West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Barbados June 25, 2011

West Indies drop vice-captain Nash

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West Indies have dropped their vice-captain Brendan Nash and recalled Kirk Edwards for the second Test against India, which begins on June 28 in Barbados. Marlon Samuels, who missed the first Test in Jamaica, is likely to play in the middle order instead of Nash.

Nash came into the Test side without match practice and made 1 and 9 at Sabina Park, where West Indies lost by 63 runs. He has scored only 53 runs in his previous six innings and been dismissed in single digits five times.

"It is clear that Brendan has been struggling for form for some time and we want to give him a chance to take some time away from international cricket and work on his game," Clyde Butts, the chairman of selectors, said. "Brendan is a mentally tough cricketer and we are sure that he will be able to overcome the challenges he is now facing and come back strong."

Ian Bishop, the former West Indies fast bowler and commentator, told ESPNcricinfo he wasn't surprised by the axing, though he thought Nash might have got one more chance.

"It's difficult for Brendan. It's been a like that for a while now. Nash doesn't play the ODIs and doesn't get much cricket in between," Bishop said. "I know he is a hard worker, very professional and will definitely go to the nets and work on his game. I suspect it will be Samuels who will play and not Edwards. Samuels has shown that he can make a contribution to this team. There might be also an option of playing five bowlers on that Barbados track. Time will tell."

In the absence of Chris Gayle, and now with the exit of Nash, the responsibility on Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan increases. "Shiv has the ability ... I won't say he was careless in getting out in the Test match. One bounced on him and one hit a crack. He will go back and work hard and will lead this West Indies batting line-up. He is the one guy who can play the Dravid-type innings.

"Good teams have a senior core, who set a trend. Chanderpaul and Sarwan have to set that trend, particularly Sarwan. He is still relatively a young player and at the prime of his career."

MS Dhoni, the Indian captain, didn't want to comment on the continuing absence of Gayle. "I think that's a situation for the selectors to decide who they can pick for their team," he said. "I won't say this West Indian side is a weaker side. If you look at the talent they have in their top six or seven batsmen, then they are equally matched with the current Indian team you know, who all are over here".

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

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • satspeare on June 28, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    WI dropped NASH!!? wow - time to drop the WICB and have new individuals take over - preferable some folks with some knowledge of cricket based on their previous sucessful experiences! Here are some stats for your consideration and I WILL NOT PICK SAMUELS AHEAD OF NASH. I will play Kirk ahead of Samuels since we want to "rebuild" - so say WICB. Seems to me as if they are try to rid the team of any oppositions to the captain & management. Yes to Kirk , no to Samuels. Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 Marlon Samuels Current age 30 years 174 days Tests 30 55 4 1471 105 28.84 44.18 2 10

    Brendan Nash Current age 33 years 196 days Tests 21 33 0 1103 114 33.42 43.28 2 8

    Devon Smith Current age 29 years 250 days Tests 33 58 2 1384 108 24.71 47.46 1 5

    Kirk Edwards Current age 26 years 237 days First-Class 26 46 3 1769 171 41.13 n/a 2 1

  • dummy4fb on June 28, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Bat Daren Bravo at number 3.

  • dummy4fb on June 27, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    See how foolish your ll west Indian can be Drop Sammy Samuels, Baugh and Kirk Edwards and get Jerome Taylor Name Sarwan captain. Right now i will drop sarwan before nash because this guy is only fail

  • dummy4fb on June 27, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Nash Must Be Given One More Chance He Has Great Potential And Brendan Nash is A Promising Batsman

  • sawbo88 on June 27, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    The ideal Windies team to take the field: Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Simmons (wkt), Sammy, Bishoo, Rampaul, Roach/ Edwards. It would be nice to take in one less batsman and replace one of top6 with Russell or another bowler, but there is no reliability yet. Baugh has had too many chances and shows no improvement. Sammy must stay though as it is hard to fault him with ball

  • Garp on June 27, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    The horrendous decisions from the WICB just never cease to amaze and puzzle the public. One of their most consistent batsmen over the last 3-4 years is dropped? Sure WI had a chance to win that first test against India but not making it over the line is not solely on the lack of runs by Nash.

  • dummy4fb on June 27, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Agree with Donald Royer. Last test was a close contest considering ranking of both the sides. Bravo had a chance to show his class, but unfortunately missed this one also, as he did in the past. I feel that WI should go with five bowlers, at the cost of one batsman.

  • riverlime on June 27, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    I think everyone agrees that it is time to drop Baugh. He can bat, but he does not seem to appreciate the importance of keeping his wicket. Had he stayed around for a dozen overs or so, who knows how close WI would have gotten to what turned out to be a reasonable total. Dwayne Smith had the same problem and he was rightfully dropped. Kirk Edwards does not yet have the class required at this level, as his agricultural shot-making demonstrated. Gayle should open with Barath with Simmons on hand to fill in for either one as they need. Young Bravo needs to learn to catch, OR BE DROPPED! There is no room in the team for another bad catcher.

  • indianzen on June 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    OK so then in the new squad for WI consists of 5 batsmen 1 WK and 5 Special batsmen who can bowl... its not who is in the team matters mate, its the team work that matters...

  • siabbasi on June 27, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    He is not in form, I can support the decision. A great team unit building up....Good luck on Tuesday.

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