West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Jamaica July 31, 2012

Injured Rampaul out of second Test

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The fast bowler Ravi Rampaul has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand due to a groin injury. He has been replaced in the 13-man West Indies squad by Fidel Edwards, who has been in and out of the Test side this year.

Edwards has a fine record at Sabina Park in Jamaica, where the second Test will start on Thursday; he has taken 25 Test wickets there at an average of 22.28. However, Edwards might yet be left out of the starting line-up if West Indies included Tino Best, who was part of the squad for the first Test.

Rampaul picked up two wickets in each innings of the victory in Antigua, which gave West Indies a 1-0 lead in the two-game series. Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine did most of the damage with the ball in the first Test.

West Indies will be searching for their first series win against New Zealand in 1996 when they take the field in Kingston.

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

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  • James on August 1, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    If you want to talk about terrible bowling averages, what about Tino Best..nealry 47 per wicket. Delorn Johnson has a First Class average of 19.5. If someone is good enough, then he should play.

  • Michael on August 1, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    @ creeKeetman ! Sorry ,my mistake !...when I said low 30s,I really meant low down in the thirties....actually both are averaging in the high 30's..... between 35 and 38.

  • alfred on August 1, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @metman, you need to be more accurate with your facts, first of all edwards average is 38, not "low 30's". he goes at almost 4 runs/over, and yes he has 11 5 wkt hauls, but it has taken him 95 innings to acheive that. this is supposed to be your strike bowler??? he has no ten wicket hauls by the way, and in his last 6 tests has only 9 wickets at an average of 60, in the eleven innings he bowled during those 6 tests, there was a 2 wkt haul, and 10 innings where he claimed one or no wickets. russell seems to do well at first class cricket, not sure why people dont think he could do well at test level, hes only ever played one test on a dead galle pitch.

  • Wayne on August 1, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Sorry Rampaul but you have fallen victim to "selectorial politrics". Your action on the field was correct and justified. You have WI cricket at heart, but your captain Darren Sammy is somewhat adrift at sea, really clueless. Anybody remembers the Aussie Test in Barbados recently? Yes, the one we lost because of blatant errors in tactics. Ravi, this has happened to better players before you, so don't worry too much about it. This is the WICB's way of letting players know who's really in charge. Welcome back Fidel, but I think Best should outrank you at Sabina. It is most unfortunate that we are unable to put out our best WI team since Sammy is the captain, but I do expect we will win there, in spite of Sammy. His influence is not that powerful to stop individual pride and performance. Just don't give him too many critical decisions to make; could prove painful.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    I could see the logic in picking Fidel, he might have his flaws, but is the kind of experienced cover if Roach or Best were to breakdown before the second test. I think Tino will start in Jamaica, as he was originally in the squad and will most likely be in line via the pecking-order. Of course, there are rumours of more politricks in-house, that is punishing Rampaul, due to his attitude on the field, during the second-innings and is labelled as "injured" for this test. Maybe i'm looking too much into this, but let's be honest, it's not the first time that some players have been punished by the Board, Selectors or Coach for not abiding to their requirements. People on here talk about the lack of consistancy by recent frontline bowlers that have been selected over the years, but the harsh truth of it is that we haven't had that kind of prolific top-quality and genuine world-class brilliance at test-level since Curtly and Courtney retired!

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Chris Gayle is one of WI better slow bowler, so why has Sammy not given him the ball?

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Chris Gayle is one of the better slow bowler in the WI team, so why is he not bowling ?

  • Michael on August 1, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @ Sean Daniel....no respect whatsoever ! this bowler has 11 five wicket hauls....averages around the same low 30s with the ball as Rampaul,who has yet to get a 5 wicket haul.Rampaul of late has NO energy to last a 5 day match,and struggled to bowl 10 overs in 3 spells recently in an ODI,yet people are focussing on Fidel....who should have been picked for the first test. Roach,Edwards and Best should be picked for the 2nd test along with Thomas....Ramdin conceeded 21 byes in the last match and should be declared injured as well !

  • anthony on August 1, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @ rally, the injury excuse is not unique to the wi alone... it is common in all sports. i would also like to know when rampaul, edwards, worst, and taylor EVER performed consistantly well, and im not talking 2-3 games.... neither one of them has EVER had an outstanding series. neither should ever play for wi again. all below average players who would'nt make the bench on any of the top test teams.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Why do the fans want Sammy dropped? He has been doing his job as a captain now isn't he? he's taking catches, setting good fields, bowling long spells, batting averagely, motivating his players, is liked by his players. BTW, sammy has caused many break-throughs to bend in windies' direction since starting with australia this year. Look at the crucial times when he took catches, some of which were unexpected. Look at how he caught mc cullum off narine's bowling in the ODI game. Wherever sammy puts himself, a catch always comes. The man is trying. What he fails to do in batting, he does by fielding and bowling. Field placing has also improved and the motivation is THERE. GUYS, being a captain does not ONLY involve batting well enough to bring up a TON. THE GUYS ARE PLAYING AS A BETTER UNIT. THEY LOST IN ENGLAND, YES, BUT COULD HAVE DONE MUCH BETTER. WHEN ENGLAND COMES HERE TWILL BE A DIFFERENT STORY. PEOPLE, PLEASE..... NEVER, NEVER FORGET THE CRUCIAL BREAK-THROUGHS HE'S CAUSED AGAINST O

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