Australia in West Indies 2011-12 March 24, 2012

Smith returns to Twenty20 squad against Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • charlie 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 ?

  • charlie 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 !!

  • jack 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.

  • Derek 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.

  • charlie 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 .

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Riad on March 26, 2012, 23:21 GMT



  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2012, 18:25 GMT

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

  • Nishant 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

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

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

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