West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, 5th day

Edwards' sore back puts Rampaul in frame

Daniel Brettig at Queen's Park Oval

April 19, 2012

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Ravi Rampaul bowls in the nets on the eve of the first Test against Australia, Bridgetown, April 6, 2012
Ravi Rampaul will be in the frame for the Dominica Test © AFP
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Ravi Rampaul may be in line for a recall to the West Indies team for the third Test in Dominica. The hosts' captain Darren Sammy revealed that Fidel Edwards was complaining of back soreness after rain curtailed a tantalisingly poised second match in Trinidad, making Rampaul's inclusion a distinct possibility.

Having missed selection for the limited overs-portion of the tour due to dengue fever and a shoulder problem, Rampaul returned to the squad ahead of the first Test in Barbados but was lacking in conditioning and match rhythm. However he has trained consistently with the hosts over the two weeks and is now ideally placed to reinforce the XI that acquitted themselves well at Queen's Park Oval on a slow, turning pitch.

"So far we've been using the same combination and it's worked for us," Sammy said. "Fidel has a slight pain in his back so we'll monitor that. If not then Ravi comes in and I know Ravi will do the job for us."

Sammy noted that West Indies' bowling had steadily improved in its discipline and perseverance over the past 18 months, Kemar Roach providing the best evidence of this development by taking 10 wickets for the match in Port-of-Spain, a sterling achievement on any surface but particularly meritorious on a pitch that saw spinners take the new ball in three innings out of four.

"It's not only this series, it's been the last year and a half, there's been a massive improvement in the bowling department," Sammy said. "We can get 20 wickets in Test matches and we bowl out teams ... that was something we were not doing in the past. So definitely the bowling has improved, especially under coach [Ottis] Gibson and it will continue.

Squad for third Test

  • Adrian Barath, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Shane Shillingford, Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul

"To have a guy like Ravi Rampaul, who took so many wickets for last year on the bench shows we have depth. Kemar has been very good against the Australians and Fidel has been bowling well, without any luck, and I know Ravi is eager for his opportunity."

Assad Fudadin, the Guyanese left-hander, has been called up to the squad for the Dominica Test, while the legspinner Devendra Bishoo has been dropped. The vice-captain Kirk Edwards has not recovered in time from a knee problem to be considered for the final match of the series, his fitness for the England tour that follows a significant factor in the decision. Clyde Butts, the West Indies chairman of selectors, said Fudadin offered solid batting and a medium pace option.

"Fudadin has been a member of the West Indies A Team for a while now and we have seen signs of development and improvement," Butts said. "This year he batted well in the Regional Four-Day Tournament, and made over 500 runs including two centuries. He was very consistent in the middle-order. He can also bowl medium-pace and that is an asset."

As for Bishoo, Sammy said he had told the young spinner not to be too despondent, for he remained part of longer term plans. However Sammy indicated that Bishoo needed to go away and relocate his best touch, having struggled for impact in the first Test against Australia.

"We just had a team talk and what I said to Bishoo was he's been a warrior to us, especially last year, but sometimes you lose form," Sammy said. "I told him I know deep down he will come back stronger because that's the sort of player he is."

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Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

@Gravymon,to agree with what you said,we have a good nucleus of young and talented players around,just like you said earlier of getting the right selections and combinations.It would not be as complicated with so many of these guys playing in the IPL,etc at critical times which clash with international fixtures.With the tour of England imminent,will be intresting to see the squad selected to go there considering a couple of players will be going to the second half of the IPL including Darren Bravo,etc.

Posted by BigGeorgeMehemood on (April 22, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Ramphal and Assad must play tomorrow or the entire WI board should be dump in the atlantic ocean where all dem shark feed pan! Second, Shillingford is no better than Bishoo in any way! Him is no Lance Gibbs! How many wicket him take in the second test???

Posted by GravyMon on (April 22, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

@ Dwight Bowen ... Forgot Andre Russell as an allrounder ... makes the pool 21

Posted by GravyMon on (April 22, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

@ Dwight Bowen … The current Series is practically done, so let's fix the gaffes of the not too distant past, and look toward the future. We need better leadership at the top, so we have to find a new captain, Ramdin or Dwayne Bravo. Now the players, we need a mixture of youth and experience … Here's my pool of 20 … Fast bowlers: Edwards, Roach, Rampaul; Openers: Gayle, Barath, Brathwaite; Middle Order: Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo, K. Edwards, Sarwan; Allrounders: Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Deonarine; W/Keepers: Ramdin, Baugh, Dowrich; Spinners: Narine, Shillingford, Bend, Bishoo. There is not much better in the Caribbean.

Posted by GravyMon on (April 22, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

Let's face it, Australia already knows that we are in a more confused state than Butts, Gibson and Sammy constantly try not to portray. They are supremely confident that there is little cause for concern despite any injury or setback they may suffer. They know that we don't have the type of leadership capable of taking advantage of any error they may commit on field or of any plight that may befall them. Cocky, yes they are, and who can blame them. We are inconsistent in our approach to executing our own plans, if we really have any. Was the first Test all that different to the second Test? Were we actually trying to win the second Test in Trinidad, but not the first one in Barbados? Looks to me like we are playing that stupid game of Mimic - if it works for Michael Clarke and Australia, then maybe it could work for us. We need capable leadership at the top, and the team to go with it. For 2 years now, many selections have been experimental. Hopefully, we'll have the right team soon.

Posted by gottalovetheraindance on (April 22, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

Samuels and Bravo have better batting averages than Powell Brathwaite & Bharat as well which dont say much

Posted by gottalovetheraindance on (April 22, 2012, 1:02 GMT)

@ VivGilchrist both have low batting averages & high bowling averages but both have higher batting averages than Sammy & are better in the field than Sammy who almost costs more runs from dropped catches than he saves by bowling

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 21, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

Please WI fans, stop enough with the Bravo, Samuels argument. Both have low batting averages for batsmen, and high bowling averages for bowling. The only way either one could play would be at no7 with a Gilchrist or Sangakarra batting in the top6. At the moment either Baugh or Ramdin are nowhere near good enough batsmen to make that possible.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

Gravymon,most of what you said is correct,but given the present circumstances,what do you consider to be the right team?

Posted by GravyMon on (April 21, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

Let's face it, Australia already knows that we are in a more confused state than Butts, Gibson and Sammy constantly try not to portray. They are supremely confident that there is little cause for concern despite any injury or setback they may suffer. They know that we don't have the type of leadership capable of taking advantage of any error they may commit on field or of any plight that may befall them. Cocky, yes they are, and who can blame them. We are inconsistent in our approach to executing our own plans, if we really have any. Was the first Test all that different to the second Test? Were we actually trying to win the second Test in Trinidad, but not the first one in Barbados? Looks to me like we are playing that stupid game of Mimic - if it works for Michael Clarke and Australia, then maybe it could work for us. We need capable leadership at the top, and the team to go with it. For 2 years now, many selections have been experimental. Hopefully, we'll have the right team soon.

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