West Indies v India, 1st Test, Kingston, Jamaica June 18, 2011

Barath replaces Brathwaite as opener

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle continues to be ignored for selection following an unproductive meeting with the WICB management on June 14 and has been left out of the squad for the first Test against India at Sabina Park. The only change to the squad chosen for the St. Kitts Test against Pakistan is Trinidad opener Adrian Barath replacing Barbados opener Kraigg Brathwaite. This meant there was no place for allrounder Dwayne Bravo as well.

Bravo had skipped the Test series against Pakistan, after playing the ODIs, to play the IPL. He returned for the one-day series against India and played the first two games before asking to be rested for the remaining three. Bravo had said he wanted to "refocus, reflect" and "rejoin the team for the beginning of the Test series." Apart from Bravo, there was also no place for allrounder Andre Russell, who impressed during the one-dayers against India.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who missed the second Test against Pakistan because of injury and was omitted from the limited-overs matches against India, was included in the squad. The WICB, however, said it would meet with Chanderpaul before the first Test.

"Following communications between WICB management and Chanderpaul over the past weeks the WICB management and team management will meet with Shivnarine Chanderpaul prior to the Test," the board said. "The WICB management and team management will outline to Chanderpaul the WICB's expectations of him in his future participation in the West Indies team as a player."

Barath had suffered a hamstring injury in the lead-up to the 2011 World Cup and had been out of action since. He made his return in the final ODI against India at Sabina Park. The first Test against India begins on June 20.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Brendan Nash, Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.

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  • shawn on June 20, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Bravo = #8 Test all rounder. Gayle = #10 Test all rounder. Chanderpaul = #7 Test batsman. Gayle = #20 Test batsman. Bravo = #25 Test bowler. Benn #28 Test bowler.

  • Riad on June 19, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Forgot to add where is ramdin best gloveman in the caribbean.

    baugh will drop a few and can't read bishoo's googly!!!!


  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Bravo dont deserve to play for Windeies he prefers Ipl anyways. What ever happened to Benn after 3 good games in the WC 0ne bad game and then he disappears,Bishoo performed admirably then was dropped, Martin came in and did a great job now he is dropped in pace of Bishoo, its a wonder we cant produce slow bowlers they dont get the chance to play.Welcome back Edwards. BTW does this team have a vice captain or we just go with the flow should Sammy come down with an injury.

  • pradyumna on June 19, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    gayle is only a t20 player.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    best wishes to Indian squad led by Raina ,win the test series against WI ,play well

  • Karan on June 19, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    @Devanshu: Any team which is reliant on Gayle at any level over T20 is already far worse than Ireland.

  • Riad on June 19, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Good selection apart from the mickey mouse club player who is hte captain. in name only.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    @jason Plummer I agree with all your points totally. He gets the job done.. @ Paddyrasta T20 (4 for 16) 1st ODI (0 for 52) only 5 wickets fell in that match, 2nd ODI 0 for 38 (3 wickets fell and SUmmy most economical, 3rd ODI 2 for 49 (highest wicket tally with Bishoo, 4th ODI 2 for 43(removed openers)

    Is there any doubt. The figures are not great but it is comparable to any of the other fast bowlers. Please get off Sammy's back and support the team. He is doing the job for WI. Y dont some people comment on the fact that we have won 6 matches for the season? When last did we do that under GAyle or any other? PLease tell me!!!!

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    i don't see why baugh is in the team. he has continued to fail and is not in the class of the wicket keepers around the world. Let simmons keep wicket, this will open up the squad for an extra batsman or bowler depending on the pitches..

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Give the captaincy back to Sarwan ..

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