. Not sure about Arnos Vale ground and spin though. Will the selectors be brave enough to choose 2 spinners in the "eleven" for any match?

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 8, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @alonetiger - "chandarpaul and pollard etc only play for their self". What do you mean by this? I'm not trying to be rude, just trying to understand your opinion.

  • on March 8, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Who or what is Johnson Charles, a board members relative perhaps. It seems as if we are back to nepotism. Sammy is captain and that's why Charles is selected over the likes of Gayle, Chanders or Sarwan.

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 8, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Johnson Charles? Why? Can anyone understand the thinking behind this selection? The selectors must be really good keepers cause they've got me stumped!

  • on March 8, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Apparently the team is being written off even before the series has started! Obviously whoever is picked will NEVER satisfy everyone. And please do not base our comments on the recently held BPL. It was such substandard cricket that I refused to watch it.T. Best on his performances alone in the regional competition DESERVES a pick. The Aussies give their players second and third chances so why shouldn't we? I see Dw. Smith more or less in the T20 matches(T20's and ODI's are worlds apart). After the world cup Chand. was the only senior I could have seen being retained but apparently management has other ideas. The squad looks ok. Remember no one gave the WI a chance in hell after facing India straight after their WC win and the team managed 2 victories against India and 2 against pakistan. Give the team a chance before judging!

  • Sachit1979 on March 8, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    This squad has 5 all rounders (3 genuine allrounders in Bravo Sr, Russel and Samuels, 1 bowling allrounder in captain Sammy and 1 batting allrounder in Keiron Pollard), 4 bowlers (2 fast 2 spin), 1 wicketkeeper and only 3 batsmen that also include Charles and Powell who are very inexperienced and their domestic records also don't shine much. No recognized opener in this squad despite the fact that Windies faltered repeatedly in early overs in last concluded ODI series for them against India. I would be keen to match who opens for them. I guess Powell and Samuels this time. But is it the right choice?

  • VivGilchrist on March 8, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    As an Aussie that's loves the Windies, I am so disappointed with this squad. I understand there are key injuries to consider but the team does not look right. I understand Shiv is used as a Test only player now, but I think v Australia with others missing, he should be in. My squad - 1 Dw Smith 2 Ramdin 3 Shiv 4 Dw Bravo 5 Samuels 6 Pollard 7 Dw Bravo 8 Russell 9 Narine 10 Roach 11 Santokie 12 Bishoo 13 Tonge. Also why are there 3 games in a row in St Vincent and then another 3 in St Lucia? Mix it up a bit..... Last time I was there the islands where pretty close together.

  • sherwine on March 7, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    This is definately not the best WI team!! Whats the best score of powell and charles? We should have open with the experience of Shiv and Dwane Smith who recently scored a century.have a solid middle order of Kirk Edwards & young Bravo followed by Bravo, pollard,ramdin and russel with sammy best and narine making the rest. I feel sammy is a liability to the team cause he is taking the place of a bishoo or roach, but he has a chance to prove himself and i wish him luck.

  • delboy on March 7, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    @Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha Sarwan will now be fine. He was recently given games to allow him to get the required work permit in order to take up a contract with Leicestershire this summer. I hope that help to restore his confidence and like Corey Colleymore he decides to end his career playing in England and other places such as Zimbabwe and South Africa. He will be mentally well as long as he is not in the same continent as Gibson.

  • b4u8me2 on March 7, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Dwayne Smith right now is in better form than Kieran Powell. How could they leave out Dwayne Smith at this point. Speak about killing a guys confidence. This could have been Dwayne's moment. A big turning point in his career and for W.I. cricket seeing he is obviously in good form at the moment.

  • on March 7, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    well ..i was saying ..the WICB is focussing on developing the Windward Islands and trying their best to get at JA over the Chris Gayle issue..its clear the people who run our cricket lack vision and are ignorant of the facts related to cricket.....

  • on March 7, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Not sure about the balance of this squad. It seems too overloaded with all rounders and the weakest possible opening pair. I cannot see on what basis they could include Johnson Charles and exclude Bonner (except it be for their nativity).

    Since I dont expect miracles in cricket, I am not very optimistic about this team's chances. It is sad to see that our team management and board speak glibly about rebuilding and doing well against the Aussies and then we make so many non-meritorious selections.

    Our cricket will die soon... unless serious changes are made to the administration of cricket in the region.

  • gottalovetheraindance on March 7, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    One would think that with Gayle being persona nongrata as well as Simmons & Bharat being injured the selectors would return Chanderpaul Kirk Edwards or even Nash / Dwayne Smith or as a last resort Devon Smith to the team to add some experience to the batting. That would be what common sense would dictate but apparently common sense not so common in the camp of the WICB & their selctors. we Really have our work cut out for us for this series!!

  • e-z-nah on March 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Totally agree with shawnundar & Scott Robbins...no Nash, Chanders, Kirk or Fidel Edwards? The WICB is aware this is Australia we're playing...and not Zimbabwe or Bangaladesh. Tino Best??? Really? I look thru recent stats and hardly see him in the top 10 of any category. I guess this is the coach's pick. Well, good luck with that.

  • rayinto on March 7, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    No Gayle, Chanders, Kirk Edwards or Brendan Nash! You kidding me. The selectors need to be un-selected. We need the best team on the field. The fans deserve this.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Go WICB Hunte and Hliaire should open the datting with Gibson punching at 3 Butts 4 and so on and bring nack some respect to our game .Go WICB.

  • on March 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    The WICB continue to be irresponsible in their decision making. They are not being held responsible, so they do whatever they choose to do. We as customers, need to hold them accountable!! Who does this team really represent? Just the WICB!

  • lankan_style on March 7, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    as a hardcore diehard fan of west Indian team, I cant understand why people are still complaining about Daren Sammy. He is the most economical bowler so far. And his potential and his ability to take wickets is just unquestionable. If I can back him up 3000miles away why can't west indies cant have the same faith in him? Remember, when he almost took WIndies home against SOuth Africa single handedly?

  • Kula_Bowls_Inswing on March 7, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    1. Powell 2. Dwayne Bravo 3. Darren Bravo 4. Samuels 5. Pollard 6. Ramdin 7. Russell 8. Sammy 9. Roach 10. Best/Narine 11. Bishoo Even if Charles were brought in for one of the bowlers, the squad still looks desperately light on batting. Sarwan's ODI form since the world cup didn't suffer as much as his test form and WI need another senior batsman in the absence of Gayle. The omission of Kirk Edwards is bizarre.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Where is the justis I am all for the youngster Johnson but how can they W.I.B.C. over look batsman like JA. Nash and and many others with much higher ave. than his I guest its just because of the region he is from its plain as day light please my fellow fans please boycott this injustis

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    NICE TO SEE TINO BACK.BUT I DONT THINK THAT WICB DOES THEIR HOME WORK,AND STARTS UNDERSTANDING THEIR PLAYERS AND KNOW WHICH OPOSITION THEY DO WELL AGAINST.AGAINST AUSTRALIA,I BELIEVE THAT DEVON SMITH,CHRIS GAYLE,JEROME TAYLOY AND SHANE SHILLINGFORD SHOULD BE PLAYING.AS IT RELATE TO " SMITH"HE THE MOST TECHNICALLY SOUND OPENING BATSMAN WE GOT IN THE WEST INDIES,AND HE IS AN EXCELLENT PLAYER OF PACE BOWLING,AND FOR SHILLINGFORD HE IS ON FF SPINNER AND AUSTRALINAN DOES SHOW SOME WEEKNESS WHEN COMES TO SPIN BOWLING.

  • wifan16 on March 7, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    wowwww!!..other teams r paying shiv and smith to play for them but still WI selectors choose to ignore them...and it's obvious that charles is in the team cause he is from the same island as sammy!..WI cricket is very bias and they need to change quick cause no one is gonna go to the games to see aus thrash us!!

  • TestIP on March 7, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Would someone please fire OTTIS GIBSON, DARREN SAMMY and JULAIAN HUNTE....WICB is a joke! Picking all the non-potential players and hiding all the real talents...by the time they give them a chance, their talent will be gone as wasted....what is WI cricket turning into? These are making the team from BAD to WORST! First of all Darren Sammy should never be even making the WI side, this guy cannot bat and has no pace to trouble any real batsman. WI side should definitely have Gayle, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Roach, Taylor, Edwards, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Bishoo and add a few more batsmen. Someone please fire these fools before it is too late!

  • SettingSun on March 7, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    A terrible squad. The West Indies need to rid themselves of this need to fill their squads with poor fast bowlers. This isn't the 80s any more. Their strength is spin bowling. Pick more spinners, pick your best batsmen no matter what the format is, and hope they will grow into that format. Tino Best wasn't even a first choice pick for Yorkshire. Absolutely hopeless from the WICB as ever.

  • Metman on March 7, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @ Paddy rasta ! I am in agreement with you too !From the team they have selected,and for the WI to be compettitive,they must open with either Ramdin,or Samuels,and one of Charles or Powell. But,that way,the selectors would have seen the folly in selecting the two of them,so I don't think they would do that just yet.I would open with Dwayne Bravo though ! Did't he open sometime ago and scored 198 against either Canada or some other team at the QPO in the 4 day competition ? The selectors have still not understand that you need people that can bat at the top in the ODI's,and not just sloggers.In my rush to comment,I forgot to mentioned Chanders,....he should have been there ! I don't know if people have noticed,but Bishoo looks "burnt out " to me .I think Narine will be the key in this 1st.match.Fidel Edwards is more of a ODI player than as a T20 player,and K.Edwards is simply not a ODI nor a T20 player.

  • jupiterlaw on March 7, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    @SCOTT ROBBINS - You speak of Bravo, Samuels, Pollard and Sammy as if they are models of consistency, or do I have the wrong people in mind. None of these guys has had a century in any form of the game in the last year. For the majority of them, I can count the 50's they have had in the last year on one hand. Also, the well-drilled Australia that you are referring to; was that not the same australia that failed so badly in their attempt to recapture the Ashes at home. Are they not the same Australis that Sri Lanka are presently manhandling Down Under?

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    WI XI would be:Powell,Charles,Samuels,Bravo,Bravo,Ramdin,Rusell,Sammy,Roach,Best,Narine/Bishoo...that attack should go for atleast 320 in each match...just imagine 4 batsman...out of which 2 are rookie,one returning from a ban,one exceptional batsman,4allrounders(Bravo,Russel,Pollard & Sammy),2 quick men, 2 spinners and Ramdin....2-0 to Australia

  • phendel on March 7, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    after Chanderpaul and Dwayne Smith's central position in their team BPL both get left out.....you could maybe argue for one.....but both getting left out of a 13-man squad.....maybe the squad should have been 15-16 just in case the selectors are wrong in picking charles/best.....good luckto this squad does.....they'll need it to face the (still) world #1 ODI team.....glad to see russell being picked more consistently.....a better player than sammy and a future captain for me

  • jahman on March 7, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Will you people stop! Gayle is gone, it is his choosing, you cannot have an employee mouthing off! they made too many concessions to him (remember his late arrival in England when he was the captain and what he said about Test cricket) . I love Jerome Taylor but he is injured. His IPL team is buying back his contract! My only complaint is that the board is been regional and trying to force players from the Windward and Leeward islands into the team when the best players are from the larger Islands.

  • tanstell87 on March 7, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Indian fan here....frustrating to see bad selection policy of Windies board...my 11 if WI want to win vs Australia in ODIs - 1.Gayle 2.Kieran Powell 3.Darren Bravo 4.Samuels 5.Dwayne Bravo 6.Ramdin 7.Pollard 8. Russell 9.Roach 10.Best 11.Bishoo

    Sammy will not get place in my 15 let alone 11...by the way all the best to both teams !

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    West indies board gone to the dogs can tell us how the plan beat Australia they do not have no top order or middle order players is a set of part time players they name DARREN SAMMY SHOULD DROP HE SELF FROM THE TEAM

  • Philip_Gnana on March 7, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Very good to see Tino back in the team. I hope he bowls to his full potential. Tino showed so much of promise when he first came in. WI are sure going to miss Fidel. Kemar needs to step up and confirm his place by being consistent. He has shown plenty of what he has and needs to sort out the Aussies with his fast, pacey bouncers. To give them a few of what the Windies have done in the past. It is sad the the Board cannot sort out the issues with Chris Gayle. This is so tragic. Pride and arrogance stands in the way of cricket, and that is not cricket. Being a SL fan, Windies have always been the team that most SL fans have always followed supported. All the best to the Windies. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    I dont simply understand that what the hell WICB is doing. I mean where is gayle,jerome taylor and fidel edwards.West indian board wholely and solely responsible for this status of team

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I'm all for giving youngsters a opportunity, but there should be a balance of experience as well. The batting seems very light and much depends on Dwayne Bravo, Pollard and Sammy contributing. They can't expect Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels to carry the burden of the batting, with Powell and Charles virtually having no experience at all. You can get away with such bold selections against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh, but any teams above that standard is taking a huge risk. And against a well-drilled unit like Australia, this current squad is going to find out the hard way about International Cricket at top level. I could potentially see this team getting skittled out for under 100, i hope i'm wrong, but i just have a bad feeling about it and if my worst fears are confirmed, then the Board and Selectors will only have themselves to blame. I wish the Squad luck, because they're gonna need it. On a positive note, glad to see Tino back, he always gives 100% in enthusiasm and effort.

  • FatBoysCanBat on March 7, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Just looked at Johnson Charles' profile and it doesn't make for good reading...a first-class average of 19 and a List A average of 20 [and his top score in either form has been 72]. Surely the West Indies have better batsmen than him in their ranks. It is good to see Tino Best back in the mix. He has been back to his best since debuting for Yorkshire a couple of years back. Hopefully he can revive his Test career also - much like Fidel Edwards has done in the last 12 months.

  • on March 7, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    if there is any academy to train selectors then these selectors must be send, just wait n watch the way they will be humilated, people will chase them in the streets

  • spixel on March 7, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    The Selectors are going nuts. This is so frustrating for everyone. Not performing is one thing but not able to select a good team is worse that that. In this 13 man squad Darren Bravo & Samuels are only 'proven' front line batsman and rest are all rounders who can bat & bowl a bit. Why is KIRK EDWARDS out of the team? He was the most consistent batsman behind D.Bravo on the Indian tour. He is still young and could have learn a great deal playing against Aussies. He is technically solid as well.Is this so hard to understand? Bad selection hurts more than bad performance.

  • shawnsundar on March 7, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Another thing beside no Chanders, why not select Kirk Edwards or Brendan Nash?

  • Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on March 7, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Whatever happened to Ramnaresh Sarwan?

  • alonetiger on March 7, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    west indies has a nothing batting order now and this is y they r down in the modren day cricket,although they have some good hitter but they play selfish cricket and this is y the team didnt show a big name in past ten years,players like chandarpaul and pollard etc only play for their self,,they need loyal players like viv richard,hooper,haynz,richardson etc,,,and they have to forget their selfishnes and have to b unite as a team..other wise they will b so down in the list.

  • redneck on March 7, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    dont rate this west indies bowling attack at all, they'd want to be making slow and low wickets to play on or there going to get hammered! edwards is a decent bowler so why rest him for the sake of it? is taylor in the same boat as gayle or has he retiered? he is a far better bowler than all of these selections! must be frustrating supporting the west indies knowing that your best XI can beat anyone but having a board thats only willing to select 5 maybe 6 of your best in the team must sting even more after the losses start happening

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Imagine if the West Indies actually picked their best players.

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    tino best and johnson charles.... lol looks like wicb is completely out of their minds now.... and what the hell is kieron powell doing in the squad .... out of around 4 matches he played in india he had just 1 half century to his name and instead dwayne smith wud hav been a gr8 pick if selected #total mess

  • ramz_01 on March 7, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    realy sad to see the way west indies cricket @ da moment player with 1st class average 19 and list A average 20 and he is in west indies side?????? thatz why i think their cricket going wrong deraction can you give a cap to player in such a quality???? hmmm u cn c da outcome of that wit results of this series am a SL fan bt i like west indies bcz they similer to our brand bt soory frends this is nt good enough to complete in top level... :(

  • PaddyRasta on March 7, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    @Metman For once I have to say I am in agreement with you. Dwayne Smith has shown great form recently albeit in BPL. Johnson Charles is a 20/20 slogger and has not even shown form in the current 4 day comp. Sammy's ODI form has been woefully inadequate for 2 ODI series now Pakistan and India, yet he is still an automatic pick because of Hunte and Hilaire. Our only hope is that he gets injured in the next week or so. Lol

  • on March 7, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Now that Dwayne Smith starts to be more consistent he can't get into the starting team. Pray tell what has Keiran Powell done to be selected ahead of Smith who is by far the most all round player of all the names put forward. Chanderpaul has more than proven himself for WI, he should be in the team, especially with the batting lacking depth.

  • Dashgar on March 7, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Not sure what the make up of the Windies team will be. Powell, Charles, Samuels, Bravo, Pollard, Bravo, Ramdin, Russell, Sammy, Roach, Bishoo? Is there room for Narine? Should Samuels maybe open? Surely Best is unneeded. I don't mind most of the squad although Charles seems a silly selection and only there cos of a host of injuries. Still Kirk Edwards would be a better option. As usual the side looks an allrounder too many and a batsman short.

  • Sachit1979 on March 7, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    I am not so sure about Tino Best but I think selectors had other good options too among Nelon Pascal, Jason Holder and Delorne Johnson. Other selections that baffle me are Keiron Powell, Johnson Charles and Davendra Bishoo. I think Kirk Edwards, Dwayne Smith and Gary Mathurin could have been better choices. Last but not least the captain, Sammy is a livewire but his performance is not enough to lead with example. I think its high time Windies needs to search for better performing captain. Good to see Dwayne Bravo back. If he stays on, he could be the best choice for that job with his brother as deputy. But anyways good series to come. I would be keen to see how Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine and Andre Russel perform against Aussies. These 3 are really exciting Cricketers.

  • satspeare on March 7, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Can someone please explain Chanderpaul's omission? BPL can have this guy play and open but not WICB? What does Shiv have to do to be respected, appreciated and rewarded? He has only dedicated his life to WI cricket and has been our most dependable his entire career. No Gayle, no Barath, No Lendl and they still left Shiv out?? Not even Dwayne Smith!! Have we just given up on Devon Smith?? I will not be surprised if Dwayne Bravo announces an injury too - he just does not want to play under Sammy's captaincy!! But it good to see him back on the team. I hope that Pollard and Dwayne bats high up the order, maybe 4 and 5 but certainly no lower. Sammy needs try and not compete against these guys but try and complement them. Go WI and good Luck !! Thanks for posting, cricinfo.

  • westindian4life on March 7, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    get over it...wicb are trying to manage the workloads on their players...i agree that chanderpaul and edwards should be rested for tests...tino has worked really hard at regional level and so he deserves his recall...also good to see ramdin back

  • rato on March 7, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    WEST INDIES CRICKET SUCKS. DWAYNE SMITH AN S. CHANDERPAUL SHOULD BE THE OPENERS FOR WI IN ONE DAY SERIES AG D THE AUSSIES. ATTACK TWO OTHERS OPENER SUCK. BECAUSE SAMMY FROM D ISLANDS SO THEY ARE. RYAD EMRITH SHOULD PLAY INSTEAD SAMMY. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH D OTHER PLAYERS.AUSSIE BOWLING ATTACK VERY GOOD. LOOK WHAT THEY DID TO INDIA AN INDIA BEAT WI FEW MONTHS AGO. COME SELECTORS THINK ARE LITTLE BIT.WI WILL CONTIUE TO GET BEATEN OTHER TEAMS. D BIG GUNS AN D SMALL GUNS[ BANGDLESH AN ZIM AND IRELAND.

  • Alexei on March 7, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    @Navin84 What part of Ravi Rampaul being ill don't u understand... Two problems with this squad, the two opening slots and Tino Best. Tino Best has been performing well domestically recently but... idk, i dont think he cuts it anymore... I wud prefer Gavin Tonge instead. Nevertheless, Best shudnt start, we should play two spinners. As for opener Powell, I'd prefer Bonner, Walton or maybe Devon Smith to open. We might be forced to have a make-shift opener, Ramdin maybe ?

  • anton111 on March 7, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Dwaye Smith should have been selected ahead of Johnson Charles and Powell. Smith is an aggressive batsman, useful bowler and an electric fielder.

  • on March 7, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    Never thought i could be hit with two days of sad NEWS!!!!,First the death of Runako Morton and now this so called TEAM from some clowns parading as selectors. No Chanderpaul, Dwayne Smith and two openers that have shown no good form so far and is also sad to think that Sammy is captain again.Consideration should have been given to Nkuhmar Bonner and Ryan Austin ahead of Bishoo for the one days.But then again i'm not a selector.

  • 777aditya on March 7, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    now, no one is even talking about Chris Gayle - any WI team without him is a compromise

  • on March 7, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Tino Best, love him he has the mentality of a real west Indian fast bowler. Welcome back boy make the best this time.

  • on March 7, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    HOWWWWWW TINO BESTTTTT GETS TO PLAY :0 THEY SERIOUS BEST

  • Sinhaya on March 7, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    West Indies does have some good all rounders like Sammy, Pollard, Russell and Bravo etc. But there weak link is the lack of good batsmen who can pile a big score. I think Chanderpaul should have been in the squad.

  • Robster1 on March 7, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Dwayne B - no, it should of course be Dwayne Smith. His overseas and domestic form had been excellent, but he did of course have a run in with the WICB...

  • Burbon on March 7, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Good news for CG , if they can bring back that Best character then anyone can get selected , Oh I almost forgot , Gayle is not someone to roll over and play dead or fetch . So much for that thought :)

  • on March 7, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    Tino should be proud of his comeback and grasp his opportunity and move towards a Test recall

  • Navin84 on March 7, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Tino Best? U got to be kidding me! This is pathetic now by the WICB! He is like the worst bowler WI have at present, he is wayward. Rampaul should have been there, he can bat 100% better than Best and bowl better than him.

  • on March 6, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Tino Best first odi against Australia figures - 10.0-0-84-2 sigh..

  • PaddyRasta on March 6, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    What we have been seeing with the current ODI series, Aus, SL and India is the effect a solid top order has on building an innings or in a run chase. It will be interesting to see whether e.g. Ramdin will be promoted up the order given his current form. None of the specialist batsmen picked have even shown form in the current 4 day comp so I cannot see a solid top order emerging from this selection.

  • Randy_Wilson on March 6, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    why not consider F Edward for ODI, he is better than Best and Roach in ODI. anyway beside that it looks like a decent Squad. Hope Pollard and Bravo Play together in de middle order/ my Open 11. K Powell, J Charles, Daren Bravo, K Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, D Ramdin, D Sammy, A Russel, S Narine, K Roach and T Best. would be great if we had Gayle opening with one of those batsmen, but that's just something to imaging now unfortunately.all de Best to this Team, I HOPE they play a good 11.

  • on March 6, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Ok great sammy is captain

  • Metman on March 6, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Johnson Charles and the flat footed Kieran Powell in a WI ODI team ? What madness is this ? With the absence of Simmons and Barath,Dwayne Smith,and Hyatt should have been selected. Charles is and out and out hit and miss slogger,more suited for the T20s .Other than that,I don't have any problems with the rest of the team.Wonder though,how Sammy will handle Dwayne Bravo.The WI surely would be at a disadvantage if they open with their 2 weakest links.Afraid that Best and Bishoo will be omitted from the starting XI.I see that Sammy has again been appointed the non performing capt.,while some of the others have to perform for 2 years straight to get a play.Kieron Pollard needs to score runs against the next 3 (Aus.,Eng.,NZ) teams ,to be labelled as a cricketer.,and not a well known name name.

  • PaddyRasta on March 6, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    No Shiv? He would have been the ideal opening bat given his form from BPL - They recognised his capability opening, why not WI selectors? Sammy should not even be on the ODI team. I wonder whether he will be the spectator captain again. His playing role in the team is as a bowler, yet he bowls himself maximum 5 overs, he is not an allrounder batting at 8 and is yet to prove to be an astute captain. He is only there because Hunte and Hilaire have dictated so.

  • on March 6, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    if west indies beat australia with this squad then pigs will fly and money will grow on trees

  • shawnsundar on March 6, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Are you freaking kidding me?? No Chanderpaul?? But Keiran Powell gets called back?? What the hell WICB? Two very weak openers against Australia. No balance in this team what so ever. Hopefully they play the two spinners every game.

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  • shawnsundar on March 6, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Are you freaking kidding me?? No Chanderpaul?? But Keiran Powell gets called back?? What the hell WICB? Two very weak openers against Australia. No balance in this team what so ever. Hopefully they play the two spinners every game.

  • on March 6, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    if west indies beat australia with this squad then pigs will fly and money will grow on trees

  • PaddyRasta on March 6, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    No Shiv? He would have been the ideal opening bat given his form from BPL - They recognised his capability opening, why not WI selectors? Sammy should not even be on the ODI team. I wonder whether he will be the spectator captain again. His playing role in the team is as a bowler, yet he bowls himself maximum 5 overs, he is not an allrounder batting at 8 and is yet to prove to be an astute captain. He is only there because Hunte and Hilaire have dictated so.

  • Metman on March 6, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Johnson Charles and the flat footed Kieran Powell in a WI ODI team ? What madness is this ? With the absence of Simmons and Barath,Dwayne Smith,and Hyatt should have been selected. Charles is and out and out hit and miss slogger,more suited for the T20s .Other than that,I don't have any problems with the rest of the team.Wonder though,how Sammy will handle Dwayne Bravo.The WI surely would be at a disadvantage if they open with their 2 weakest links.Afraid that Best and Bishoo will be omitted from the starting XI.I see that Sammy has again been appointed the non performing capt.,while some of the others have to perform for 2 years straight to get a play.Kieron Pollard needs to score runs against the next 3 (Aus.,Eng.,NZ) teams ,to be labelled as a cricketer.,and not a well known name name.

  • on March 6, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Ok great sammy is captain

  • Randy_Wilson on March 6, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    why not consider F Edward for ODI, he is better than Best and Roach in ODI. anyway beside that it looks like a decent Squad. Hope Pollard and Bravo Play together in de middle order/ my Open 11. K Powell, J Charles, Daren Bravo, K Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, D Ramdin, D Sammy, A Russel, S Narine, K Roach and T Best. would be great if we had Gayle opening with one of those batsmen, but that's just something to imaging now unfortunately.all de Best to this Team, I HOPE they play a good 11.

  • PaddyRasta on March 6, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    What we have been seeing with the current ODI series, Aus, SL and India is the effect a solid top order has on building an innings or in a run chase. It will be interesting to see whether e.g. Ramdin will be promoted up the order given his current form. None of the specialist batsmen picked have even shown form in the current 4 day comp so I cannot see a solid top order emerging from this selection.

  • on March 6, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Tino Best first odi against Australia figures - 10.0-0-84-2 sigh..

  • Navin84 on March 7, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Tino Best? U got to be kidding me! This is pathetic now by the WICB! He is like the worst bowler WI have at present, he is wayward. Rampaul should have been there, he can bat 100% better than Best and bowl better than him.

  • on March 7, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    Tino should be proud of his comeback and grasp his opportunity and move towards a Test recall