West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Trinidad

Shillingford added to Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 12, 2012

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Offspinner Shane Shillingford has been added to the West Indies squad for the second Test against Australia, beginning on April 15 at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.

Shillingford's inclusion is the only change to the squad that lost the first Test in Barbados by three wickets. He took 38 wickets in five matches for Windward Islands in this year's Regional Four-Day tournament.

Shillingford played five Test for West Indies, the last of which was against Sri Lanka in November 2010. He underwent remedial work on an action that was deemed illegal after that tour of Sri Lanka and made the squad for the tour of Bangladesh in 2011, although he did not play a match.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Kirk Edwards (vc), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Shane Shillingford

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Posted by simonviller on (April 15, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

I am thinking that guys like Brathwaite,K Edwards ,Deonarine,BISHOO and Chandervaul ,are at a disadvantage by not playing any form of international cricket ,outside of test cricket ,while all the others are ;then they are thrust into the tough test environment where they then have to find form and that competitive spirit ,at the highest level and it shows early in the series .I think that this has affected Bishoo particularly ,more more so than the others .

Posted by simonviller on (April 15, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

@Spacerone ! Do you realise that your team has six tails ? Add two more , if you wont an octopus ,instead a cricket team .

Posted by aclarity on (April 15, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

This 1st test match was lost initially due to poor 2nd innings batting but primarily due to poor captaincy and worse poor management by the coach Gibson. How on earth, in fading light, you try to draw a test with spinners bowling in the final 4 overs and no bouncers? Gibson sat on his hands and let Sammy make that error. I say 70% of the blame falls on Gibson. Good coaches act. Is it the Frank Worrell philosophy "Leave well alone." If Frank Worrell were alive he would say well is not good enough we must strive for greatness. We need to revolutionize our thinking.

Posted by aclarity on (April 15, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

In the last 4 test matches that Fidel Edwards played he got a total of 7 wickets. Great bowler! Let's continue with him or do we say like Maurice Foster "it's a waste of pace." At his age and stage, Edwards is getting worse. I do not know how he can retain a place in a WI test 18 squad. Oh yes I know. We leave well alone. Bishoo must also be dropped temporarily. His form is not good lately.

Posted by Swingit on (April 14, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

@Bill Jordan I actually think you are on to something. As much as I like Shillingford as a spinner i am not sure what the famous "remedial" order may have done to his confidence and indeed his skills. This will be his first test since he was called suspect action, if he plays in TnT. I think the selectors should read this and go with every one of your suggestions. Maybe try this out of the box thinking for one test. If Sammy is not fit for the test Sunday then simply replace him with Shilling in your line up.

Posted by Reuelsean on (April 14, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

@Mike Rowan, Bravo has only played 14 test matches, and has scored 3 centuries, and 7 half centuries, at an ave of 51, how could you, of sound mind say that he is a big let down? Bravo would get where he has too eventually, and i for one am very happy with the progress that the young man is making, and at 23 he has done well. In terms of Barath, i would agree with you there, he has been a let down, and seems to be pronged to injury, but he is still a very young man, as well as a good player, and i have no doubt that he would improve, and after the amount of chances that devon smith was given, chances he didn't even reward. give the young guys a chance, they would come good. if they don't produce over time, then you are free to suggest them dropped, but it must be something remedial, to help them. as of right now, no way. and there is no way that Bravo has been a big let down, absolutely no way. Bravo is the best young batsman we have in the wi right now, hands down.

Posted by Reuelsean on (April 14, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

@Mike Rowan, the bottom line is that Edwards should know better, I am a big fan of Edwards, i have always been and i still am, but truth be told, he didn't play the role that he was supposed too in the last match, he was supposed to be the senior bowler but he didn't do the job, especially playing on his home ground being used to the conditions, especially seeing that the aus tail put on so many runs. i am not saying to drop him from the side, but he needs to be dropped for the next match, for rampaul to be given a chance, because we all know sammy isn't going to be rested. I also agree that our batsmen could have done better in the second inns, but look at the way the aus bowled in their second inns, the aus tail added over a hundred runs, our problem is the inability to finish off an inns, and that function lays with the bowlers. Bishoo should also be left out, shilli is a much better bowler than him and should take his place.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

@Reuelsean how many time roach bowled garbage and no one was calling for him to be drop.the most consistent fast bowler west indies have is not even on the team.you bowl one bad game and you calling for people to be drop.as far as for bravo he has been a big let down and people were saying he is the next lara....more like the next marlon samuel..barath is the next let down but i would say he been plagued by injury for the most of his early career.west indies biggest problem is the batting and you folks out there are in denial....

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

What does Brendan Nash have to do to get a knock? WI batting needs some backbone and Nash fits the profile. Or WI can just stick with the one inning wonders of late.

40 Kent v Northants Northampton 12 Apr 2012 67, 0/18, 0/1 Kent v Yorkshire Leeds 5 Apr 2012 2/17, 74 Kent v Glamorgan Canterbury 28 Mar 2012 2/30, 42 Kent v Glamorgan Canterbury 27 Mar 2012 1, 30 Jamaica v Trinidad & T Port of Spain 9 Mar 2012 205*, 0/2, 10* Jamaica v Guyana North Sound 24 Feb 2012

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

First, I was very disappointed with the West Indies play on the 4th and 5th days of the 1st test in Barbados. However, I saw enough to tell me that we can compete with Australia. Our batsmen MUST put a greater value on their wickets. This is not to be critical about Sammy's leadership; but I would say he missed out on a few opportunities to put a bit of pressure on the Australian batsmen in their 2nd innings. All said and done, he gets an A for effort from me. For the 2nd test, I would leave out Bishoo and include Rampaul. If we have a batsman who can bowl a few slow ones, that's good enough. I would put Denorine to open and bat Barath at 3 or 5. Reason: Barath's shot selection is too loose at this time. He reminds me of a young Kanhai. This is my order: Brathwaite, Denorine, Chanderpaul, Edwards, Bravo, Barath, Baugh, Sammy, Rampaul, Roach, Edwards. Chanderpaul has more test ecperience than all of the other 5 batsmen combined, so he should be up there to help them. 138 - 36

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