Australia in West Indies 2011-12 April 4, 2012

West Indies include Deonarine for first Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • nicholas 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....

  • trevor 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.

  • Michael 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    finally! he deserved a recall

  • Seven 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

  • Roo 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?...

  • Roland 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?

  • charlie 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 .

  • Douglas 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.

  • Robin 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.

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