West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Antigua July 23, 2012

Gayle in West Indies Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle is set to play his first Test in more than 18 months after being named in the West Indies squad for the first Test against New Zealand. Gayle has not played Test cricket since the tour of Sri Lanka in December 2010, and he will provide a major boost to the West Indies batting line-up, which has also regained Shivnarine Chanderpaul after he missed the final Test against England due to a side strain.

The 13-man squad does not include the batsman Darren Bravo, who is West Indies' second leading run scorer in Tests in the past year. Bravo, who has not managed a half-century in his past five Tests and scored his most recent fifty in the first innings of the first Test against Australia in April, is still recovering from a groin strain* sustained during the England tour.

The top-order batsman Assad Fudadin was included after making his Test debut in the final match of the England tour. Sunil Narine was the only specialist spinner named in the squad and there was no room for the fast man Fidel Edwards, who was part of the Test side during the tour of England.

The first Test against New Zealand begins in Antigua on Wednesday, before the sides move on to Jamaica for the second and final Test.

West Indies squad Chris Gayle, Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Tino Best, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine.

*01:15 GMT, July 23, 2012: The story has been edited to state that Darren Bravo is still recovering from injury

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  • Russell on July 25, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    As a longsuffering Windies fan, I actually believe the recall of Chris Gayle was a backward step. When he was captain, he was quoted as saying he wouldn't mourn the death of Test cricket, a statement that would have seen any other player dropped and banished. He has made it abundantly clear where his preferences and loyalties lie; it doesn't matter how good a batsman he is if he doesn't want to play. When he gets to the crease, we'll get an hour of big-hitting, counting and measuring sixes, then he'll hole out to mid-on, return to the pavillion, put on his shades and watch the greenhorns at the top of the order struggle as we slide to another defeat. The selectors should identify the openers of Test quality who actually DO want a Test career, and coach, man-manage and nurture them, however long it takes. We weren't winning with Gayle in the side before, there is no reason to think we'll start winning now, just because there's no T20 for him to run off to. And by the way, I'm Jamaican.

  • Clester on July 25, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    @winfan16 K. powell 40 matches 3 centuries 12 1/2 centuries. A fudadin 50 matches 2 centuries 11 1/2 centuries I would say advantage Powell. But hey its a mute point since both have been selected in the final eleven and for windies cricket sake I hope they both do well. It's not a competition we just want the best players to rep WI. I just don't like when people make unjust comparisons.

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    TIMBUKTU in Mali is also known as the city of 333 saints. Nothing to do with Gayle's highest test score of 333. But what I do know is that WI can do with all 333 saints for this series.

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    It all has been said, say no more. D Sammy 6th on the ICC all rounders ranking. The experts say he is that good. He is up there with the 'BEST'. Just like SHIV at 4th with the bat. Good luck boys.

  • charlie on July 25, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    It's my opinion that ,Tino Best is the gate keeper for W.I ! Come through him if you want to make this WI team as a batsman . All the other fast men are too "gentile" . Ask you know whom ,about that one . Any fast bowler ,who can score 95 runs ,in the manner in which he did ,against that opposition ,deserves his place in any modern day WI cricket team ,where-in there is a shortage of quality batsmen . To those who don't want him in the team ,think again about one other ASSET of his- FITNESS - always up to the task .

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    All those Sammy bashers I can give u a player who should not be in the WI team for more than one reason. The honourable D Ramdin,wkk/batter. Test avg 23.84, the lowest in test cricket for keepers in the top 8 cricketing nations. Next to Ramdin is M S Dhoni37.32. But if u think his batting avg is bad, dig this, he has a batting appearance to the crease of 86.6%. This is pretty high for a low order batter, and as such he should have had a much higher batting avg. Had he been pulling his weight we could have sacrificed the xtra batter for a bowler.There is no rule which says it must be a 7/4conbination, it also can be 6/5. The man with a century ever 'blue moon'. All the best WI.

  • Aman on July 24, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Can anyone tell me when dinesh ramdin will retire, beleive me if i had 8 years of exposure to international cricket i would have batted better than him, i stil cuurently think i do, he has let Westindies down on countless situations where a mere30 would have won them the game, but our beloved Mr. Ramdin could not even score 10, in his hundred against England 99 runs were through Gully and 2nd slip and still this chap had the odacity to show a paper to whole world reading " yaa Viv talk naah', why there has not been any disciplinary action against him addressing The Sir Viv in such manner, wonder wat wud have happened if Gayle would have done the same, does WICB pays him or its the other way round, have seen Devon Thomas do pretty well in onedayers and 4day tour match, have also seen Lendyl Simmons keep wickets pretty well against Pakistan last year, . I wish Ramdin reads this and either retire or jump in a well. GOD belss WestIndies.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    There we go again with the nonsense of Sammy causing an imbalance in the team. Now we have the squad, that will not change. Let's for argument sake, we decided to drop Sammy(sickness,injury) not impossible. We now have Barath, Powell, Fudadin, Ravi, Tino. From what I've read Fudadin is not a crowd favourite, so we drop him. I challenge anyone to prove to me via facts & figures that the team selected will cause WI to do any better than it is presently doing. ICC test bowling rating Roach(16), Sammy(24), Ravi(41), Bishoo(45). Tim Breman(Eng) (23). Sammy is (54) with the bat. Check out Tim. Presently Eng is #1 in the world. WI is #8. Over to u.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @Gerard Perez. I totally agree with having 6 specialist batsmen, keeper and 4 specialist bowlers. Precisely the fact that Sammy is there makes it impossible to play 2specialist spinners, as we must have 2 fast men. I agree with having Best before Russell, but think the no 3 position may be weak. With Darren Bravo injured, I would have gone for Kirk Edwards. Not so sure about Powell.

  • Mansoor on July 24, 2012, 7:26 GMT


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