New Zealand in West Indies 2014 June 3, 2014

WI recall Taylor, Roach and Benn for first NZ Test

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Fast bowlers Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach, who have battled injuries recently, have been recalled to the West Indies squad for the first Test against New Zealand, which starts in Kingston on June 8. The squad also includes offspinner Shane Shillingford, who was cleared for a return to international cricket earlier this year, following remedial work on his bowling action.

The selectors also named left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn in the 13-member squad, while Dwayne Bravo was ruled out due to an injury sustained during IPL 2014.

Plagued by injuries since his debut in 2003, Taylor recently returned to competitive cricket for Jamaica in a one-dayer against the touring Ireland side in February. He then finished as the second-highest wicket-taker for Jamaica in the Regional Four Day Competition, bagging 25 wickets in eight games at an average of 25.28. Taylor's last Test appearance was in November 2009, against Australia in Brisbane.

Roach, on the other hand, has not played a Test since the home series against Zimbabwe in March 2013. A shoulder injury forced him out of the India tour in November last year after which he underwent a surgery. Since April, Roach has been working with BCA coach Vasbert Drakes, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson and his Maple teammate Corey Collymore - all three are former West Indies fast bowlers - in order to get his shoulder back in shape for bowling. A few months ago, he escaped serious injury following a car accident in his native Barbados.

Shillingford was suspended for an illegal bowling action in December, during West Indies' tour to New Zealand. He made a successful return to competitive cricket with a match haul of 11 wickets for Windward Islands in a Regional Four Day Competition game in March and was subsequently cleared for an international return. The offspinner, however, cannot bowl his doosra, as it remains illegal.

In a side packed largely with pacers, Benn, who last played a Test in December 2010, is expected to reinforce the side's spin department. West Indies will miss the services of Sunil Narine, who was disqualified from selection for the Tests against New Zealand after missing the deadline to report to the West Indies camp in order to play the IPL final.

The series will be the first assignment for Denesh Ramdin, who took over as Test captain from Darren Sammy last month. Sammy then announced his retirement from Test cricket hours after Ramdin's appointment. The wicketkeeper-batsman has led the national side in three T20s and an ODI and has more extensive leadership experience with Trinidad & Tobago.

The Jamaica Test is also likely to be Chris Gayle's 100th match in the format. Gayle struggled with a back injury during the IPL and recently sought treatment in Germany, aiming to be fit for the landmark Test in front of his home crowd.

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  • Dummy4 on June 8, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    I'll like to welcome back Jerome Taylor. Good luck fella.

  • CRIC on June 7, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Srikumar, Dwayne Bravo is not fully fit, Hence the absence.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Where are the runs going to come from? Why is Bravo not there? He would have been a good all round option. Have to get him back...

  • Orlando on June 6, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    What about the balance of the bowling attack? 2 quicks and 2 spinners or 3 quicks and 1 spinner? What's the better balance on this pitch? Re the batting, fit / in form or not, Gayle will be played. That leaves 5 batsmen and Ramdin. They need an additional bowler and there is only one 5th bowler - Samuels, though he has been out of form for some time. Without the services of Dwayne Bravo who is not fully fit, Shiv, Bravo, Edwards, Brathwaite and Samuels (see above)? What do you think? Should they risk Powell one more time instead of Brathwaite? Also do you not think that currently performing batsmen like Blackwood, Fudadin, Johnson and talented but out of form batsmen like Barath and Carter, as well as talented, experienced but slightly questionable batsmen like Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Simmons, Charles, Fletcher, should be brought together in some sort of HPC type setting and/or sent to play overseas for experience? Can WI really afford to ignore these?

  • Basil on June 6, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    @Johnny Tapia, Edwards is not playing as an average of almost 40 per wicket is not Test standard. Why start a Test on a Sunday? Is the WICB trying to kill Test cricket?

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    love this team but would like to see krishma santokie, in there,excuse me but don,t like the name,benne,not a cricketer

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    anyone knows where fidel edwards is??

    its so annoying that all our damn bowlers always injured... beautiful to see jerome taylor though...

    in recent times only 2 bowlers have excited me...

    the first is lawson

    the 2nd is taylor

    they're the only 2 that i've seen create something from nothing... when wickets seem unlikely.. they got them. rampaul in the mix would also be awesome

    thank goodness this silly experiment with best is over.

    agree with comments below... shiv and gayle are nearing an end... we have maybe 2 years i figure to find replacements...

    would like to see lendyl simmons in this format, i think he has something to offer with his energies. and of course a genuine all rounder. big bravo is another character that needs to step up

    big test for ramdin.. but this by far is the best team WICB has selected for a while.. 1st series i'm actually looking forward to for a while. go windies!

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    I am sure this team has real strengths... but it does not intimidate me as a NZ fan. Our issue is us (as it probably is the Windies)... It will be who gets back into the swing of it faster and more competently, since half of both squads have had little play. If Fulton and Rutherford are dropped (fairly and not before time sorry guys), we can win this test with Neesham and Sodhi playing instead of them. If we read too much into our warm-up games and play Craig as well or retain Fulton and what-not, well, Windies may well towel us up. I don't want that. Let's be smart NZ selectors and let's not 'drop' Neesham after his first test debut undismissed 137*? Or was the Baz 300 not important? 'Cos without Neesham, it never happens. Anyway, good luck to both sides and, please New Zealand, we have shifted up one spot in the rankings and I want to see the right team take the park with fire in their bellies and conviction in their hearts. Let's do this thing. Nothing good comes easy.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    So why are we starting the Test Match on a Sunday?

  • Clester on June 5, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    I am actually looking forward to the return of Taylor and Roach. If fit and when they start hitting their straps I think they would be a formidable pair. Add Narine and Shillingford West Indies will have a very potent bowling attack. Guys like Powell and Bravo need to start to come to the fore. Gayle and Chanders are in the twilight of their careers so these guys need to step up.

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