Australia in West Indies 2012 March 6, 2012

Tino Best recalled for Australia ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

    Johnson Charles has never scored a first class hundred!

    The selectors are crazy

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Mani 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!

  • Alex 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 .

  • Dummy4 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...

  • big 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?

  • big 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • big 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!

  • Dummy4 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!

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