Australia in West Indies 2012

Barath replaces Powell in West Indies squad

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March 21, 2012

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Adrian Barath guides one into the off side, Bangladesh v West Indies, only Twenty20, Mirpur, October 11, 2011
Adrian Barath is back in the ODI squad © Associated Press
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Adrian Barath has replaced fellow opener Kieran Powell in the West Indies squad for the final two ODIs against Australia in St. Lucia. The inlcusion of Barath, who had been out due to a finger injury, was the only change in the 13-man squad after West Indies won and tied their previous two matches.

"We brought in Barath as he has now fully recovered from the finger injury," the chairman of selectors Clyde Butts said. "He played really well in the last regional four-day match for Trinidad & Tobago against Guyana. He got a brilliant 114 and we expect him to bring that same form and ability into the squad.

"He batted for a long time for his runs and looked comfortable at the crease. He did not show any signs of discomfort. He has played at this level and done well before, so we expect him to fit right back in and contribute.

"The team did some good things in the first three matches and we are seeing signs of improvement. We are in with a chance of winning the series and we believe the players selected in this squad have the ability to do just that."

Powell has been left out after making 8, 0 and 12 in the first three ODIs of the five-match series, which is locked currently at 1-1.

West Indies squad Johnson Charles, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Andre Russell, Tino Best, Sunil Narine, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach.

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Posted by   on (March 24, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

This WI side has everything! Its weakest element is the captain's inability to hold a spot based on talent alone. That said, I have always had a good feeling bout Sammy, not as a man of tactics, but as an unassuming person who can get the team playing for pride! I hope he improves as a player. For me, the advance in cricket spirit in the Windward team is enough testimony of what can happen in the WI team!

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (March 23, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

@ ChrisH . You forgot F Edward and R Rampal, they both will be back for the Test Matches.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (March 23, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

@Uday Sreekumar L Simmon was injured. K Edward CANNOT play Limited Over he Failes all de time. J Taylor have been out of Cricket for a Long time, i played a fewT20 Competition, but Havent Represent Jamaica in any of the Competition. Bishoo will Play Test. but I Wish Simmons was playing Simmon and Charles would make a good opening Pair, then having Darren Bravo coming in 3rd, followed by Dywane Bravo, K Pollard and M Samule( unfortunately I would pick Chanderpaul for the Last two ODI, since Samuels FAILED) C Baugh ( i perfer him in limted game, and Ramdin in Test. then A Russel, Sammy, Narine and Roach.this Sqaud will be great . We already have a Good Test Side with all those Young talent with Chanderpaul, just need to work on the opener who are very inexperience, but with Barath back he would Strength it, along Brathwaite or Powell and Hopefully Pollard will make his way in, since he is planing to play Test. and Now West Indies ODI is shaping up.

Posted by simonviller on (March 22, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

Just the one change for this match ? Some times good players have to be rested so that they get their minds sorted out ; Young Bravo needs a rest in this case for DR Smith .It appears that with Samuels failing at n:3 position ,a sufficiently solid foundation is not set for him to play his shots . IT'S my observation that ,he batted much better when he came to the wicket with a good score on the board ,after Edwards held things together from a diastrous start . I hope you can prove me wrong Mr Bravo !!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

Wonder why Lendl Simmons is not in the team. He is a good player and got some consistent scores in the last season. I think he should have been persisted with as he is a good fielder and can also keep wickets when required. Kirk Edwards is a fine player as well and needs to be given an opportunity in limited overs cricket. Bishoo certainly deserves a spot alongside teh fabulous Sunil Narine. And yes - what of Jerome Taylor? He is a fine bowler and it would be great to have him open the bowling with Roach. Hope Rampaul is fit and back for the Tests.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Where is Ramdin ?????? Vice Captain

Posted by ChrisH on (March 22, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Given the performances in the first-class competition I think Ramdin, Nash, Fudadin and Deonarine should be given a call up. But Ramdin recovering from an injury (and Baugh being first-choice test keeper anyway and having played well in the tests in the recent past) and Nash off to Kent and Narine, Pollard and Dwayne Bravo off to at least part of the IPL (I won't even consider Gayle since he made it clear in the radio interview long ago that he wants to play the full IPL) we might see a test squad like this: Barath, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul, Fudadin, Deonarine, Marlon Samuels, Baugh, Sammy, Roach, Tonge, Bishoo and Shillingford or Miller (either would be good in my opinion). For those wondering where the other specialist opener is, just remember that Kirk Edwards essentially opened in recent tests anyway when one opener or the other got out cheaply so they may as well formalize it and just have him open the batting with Barath.

Posted by ChrisH on (March 22, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Good to see Barath back, but it is just a shame that Lendl Simmons is still not even playing for T&T. Ideally Simmons would have been in the squad from the first match (while Barath could continue working on his 4-day game in the first-class tournament in preparation for the tests) where he would have been instrumental with his consistent 40s and 50s. But injuries take time. Hope he gets better soon in time for the series against England.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

@RandyOZ. if Australia is so good why r they struggling?

Posted by LifeWithBoundaries on (March 22, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

@ Malolan2k, where have you been bro? Yes, he was the vice-captain for the first three ODI's but picked up an injury while playing in the nets/training.

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