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

Gayle in West Indies Test squad

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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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  • gusmour 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.

  • LabMan 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • simonviller 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 .

  • 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.

  • shinewindies 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    THE PREDATOR IS BACK!! NO DOUBT THE NO 1 T20 BATSMAN.

  • gusmour 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.

  • LabMan 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • simonviller 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 .

  • 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.

  • shinewindies 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    THE PREDATOR IS BACK!! NO DOUBT THE NO 1 T20 BATSMAN.

  • on July 24, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Hope Powell plays ahead of Barath, I reckon he'll complement Gayle better, happy with Fudadin at 3, he looked solid against the Poms, home conditions should help his cause, time for Samuels to move up the order, he's more than capable, Chanderpaul at 5, love this bloke, most reliable cricketer in world cricket, Deonarine to round out the batting order, he's inform, a handy bowler, enough said, Ramdin holds the keeping spot, his batting has improved dramatically, Sammy at 7, needs to take more wickets, batting has improved though, Narine, harsh on Shillingford, but the Kiwi's have no idea against him, Rampaul is a must, as the NZ top order really struggle against swing, Roach, most inform bowler in the region.

  • on July 24, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    West Indies should be realistic in selecting their final 11. Bowlers - Roach, Best, Rampaul, Narine - Wicketkeeper- Ramdin, Captain Darren Sammy, That leaves (1) Gayle, (2) Barath, (3) Samuels, (4) Chanderpaul (5) Deonarine. I will humble suggest that the captain must see himself as a batsmen who can bowl or an allrounder and occupy such a batting position if West Indies are to ever re-claim their position as a top cricketing nation under his captaincy. The management cannot continue to allow the captain to occupy a bowling position and thereby weaken the capability of the bowling attack.

  • wifan16 on July 24, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    @LABMAN..u should stay in the lab...how many matches have fudadin played compared to powell?...seriously?

  • godfreyse on July 23, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Like it or not, they r not going to change this squad to suit any of us. So let us deal with what we have. It is said that batters set up the victory & bowlers deliver it(20)wks. Who will set up this victory? We have Gayle Shiv &Samuels,ably assisted by Barath & Deonarine. Who will delivey the victory? We have Roach, Ravi, Sammy & Narine, ably assisted by Samuels & Deonarine. U have the keeper & who else u may like. Remember 3 batters made 600+ agst England. We don't need 600+ to set up a victory agst NZ.

  • MrPontingToYou on July 23, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    taylor a match winner.. lol, what, with an average of 38. he won one match, with his test best, on a lively home ground of kingston, thats it.

  • on July 23, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Sarwan has nothing to offer the West Indies he is a has been, Shame Shillingford has been written off after doing so well against Australia. He should at least be in the squad. Hope to see Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo back soon. Sammy is the best captain ion the WI right now.

  • howahluvmehwestindies on July 23, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Not that I am a fan of Sammy as captain but I believe credit should be given where it's due. In his last 4 test matches, Sammy has scored a century and a half century. How many others being mentioned have done this? Also, I recall some scores of 40+ against Aus and Ind. My point is that he is obviously working on his batting and improving at it. Unfortunately, it seems his bowling may be suffering because of it. Don't you prefer the selectors pick players that are working hard at improving? I do.

  • Lermy on July 23, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    New Zealand has the better balanced side of the two, equally useless at everything. If West Indies don't win inside three days, they should take up basketball. If the New Zealand side lasts more than three days, they should seriously consider taking up cricket.

  • on July 23, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Hi West Indies are to last five days against quality opposition, they need batsmen who can stay at the crease, like Gayle and Chanderpaul, but the other selected batsmen are suspect. Samuels is good, but I have no faith in Powell, Deonarine or Sammy, as I feel that they will likely throw away their wickets cheaply.On the bowling side, Roach and Best are great, but with only one specialist spinner in Narine, I feel that this is a mistake. Bishoo or Shillingford with Narine would have been a nightmare for the kiwis. WI selectors seem to be scared of a double spin attack, or maybe they think that it is too un West Indies like to approach test cricket in this way. But this is not the 1980's and they need to more with the times. The pitches are different, the protective equipment is different, and the opposition are very different. The "Fire in Babylon" approach is as out of date as wooden tennis rackets and banks formula one tracks.

  • on July 23, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Are Sarwan and Nash eligible to play for the WI test team ...seriously? Can anyone tell me?What are the pre-qualifications?

  • max1978 on July 23, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    agreed divinetouch. The team is not balance with Sammy. Also we need Sarwan at 3 and one quality fast bowler ( Jerome Taylor) who is a proven match winner.

  • vincy4ever on July 23, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    With all this talk of team selection, you need to look at the players who are of international class. As far as the bowlers go, there are none apart from Narine, who needs to develop in the test arena. Roach, Best, Edwards, Rampaul are all mediocre. Rotation is the best in the situation. Gabriel could be developed.

    Batting is more positive with Gayle, Kieran Powell (to develop), Sarwan (not available), Darren Bravo (not available), Marlon Samuels and Chanderpual. Ramdin, Thomas and Baugh are not up to standard as keepers and rotating them is OK.

    Sammy does not merit his place as Captain, bowler or batsman in the test format but is Ok in the shorter formats. Gibson is a bowling coach and not an all round coach. He like Sammy does not have the thinking capacity to operate in the international arena.

  • brucyca on July 23, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    i'd like to see sarwan in the side but he is not let deonarine bat at 3 daren bravo needs to focus on his game rather than trying to look like lara

  • on July 23, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    In response to all the folks bashing Kirk Edwards look at his record so far --- 9 Test , 2 Centuries , 4 Fifties : Ave 39.11, 665 runs. One bad series in England and everybody is at his throat, you know what guys, he deserves a chance just like everyone else. Kirk Edwards will be back in West Indies colours soon.

  • obatsalem1979 on July 23, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    no suprises in the squad for me.... gayle barath powell samuels chanderpaul deonarine sammy ramdin rampaul roach narine

  • on July 23, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    What a load of rubbish again....barath is not in form...why is ramdin selected over thomas? Why is Tino selected over Johnson? Then there is the sammy issue...is he so valuable as a captain that he can't be replaced because I don't see how he could be counted as a test player with either bat or ball. Rubbish! Rubbish! Rubbish!

  • WindiesWillow on July 23, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Who will open with Gayle? Barathe and Powell have both failed. We continue toi use our #3 as an opener...why not let #3 open then?? Then we can add another middle order batsman. Kirk Edwards deserves to be in this side as he performs best in home conditions. I agree with resting Fidel, he hasn't been up to scratch lately and Tino's performance in England warrants him getting another chance. Good time to experiment with the lineup.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 23, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    My XI- 1 C.Gayle, 2 K.Powell, 3 M.Samuels, 4 N.Deonarine, 5 S.Chanderpaul, 6 A.Fudadin, 7 D.Ramdin(w), 8 D.Sammy(c), 9 T.Best, 10 K.Roach, 11 S.Narine

    Plenty of pace up front with Roach and Best, Sammy and Fudadin to offer steady seam support, and Narine, Deonarine and Samuels to make up a pretty decent attack. Personally, I thought that Delorn Johnson was unlucky not to be called up. The young man's time will come however, hopefully in the second test. I'd not be against a short term experiment at opener too. Either Sammy, Ramdin or even Russel/Smith. The advantage of using Sammy/Ramdin is obvious, as it allows for another bowler, be it an extra quick or spinner. Bringing in Johnson will give so much more to the attack, as not only is he tall, fast and aggressive, but he moves the ball and delivers from a high left arm angle. Eventually, both Johnson and Holder, the giant fast man, should join Roach in the team. Good luck for the tests guys, we need to start winning them now!

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    In terms of world cricket it is an insignificant series. A #7 team vs a # 8 team. What significant achievement will either gain? It might be an opportunity for both teams to reassess their position in world cricket. I hope that is what they will do. Yes bro test cricket is the ultimate, I agree.

  • LabMan on July 23, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @wifan16 "much better" you say? Powell averages 34 first class while Fudadin averages 30, nothing to brag about from either batsmen, so how is that much better? Man the things we say. I mean how do we really judge better? I think that the two most promising upcoming batsmen in the WI is Bravo and Powell.

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    narine deserved his pick after that odii series ... powell and barath both have failed .. how abt tryin ramdin as the opener

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    @Labman, i think you have the best team there. I hope to see Darren Bravo back soon. Plenty of options now for the West Indies selectors it seems, i'm sure the best team will sort itself out over the next year and should shape into a very strong side. Great to see Kemar back.

  • mancricbd on July 23, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    People talking about Kirk edwards.......................Guyz just stop it. His head isnt there, Since Australia tour he is been out of form. A guy with such a little technique and also with completely no form can not be given second chance. I think Fudadin can easily slot in his place. He shown character even in tough English conditions as well. My Eleven will be:

    Gayle, Barath, Samuels, fudadin, Chanderpaul, deonarine, Thomas, Sammy, Narine, Best, Roach

  • mancricbd on July 23, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi I follow the west indies cricket just like a West indian, sometime even more than a West inidan. I think its again come down to the selection panel. Shane was so good in test matches recently. Who on earth will miss him out. I understand that Narien was completely outplayed NZ but my question is this young man like shane can easily demotivated. He might think what can I do more to get a chance. Again I dont know its a politics or not why shane did not get a single over in ist innings of the tour match? Isnt it like : If he get another five wicket haul it would have been even tougher for the selection panel to leave him out? I am living this comment to you guyz to think. WICB should let narien play more first class cricket. Rampaul should work more on his bowling. In his place I think Delorn Johnson should get a chance.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 23, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    SIR SOBERS,

    Once again, we agree. Rampaul, steady as he is MUST NOT PLAY!!!

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Good to see Cgayle back, somehow team still missing strong batting line-up.Place must be found for Russell. I,M wworried about the all important #3 slot,got used to seeing Bravo round about that position. Will Marlon bat @ 3,or Deonarine? Will Powell & Barath play in this 11? This spot must be filled. Apart from Gayle, Samuels or Chanderpaul, I,m concerned about the batting.Maybe i,m worrying all for nothing, I am missing Bravo. I,M aware that his scores haven,t been match winners of late, i,m also aware of his abilities as a cricketer & what he is capable of achieving with Gayle, Samuels & Chanders.Haven,t been this nervous about a series in awhile. This is our Upliftment series--We must win this one. This is our climb back to the top.good cricket men.

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    In response to Teamselector Kirk edwards not ready yet. Sarwan should be in the team he is the most consistent number 3 we have since Lara stop batting at 3.

  • Divinetouch on July 23, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Sammy, if u care for West Indies cricket u should step down and let a good cricketer play. Ramdin or Gayle can captain the side.

  • on July 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    in response to Teamselector comments on Kirk Edwards, how can he make the side after his dismal batting display in England they have work him out. Sarwan should be in the test side. I would play sawran at 3 over fudaddin he has the experience and the technique he was wrongfully left out of the team

  • on July 23, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Welcome back Chris.... We would love to you see back...

  • MrPontingToYou on July 23, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    considering the injuries, i would say the first ten picks itself.. gayle, barath, powell, fudadin, shiv, samuels, ramdin, sammy, roach, narine. for the last spot, between ravi and best, i would choose russell.

  • wifan16 on July 23, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    @ STEPHEN RAMSINGH, fudadin is a much better player than powell so i would say he deserves a chance!!...Pollard and russell, will never play in WI test team..mayb russell if everyone else fails....and the first full test series narine will play in ENG, AUS OR SA will be the end of his test career....

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 23, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    So we have A tall LEFT ARM PACE BOWLER THAT HAS JUST DEMOLISHED A STRONG iNDIA a SIDE AND DISMISSED BOTH kIWI OPENERS Guptill AND Flynn CLEAN BOWLED in the warm up game who is not even included in the squad ? seriously both Roach and Best have also caused big problems so it's clear all out pace is the way to go for us here Rampaul is not needed especially with Sammy captain and bowling ! I want to see 2 real pace bowlers opening the bowling like it should be,I will be furious if Rampual is opening first test.

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Deonarine gets a hundred agst NZ & he is an automatic selection for the test team. Shillingford takes 5wks & is not even in the squad. In any part of the world a bowler taking 5 wks agst a visiting team is an automatic selection in the test side. Ok, the reasoning is that there is Samuels to do a similar job. So why play the guy in the tour match in the first place? In any aspect of life success should be rewarded. Not a good move by the selectors.

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Sammy you are not an automatic pick for all tests.

  • LabMan on July 23, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @Phendel please don't let insularity start to creep back into Windies cricket. So Powell is not ready but Fudadin is? Please!!. I too am disappointed that Dwayne Bravo wasn't picked in the 13 man squad. I would have choosen him over Fudadin. 1. Gayle, 2. A. Bharat, 3. Powell, 4. Samuel, 5. Chanderpaul, 6. Deonarine, 7. Ramdin 8. Sammy (c), 9. Roach, 10. Narine, 11. Rampaul.

  • Rafelgibt on July 23, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Good to see Gayle back in the team............Hope he would continue his good form in TEST matches as well..........All the best to WI team......

  • StevieS on July 23, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Godfrey Pieters "This is an insignificant series", this is a test series, NOTHING in cricket is more important, hit and giggle 20/20 now that is as insignificant as it gets!

  • on July 23, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    for the first time in a long time i agree with he team selected. only one problem is that bishoo should maybe in the team but them who will be out?

  • denessa on July 23, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    WELCOME BACK TO CHRIS ....I KNW WITH THE HELP OF GOD U WILL CONTINUE TO BE A SOURCE OF STRENGTH TO THE WEST INDIES TEAM.....ALL THE BEST IN THE TEST MATCHES.....

  • TeamSelector on July 23, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    I agree with the views here that Shilly (& Bishoo) both got a raw deal, but I think the selectors picked Narine because he bamboozled the Kiwis in the ODI's & has a psychological edge over them. Similar to Ajmal's UAE stranglehold over the Poms. My biggest concern is who is going to bat @ #3 ??? I thought that was Kirk's slot. I think that position is too high for Fudadin, but it looks like they might give it to him. In the absence of Darren Bravo, one of Sarwan/Nash should've been recalled. I also think that Andre Russell should be a permanent member of the West Indies team, but what do I know ... 1-Powell, 2-Gayle, 3-Fudadin, 4-Samuels, 5-Chanderpaul, 6-Deonarine, 7-Ramdin, 8-Sammy, 9-Roach, 10-Rampaul, 11-Narine.

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Is Dwayne Bravo injured? If not,why is he being left out of the Test squad,we are talking about one of the worlds best all-rounders....in any format of the game....Fudadin....really? Can this dude play Test cricket? I don't think so.I would choose Sarwan over him any cricketing day,lets see if time will prove me wrong.

  • phendel on July 23, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    i at least expected to see DJ Bravo in the squad even if he was not picked......but like Holding always say.....Bravo and Sammy cnt play in the same test XI.....sammy might be upstaged and find it even harder to warrant his place if Bravo regularly upstages him.....in the abscence of young Bravo, Sarwan/Nash wud have been perfect....instead we hv to go in with K. Powell whos not ready for the big stage yet....DJ Bravo, Russell & Sarwan are missing....hope Fudadin gets a game too (in front of Powell of course)

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    I subscribe to the view that Sunil shouldn't play in this test series. This is an insignificant series, the big prize is the T20 world cup. Gayle & Narine r your trump. Gayle is known, they r still trying to work out Sunil. Now we have Shillingford, Benn & Bishoo, any one can do the job. The wicket is spinning & any good spinner will get wks. As for the batting, it doesn't matter who they pick, it will Gayle, Shiv & Samuels that will carry the batting. Hopefully one of the others comes off.

  • aclarity on July 23, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    How was Johnson left out of the 30 man T20 squad and the 1st test 13? Here is a left arm fast bowler who did exceedingly well in the local T20 competition, cleaned up India A recently and bowled well against NZ. He has been left out in favour of Edwards, Mathurin, Baugh, Hyatt etc. The T20 is going to be played in Vas country. What are the selectors thinking? Oh yes we give preference to the HPC players who have been hopeless: Powell, Bonner etc. Again I remind the selectors that Cottereal and Johnson are diamonds in the rough and they should be given exposure rather than rotating failures and batsmen without a regional 100.

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Shillingford will find it difficult to make the side again, not that he is not good enough,but that Samuels and Deonarine can help in that department.

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    wer is bishoo he should be taken as a 2nd spinnner

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    get sammy out and get gabriel back sammy is not so good as a bowler and good as a batsman so get in gabriel a as athird pace sammy also bowls medium pace with no swing so tough luck sammy but he is a good leader

  • on July 23, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO NASH?!

  • on July 23, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Six specialist batsmen, a wicket-keeper batsman and four specialist bowlers- this should be the composition of the WI test team. Caribbean pitches these days are favouring spinners so two should play- any two of Narine, Shillingford or Permaul.The competition for places is healthy. However selectors must manage it well. Keeping Sammy on the test team seems to be coated in considerations other than cricket-his selection upsets the balance of the team.However, as fans, we must support whatever team is selected and wish them well. All the best boys! Let's beat the Kiwis and continue our rise up the standings.

  • on July 23, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    The youngsters not ready as yet , Bravo is injured & kirk's head isnt in the best of places right now so until they haev proved themselves by making big runs in the A team we should open with Gayle & Sammy like the Katich -Watson , batsman/part time spinner + medium pace allrounder opening combo Australia had. Sammy does very little FOR THE TEAM batting lower down & he isnt good enough to be a 4th bowler. Holding has been saying this all year. At least if he opens & his swiping / slogging comes off then He & Gayle should set us off to a flyer giving the Kiwi's something to worry about. This i feel is the best place for Sammy in the side. Samuels @ 3, Deonarine 4 , Chanderpaul @ 5 then Fudadin or Powell can bat at 6 until Sarwan / Bravo comes back in the side. Ramdin 7 , Best 8, Rampaul 9, Roach 10 & Narine @ 11. Shillingford should feel more than a bit hard done by being left out but maybe @ Sabina he can come in for Best & we play him with Narine , Roach & Rampaul

  • KurtZWilliams on July 23, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    @Riddhesh Kajrekar what do you know about west indies cricket? Marlon Samuels to lead WI you must be having a laugh. As terrible a cricketer sammy is WI record has not deterioated over the past 2 years, but has maintained the same level of high expectations & underpar results that we have been seeing since 1995 so please stop blaming sammy for WI performance it is something much more deep rooted than one man.

    And why do we still talk about SArwan didn't he say that he is happy playing in England and not interested in getting back into WI team? Or did i miss that?

  • crickethung on July 23, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Sammy should be made captain of the T20 and ODI team and Ramdhin the Test team. This will give room for another specialist bowler. D J Bravo have to learn to bowl before he is regarded as an allrounder. Shillingford have earned the right to be in the team. What an injustice to the young man. Poor selection as usual. I hope Sunil Narine bowls at his normal pace and not as slowly as he did in England. If he does he will be very effective, and if not, he will be almost as useless.

  • SwingandSeam on July 23, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Disappointed there is not at least one from Delorn Johnson, Permaul or Shillingford. Time should be up for Tino Best. He is too erratic and expensive, although can have his moments. Deonarine should play as well, perhaps at the expense of Barath.

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Score another test hundred and win the test series 2-0, then win against Bangladesh 2-0, then SL 2-0, then PAK 2-0, then ZIM 2-0. All this is possible.

  • Hareendra on July 23, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    What happened to Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo?

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 23, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Shannon Gabriel has a back injury, hence his absence from the set up. Best must partner Roach with the new ball, as Rampaul, steady though he is, lacks express pace. Fidel Edwards should not play for the West Indies again, not unless he rediscovers the fire that he had when he started. Bowling at 80mph does not trouble batsmen, especially when your radar is not switched on. Have to feel a bit sorry for Delorn Johnson, he deserves a slot in this side. Hopefully, we'll select him for the second test.

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    hopeless selection.........i just don't understand y windies selectors r giving too many chances to d players like....barath,powell,deonarine...........players like kirk edwards,simmons should hv been included in d squad.........gayle & simmons should open.then fudadin,chanderpaul,samules,edwards & ramdin should follow........& sammy should be dropped from d squad..........his captaincy is horrible.........windies had a poor record against test playing nations in test & odi's under his captaincy......now its enough for sammy.........gabriel should hv been included inplace of hopeless sammy.........then side would get dat perfect balance.........7 batsmans......3 fast boelers......& 1 spinner.........& now it's a tough competition for narine because........shellingford & bishoo r also waiting for this position........he has to perform well to cement his place in test matches.....it won't be easy for him........it's a different bowl game........samules should be given a chance to lead

  • SuperSharky on July 23, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    I expect West Indies to climb the rankings again, because this is a serious strong West Indies squad. And they just keep on getting better and better.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on July 23, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    As a NZ fan, I'm very happy that Shillingford was not named.

  • on July 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    please don,t big man Sullieman Ben and Sarwan they are world class players

  • b4u8me2 on July 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Darren Bravo has to be injured. The selectors could never drop a player with such talent after one bad series and still call on the likes of Powell and Barath. Shillingford has gotten a raw deal. I love Narine but with a ten wicket haul in his last test in the Caribbean a few months ago and a five wicket haul in the practise game he cannot even make the 13 man squad. Narine should play but so too Shillingford but I guess the specialist captain has to play so that means one less specialist bowler.

  • Flighted_kiwi on July 23, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    The 3 day match has once again shown up the NZ lack of preparation. The bowlers, several who have had little bowling in the last few weeks, end up with only 20 odd overs each as preparation for the test series. Fortunately they aren't the problem but what the game showed is that NZ should bowl first if they win the toss. That way the bowlers can attack without being as concerned about defence as they would if NZ bats first and gets rolled for 200 or less. Given that they have only 7 specialist batsmen in the squad I hope Watling is OK to play otherwise all the rest have to start. Assuming he's OK my batting line-up would be Guptil, Watling, Williamson, Taylor, McCullum, Brownlie and then De Wyk ahead of Vettori. Only question would be whether to swap McCullum & Watling. If Watling is unavailable then I guess we have to open with Flynn. Bowlers will be Vettori, Wagner, Martin and either Boult or Southee.

  • gloriouscricket on July 23, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    I know Narine is the latest sensation in the WINDIES armour, but Shillingford has earned his play, he should have been named in the 13; Deonarine must play in the 1st.test also, his performance merits it.WI needs to hold on to Kirk Edwards,he is having technical problems & maybe more; He did well against India, lets make sure we know for sure what his problems are--then we can work with him, keep him around.Powell,s problems seemed to be a lack of maturity, he wants to move his game along too rapid--concentrate young man,the talent is there.Best need to share the ball with Roach, Rampaul seems to be able to move the ball old or new;The batting @ the top need to be sorted out.Who bats with Gayle, then 1down,&2. Is Fudadin that good to bat @#3 0r 4.NZ will be tough to beat in the test arena--They will be looking to win the series.WI are slow starters, must build big totals, consolidate innings.Boys this is a man,s game, this is TEST cricket,play ball.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 23, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Good news. But Gayle has to more with straight bat in tests. Need to tweak his technique a bit in tests, but never loosing Aggressive play. All the best Gayle- From India.

  • simonviller on July 23, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    ''Too many good cooks ,have now spoiled the broth'' for WI cricket . WI now have too many choices . What has happened to Kirk ,Shillingford ,Gabriel and Bishoo ? Are they finished now ?

  • on July 23, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    There we go again with the selection--- Why is Shane not included in the 13?

  • on July 23, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    I also hope this is last series where Darren Sammy is test captain. He has done enough to hold onto the post of ODI/T20 skipper for the time being - but the test team is a different kettle of fish. West Indies have a excellent crop of fast-bowlers in the region at the moment who can form into a potent wicket-taking force. Roach, Rampaul, F Edwards, Best, Gabriel, Russell, D Johnson, K McClean, Jerome Taylor, Andrew Richardson.

    Any of those 3 + Sunil Narine should make up the 4-man test attack. But Sammy presence means that or the 1st test on of Rampaul/Roach/Best would have to be benched which is not right.

    Also with young Bravo injured and Kirk Edwards out of form, Too bad the selectors didn't contract Sarwan and Brendan Nash last year - they would fit into this side perfectly, given the excellent form they are showing in England right now.

  • satish619chandar on July 23, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    No Shilly? Ok.. He is not going to get into 11. He will be the second choice spinner.. Especially during IPL/BBL days.. A bit disappointed to see Kirk out.. Though he had a poor series in England, he did do well in home conditions.. If you have confidence in a guy to be the VC of team, you should back him to do it as a batsman.. My 11.. Gayle, Barath, Powell, Samuels, Shiv, Deonarine, Ramdin, Sammy, Ramps, Narine, Roach..

  • Alexei on July 23, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    I think Shillingford should have been included in at least the 13man squad. I would have even selected him over Narine. I would allow Narine to gain more experience in First Class cricket first, I think we're rushing him in the format. Shilly knows how to bowl for long spells and knows how to plan for the respective batsman and he's patient. After taking 10 in the last Test in the Caribbean, I think he deserves his place here. I would still like Bishoo to be in the setup as well, ODI at least.. Don't think he should have been dropped when he was. Otherwise I predicted this exact squad bar Best, I prefer Edwards but he's never fully fit. I think Barath should start, (it hurts to say but) Fudadin at 3, 4. Samuels and 6. Deonarine. Rampaul and Roach leading the attack

  • sneeky55 on July 23, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    @warren mendes: i totally agree with you. It doesn't hurt to add a few extra members to the squad. Just to begin, Kirk Edwards (whose form had been great in the West Indies), Shillingford, Bishoo, and Shannon Gabriel, who performed admirably in his debut test in England.

  • Nadeem1976 on July 23, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    good to see Gayle back in test squad

  • QingdaoXI on July 23, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    What is Happeniing to west indies vice captain whoever becomes vice-captain he is dropped next e.g Nash and now Kirk Edwards, he failed in last series but he is a good batsmen, dont judge on only one series. Wake-up selectors or you will not find players, to become a good players you have to give them chance not to demoralised them by dropping from the squad.

  • bajah on July 23, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    I wonder which bowler will be rested? Or should they go start with 5 bowlers

  • on July 23, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    We have to feel really bad for Bishoo, who seems have just been thrown away.

  • qpzmwoxn on July 23, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    i reckon it will be a close test series. blackcaps will perform a lot better than the warm up game were wagner and van wyk saved them with good batting at the end. watch out for wagner in this series. West indies Xl: Gayle, Powell, Fudadin, samuels, chanderpaul, deonarine, ramdin(wk), sammy(c), best, roach, narine. only one specialist spinner with samuels and deonarine helping out. New Zealand Xl: guptill, watling, mccullum, taylor(c), williamson, brownlie, van wyk(wk), vettori, bracewell, wagner, boult.Again only one spinner with williamson sharing the workload and a couple left arm quicks in there as well

  • siriherath on July 23, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Fidel Edwards, Roach and Jerome Taylor would have been a formidable trio of pace bowlers reminiscing the greats of old; albeit to a slightly lesser degree. Bowlers, more than batsmen turn matches in one's favour.

  • on July 23, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    This squad has no Shillingford? West Indies cricket is it's biggest enemy. Wow...you have two good spinners why cant they both be in the team? fudadin and deonarine? shane gets no reward for getting 5 out of 8 new zealand wickets? such a JOKE!

  • Meety on July 23, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Good squad - dissapointed for Bravo. I bagged Fudadin when he was drafted into the squad for the series v Oz, fearing that WI cricket was in trouble if he was the best they had in generation next. His FC stats as a batsmen are not pretty, but he is improving, but with a FC ave of 31, I fear he won't improve much on that as a Test batsmen. Hope he proves me wrong.

  • on July 23, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    hope barath sort himself out and sunil make a good impression...not sure about him in the test squad.lets see

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  • on July 23, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    hope barath sort himself out and sunil make a good impression...not sure about him in the test squad.lets see

  • Meety on July 23, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Good squad - dissapointed for Bravo. I bagged Fudadin when he was drafted into the squad for the series v Oz, fearing that WI cricket was in trouble if he was the best they had in generation next. His FC stats as a batsmen are not pretty, but he is improving, but with a FC ave of 31, I fear he won't improve much on that as a Test batsmen. Hope he proves me wrong.

  • on July 23, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    This squad has no Shillingford? West Indies cricket is it's biggest enemy. Wow...you have two good spinners why cant they both be in the team? fudadin and deonarine? shane gets no reward for getting 5 out of 8 new zealand wickets? such a JOKE!

  • siriherath on July 23, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Fidel Edwards, Roach and Jerome Taylor would have been a formidable trio of pace bowlers reminiscing the greats of old; albeit to a slightly lesser degree. Bowlers, more than batsmen turn matches in one's favour.

  • qpzmwoxn on July 23, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    i reckon it will be a close test series. blackcaps will perform a lot better than the warm up game were wagner and van wyk saved them with good batting at the end. watch out for wagner in this series. West indies Xl: Gayle, Powell, Fudadin, samuels, chanderpaul, deonarine, ramdin(wk), sammy(c), best, roach, narine. only one specialist spinner with samuels and deonarine helping out. New Zealand Xl: guptill, watling, mccullum, taylor(c), williamson, brownlie, van wyk(wk), vettori, bracewell, wagner, boult.Again only one spinner with williamson sharing the workload and a couple left arm quicks in there as well

  • on July 23, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    We have to feel really bad for Bishoo, who seems have just been thrown away.

  • bajah on July 23, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    I wonder which bowler will be rested? Or should they go start with 5 bowlers

  • QingdaoXI on July 23, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    What is Happeniing to west indies vice captain whoever becomes vice-captain he is dropped next e.g Nash and now Kirk Edwards, he failed in last series but he is a good batsmen, dont judge on only one series. Wake-up selectors or you will not find players, to become a good players you have to give them chance not to demoralised them by dropping from the squad.

  • Nadeem1976 on July 23, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    good to see Gayle back in test squad

  • sneeky55 on July 23, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    @warren mendes: i totally agree with you. It doesn't hurt to add a few extra members to the squad. Just to begin, Kirk Edwards (whose form had been great in the West Indies), Shillingford, Bishoo, and Shannon Gabriel, who performed admirably in his debut test in England.