Australia in West Indies 2012 March 29, 2012

Baugh to captain in tour match

ESPNcricinfo staff

Carlton Baugh, the West Indies wicketkeeper, will lead the WICB President's XI side against Australia in a three-day match starting on Monday, April 2. The 12-member squad includes six players who have played Test cricket.

Fidel Edwards, who is back in the West Indies after playing Twenty20 cricket in South Africa, has been included in the team. Edwards spearheaded the pace attack with Ravi Rampaul in West Indies' last Test series in India. Kieran Powell is another player who played in the Tests in India and gets a chance to play the Australians before the Test series. A surprise inclusion to the squad is opening batsman Devon Smith, who has had a string of low scores in the Regional Four-Day Competition. Smith lost his central contract last year.

Spinners have enjoyed considerable success in the West Indies this season and offspinner Ryan Austin, who is joint-top of the wicket-takers' list in this season's four-day competition, gets a chance to impress the selectors. Sunil Narine consistently troubled the Australians in the limited-over matches. However, Narine, who doesn't have a central contract, is yet to confirm his availability for the Test series.

The match will be played at 3Ws Oval in Bridgetown and is the only tour game before the start of the three match Test series, which starts on April 7 at the Kensington Oval.

WICB President's XI squad: Carlton Baugh (captain), Ryan Austin, Nkrumah Bonner, Johnson Charles, Kyle Corbin, Fidel Edwards, Jason Holder, Delorn Johnson, Nelon Pascal, Kieran Powell, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas

Edited by Devashish Fuloria

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  • Rishi on April 1, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    i hope that for the upcoming test series against auatralia the west indies selectors make better decisions. i would like to see the following 1 players selected for the first match and based on performance you can make better judgements to select the squad for the second test. shiv chanderpaul, adrian barath, fidel edwards, ravi rampaul, tino best, devindra bishoo, sunil narine, darren sammy, kieron pollard, ramnaresh sarwan, carlton baugh narsingh denarine, kirk edwards. i will especially like to see chanders open the batting with adrian barath

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    butts should no longer be representing guyana on the wicb,i hope the new board remove him from all aspect of guyana cricket.he represents guyana on the wicb or he is supposed to. time for him to go.

  • Bill on April 1, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    well from make up of this tour match squad it looks like they are give a few WI players some match practise as well as giving the Aussies some match practise as well - unfortunately, it looks as the Aussies will have the better match practise and therefore head into the 1st test full of confidence!!

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    Why isn't Narsingh Deonarine And Asad Fudadin in the Presidents' X1 vs Australia? Both players have been outstanding in the Regional Competition.

  • Blythesville on March 31, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    It looks like the Windward Islands elements have infused the WICB.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    I would have loved to see Shannon Gabriel in this squad

  • charlie on March 31, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    We can all speculate as to whom the selectors choose for the first test ,but we'll never know until the time comes .There will be a few surprises coming ; a" fly- on- the- wall " said that Best / Edwards opens the bowling in the first test and Barath / Brathwaite the batting . Yes ! you heard it here first . Another thing coming ; DR Smith will open the batting for West Indies in the near future ,after he has cemented his position in the team ,which may be sooner than we think . That's my little News Bulleting and my opinion also .

  • Rodney on March 30, 2012, 23:44 GMT


  • Basil on March 30, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    WI fans rate Dwayne Bravo too highly. He's not that good. Test team - Barath Edwards Dr Bravo Chanders Deonarine Pollard Baugh Sammy Rampaul Bishoo Edwards/Roach

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Butts, a Guyanese as far as I know, is chairman of selectors. There will be at least one Guyanese in the team for the first Test, the legendary fighter, Chanders. Enough said. Seen Smith bat many times. He was top shelf at youth level, but since then, his batting has gone south. One of those who played much brainless cricket. Doesn't he bat down the order for Wind? If so, who is he going to push out of the Test team? Still an excellent catcher, though. I'm predicting that though the Aussies may come out on top in the Tests, they will know that they were in a battle when all is said and done. Unlike the teams of the last decade, this one will not roll over and play dead. They will fight the men from down ubder tooth & nail. I know their never-say-die will serve them well. This team is a resurgent one. One could see it in their collective attitude, body language, etc. My XI for the 1st Test: BARATH, BRATHWAITE, EDWARDS, BRAVO, CHANDERS, BRAVO, BAUGH, SAMMY, ROACH, EDWARDS & BISHOO.

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