Australia in West Indies 2011-12 March 24, 2012

Smith returns to Twenty20 squad against Australia

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Dwayne Smith, the allrounder, has returned to the West Indies squad for the first Twenty20 international against Australia on March 27. Smith last played for West Indies in September 2011, in a T20I against England. West Indies have also called up fast bowler Fidel Edwards, left-arm medium-pacer Krishmar Santokie, left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin and allrounder Nkrumah Bonner.

Smith has had an impressive time in Twenty20 cricket with the bat of late. He was the third-highest run-getter in the Caribbean T20 competition, scoring 165 runs at a strike-rate of 136.36. He then represented Khulna Royal Bengals in the Bangladesh Premier League, making 346 runs at 137.30.

Santokie was the leading wicket-taker in the Caribbean T20, with 14 wickets for Jamaica, including a hat-trick, in six matches at an economy-rate of 6.12. Bonner was the second-highest run-getter in the competition, with 172 runs for Jamaica at a strike-rate of 96.08. Mathurin has had a good start to the domestic first-class season, with 18 wickets in five matches for Windward Islands at an average of 18.83.

Edwards had been playing for the Dolphins franchise in the South African MiWay T20 Challenge. He made a comeback for West Indies in May last year after being out for almost two years due to a back injury, and was given a Grade B contract by the West Indies Cricket Board in October.

"We have named a squad with a mixture of experience and youth and we believe they have the quality to defeat the Australians," the West Indies chairman of selectors Clyde Butts said. "We also use these matches as part of our continued preparations for the ICC World T20 Championship in Sri Lanka in September. That tournament is not far away and we want to make sure we get ready for that event as well."

The West Indies players from the ongoing ODI series against Australia who've not been picked for the T20 are Adrian Barath, Tino Best, Kemar Roach and Devendra Bishoo. The teams will play two Twenty20 internationals.

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  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 27, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I wonder what could have been ,had Dwayne Smith ,Deonarine ,Shillingford and Ryan Hinds been given the chances as Fletcher and Samuels ?

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 27, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    "Who is going to open with Charles" ? If you were follwing WI cricket ,you would have figured that out by now ;that's not to say changes can't be made . Just wait and see !!

  • POSTED BY WestIndianMan on | March 27, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    for all of you that want the entire windies squad to emerge from your country... Don't forget the name WEST INDIES", Maybe the new name should be T&T, Guyana or Jamacia. Good that some of the talkers are not on the selectors board.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | March 27, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Armchair selectors are talking sense..drop Samuels, Nottinghamshire and Surrey amongst the English counties and the IPL franchise owners are rubbing their hands with glee. It used to be drop Darren Bravo, he can't field; now 'oh his fielding has improved, at the expense of his batting', Some players bring nearly every ingredient to the team, some have certain strengths and weaknesses, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo's presence are key to the overall balance both psychologically and tactically. Drop Samuels, bring in Bishoo; he may perform the same with the ball but will he improve with the bat? Always look at the overall picture then remove pieces of the jigsaw not the other way around.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 27, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Some one mentioned the number of spinners we have at present without adding the names of : - Shillingford and Martin ,who seem to have what it takes in ,ability and passion for the game . Our new pace bowling crop looks excellent also; so many options is a good problem to have by the selectors ,but the players have to learn to read and judge the game when given the chance . Hold on to your chances guys ,it's going to be hard to get back on this train once you get off .

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    It's obvious that some bloggers here don't follow WI cricket closely and/or aren't paying enough attemtion to the latest cricket news. Both Ramdin & Simmons have been injured, yet some were calling for their inclusion in the WI team in the just-concluded ODI series. The Gayle affair is still up in the air, yet a few say "play Gayle." Samuels can't score to save his life. He should be on the sidelines watching. This fellow is a massive underachiever and should be excluded from the team, asked to work on his game/attitude and be assessed later. Samuels presence on the team constitutes excess baggage. Coach needs to ignite a fire under Bravo, DM. Perhaps some competition for his place in the team will do the trick. The real danger is that he becomes comfortable with his low scores because he believes he won't be dropped no matter what. Captain Sammy is proving to be very inspirational to his young team leading by example. Not convinced yet that he should be Test captain.

  • POSTED BY drtrinileggie on | March 26, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Last time i checked T&T were the best side in this format. NO OTHER OF THE SO CALL TALENT IN THE OTHER ISLANDS COMBINED COULD BEAT A T&T 11 WHERE IS BADREE HANDS DOWN BETTER THAN MATH URINE

    T&T COULD BEAT THIS 11.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    wats the most need in cricket of west indes ! player gyle or selectors?

  • POSTED BY Nishant2012 on | March 26, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    good move... windies look a formidable line up... good test and try to rebuilt before the t20 world cup

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Squad looks good, I think Samuels need a rest though, not performing this series.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 27, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I wonder what could have been ,had Dwayne Smith ,Deonarine ,Shillingford and Ryan Hinds been given the chances as Fletcher and Samuels ?

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 27, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    "Who is going to open with Charles" ? If you were follwing WI cricket ,you would have figured that out by now ;that's not to say changes can't be made . Just wait and see !!

  • POSTED BY WestIndianMan on | March 27, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    for all of you that want the entire windies squad to emerge from your country... Don't forget the name WEST INDIES", Maybe the new name should be T&T, Guyana or Jamacia. Good that some of the talkers are not on the selectors board.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | March 27, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Armchair selectors are talking sense..drop Samuels, Nottinghamshire and Surrey amongst the English counties and the IPL franchise owners are rubbing their hands with glee. It used to be drop Darren Bravo, he can't field; now 'oh his fielding has improved, at the expense of his batting', Some players bring nearly every ingredient to the team, some have certain strengths and weaknesses, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo's presence are key to the overall balance both psychologically and tactically. Drop Samuels, bring in Bishoo; he may perform the same with the ball but will he improve with the bat? Always look at the overall picture then remove pieces of the jigsaw not the other way around.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 27, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Some one mentioned the number of spinners we have at present without adding the names of : - Shillingford and Martin ,who seem to have what it takes in ,ability and passion for the game . Our new pace bowling crop looks excellent also; so many options is a good problem to have by the selectors ,but the players have to learn to read and judge the game when given the chance . Hold on to your chances guys ,it's going to be hard to get back on this train once you get off .

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    It's obvious that some bloggers here don't follow WI cricket closely and/or aren't paying enough attemtion to the latest cricket news. Both Ramdin & Simmons have been injured, yet some were calling for their inclusion in the WI team in the just-concluded ODI series. The Gayle affair is still up in the air, yet a few say "play Gayle." Samuels can't score to save his life. He should be on the sidelines watching. This fellow is a massive underachiever and should be excluded from the team, asked to work on his game/attitude and be assessed later. Samuels presence on the team constitutes excess baggage. Coach needs to ignite a fire under Bravo, DM. Perhaps some competition for his place in the team will do the trick. The real danger is that he becomes comfortable with his low scores because he believes he won't be dropped no matter what. Captain Sammy is proving to be very inspirational to his young team leading by example. Not convinced yet that he should be Test captain.

  • POSTED BY drtrinileggie on | March 26, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Last time i checked T&T were the best side in this format. NO OTHER OF THE SO CALL TALENT IN THE OTHER ISLANDS COMBINED COULD BEAT A T&T 11 WHERE IS BADREE HANDS DOWN BETTER THAN MATH URINE

    T&T COULD BEAT THIS 11.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    wats the most need in cricket of west indes ! player gyle or selectors?

  • POSTED BY Nishant2012 on | March 26, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    good move... windies look a formidable line up... good test and try to rebuilt before the t20 world cup

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Squad looks good, I think Samuels need a rest though, not performing this series.

  • POSTED BY Rajchamp on | March 26, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Why is Adrian Barath been dropped????

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | March 26, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    @Anil Persaud Flecther have been given alot of chances he isnt really good, even in domestic cricket he is going down. Young S Dowrich looks more capable, he help Barbados in T20 comeptation in a few games. Agree Darren Bravo need to be rest, he had a poor ODI series, he should get his form ready for Test.

  • POSTED BY paul_21353 on | March 26, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    why samules and darren bravo, these players are in no sort of form to be playing, give others a chance, check their ratings for the ODI series, very poor i would say.

  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    samuels and darren bravo both failed in this odi series they will be liabilities to the batting. they should be dropped and barath included instead.Barath is in good nick against the aussis.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | March 25, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    d side's incomplete......... My side - 1.gayle 2. simmons 3. dwayne smith 4. samuels 5. baugh/ramdin 6. dj bravo 7. Pollard 8. russell 9. sammy 10. narine 11. rampaul

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | March 25, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Superb t20 player. Explosive with the bat, and for my money, just about the best fielder in the world. outstanding catching, quick in the outfield, and a bullet-throw arm. just pips pollard, collingwood, ponting and warner for me.

  • POSTED BY jahman on | March 25, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    #Anushka Vimukthi

    Do you read this site often or do you just feel like talking? Your team: 1. Gayle - no more .. look to the future 3. Simmons - Injured 5. Ramdin - Injured 11. Rampaul - Injured

    You would leave out Santokie the leading wicket taker over the last two season?

  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Maybe WI selectors watched BPL seriously.........

  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    my team 1.C Gayle 2.D Smith 3.L Simmond 4.M Samual 5.D Ramdin 6.DJ Bravo 7.K Pollard 8.A Rassel 9.D Sammy 10.S narin 11.R Rampaul

  • POSTED BY Isaac_7 on | March 25, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Maybe Captain Sammy should be rested for the t20's. his work load is enormous and would give him time to recover for the Test series. there are other guys who would also get a chance to perform.X1: Dwayne Smith,Charles,Bravo jnr, Samuels,Bravo snr,Pollard,Russell,Baugh,Narine,Santokie,Mathurin/Fidel

  • POSTED BY Lees_Legends on | March 25, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Good to see the West Indies selectors addressing the obvious shortfall of all-rounders in the national team.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | March 25, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Good to see BPL per4mances r not only counted by BD only but also by Pak & WI. Pak had chosen Jamshed on the basis of BPL per4mace & now Smith returned to Caribbean side.

  • POSTED BY JesseV on | March 25, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Is it just me, or do the Windies have some very good and promising spinners at the moment- Narine, Bishoo and Mathurin. Then there is Miller and Benn who have both had chances at international level also.

  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    W.I. should have gone with Fletcher in place of Baugh to boose the batting in the lower order, also fletcher has a longer reach than baugh and to my mind he can cover the away swinging delivery better. Darren Bravo should be given a rest and kirk edwards should take his place. I also should pick Imran Khan in place Samuels. The spin dept is ok and so is the rest of the squad. The batting looks ok on paper, but let see who will open with Charles. Good luck windies.

  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Cricinfo seems to be struggling a bit lately, it seems. Spelling mistakes and factual mistakes too often. It's "Andre Russell", not "Andrew Russell".

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | March 25, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Except Bonner and Santokie, selections look good. I would have liked to see Kemar Roach and Kevon Cooper for these spots if Gayle still not in agreement with WICB.

  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    This cricket board keeps blundering there way from one idiotic move to another. I wonder if these idiots ever had West Indies cricket at heart or they are being insular and self serving! Their small minded thinking is what have us at 8th in the world! God please save them from self destruction!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    Looking at the previous caribbean t20 tournament and players performance shillingford and best should be included for russell and mathurin. the batters for the team is good.

  • POSTED BY MWaqqar on | March 24, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    This Windies side is capable of winning World cup in SL and 2015 if they have self belief.

  • POSTED BY GravyMon on | March 24, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Making Dwayne Bravo Captain and adding Tino Best to the squad would have been a much better selection. It is unfortunate that myopia affects those of us who sit in one seat for too long! Sometimes we need to get up and really take a look around.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Are they still going with Johnson Charles over Barath, come on that is so negative.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Is Bishoo sick or something? Why is he being left out of everything now? Did he anger the West Indian cricket Gods? I don't get it!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Tino Best can feel hard done by his non selection as he was one of the highest wicket takers in pre-requesite caribbean T-20 tournament.

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  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Tino Best can feel hard done by his non selection as he was one of the highest wicket takers in pre-requesite caribbean T-20 tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Is Bishoo sick or something? Why is he being left out of everything now? Did he anger the West Indian cricket Gods? I don't get it!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Are they still going with Johnson Charles over Barath, come on that is so negative.

  • POSTED BY GravyMon on | March 24, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Making Dwayne Bravo Captain and adding Tino Best to the squad would have been a much better selection. It is unfortunate that myopia affects those of us who sit in one seat for too long! Sometimes we need to get up and really take a look around.

  • POSTED BY MWaqqar on | March 24, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    This Windies side is capable of winning World cup in SL and 2015 if they have self belief.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    Looking at the previous caribbean t20 tournament and players performance shillingford and best should be included for russell and mathurin. the batters for the team is good.

  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    This cricket board keeps blundering there way from one idiotic move to another. I wonder if these idiots ever had West Indies cricket at heart or they are being insular and self serving! Their small minded thinking is what have us at 8th in the world! God please save them from self destruction!

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | March 25, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Except Bonner and Santokie, selections look good. I would have liked to see Kemar Roach and Kevon Cooper for these spots if Gayle still not in agreement with WICB.

  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Cricinfo seems to be struggling a bit lately, it seems. Spelling mistakes and factual mistakes too often. It's "Andre Russell", not "Andrew Russell".

  • POSTED BY on | March 25, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    W.I. should have gone with Fletcher in place of Baugh to boose the batting in the lower order, also fletcher has a longer reach than baugh and to my mind he can cover the away swinging delivery better. Darren Bravo should be given a rest and kirk edwards should take his place. I also should pick Imran Khan in place Samuels. The spin dept is ok and so is the rest of the squad. The batting looks ok on paper, but let see who will open with Charles. Good luck windies.