Australia in West Indies 2011-12 April 4, 2012

West Indies include Deonarine for first Test

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West Indies have recalled batsman Narsingh Deonarine for the first Test against Australia in Barbados, starting April 7. The 13-member squad also includes fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, who missed the one-dayers and Twenty20 due to injury and illness.

Deonarine, the left-handed middle-order batsman and offspinner, last played for West Indies during the home series against South Africa in 2010. He was the leading run-scorer in the Regional Four-Day Competition with 582 runs in seven matches at an average of 44.76. He also took 20 wickets for Guyana, including two five-wicket hauls.

"Deonarine has been the leading the batsman this season in the Regional Four-Day and has demonstrated his commitment and a new level of maturity," said Clyde Butts, the chairman of selectors. "We have not seen many big scores from the batsmen in this year's competition, but he has played some very good innings for Guyana and also bowled very well coming onto the latter half of the tournament. We expect this same level of focus against the Aussies. He is sure to be an asset."

Deonarine was among those not offered a contract or retainer last year by the West Indies Cricket Board because his fitness was "deemed unsatisfactory". The board was not pleased with his attitude to fitness, which it said was "unacceptable for an international cricketer".

Butts said he was impressed by the performances of the batsmen on the two away tours of Bangladesh and India last year, and backed them to do the same against Australia, ranked No.3 in the world.

Kirk Edwards, who scored a century on Test debut against India last year, has been named Darren Sammy's deputy. Those missing from the squad that toured India include the experienced batsman Marlon Samuels, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin and spinner Shane Shillingford. Samuels, who played the one-dayers recently is away in India for the IPL.

Rampaul was unable to be considered for the West Indies pre-tour training squad or the ODI series due to a bout of dengue fever. He also had to shrug off a shoulder problem. He played for the Trinidad and Tobago in the Regional Four-Day semi-final against Barbados, taking 4 for 55 in the first innings.

The one-dayers and Twenty20 series were shared 2-2 and 1-1 respectively.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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  • POSTED BY todobless on | April 7, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    @Metman Both Roach an Edwards have a better record dan RAMPAUL???.....Rampaul was WI most consistent bowler last year, the only bowler to take the first wicket in his first 2 overs, and was WI best bowler by a long shot in ALL formats, He out-performed Roach in ODI, and fidel in test, If Rampaul dosent play WI will lose by a land-slide....

  • POSTED BY gloriouscricket on | April 7, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Rampaul shouldn,t be pick ahead of Roach for this particular match,his fitness is still in question, he hasn,t played enough cricket leading up to the 1st. test.Thanks MetMan for the update on Ramdin.Now whats the latest report on Benn? Is he still in the Windies plan? Windies can win--They have the talent, been playing as a unit for some time now, Do they have the Desire? We will see tomorrow. Go Windies. Best of luck guys.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | April 6, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    The WI MUST play F.Edwards and Roach at Kensington if they want to give themselves a chance at winning.....unfortunately they are going to play an unfit Rampaul,and one of them could be sidelined. Why should this be so, I don't know,because both Roach and Edwards have better records than Rampaul,and we are playing on the fastest pitch in the Caribbean.The only other option would be to open with Kirk and Barath,and hope that Sammy and Baugh give us some runs down the line.For those people who only listen to cricket and DON'T follow cricket......Ramdin is still injured.....Taylor seems to be marooned on some Island.....don't know if he has given up cricket and pursuing an acting career...a career that Sarwan ( who doesn't even show an interest in Guyanas' cricket far less the WI cricket ) should get involved in,and Narine is playing in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    finally! he deserved a recall

  • POSTED BY GPhil on | April 6, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    I was just loking through the squad and picked a team without our captain darren sammy.+ kraigg, barath, edwards, bravo, chanders, deonarine,baugh, rampaul, roach, bishoo, edwards. i guess the capt has to come in for deonarine or brathwaite. if sammy wasn't captain it would be hard to get in, but he's the skipper so let's go Windies

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | April 6, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @TheLight :- "Do you follow WI cricket at alL"... Obviously you don't... Your knowledge of WI Test cricket is completely missing... lol... What has ODI's have to do with Test cricket?...

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | April 6, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Lol at zenboomerang quoting sammys bowling average. He seems to forget that Sammy never bowls when the going gets tough, never bowls in the power play and bow S mostly t tilenders so his Average will look good......where did you come from ? Do you follow WI cricket at all?

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Some guys have all the luck , some guys never complain . What if ,Deonarine /Dwayne Smith/ Ryan Hinds and Tino Best were given the number of chances as Samuels / Powell / Fletcher and Thomas to get it right ? In this sport one needs luck before and during the game , I suppose .

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | April 5, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Is Darren Bravo not out of form? Are we just keeping him because he reminds us of Lara? Prove me wrong Darren, because i like to see when you remind me of Lara at the crease. Get out of your slump with a century.

  • POSTED BY Silva-Surfa on | April 5, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    WestIndies89, you're completely missing the point i was trying to make. I was responding to another comment that this current team is poor and would only have a chance if Gayle played. Well this team might be weaker than any of the teams Gayle was in, but they're higher up the rankings, than they have been for years, through unity and competitive spirit, as opposed to depending on certain individuals to perform. You can talk about the quality of opposition all you like, but you can only play against who is in front of you at the time. All i was trying to say is that one man doesn't make a team. He would make the team stronger, but they've been progressing without him anyway.

  • POSTED BY todobless on | April 7, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    @Metman Both Roach an Edwards have a better record dan RAMPAUL???.....Rampaul was WI most consistent bowler last year, the only bowler to take the first wicket in his first 2 overs, and was WI best bowler by a long shot in ALL formats, He out-performed Roach in ODI, and fidel in test, If Rampaul dosent play WI will lose by a land-slide....

  • POSTED BY gloriouscricket on | April 7, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Rampaul shouldn,t be pick ahead of Roach for this particular match,his fitness is still in question, he hasn,t played enough cricket leading up to the 1st. test.Thanks MetMan for the update on Ramdin.Now whats the latest report on Benn? Is he still in the Windies plan? Windies can win--They have the talent, been playing as a unit for some time now, Do they have the Desire? We will see tomorrow. Go Windies. Best of luck guys.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | April 6, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    The WI MUST play F.Edwards and Roach at Kensington if they want to give themselves a chance at winning.....unfortunately they are going to play an unfit Rampaul,and one of them could be sidelined. Why should this be so, I don't know,because both Roach and Edwards have better records than Rampaul,and we are playing on the fastest pitch in the Caribbean.The only other option would be to open with Kirk and Barath,and hope that Sammy and Baugh give us some runs down the line.For those people who only listen to cricket and DON'T follow cricket......Ramdin is still injured.....Taylor seems to be marooned on some Island.....don't know if he has given up cricket and pursuing an acting career...a career that Sarwan ( who doesn't even show an interest in Guyanas' cricket far less the WI cricket ) should get involved in,and Narine is playing in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    finally! he deserved a recall

  • POSTED BY GPhil on | April 6, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    I was just loking through the squad and picked a team without our captain darren sammy.+ kraigg, barath, edwards, bravo, chanders, deonarine,baugh, rampaul, roach, bishoo, edwards. i guess the capt has to come in for deonarine or brathwaite. if sammy wasn't captain it would be hard to get in, but he's the skipper so let's go Windies

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | April 6, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @TheLight :- "Do you follow WI cricket at alL"... Obviously you don't... Your knowledge of WI Test cricket is completely missing... lol... What has ODI's have to do with Test cricket?...

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | April 6, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Lol at zenboomerang quoting sammys bowling average. He seems to forget that Sammy never bowls when the going gets tough, never bowls in the power play and bow S mostly t tilenders so his Average will look good......where did you come from ? Do you follow WI cricket at all?

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Some guys have all the luck , some guys never complain . What if ,Deonarine /Dwayne Smith/ Ryan Hinds and Tino Best were given the number of chances as Samuels / Powell / Fletcher and Thomas to get it right ? In this sport one needs luck before and during the game , I suppose .

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | April 5, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Is Darren Bravo not out of form? Are we just keeping him because he reminds us of Lara? Prove me wrong Darren, because i like to see when you remind me of Lara at the crease. Get out of your slump with a century.

  • POSTED BY Silva-Surfa on | April 5, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    WestIndies89, you're completely missing the point i was trying to make. I was responding to another comment that this current team is poor and would only have a chance if Gayle played. Well this team might be weaker than any of the teams Gayle was in, but they're higher up the rankings, than they have been for years, through unity and competitive spirit, as opposed to depending on certain individuals to perform. You can talk about the quality of opposition all you like, but you can only play against who is in front of you at the time. All i was trying to say is that one man doesn't make a team. He would make the team stronger, but they've been progressing without him anyway.

  • POSTED BY krishay on | April 5, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Deonarine was discarded by the West Indies after SA tour 2010 and not even offered a form of contract acfter tha,t but is drafted in now due to his good season. What this does is set a precedent for any thing to happen whether you have a contract or not. So where would be the control im the selection process.In addition Ramdin was chosen as vice- captain and got injured in the WI training camp he has been in form in the regional game but is discarded!

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | April 5, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    The WICB need to think about the scheduling of their test series. They need to take into account that players will want to play for the IPL, and common sense should say they move test series to earlier in the year. That way they can field the best eleven, not the best eleven that don't have contracts with the IPL.

  • POSTED BY KeshavSeshadri85 on | April 5, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Windies are dreaming if they tink that team is going to win a series against Aus, when they couldn't even beat India without Tendulkar, Gambhir and Sehwag. Aus will wipe the floor with them as retribution for the drawn ODI series. Sorry Windies fans, your team is right now at rock bottom because they can barely win ODIs against the top teams let alone tests. At least with Gayle around they were a threat. Now for them to win, the opposition have to really mess up.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | April 5, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    A bit surprised at the WI fans bagging Darren Sammy (av 30 /econ 2.8 /s.r. 63) - he has better bowling averages than Roach (32 / 3.2 / 60), Edwards (37 / 3.9 / 56), Rampaul (34 / 2.9 / 69), he has a better economy rate & similar strike rate... Sammy is also a very handy lower order batsman that can stick around... On top of that, he has turned into a very successful captain - gelling a young team ain't easy... Seems to have ticked all the right boxes so not sure what else he needs to do?...

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    @spinkingKK he is in india to play ipl i am a windiessince 1994 fan but i salute australians like m.hussey,s.watson,d.warner etc to give more priority to nation than $. My Squad A.Barath,K.Edwards,Darren Bravo,S.Chanderpaul,N.Deonarine,Darren Sammy,Carlton Baugh,Ravi Rampaul,Kemar Roach,D.Bishoo,Fidel Edwards.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Agreed @Ovid Burke. Based on available players and committed players this is a good squad. I will continue to watch and support my windies!!Hopefully Powell can get some runs..Lets put on a strong show boys!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    where is ramdin? really dumbfounding.....

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | April 4, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Why Sunil Narine is not in the squad? This is a huge shock.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 4, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Just give Baugh an eleven to captain and he becomes a " Talking -head " ! Oh what a difference a day makes .He's talking about the Australian batsmen ;but what about ours , including himself ? Yes Mr Baugh ! Where does our tail start ? From the keeper down ? Let's hear you speak to that one ,while you are speaking . You just count your blessings while they last and don't awake a" sleeping - giant ",because you'll be out for Ramadin ,except you can prove your worth with the bat .

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    It seems sometimes we become so consumed with opposing the WICB and the selectors, that we ignore certain facts. 1) Russel went down hard in the ODI series, therefore is recovering from injury. Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Gayle, Samuels, Narine, all at IPL. West Indies don't have the resources to buy them out of their lucrative contracts, nor do they want another round in court with WIPA over trade restriction. Finally, when last has Taylor represented Jamaica in any form of Cricket? Sarwan has scored a whopping 119 runs this First-class season, compared to Deonarine's paltry 582.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Good team overall, although if the selectors were going to recall a batsmen I would have gone with Sarwan who is a far better player and more experienced than Deonarine who is a better bowler than Sars...I predict success for Windies in this series expecially on the slow turners like trinidad wicket...go windies...

  • POSTED BY tkalli on | April 4, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Best of luck Ringo.... I know you're ready for this challenge.

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | April 4, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    good team overall except

    powell has not made a score of 20 in recent times.

    selectors say he had a good series against Bangladesh lol

    makes no sense if the guy is out of form and has no confidence, we should have gone with someone else such as smith or sarwan who are both currently in great form

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Well put gudolerhum! Well put! Very well put.

  • POSTED BY popahwheely on | April 4, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Good Squad. Will trouble the Aussies. Hoping for a test win. My XI Barath,Brathwaite,Edwards,Bravo,Shiv,Deonarine,Baugh,Sammy,Rampaul,Edwards,Bishoo.

  • POSTED BY shawnsundar on | April 4, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Nikita Miller and Shane Shillinford along with Sueliman Benn taking the most wickets right now, yet they're not selected. Hopefully its because of the finals. Good job for taking up Deonarine though, he truly deserve this.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | April 4, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    I hope to see all you fans that have lots to say both negative and positive about W.I cricket and the players who go off to make money,showing up to spend your money to see the games live.Enough of the talking lets see you back W.I cricket and show to hell up at the games.None of the excuses that the players are overpaid and no good bull. Good luck to W.I with who ever plays.l

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Some folks just love to wish WI & WICB fail and fall. They are moving up. Bask in your pessimism, true fans are optimistic we will do ourselves proud

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | April 4, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Gayle is exactly where he wants to be and where he should be - out of the team and in a position to make the $$ he wants. He could be an asset but the truth is that he is a liability with his attitude and the attitude he evidently fosters among other members of the WI team. Cricket is a team game, Gayle would be much better suited to golf, but then he would have to learn to restrain his comments as well. Good luck to Sammy and the team, they are working hard and deserve some success. Look for WIPA to spring some surprise to undermine things very soon.

  • POSTED BY KukaSekhon on | April 4, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Get Gayle and Pollard in. Also allow Sunil Narine as back up to Bishoo.

  • POSTED BY cricketdebator on | April 4, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    I once was a fan of Deonarine, but based on the returns of his previous test outings, I am not sure he has the temperament to play test cricket. However, I guess one might say he deserves another chance, and, I wish him the best. Given the current circumstances, I think the selectors did the best they could. As usual, I back the batsmen to score sufficient runs, but to be honest I am skeptical of the bowlers ability and consistency to dismiss the opposition twice and win the match for us. I sincerely hope they will prove me wrong. Best of luck to the team.

  • POSTED BY mdiggity on | April 4, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    If Shiv and Bravo don't make runs and Sammy doesn't win a toss not one test will make it to the fifth day. The West Indies bowling attack will struglge to take 20 wicket with Clarke,Pontin and Hussey in good touch. Good luck to the Windies but there definitly up against it!

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    I have a feeling that WI will beat Australia in the Test Series. This would be good for World Cricket. Australia is too vulnerable against good spin and if backed up with solid pace attack, it would be something to watch. Both Teams strength is bowling and therefore there shall be decisions, provided weather permits about 3.5-4days of Cricket. I am all the way for the Windies. I do not like arrogant teams like Australia and India.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    LOVE IT.... Just replace Keiran Powell with Ronnie Sarwan and this is a bomb squad. Test cricket is about grinding it out for three sessions for five days and not looking to lift every delivery over the boundary rope and also not looking for a wicket every three minutes and this squad has people who can really grind it out. Those who have gone to the IPL are the big hitters,yes, but they really are suited for limited overs cricket with the exception of Mr. Gayle who has proven that he can mix sustained aggression with patience; all the others are power hitters-and btw made their decision to play in the IPL this season. Good luck guys...WINDIES RULE!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Deonarine scored 76 against australia in testing conditions at the WACA

  • POSTED BY ZSLR on | April 4, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    kool_Indian: I think he meant AUS 3rd string eleven, not the ranking.

    Steve Gregory: Actually Bravo is playing in the IPL right now as I am typing.

    WELL, we (I) were expecting a white wash in all formats of the game, but WI surprised the Aussies...and even me...so I hope we can at least tie the test series....we just need to make at least 275-300+ in each innings because we have seen how fragile AUS batting is right now...this is not the Steve Waugh team...just need some strict bowling...GO WI!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Windies89 on | April 4, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Silva-Surfa, Gayle has ever played in a winning test-series against Aus because Aus was previously ranked #1, while WI was #8. It's a team sport not an individual game. You say WI haven't beaten Aus since 92 so should Chanderpaul be dropped as well since he has never played in a winning test-series for WI against Aus?

  • POSTED BY eddsnake on | April 4, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Team should be: Gayle, Barath, Edwards, Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Baugh+, Sammy*, Rampaul, Bishoo, Roach. 12th man: Edwards. Reserves: Dwayne Bravo, Russell, Samuels, Narine. The sooner the WICB can sort things out with the IPL players the better. If that squad came to England then we'd have a competitive 3 test series.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | April 4, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Such a shame Gayle, Sarwan, Bravo and Taylor all absent. Don't really see them winning the series without these excellent players. Sammy also upsets the balance of the side, a very good captain but neither good enough with the bat or ball to justify selection, it also means prob Edwards will miss out on selection. I know who the aussies would rather see running in. A lot rests on Shivs shoulders once again.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | April 4, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Apart from Darren Bravo everyone else with an IPL contract has been ignored. It's time Pollard was looked at as a test batsman he has the ability and could also be a useful 5th bowling option, I think the selectors don't want to pick him and risk him doing a Gayle and turning has back on them completley. I think Narine should also have been picked, as well as bishoo has done, Narine looks a real star. Russel should also have been selected but i guess with sammy continuing as captain a place for either him or dwayne Bravo is pretty much impossible! and what going on with Samuels if the selectors feel he isn't good enough for the team at the mo then fair enough but are they just pandering to his needs and will they bring him back again when the IPL is over and deonarine has failed again ? and how many chances will Deonairne get before the selectors realise he just isn't good enough at the highest level, just like Ganga who played 30 odd tests before they finally got the message!

  • POSTED BY Geeva on | April 4, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    bring back Ramnaresh Sarwan!He was a good player!

  • POSTED BY Metman on | April 4, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    It makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE to include both Powell and Brathwaite,when only ONE is going to play alongside Barath ! It also makes ABSOLUTELY NO sense to include an UNFIT Rampaul. either,.... after only one match since January.....you mean to tell me that the selectors caaaan't see that ? Is this another move to pull wool over certain people eyes ?...clearly, those people know what they are up to.Hope this move don't backfire like the last one !

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Windies likely to have 5 left-handers in final 11: Powell, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Deonarine, Rampaul. Will that be significant?

  • POSTED BY krishay on | April 4, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    It seems a decent squad given the non-availabilty of other players.

  • POSTED BY steve19191 on | April 4, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Really looking forward to this series.....2nd rate Windies shd turn the 3rd rate Aussies over quite comfortably.

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | April 4, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    I am glad Gayle is not in the team. He's the most destabilizing influence in the team. I don't know why his fans are so behind him to come back into the team, when Gayle himself is not very interested!!! why don't you realize, that if Gayle makes time for the national team, he'll be earning $5000.00 US per day of play MAX, whereas in the *PLs and BBL around the world he's making more than $100,000 per day!!! Why should Gayle do that? I could see him having some intention if those leagues needed him to be a National Cricketer. But they don't! He's done enough in his career and now can sell his expertise on current reputation alone.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    My squad: K.Edwards, A.Barath, Darren Bravo, K. Powell, N.Deonarine, S.Chanderpaul, C.Baugh, D.Sammy, D.Bishoo, R.Rampaul, F.Edwards

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    I really dont see why Powell is in that squad and I also think Shane Shillingford should have been there, but otherwise, the squad is good

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    whats wrong with Dwayne Bravo surely he's not playing ipl the test matches should be number one responsibility

  • POSTED BY subbaraogaru on | April 4, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    West Indies rebuilding very well these days... I really appreciate the efforts of Darren Summy and Otis Gibson for their effort... but WICB need to do some thing about contracts and player relations to make the team more bigger and competitive ... now i feel WI players eying for global T20 teams selection, with their performance in WI team... that will make good ... I really feel now that WI can beat Aus in the series if the team is like this ... 1.Kirk Edwards 2.Chris Gayle 3. Chanderpaul 4. Dareen Bravo 5. Dwyne Bravo 6. Ramdin 7. Russell 8. Sammy 9. Sunil Nariane 10. Ravi Rampaul 11.Kemar Roach

  • POSTED BY kool_Indian on | April 4, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    FYI - Australia are ranked No. 4 in Test cricket - not No. 3. You can check it on the ICC official website to confirm the same.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    The cupboard is very very bare. Kieran Powell was roughed up by Brett Lee who is way past it. He could hardly get to double figures in the ODI. Both Powell & Brathwaite were roughed up by Ishant Sharma in the test series vs India last year. Yes, 'pausing for dramatic effect' the same Sharma who could not buy a wicket against the Australians during the 4-nil Hammering India received. Gibson is 1 hell of an optimist if he expects them to handle the 3rd best 'possibly 2nd best' pace attack in Test cricket at the moment. Or maybe he just loves carrying lambs to the slaughterhouse. If we put on a 45 run opening partnership without @ least 2 catches dropped or missed in the slip cordon I will do my utmost to eat my own head. West Indies cricket is doomed if this batting is the best we can put forward vs an Australia team that just white washed an Indian team with undoubtedly 1 of the best & definitely most experienced batting lineup of all time. Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin & Laxman.

  • POSTED BY Rickb on | April 4, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I DON'T KNOW IF SOME PEOPLE POSTING COMMENTS DON'T READ. ITS AMAZING HOW SOMEONE CAN ASK FOR NASH IN THE SIDE. PEOPLE ALSO DON'T REALIZE JEROME TAYLOR DIDN'T PLAY FOR JAMAICA AND EXPECT HIM TO BE AVAILABLE FOR WEST INDIES. THE SQUAD IS GOOD ENOUGH, I WOULD ALSO INCLUDE SHILLINGFORD THOUGH.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Powell and Braithwaite wasted pics...

    Bowling will struggle to take 20 wickets.

  • POSTED BY Silva-Surfa on | April 4, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    RandyOZ, just wanted to address your comments. You're saying that the team has no chance without Gayle. Well here's alittle history lesson for you, Gayle has never played in a winning test-series for West Indies against Australia, so why would of it been any different now?...To go even further back, the Windies haven't beaten Australia in a test series since 1992, yes two decades!!...I think the WI bowlers can hold their own in conditions at home, but alot depends on how the West Indies batsmen can cope against the Aussie bowling attack, if they struggle then a whitewash is a possibility, but if some of the batsmen can produce and give the bowlers something to defend, then it could be a competitive series.

  • POSTED BY drtrinileggie on | April 4, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    GLAD TO GET RID OF SAMUELS AN AVERAGE CRICKETER IF ONLY WE GET RID OF SAMMY A BELOW AVERAGE CRICKETER AND PLAY A SECOND PROPER SPINNER THE TRANSFORMATION WOULD BE COMPLETE. TOO BAD IT IS TAKING SELECTORS TO REALISE FOUR PRONG PACE ATTACK MEANS NOTHING IF THEY ARE RUBBISH.

    THEY SHOULD HAVE NUTURED SPINNERS YEARS AGO I DON'T BOWL AND HOPE HARPER, PERRY OR SELECTOR ROBERT HAYNES.

    I'M TALKING ABOUT DHANRAJ RAMNARINE TADPOLE AND EVEN BADREE ALL BETTER THAN THE ABOVE.

  • POSTED BY rama_krish on | April 4, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    This will be a wonderful match to watch. From my home here in North America I can only imagine the run-fest when Clarke, Warner, Ponting and Hussey get set on the Kensington pitch. Go OZ.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    So... they expect Deonarine to form a spin twin combination with Bishoo??? Muy interesante! Can't argue with the logic of having Deonarine back as a batsman, though. Having Sammy as the INDISPENSABLE Windies captain (as is Dhoni in India) is limiting the options available in the Tests, where he has proven himself as a support bowler only; until and ONLY when the Windies teams are guided by different captains for each format, then and ONLY then will we be able to STRATEGISE how to have each team perform at credible, international levels. Bah humbug with Sammy and talk about ego...

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | April 4, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    The selectors have finally picked a good team..with Bishoo and Deonarine turning the ball is big trouble for Aus. I can see a big upset coming..this gonna be a great test match. Me say WI beat Aus.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    FROM OBSERVATON OUR BOWLERS ARE EDWARDS,ROACH,SAMMY,BISHOO AND NARSINGH.BATSMEN ARE BARATH,BRAITHWAITE,BRAVO,EDWARDS,CHANDERPAUL,NARSINGH,BAUGH. NARSINGH WAS NAMED TWICE AS A BOWLER AND A BATSMAN.SAMMY THE FLY IN THE OINMENT,WILL HAVE TO JUSTIFY HIS SELECTION BY BOWLING LONG SPELLS;WHY?BECAUSE HE HAS TAKEN THE PLACE OF ANOTHER SPINNER.. .

  • POSTED BY Reuelsean on | April 4, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    This is the best possible squad that the wi could have picked, and @ken Buchanan, bravo isn't lucky to be in the side, he deserves to be there, bravo has always been better at the longer formats than the shorter ones, and has performed brilliantly in test cricket since he came into it. so give the guy a break. Hopefully he could find his confidence again in the first test, and put some good scores on the board. my first xi would be, (1) Barath, (2) Braithwaithe, (3) K. Edwards, (4) Darren Bravo, (5) Chanderpaul, (6) Deonarine, (7) Baugh, (8) Sammy, (9) Rampaul, (10) Edwards, (11) Bishoo. unfortunately baugh's tendency for batting poorly, and sammy's inability to score runs in test cricket, means that we would always be playing either a batsman or a bowler short, unfortunately i think the selectors might choose to play a bowler short. al though i wish they would risk it and play the three quicks, Rampaul, Edwards, and Roach, along with the spinner, bishoo.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    At the sart of the series Randy OZ said Posted by RandyOZ on (March 17 2012, 07:09 AM GMT) Well Australia are not the number 1 ODI side in the world for no reason, and once again they prove it with ease. Poor teams like England, India and the WI are just no chance.

    Wonder what he will say next.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | April 4, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @RandyOZ Even with C Gayle West Indies have Struggle to win anything.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | April 4, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Their team looks second-rate at best. Without Gayle they have absolutely no chance. Barring weather, expect a whitewash.

  • POSTED BY tpjpower on | April 4, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Samuels is a wonderful player to watch when he's firing, but he's looked a bit out-of-sorts recently and may have been in line for a demotion even if he'd been available. This looks a reasonable squad given the Windies' ongoing selection and contractual disputes - yes, it's missing the talent of Gayle, Bravo senior, Taylor, Sarwan and Marlon, but there's a good blend of youth and experience, and the dressing room should be low on ego and high on enthusiasm. Good move to install 'Vice-Captain Kirk' too. If only there was enough batting there to allow all three quicks to play alongside Bishoo and Sammy.

  • POSTED BY GravyMon on | April 4, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    One can't argue much with this team selection, considering the best of WI talent right now is off playing in the IPL and Bend is out of consideration. The best that could happen for WI for the first Test is for Darren Sammy to be somehow "unavailable" and Kieron Powell 12th man. That should provide us with the best bowling options in the lot. Also batting Deonarine at 6 with Barath and Brathwaite opening gives us the best batting option as well. The other batsmen will slot into place easily. Now, with the best of batting and bowling options, and the captaincy improved, don't you think we give ourselves the best of chances against defeat?

  • POSTED BY Anil_Koshy on | April 4, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    West Indies will struggle to win a Test Match as they never play 4 regular bowlers in Test Matches, they always play with three and half bowlers. Its time that West Indies should go back to their old tested strategy of playing 4 genuine quicks.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    POWELL haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | April 4, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Deonarine is a good pick. Powell and Braithwaite, not so good. I cant help but think if Pollard had been chosen he wouldve played as he was hinting at Test selection during the ODI series after he hit his century. Samuels who is an AVERAGE cricketer upon going to IPL should never get chosen for WI again, as he firstly is not good enough, and secondly has no loyalty, and thirdly is not good enough.....did I mention he is not good enough.

  • POSTED BY virendra_s on | April 4, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Is Jermaine Taylor's test career over?

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    they need some good middle/ top order batsmen with decent first class averages around 45.00 at least to compete well which they are really missing....

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Glad to see Deonarine back in the fold, judging from his regional form he deserves his place. Samuels had to make way due to poor form with the bat, as i'm sure that Deo will play a simular role with bat and ball at six. Darren Bravo is lucky to be there as his form is horrible at the moment, but the selectors kept faith in what made him successful during the tour of the sub-con, let's hope he recaptures some of that again. Also encouraging to see they've given Kirk Edwards the VC, he seems to be a sensible and disciplined cricketer. My final eleven will see Powell make way in the batters line-up and depending on the fitness of Ravi-Ramps, Roach or Fidel could be playing for one spot in the bowlers. If Rampaul's inactivity and match-fitness is not quite ready for test cricket yet, then both Bajan quickies could share the new ball in front of their home crowd. 1.Barath, 2.Braithwaite, 3.Kirk, 4.Bravo, 5.Chanders, 6.Deo, 7.Baugh, 8.Sammy, 9.Rampaul, 10.Bishoo, 11.Roach/Fidel.

  • POSTED BY phendel on | April 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    good to see Deonarine back into the WI foldup.....he will be a definite asset with his batting and spin (much like samuels).....my XI for the first test.....Barath, Braithwaithe, K. Edwards, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Deonarine, Baugh, Sammy, Rampaul, Roach, Bishoo.....good luck WI!!!.......team is still missing Gayle and Dwayne Bravo and Ramdin to replace Sammy, Braithwaithe and Baugh.....but i think our current team is good enough to beat or draw any test match with the current Aussies......just hv to wait & see

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | April 4, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Brendan Nash should have been there instead of Keiron Powell as well as they should have had one more spinner in the squad; either Ryan Austin or Suleiman Benn. Baugh exposed weakness of Australian batting order in his interview but its unfortunate Windies selectors did not hear it.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    brendan nash should have been there.but happy with the selection considering samuels and narine are in ipl

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    That is a strong side. Bravo is lucky that Samuels is in India playing silly exhibition cricket and retains his place.

    Powell Barath Bravo Edwards Chanderpaul Deonarine Baugh (w) Sammy (c) Rampaul Bishoo Edwards

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    My Team for the first test Adrian Barath,Kraigg Brathwaite/Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards (vice-capt) Darren Bravo,Shivnarine Chanderpaul,Carlton Baugh (wk),Darren Sammy (capt) Ravi Rampaul,Kemar Roach,Fidel Edwards,Devendra Bishoo

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | April 4, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Isn't it too early to name Kirk the vice? Why can't they simply leave it blank? We have seen so many teams play without and VC.. Looks a good squad for sure.. As usual, Sammy looks like blocking the third seamer/second spinner.. But he is known for his accuracy and hard work.. If Sammy can bowl long and tight spells, it will allow other bowlers to attack around him and if he can't do it, he will be a liability to the team.. More than bowling, it is batting of WI which will decide the course of the series.. The test top order looks more steady than the OD top order..

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  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | April 4, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Isn't it too early to name Kirk the vice? Why can't they simply leave it blank? We have seen so many teams play without and VC.. Looks a good squad for sure.. As usual, Sammy looks like blocking the third seamer/second spinner.. But he is known for his accuracy and hard work.. If Sammy can bowl long and tight spells, it will allow other bowlers to attack around him and if he can't do it, he will be a liability to the team.. More than bowling, it is batting of WI which will decide the course of the series.. The test top order looks more steady than the OD top order..

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    My Team for the first test Adrian Barath,Kraigg Brathwaite/Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards (vice-capt) Darren Bravo,Shivnarine Chanderpaul,Carlton Baugh (wk),Darren Sammy (capt) Ravi Rampaul,Kemar Roach,Fidel Edwards,Devendra Bishoo

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    That is a strong side. Bravo is lucky that Samuels is in India playing silly exhibition cricket and retains his place.

    Powell Barath Bravo Edwards Chanderpaul Deonarine Baugh (w) Sammy (c) Rampaul Bishoo Edwards

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    brendan nash should have been there.but happy with the selection considering samuels and narine are in ipl

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | April 4, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Brendan Nash should have been there instead of Keiron Powell as well as they should have had one more spinner in the squad; either Ryan Austin or Suleiman Benn. Baugh exposed weakness of Australian batting order in his interview but its unfortunate Windies selectors did not hear it.

  • POSTED BY phendel on | April 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    good to see Deonarine back into the WI foldup.....he will be a definite asset with his batting and spin (much like samuels).....my XI for the first test.....Barath, Braithwaithe, K. Edwards, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Deonarine, Baugh, Sammy, Rampaul, Roach, Bishoo.....good luck WI!!!.......team is still missing Gayle and Dwayne Bravo and Ramdin to replace Sammy, Braithwaithe and Baugh.....but i think our current team is good enough to beat or draw any test match with the current Aussies......just hv to wait & see

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Glad to see Deonarine back in the fold, judging from his regional form he deserves his place. Samuels had to make way due to poor form with the bat, as i'm sure that Deo will play a simular role with bat and ball at six. Darren Bravo is lucky to be there as his form is horrible at the moment, but the selectors kept faith in what made him successful during the tour of the sub-con, let's hope he recaptures some of that again. Also encouraging to see they've given Kirk Edwards the VC, he seems to be a sensible and disciplined cricketer. My final eleven will see Powell make way in the batters line-up and depending on the fitness of Ravi-Ramps, Roach or Fidel could be playing for one spot in the bowlers. If Rampaul's inactivity and match-fitness is not quite ready for test cricket yet, then both Bajan quickies could share the new ball in front of their home crowd. 1.Barath, 2.Braithwaite, 3.Kirk, 4.Bravo, 5.Chanders, 6.Deo, 7.Baugh, 8.Sammy, 9.Rampaul, 10.Bishoo, 11.Roach/Fidel.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    they need some good middle/ top order batsmen with decent first class averages around 45.00 at least to compete well which they are really missing....

  • POSTED BY virendra_s on | April 4, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Is Jermaine Taylor's test career over?

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | April 4, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Deonarine is a good pick. Powell and Braithwaite, not so good. I cant help but think if Pollard had been chosen he wouldve played as he was hinting at Test selection during the ODI series after he hit his century. Samuels who is an AVERAGE cricketer upon going to IPL should never get chosen for WI again, as he firstly is not good enough, and secondly has no loyalty, and thirdly is not good enough.....did I mention he is not good enough.