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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  • on June 8, 2014, 19:03 GMT

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

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on June 7, 2014, 9:06 GMT

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

  • 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...

  • wirus 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?

  • VivGilchrist 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?

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:39 GMT

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

  • LabMan 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.

  • on June 8, 2014, 19:03 GMT

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

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on June 7, 2014, 9:06 GMT

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

  • 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...

  • wirus 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?

  • VivGilchrist 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?

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:39 GMT

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

  • LabMan 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.

  • tutorial on June 5, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    I totally agree with Giovaughn Wilson!! One living in denial is only going to hurt one self in the end. Blackwood continues to impress me but I would like to see him against a better rated "list a" team, perhaps an Aussie or India etc.before I'm convince that he is ready for top order batting in WI.team.

  • on June 5, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    & for the record West Indies have won 11 test matches since Lara retired in 07. Chanderpaul is the only player to have taken part in all 11 of them. in those 11 tests he has scored over 916 runs at an average of 83.27 which is more than 14 runs higher than his overall average with 4 centuries & 2 half centuries. of the 31 tests West Indies have drawn since Lara retired Shiv has played in 29, scoring 2412 runs at 77.8 almost 9 runs move than his overall average, with 5 centuries & 9 half centuries surely some of those must have been match defining innings

  • on June 5, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    debator dont be daft. i never said WI cant make runs without shiv but based on facts WI r more likely to make runs with him there. Bravo, Edwards Powell have all mentioned that they feel more assured with shiv in the middle with them. & the partnership stats will attest to that. runs are runs, every run scored has a positive impact on a match unless time is a limiting factor as its 1 more run the opposition has to score & 1 less run the bowler has to worry about conceding allowing him to focus more on his main job which is to take wickets. By sheer volume of runs scored & balls faced shiv has added more positiveness to west indies batting than any other batsman in recent times. i agree it wood be nice if he batted further up the order but he has been around for almost 20 year playing test cricket & should know what works for him. obviously batting where he is comfortable works for him as he has been scoring runs & if he is scoring runs then he is doing his primary job for the team.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on June 5, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    If Samuels does not perform, Blackwood needs to be given a chance for the second test as unlike some of the others in this squad, the boy has earned it. In my opinion, he should have been drafted in for this match and given the full series to see what he can do. Holder is another that was patently considered but unfortunate to miss out this time.

  • S.Jagernath on June 5, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    West Indies seem to have a decent probable team, if configured correctly. Would have preferred going for Carlos Brathwaite in place of Darren Sammy & West Indies having two solid spinners available & banking on Jerome Taylor & Kemar Roach' fitness. Unfortunately, Sunil Narine preferred getting hammerred in the IPL Final. This is potentially a quality test series coming up.

  • on June 5, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    West Indies change, switch, juggle and drop/rehire ad nauseum... It is kind of pointless debating their team and all views/opinions tend to be regionally-biased in some manner whether overtly stated or not. So... the real debate is, will NZ drop their passenger openers and play the following winning team versus the West Indies in the first test? With Narine out due to myopic selection policies and crazy 'logic', we (NZ) must name the team below and bat deep as our point of difference. Whether Gayle plays or not this will be a very tough assignment, but it is doable... but not with Fulton or Rutherford playing:

    1/ Latham 2/ Williamson 3/ Taylor 4/ McCullum (c) 5/ Anderson 6/ Watling (wk) 7/ Neesham 8/ Sodhi 9/ Southee 10/ Wagner 11/ Boult

    That line-up has seven bowlers.. the requisite two spinners (as Kane is good in tests but too 'in the slot' in shorter formats) and the form spinner in Sodhi (as Craig done well in warm-ups but pitches were crazy)... and it bats to 8/9. Do it Hesson.

  • on June 5, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    how these guys as taylor roach make over kenroy peters from Windwars island who had most wicket regional 4 day tourament wow sorry for small island.i know how sammy feel

  • shemozzle on June 5, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    i probably wouldve picked holder over gabriel! just for the fact that i think he has a way bigger future and probably would be way more dangerous ! i still think there is a question mark surrounding kirk edwards as i still think he hasnt got what it takes to play international cricket! but west indies are playing for the future which we have to do! because unfortunately shiv chanders hasnt got much left in the tank because of age! great top see taylor back!

  • VivGilchrist on June 4, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Just keep in mind that while the team will look more balanced, the batting will actually be weaker without Sammy at 8. The bowling on the other hand should be more penetrative....

  • cricketdebator on June 4, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    NcNotorious....a match defining innings is one that has a positive influence on the outcome of the match in favour of your team. So even though Shiv might have been scoring runs, his innings were never the dominating type to win or draw matches for his team (unlike a Lara or Viv), and if I may be permitted to remind you, in a recent test against New Zealand, WI were dismissed in one session and the great Shiv was one of the batsmen who perished. On the other hand, during a test match in India, and in the absence of Shiv, WI scored over 500 in one innings during which the first 6 batsmen all scored in excess of 50. So it's not like the team cannot make runs without him. Also, if he is the best batsman on the team, why don't he choose to bat at 3or 4 and chart the course for the lesser batsmen, rather than batting and 6 when the innings is in ruins, and just so the record would show that he tried to pick up the pieces, and is not out at the end , and of course his average benefits.

  • on June 4, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    & debator if you are still in doubt of his importance to the side go & find out how many times he has top scored in an innings & what percentage of the teams total was scored while chanderpaul was at the crease & what percentage of balls bowled by the opposition he faced in most of the innings.

  • on June 4, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    @ cricketdebator if you would jus put your bias against the tiger aside for 1 minute you wood see that Shiv has been the rock of our batting. let me give you some stats for chanderpaul since Lara retired. i deliberately left out 07 & 08 because he averaged over 100 in both years which was supernatural batting. so here goes, since 2009 Chanderpaul has scored over 3000 Test runs at 60+ average. in Matches involving him he has scored approximately 1/4 runs scored by the top 6 batsmen. he has scored 9/35 centuries & 12/59 half centuries scored by the top 6 batsmen. He has been involved in 18/43 century partnerships & 45/114 half century partnerships if u prefer percentages thats roughly 25, 25, 20, 40 & 40% respectively. those stats involve a batting order of at least 6 top batsmen. where an even split would be 16.sumn % for each player

  • Collis79 on June 4, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Same old stupid WIndian selectors Why are we bothering with Gayle who is not fit and is nothing but a slogger at Test level, why are we bothering with Samuels who, apart from 2012 has done nothing in Test cricket why are we bothering with Jerome Taylor who has not played any Test matches for donkey years and why are we bothering with Benn who has severe discipline problems and bowls an awful load of rubbish. I will keep on saying it even though I am a WIndies supporter because it will happen, New Zealand to win the 3 match series 2-0, it would have been 3-0 but 3 days of rain manage to save us in one of the matches.

  • Ncnotorious on June 4, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Lol Shiv is the best batsman in the WI and has been for over 7yrs now. Matching defining innings? any of those 100s were made when WI's other batsmen didn't last 30mins at the crease. Each of those 100s were a match defining inning because without it, WI would have been whittled out for under 200. How dare you. Maybe you should have the other batsmen make more runs than say the most prolific run scorer on the team is not playing match defining innings.

  • wirus on June 4, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Allan I fear you may be right about the final outcome of this series. Perhaps I should have said "on paper" this looks a better squad. But note I also called into question the form of key batsmen. NZ also indeed looks like a new team under McCullum and their pacers certainly out-bowled ours in NZ. Strange how our quicks (who aren't really that quick) seem unable to swing the ball or bowl yorkers or bowl a nagging length. Maybe Taylor and Roach will change that - maybe. My big concern is the batting. We can't keep depending on Shillingford to keep taking loads of wickets to give us a fighting chance. Runs must be put on the board! I am not confident that this particular set of batsmen can do that against disciplined, confident bowling. I really want to be proven wrong!!

  • cricketdebator on June 4, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Dafarnsworth - thanks for providing the stats, but remember I said match defining innings. Yes, he scored runs, but did he in any of those innings, take command of the proceedings and win or draw the game for his team. Any example.... Recently, Darren Bravo scored a double century against New Zealand which was match defining, in that it went a long way in saving the test for his team. When last has Chanderpaul done something similar? He does not even know how to bat with the other batsmen of less ability and inspire them to stick around with him. Despite their numbers, his runs are largely inconsequential to his team's fortune. That is the point I have been trying to make all along.

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Good to see Taylor and Roach back. Our new-ball bowling has lacked variety and penetration over the years, with our crop of spinners making more of a impression. I guess the pitches in the Caribbean are more sub-continental these days, which explains as to why, but it doesn't take away the fact that our new-ballers lack the discipline to bowl any probing deliveries outside off-stump. Holder's size and good length would've made him a different option to the others. The batting is equally as worrying as it can't be said that anybody has showed some good form leading up to this series. New Zealand look a different outfit under the leadership of McCullum, with their dramatic improvement and the Windies unpredictability, it should make for a very interesting series.

  • on June 4, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    @WIRUS - WI If you recall, on NZ last visit to the WI fot a 2-Test series, they were beaten comprehensively by WI. In the 1st Test, they were beaten by 9 wickets and in the second Test by 5 wickets. If you are correct that the WI team taking the field on Sunday are are, as you put it "one of the better squads WI have put together for some years" then you should be expecting WI to inflict an innings defeat on NZ in at least one Test. My opinion is that this team will do no better than they did the last time WI hosted NZ. There are 6 players on this team who were on the team when NZ last visited- Ramdin. Chanderpaul, Gayle, Powell, Roach, Samuels. The players who were on that squad and not on this are - rampaul, Narine, Deonarine, Sammy and Fuddadin. Both sides look comparable to my eyes.

  • wirus on June 4, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    One of the better squads WI have put together for some years and would have been even better had Bravo been fit. One has to wonder how Powell, Samuels and even Gayle were chosen (except for name value) when their recent form has been so ordinary, even by WI standards. But we have to wish them all well. The issue is going to be whether they go in with 2 quicks - Taylor and Roach and 2 spinners - Shillingford and Benn or whether they will play Gabriel in place of one of those spinners. This is where Bravo (or even Pollard or possibly Dwayne Smith) would have evened out the team as Bravo especially can bowl well when he wants to. Still one has a positive and hopeful feeling about the team under Ramdin's new leadership whilst once again thanking Sammy for all his unwavering input in the past.

  • everfaithful77 on June 4, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    I am surprised that Gabriel and even Powell were able to make this squad following their recent lackluster performances. Whereas promising young, emerging players like Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, Johnson and many others are left out. In order to make serious progress Windies need to blood young talented players on a continuous basis. This allows the team mgt to observe their skills and help them to improve their technique where necessary. However I am not dismissing the value of experienced players like Chanderpaul, Taylor and Gayle as long as they continue making important and regular contributions to team performance. My hope is that the squad of players selected will justify the confidence the selectors have placed in them individually and as a team to represent the West Indies at the highest level.

  • on June 4, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    That's a nice squad to play with.in bowling roach nd taylor are playing, it is a very balanced seam combination.just a few flaws are there.Shanon should have been replaced by Holder the it could be a formiddable bowling.nw dont wanna see narine again in tests bcoz of his lack of committment.hence there is no sammy, WI have the scope of playing adding batsman or bowler.probably sarwan is another player who deserve a go in only test squad. Probable Best XI for Test:.Gayle, Powell, DM Bravo, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Holder,Taylor,Roach,Benn,Shillingford. Thats 6 batsmen(including WK) nd 5 bowlers.WI may shuffle the slot of shillingford with either samuels or even kirk edwards that whether they want to play with another batsman or a Batting allrounder.

  • cad76 on June 4, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Gayle should move down to number 6

  • drfarnsworth on June 4, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    cricketdebator - When did Chanderpaul last play a match defining innings for West Indies? Maybe if one of the other batsmen stuck around for longer than 15 minutes the question would be, when did Chanderpaul NOT last play a match defining innings?

    I know it has been a while since WI has played Test cricket but check facts first before commenting. His most recent Tests include: 122*, 6, 76, 25, 36, 108, 26, 150*, 203*. Averaging 87.7. Unfortunately WI hardly play any Tests and this is since November 2012.

  • on June 4, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    i won't come on here to bash any of the players especially gayle cause we don't know what troubles either of the players may be going thru and its not easy to be consistent as a batsman much less top notch athlete. sometimes its hard to come out of a slum, and worse when people ridicule you. so with this…All the best Windies and lets fight like champions. We got this.

  • siddhartha87 on June 4, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Great news. With Taylor and Roach in the squad,Indies now have a very strong new ball pair.

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    wouldn't be surprised if Gayle doesn't score runs. that seems to be the norm these days

  • Smash42 on June 4, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Ha! The kiwis are going to get royally belted.

  • dalboy12 on June 4, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    I'm a Kiwi, so hoping our team does well on this tour, but as a cricket fan its great to see Roach and Taylor back for the WIs and they hope they do really well in the next series after this one - lol, Having watched WIs when they were here in NZ I'm surprised to see they still selecting Shannon Gabriel and not selecting Holder or Rampaul, both seemed to be a lot better bowlers, especially Holder. But there maybe reasons such as injury that I don't know about. Dwayne Bravo is another one who I'm surprised is not selected more for test cricket - though I know injury is the problem here. Should be a good series, i would suggest especially if Roach and Taylor do hit some form that both teams are stronger with the bowl than the bat, so it may come down to which batsman can stand up as to who wins the series.

  • on June 3, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    I am happy for all the recalled members of the West Indies Team; however, the game is won on the field and if NEW ZEALAND plays to their potential it is not going to be a forgone conclusion that West Indies are going to win just because returning members are available. I just want to give us a word of caution, the road back up is a long and weary one strewn with the odd series win here and there. I am a Windies fan but I am not holding my breath. I will support my team and may the best players shine and the best team wins.

  • VivGilchrist on June 3, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    On paper the team looks ok, but you can't help but think they'll be a little rusty. Good to see Taylor and Roach as an opening ball partnership but it never looks like a true XI unless you have three quicks. Benn and Shilly look like the same sort of bowler to me, I'm surprised a leggie wasn't drafted into the squad. Gayle should open with Edwards and either Powell or Braithwaite should bat at 6 rather than being thrown to the lions up the order. For the first time in years the XI looks a little balanced.

  • Beertjie on June 3, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    Can't see why Gabriel was picked ahead of Pascal. Pity about Bravo snr, but it'll have to be 2 spinners. Good luck Taylor!

  • cricketdebator on June 3, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Not satisfied with the selected squad. Disappointed that more emphasis not being placed on new/young players. The continuos presence of Gayle and Samuels a complete waste of time. Also, with due respect to Chanderpaul, we should be looking to replace him if we are serious about the future development of West Indies cricket. Currently, he has little or no impact on the team's fortune, and I would like to ask his many supporters, "when last has he played a match defining innings for West Indies?" Good to see the return of Taylor. Hope he would be on his best behaviour this time around.

  • on June 3, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Dwayne bravo seems allergic to test cricket LOL

  • on June 3, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Good luck to the boys like the set up with Gayle and B'waite Edwards,Bravo,Chanderpaup,Samuels,Ramdin,Benn,Taylor and Shillingford.

  • Riddymon on June 3, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    i didn't think we'd ever see jerome taylor back in action as people have been calling for him years even though he hasn't played first class cricket for a while but then he returned to first class cricket and has been in good form. Looking forward to see what he can do back on the international stage. As for the rest of the team...it looks like New Zealand struggled against the Jamaican XI so West Indies should fare ok against them. We'll see how it goes. Glad to be watching some proper test cricket again....IPL wore out its welcome.

  • on June 3, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    I will be watching to see if taylor make it through this series . Can't remember seeing Taylor playing a full series for W I . All in all a fairly decent squad . Still have the feeling Carter should have been in this squad .

  • on June 3, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    We all know Chris is not fit for the test match. Why include him in the squad? WI was quick to discard Sammy and now they are left without an all rounder in the team. What a show!

  • JoshFromJamRock on June 3, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    This is my XI for the 1st match (and possibly the entire Test series):

    1)Gayle 2)Powell 3)Bravo 4)Edwards 5)Chanderpaul 6)Samuels 7)Ramdin 8)Taylor 9)Benn 10)Roach 11)Shillingford

    If Powell fails, Brathwaite will take his spot. If the pitch doesn't turn a lot, Gabriel will come in for Benn.

    Its more likely going to be a dry, slow and low wicket that will turn hence the safest option is to have an XI with 3 spinners and 2 genuine pacers. Shillingford and Benn are tall and extract bounce while Taylor and Roach should be able to hurry the batsmen possibly inducing LBWs and the odd caught behind. If Sabina was a hard and fast as in the past I would definitely play Roach, Taylor, Holder and Rampaul as the pace quartet with Samuels and Gayle providing some offspin.

    I don't expect WI to win the series (because of their batting struggles) but I know they will definitely do better in the Caribbean than in New Zealand due to a more potent bowling attack and home crowd support.

  • Rally_Windies on June 3, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Benn and Shillingford...

    not surprised at at all

    I thought Permaul and Miller did well enough to deserve Test Slots .....

    and Rampual remains a discard though being the 2nd best bowler after Roach ...

    the young left handed quick,,, Holder .. seems way ahead of Gabriel and could be a world top 5 bowler in 3 years ...

    as usual ..

    the WICB flubs it again !

  • krishay on June 3, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    If Gayle has a had and still have an injury then why is he in the squad!?? Why are players like Gabriel and Benn in this squad with better players like Carlos Brathwaite, Simmons,young Jacobs etc available!!??

  • Twinkie on June 3, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Welcome back, Jerome Taylor! Very good to see you. Good thing this rusty side is playing at home, though. Less stress. This is a new day. Let's go forward, however slowly. My son and I will be at Kensington to support you. Play to your potential and we won't be disappointed.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Fully expect WI to win this series at home. At last our pace attack will look good at test level. Sammy as the 1st change seamer wasn't good enough at this level.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Its as though the selectors want to say that Ramdin has failed.What are the passengers Gayle,Samuel and Benn doing on a WI team?

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Field a pace quartet at Sabina Park for the 1st Test - c'mon Windies thrash these Black Caps!

  • Metro-ant on June 3, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Good to see Taylor in the side. I'm kinda angry at Narine for choosing IPL but hopefully Shillingford and/or Benn can capitalise on their opportunity. I would've liked to see Darren Bravo as captain because he seems like a rare talent that you can groom at his age like a Graeme Smith. It is an advantage to have a keeper as captain but when the going gets tough will other players have the same level of respect for him as captain despite his fairly mediocre stats?

  • TheZeus on June 3, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    I agree with Vedesh Jadoo...Gayle has been out of it for some time now. I have no idea why West Indies persist with him. He has made it clear a few years ago that he wouldnt mind seeing test cricket die...I say leave him for the shorter formats, since that is where he enjoys playing and give Simmonds a shot at opening with Braithwaite.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    My first test 11 true: Gayle, Powell, Bravo, Samuels,Edwards, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Taylor, Benn, Roach, Shillingford. Dwayne Bravo would have been the ideal person instead of Edwards. Now that Sammy is out, he should be an automatic chpice.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Wow Taylor and Roach should be the new ball attack .After a long time WI have a attack that can take 20 wickets .

  • Twine on June 3, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    The West Indies can potentially field a strong new ball pairing of Roach and Taylor with both Benn and Shillingford providing different spinning threats. The beginning of the post-Sammy era should be quite an interesting one indeed. All that remains to be seen in Jamaica is if the young batsmen will find some consistency and if the not-so-young batsmen (barring the evergreen Chanderpaul) will show some application on their home ground. Ramdin is in the best Test batting form of his life. As a fan, I hope the added responsibility of captaincy brings out some positive performances from him against a rapidly improving New Zealand team.

  • mus_tard on June 3, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    A decent squad but I really don't know what Gayle, Samuels, and Gabriel is doing there. Gayle is still slightly injured and horribly out of form (even in the IPL where he always performs, he failed miserably) and Samuels has been mostly out of it since that blow to the eye from the BBL. Gabriel just isn't up to standard. The playing XI should be Gayle (only since it's his 100th test in his home crowd but for the other tests, drop him for Powell), Brathwaite, Edwards, Lil Bravo, Chanders, Samuels (he scored a century in a practice match yesterday and is offspin is handy in home conditions), Ramdin, Benn, Taylor, Roach, Shilly. This bowling can take 20 wickets but the batting will be rusty. And might I just say, Welcome Back Taylor!

  • on June 3, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Interesting squad. Don't know if Taylor and Roach ever bowled in international cricket together, but would love to see that happen. Benn is also an interesting selection. He should compliment Shillingford, and could be dangerous if he uses his height well.

    My XI: 1. Gayle / Brathwaite; 2. Powell; 3. Edwards; 4. Bravo; 5. Chanderpaul; 6. Samuels; 7. Ramdin; 8. Roach; 9. Taylor; 10. Shillingford; 11. Benn

  • on June 3, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    can anyone tel me wen was the last time gayle did anything for WI? i would much rather see simmo

  • on June 3, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Its strane but they should have tried Smith and couple other players like Sunil or badree. At least SMith gives them a bowling option. WI have some good fast bowling all rounders and they need to be tried for couple of test to see how they fare.

  • Bluntman on June 3, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    More than half this side hasn't seen international action for months. It'll be a rusty start, but I'm glad to see Taylor back in the side.

  • kesaraca on June 3, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Taylor after very long time. Good luck in international scene dude.

  • degiant on June 3, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Not such a bad squad. I will leave out Brathwaite and Gabriel. We nee to play six batters because of losing four of the last five games with days to spare.

  • Sevarino on June 3, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    the fate of this series weighs on the shoulders oh Shane Shillingford. everyone else has has had little to no intl level cricket for months or are recovering from injuries.

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  • Sevarino on June 3, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    the fate of this series weighs on the shoulders oh Shane Shillingford. everyone else has has had little to no intl level cricket for months or are recovering from injuries.

  • degiant on June 3, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Not such a bad squad. I will leave out Brathwaite and Gabriel. We nee to play six batters because of losing four of the last five games with days to spare.

  • kesaraca on June 3, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Taylor after very long time. Good luck in international scene dude.

  • Bluntman on June 3, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    More than half this side hasn't seen international action for months. It'll be a rusty start, but I'm glad to see Taylor back in the side.

  • on June 3, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Its strane but they should have tried Smith and couple other players like Sunil or badree. At least SMith gives them a bowling option. WI have some good fast bowling all rounders and they need to be tried for couple of test to see how they fare.

  • on June 3, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    can anyone tel me wen was the last time gayle did anything for WI? i would much rather see simmo

  • on June 3, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Interesting squad. Don't know if Taylor and Roach ever bowled in international cricket together, but would love to see that happen. Benn is also an interesting selection. He should compliment Shillingford, and could be dangerous if he uses his height well.

    My XI: 1. Gayle / Brathwaite; 2. Powell; 3. Edwards; 4. Bravo; 5. Chanderpaul; 6. Samuels; 7. Ramdin; 8. Roach; 9. Taylor; 10. Shillingford; 11. Benn

  • mus_tard on June 3, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    A decent squad but I really don't know what Gayle, Samuels, and Gabriel is doing there. Gayle is still slightly injured and horribly out of form (even in the IPL where he always performs, he failed miserably) and Samuels has been mostly out of it since that blow to the eye from the BBL. Gabriel just isn't up to standard. The playing XI should be Gayle (only since it's his 100th test in his home crowd but for the other tests, drop him for Powell), Brathwaite, Edwards, Lil Bravo, Chanders, Samuels (he scored a century in a practice match yesterday and is offspin is handy in home conditions), Ramdin, Benn, Taylor, Roach, Shilly. This bowling can take 20 wickets but the batting will be rusty. And might I just say, Welcome Back Taylor!

  • Twine on June 3, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    The West Indies can potentially field a strong new ball pairing of Roach and Taylor with both Benn and Shillingford providing different spinning threats. The beginning of the post-Sammy era should be quite an interesting one indeed. All that remains to be seen in Jamaica is if the young batsmen will find some consistency and if the not-so-young batsmen (barring the evergreen Chanderpaul) will show some application on their home ground. Ramdin is in the best Test batting form of his life. As a fan, I hope the added responsibility of captaincy brings out some positive performances from him against a rapidly improving New Zealand team.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Wow Taylor and Roach should be the new ball attack .After a long time WI have a attack that can take 20 wickets .