India in West Indies 2011 July 3, 2011

Sarwan dropped for final Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Struggling West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been dropped for the third and final Test against India in Dominica. Kieran Powell, a 21-year-old batsman from Leeward Islands, has been named as his replacement.

Sarwan, 31, back in the Test side for the ongoing home season after nearly one-and-a-half years out, has struggled for form right through, starting with the Pakistan Tests. He managed only 54 runs in four innings against Pakistan, and his form nosedived further in the series against India, where he managed only 29 runs over the first two Tests. Sarwan seemed to have been informed of his axing soon after the second Test in Barbados. An hour after bad light ensured a draw, Sarwan tweeted: "Wishing the guys all the best in Dominica! Miami here I come." Warner Park in Dominica is the venue for the third Test.

Clyde Butts, chairman of the selection committee, said he expected Sarwan to make a strong comeback. "Ramnaresh is having a difficult time and it is best for him to make way and allow a player in better form to contribute to the team totals," he said. "We have no doubt about Ramnaresh's class as a batsman, he has proven himself countless times in the past and we are certain that he will return stronger in the near future."

Sarwan's replacement, Powell, played two one-dayers for West Indies in 2009, when the entire first-choice team pulled out of a home series against Bangladesh and the Champions Trophy in South Africa due to a contract dispute. He was among the first batch of players to train at the Sagicor High Performance Centre after it was established in 2010. He has played 23 first-class matches since his debut in 2008 and averages 38.91.

"Kieran is young but has been on the first-class circuit for some time and is a former Windies Under -19 World Cup player," Butts said. "He did well for West Indies A and scored an impressive hundred against England Lions in the WICB Regional 4 Day Tournament but got injured subsequently. We believe he has bright future and this is an excellent opportunity for him to show his worth on the international stage."

Squad Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo, Kirk Edwards, Kemar Roach, Kieran Powell.

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  • Derek on July 6, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    Continued.. Even more importantly how does it assist in preparing players for life after they are no longer 'Good enough'..?

  • Derek on July 6, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    It seems the WI selectors solicit this forum to decide their team. I read somewhere last week how several members of the WI MANAGEMENT voted against Chris Gayle as captain on account of him ' not having natural leadership qualities' One would believe they would have spotted that before making him captain in the first place. In making him captain you also expect them to ensure that his difficiencies are managed. What is needed is a 360 degree appraisal system whereby, peer, subordinates and viewers provide feedback which allow management to structure the development pathway for both players and managers. I mention this because it appear that others now believe Baugh and Bravo should be the next captain/vice captain. What is the criteria? How does the WICB plan to mould the next prospects? What happens to someone like Sarwan and Devon Smith, once a player loses form; how does the board help them to regain it and the all important confidence?

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    The timing of this move is poor....the team just saved a game through the good performances of a number of different players...Edwards, Samuels,Bravo,Baugh,Bishoo....players pick up their individual game together as a team winning as a team and losing as a team. Sarwan might have come good in the last game however replacing him with a new kid on the block Powell in a must win game? I don't get a comfortable feeling from watching Edwards I will take an out of form Sarwan over him Baugh had a good knock in the 2nd innings but is it enough given the fact that he has not been consistent with the bat and the fact that he was dropped on 0 to play the extra bowler??The captain is not contributing with the bat and is it enough to play the extra bowler expecting the tail enders to make runs or the top order to finally come good? India will probably play 2 spinners this game can our batsmen cope???? Not a good time to make a drastic change weakening an already poorly performing batting line up

  • Soumya on July 5, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I feel West Indies are in the midst of political gimmick... Sorry state for WI who once upon a time used to rule the Cricket in 1960's till early nineties.

  • PATRICK on July 5, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    @satspeare It's ludricrous dropping Fidel who had match figures of 8/132, the only bowler who really penetrated in the 2nd innings for Roach who is out of form and has lost his spark or even Taylor (what makes him the best test bowler in your mind?) There is no guarantee that either one of them will perform and without Bishoo to rein in the runs, it is a recipe for disaster. Bishoo took 3 wickets in the 1st innings, including the 2 batsmen who were actually making runs. And he had match figures of 7/140 in the 1st test. Also, one innings of 92 in an ODI from Russell does not make him an allrounder. Fidel's difference is his reverse swing - Raw pace is a thing of the past. And I think you are living the past and dreaming - What international team nowadays does not play a spinner?

  • S.Selvamurugan on July 5, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @sohaibahmad good squad if Andrew Russel and Jerome Taylor in bench

  • Hildreth on July 5, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    I agree that Sarwan deserves to be dropped but the REPLACEMENT with a rookie MAKES NO SENSE. I mean what is the STRATEGY behind this selection. Don't get me wrong Kieron POWELL is a very promising BATSMAN for all formats. However is this the RIGHT TIME to bring him into the team as opposed to experienced ALLROUNDERS like Andre RUSSELL or Kieron POLLARD? Powell if he plays would be under tremendous PRESSURE on test debut no matter what # he bats at. These young players need INITIATION in ODI's or practice matches. Whereas Russell for eg has played both test and ODI cricket and was BRILLIANT vs India in the ODI's with both bat and ball. His CONFIDENCE is high and should have been selected from 1st test. He will provide tremendous SUPPORT to the bowling squad reducing BOWLER FATIGUE and is also very capable with the bat as indicated with his blistering 92 vs India in the ODI's. WI NEED 5 BOWLERS TO BOWL INDIA OUT TWICE IN DOM. Selectors can call up RUSSELL or play ROACH as 5th bowler.

  • Satesh on July 5, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    @PaddyRasta- sir I am indeed watching the same game you are but my suggestion to play 4 fast bowlers in the same 11 is a wishful earning to recapture something from the past and against a team that is susceptable to pace. the formular has not won either of the two test even though we should have won them both.Since our batting is indeed letting us down - why not give Sammy four of the best bowlers available and bowl out India for less runs? Also , it seems as if the bowlers are more motivated than the batsmen to make runs, so why not have an additional bowler rather than one short? We in this reagion was not solong ago longong for our fast bowlers to recover and now they are available, we still don't play them together!! My suggestions are because :-Russel ( best prospecting all-rounder) and Taylor ( best fast bowler available) along with Roach and Rampaul will give Sammy the chance to play in THE position he is selected to be in - captain!! And Edwards wicket -after india's runs rush

  • Balbir on July 5, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    I have seen Roy Fredericks and Clive Lloyd struggle for form and they both came back with blistering centuries. I though they would give Sarwan an opportunity to find his form in the last test. There is no domestic matches for Sarwan to find his form unless WI is taking him out for good and we will not see him touring later in the year. I have just read Dravid's comments on how difficult it was for the India batsmen, yet we are dropping guys and trying another No Namer - still not skillful enough.

    What happen with Andre Russell who should have played all the matches. The guy is a work horse hungry to play day and night. Why not give Craigg Braithwaite another shot and rest Simmons? And I do hope Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo will be the next captain and vice captain before the next world cup.

    WI do need a permanent trainer/ batting coach. WICB pays Hillaire and Butts big bucks for doing one man's job. Remove one and contract a good coach.

  • Craig on July 5, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Sarwan used to be such a good player i remember him playing his first test againist pakistan scoring 80 odd. Looks quite a different player now sad to say. His lack of foot movement has led to his downfall. Powell is a good young prospect that i dont believe is ready for this level as yet. Rusell would of been the better choice he also adds to the bowling department as well

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