West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Trinidad June 14, 2014

West Indies axe Samuels and Powell

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West Indies have dropped allrounder Marlon Samuels and opener Kieran Powell from their squad for the second Test against New Zealand in Trinidad, and replaced them with uncapped batsman Jermaine Blackwood and Leon Johnson.

Blackwood, a 22-year old from Jamaica, has played 16 first-class matches and averages 40.38, with three hundreds and six half-centuries. He scored two centuries for the High Performance Team in recent matches against Bangladesh A. Blackwood also scored 94 and 118 in the final of the 2014 regional four-day competition against Windward Islands.

Johnson, 26, played three ODIs for West Indies in 2008, against Bermuda and Canada, but hasn't appeared in an international since then. The Guyana batsman scored three half-centuries in the two matches against Bangladesh A. Johnson averages 33 after playing 50 first-class games.

Samuels was dropped after he made a pair in West Indies' 186-run defeat in the first Test at Sabina Park. He was dismissed second ball both times, and has only three scores above 20 in his last 12 innings.

Powell made 28 and 0 in Jamaica, and has consistently failed to convert his starts for a while now. He passed 20 in eight of his last 15 innings but has a high score of 48 in that period.

The second Test against New Zealand begins at Queen's Park Oval on June 16.

Squad: Denesh Ramdin (capt), Chris Gayle, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Jermaine Blackwood, Leon Johnson, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Shane Shillingford, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel.

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  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | June 16, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Why can't Chandrapaul to bat at No 3. How many times he was not out and ran out partners in test matches? Everybody knows WI tail. They are the worst in the world even during Loyd/Richards Era. Anyway I love yound Black Caps hope they can make it 2 nil.

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    gayle simmons sarwan darrenb chanderpaul pollard ramdin shillingford narine taylor roach dwayne b rampaul benn this should be the final 14 and the selection should be according to the pitches

  • POSTED BY shemozzle on | June 16, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    why cant the west indies selectors just wake up!!!! yeah yous got rid of samuels and powel but what about kirk edwards and sulieman benn!!! SURELY sunil narine and dwayne bravo can get a game? it absolutely disgusts me to see so much talent and good players go missing out of squads because the selectors think they are one day specailists only! ummm lets recap for a second ! west indies used to be an a aggresive cricket team regardless of what format they played! and they played there best team week in week out!! if you ask me players like dwayne bravo sunil narine and kieron pollard should atleast be in the squad they are genuine A grade cricketers in my book! let the west indies play the way the west indies should! AGRESSIVE! id rather see pollard smack a quick fifty than watch edwards or some other goose make 5 runs off 25 balls!! i mean come on people the answers are obvious! gayle, brathwaitte, bravo, chanderpaul, dw,bravo, pollard, ramdin, taylor, narine, roach, shillingford.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    the team should be ................gayle,simmons,blackwood,sarwan (c),nash,chanderpaul,ramdin,taylor,narine,roach,shane......

    on bend holder,brathwraite,fudadin,bishoo.

  • POSTED BY mrhamilton on | June 15, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    The calls for bravo jnr to be dropped are madness he is the only light in the batting. The following team should be picked but won't be Gayle,Sarwan,bravo jnr, chanderpaul,blackwood,,bravo snr,ramdin, roach,Taylor,shillingford,narine.

  • POSTED BY delastbastion on | June 15, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    what about pollard to bat 6 as the alroounder and take carge of this inexpereienced nz attack, before anyone state the obvious, becareful, cuz i can assure that his fc record i as good or better than most wi middle oder batters.... check it out

  • POSTED BY mrhamilton on | June 15, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Mr Hamilton always has to correct people.@viswanath the England series was 2 years ago man,Samuels done nothing since.sarwan should be in at 2 and chanderpaul only seems to be playing for his cricket average these days why does he bother coming in at 5.his innings never have any impact on the result.he doesn't protect tailenders and always finishes not out having run out of partners.he either needs to move up to 3 or let a youngster take his place

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Narine has his best bowling against the Kiwis so its just sheer stupidity for them to leave him out. yes he was late for the camp but whats the point of cutting off your nose to spite your face! Narine has the Doosra which shillingford has but isnt allowed to bowl. Shane without the doosra is not the same . both he & benn were outperformed by the guy on debut. we also need a quality 3 seamer that slot could be filled by Holder. anyway its world cup time so at least i have an option that wont make me too depressed .

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    @VivGilchrist ,nice points,let me ask you and others this question , should players not playing first class matches be considered for test matches?

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Kirk Edwards should be out as well and we dont need two spinners. we will never take 20 New Zealand wickets with two fast bowlers. as for Narine ....whats the purpose of rising to the top of the game if there aren't any perks. It happens in every other sports. The W.I. Selectors are a bunch of old men who need to get with the program.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | June 16, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Why can't Chandrapaul to bat at No 3. How many times he was not out and ran out partners in test matches? Everybody knows WI tail. They are the worst in the world even during Loyd/Richards Era. Anyway I love yound Black Caps hope they can make it 2 nil.

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    gayle simmons sarwan darrenb chanderpaul pollard ramdin shillingford narine taylor roach dwayne b rampaul benn this should be the final 14 and the selection should be according to the pitches

  • POSTED BY shemozzle on | June 16, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    why cant the west indies selectors just wake up!!!! yeah yous got rid of samuels and powel but what about kirk edwards and sulieman benn!!! SURELY sunil narine and dwayne bravo can get a game? it absolutely disgusts me to see so much talent and good players go missing out of squads because the selectors think they are one day specailists only! ummm lets recap for a second ! west indies used to be an a aggresive cricket team regardless of what format they played! and they played there best team week in week out!! if you ask me players like dwayne bravo sunil narine and kieron pollard should atleast be in the squad they are genuine A grade cricketers in my book! let the west indies play the way the west indies should! AGRESSIVE! id rather see pollard smack a quick fifty than watch edwards or some other goose make 5 runs off 25 balls!! i mean come on people the answers are obvious! gayle, brathwaitte, bravo, chanderpaul, dw,bravo, pollard, ramdin, taylor, narine, roach, shillingford.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    the team should be ................gayle,simmons,blackwood,sarwan (c),nash,chanderpaul,ramdin,taylor,narine,roach,shane......

    on bend holder,brathwraite,fudadin,bishoo.

  • POSTED BY mrhamilton on | June 15, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    The calls for bravo jnr to be dropped are madness he is the only light in the batting. The following team should be picked but won't be Gayle,Sarwan,bravo jnr, chanderpaul,blackwood,,bravo snr,ramdin, roach,Taylor,shillingford,narine.

  • POSTED BY delastbastion on | June 15, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    what about pollard to bat 6 as the alroounder and take carge of this inexpereienced nz attack, before anyone state the obvious, becareful, cuz i can assure that his fc record i as good or better than most wi middle oder batters.... check it out

  • POSTED BY mrhamilton on | June 15, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Mr Hamilton always has to correct people.@viswanath the England series was 2 years ago man,Samuels done nothing since.sarwan should be in at 2 and chanderpaul only seems to be playing for his cricket average these days why does he bother coming in at 5.his innings never have any impact on the result.he doesn't protect tailenders and always finishes not out having run out of partners.he either needs to move up to 3 or let a youngster take his place

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Narine has his best bowling against the Kiwis so its just sheer stupidity for them to leave him out. yes he was late for the camp but whats the point of cutting off your nose to spite your face! Narine has the Doosra which shillingford has but isnt allowed to bowl. Shane without the doosra is not the same . both he & benn were outperformed by the guy on debut. we also need a quality 3 seamer that slot could be filled by Holder. anyway its world cup time so at least i have an option that wont make me too depressed .

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    @VivGilchrist ,nice points,let me ask you and others this question , should players not playing first class matches be considered for test matches?

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Kirk Edwards should be out as well and we dont need two spinners. we will never take 20 New Zealand wickets with two fast bowlers. as for Narine ....whats the purpose of rising to the top of the game if there aren't any perks. It happens in every other sports. The W.I. Selectors are a bunch of old men who need to get with the program.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | June 15, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    @tutorial ! Do you care to explain what you mean by Kirk EDWARDS HAS BEEN FAILING RIGHT THROUGH ?

  • POSTED BY tutorial on | June 15, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    If any player has the international exposure and experience to make the CROSS OVER to test cricket, its Simmons. He can make that leap especially with his current form, and playing in Trinidad is a plus,its a risk worth taking...... Its really funny to me that some people CRUSADE against Sarwan but Kirk Edwards has been failing right through and is still being put to bat in the HEART of WI.batting order.....I am willing to place a bet that Sarwan is going to score more runs than Edwards in the team presently.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    If I recall Narine didn't want to play because of 20/20 commitments (ie. IPL). However, if he is available selectors really should consider offering him a position in the squad.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 15, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Its worth noting that apart from Chiv; Shillingford was the only other WI performance of note in the WI team. His bowling is heavily restricted because he is being monitored and cannot bowl his dosra. He just scored the second quickest 50 in test cricket against the world number 5 bowler. As Ive said before when you are trying to catch up it is not time to experiment. I would much rather pick Simmons in T&T even if he is being labelled as a one day player a team needs a player capable of performing on his day. He will be playing at home, provides backup opener, bowling and wkt keeping options and now he has ipl exposure want the opportunity to play the longer game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 15, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    WI could have gone into the second test with the same team but just reverse the batting order.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Why is Sunil Narin being ignored again. whats his fault? he was on time in WI for the 1st test too. Special players need special treatment. WI cricket is suffering as it has not been able to nurture home talent.

  • POSTED BY gyusuf6 on | June 15, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    The West Indies test loss is a Karma. They should not have sacked Sammy!!!

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | June 15, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    I have read comments from WI supporters and now feel the need to state a few facts in response .... - Simmons is not an allrounder - Simmons has a poor First Class record and has been in poor First Class form. - Simmons played well in the IPL, a T20 competition played completely differently to Test cricket. - Sarwan is not in good form, and currently playing Div 2 county cricket. - Best has been in terrible form and hardly took a wicket in the 4 day comp. - Dwayne Smith has not played FC cricket this season which makes it impossible to consider him. -Dwayne Smith has a poor FC record.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta2 on | June 15, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    @ all Sarwan supporters. He is clearly no longer a world beater. Plays of second division Leicestershire and recent form in first class matches does not scream at the selectors - 60, 15, 7,7, 2, 24, 5, 18.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    @Shane Holder: Reason why Narine isn't picked... http://www.espncricinfo.com/west-indies-v-new-zealand-2014/content/story/748953.html

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 15, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    im a kiwi supporter and dont know why narine was picked? ??? is he injured? bad form? if so I would still pick him.......I think he likes bowling against us in his own backyard. ...give him a go windies selectors! I will say this but. what has happened to the great fast bowlers from the west indies?????? being a while since they had one.......and now your pitches are spin friendly. .......so sad! I hope one day in my life time there will be another great west indian team!

  • POSTED BY SapperP5799 on | June 15, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Some very interesting selections, but then we refer to coaches, captains, selectors etc. as stupid. Fifteen of Bishoo's 25 wickets came in one game, so are we suggesting playing him, one of every 10 games. I don't remember hearing of a single performance of note this year from Sarwan, and his performances in the the past two years for both West Indies and Guyana were nothing to write home about. As for Simmons, he is an excellent one day player, enough said. Lets look at youngster like Brathwaite, Blackwood, Johnson, Ambris etc. who are not only the future, but are performing consistantly at the "A" team and regional levels.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    Where is Naraine the best spinner in the world today, and Windies have axed him again. Looks like a case of grudge by selectors against Narine. West Indies will lose this match too because the attack without Narine is pedestrian.

  • POSTED BY basilsports on | June 15, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Yes I agreed that Powell should be dropped but Simon should have been selected and Narine. West Indies is being Old Style or playing kid's game. Narine is not selected bcuz he choose IPL and not because of performance.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 15, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    The problem with West Indies is the lack of team spirit and bonding.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    Selectors Here's a Tip If you intend on raising your test ranking Pick the best plaers.

    1.Gayle 2.Adrian Boris Barath 3.sarwan 4.Simmons 5.Chanderpaul 6.Brendon Nash 7.Dwayne Bravo 8.Ramdin 9.Taylor 10.roach 10.shillingford

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 14, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    Benn was very disappointing In this first test, he needs to be dropped. It's time that the West Indies finally give Nikita Miller a chance. He averages under 17 in first class cricket! He's currently the best first class bowler in the whole of the West Indies and should be in their 2nd test squad.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Why have the selectors kept kirk edwards, darren bravo, shane shillingford,kemar roach, sulieman benn and brought in shannon gabriel? West indies will lose again. The match may nor reach the fifth day.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Gayle, gibson and the selectors have run their course. Sarwan does not deserve a place based on his performance in 2014 season. I hope the selectors are not considering him. Great to see that changes were made.

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | June 14, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Very limited vision shown by the WI selectors. Do they expect WI to score twice as much with these two changes ? But it was their bowling which gave away more than 500 runs and put their batting in pressure. They should have swallowed their pride and included Narine to have some bite in the attack and may be Best (if fit) should have been included in place of holder. Although Best is wayward and expensive but it is a cost one can pay for him to provided the sting in the attack, which was missing in the 1st test.

  • POSTED BY GUYANESEWINDIES4EVER on | June 14, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    It took the Selectors 6 test matches (of low scores/failures) to realised that the fire power in Samuels is no more. It took them 3 test matches to discard Assad Fudadin, he and Leon Johnson embarrassed the Senior Team selectors by making plenty runs for the West Indies A side since then. I knew that Johnson was the automatic choice to replace Samuels even before the Test Match started. Thank GOD it actually happened. Selectors are heading in the right direction. NOW THEY HAVE TO GIVE THE YOUNGSTERS CONFIDENCE IN PLAYING FOR ABOUT 5 TEST MATCHES. And they need to put Benn to do charity matches now don't bowl him for an entire day to prove his worth. Play a youngster (I can't see what wrong Bishoo had done).

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Not bad change. But would have considered Simmonds in place of Gayle. Miller or Narine should have been called in to replace Shilingford.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Oh, blimmin' heck!! I thought the Windies would be too stubborn to change the side, but they have made obvious changes (Blackwood has promise) and it has strengthened (how could dropping Samuels not strengthen any side?). No matter, the Black Caps would be wise to drop Fulton for Anderson rather than for Rutherford IMO (Fulton is a great team guy and top bloke but this is professional sport and he will be dropped). Then Anderson or Brendon McCullum can open.... and so our team will ALSO be strengthened if sanity prevails. Two stronger sides meeting in a must-win match (We/NZ want this series in this match)!? All the better for us the viewers and cricket as a whole! But now we will have to earn it NZ! Let's show what we are made of Black Caps! Let's get into the fight, stay in the fight and earn that TKO. A series win for us will promote us to fifth in the rankings and would be a great reward for a good two years with a team on the up and up and some world-class talent. Good luck boys!

  • POSTED BY Riddymon on | June 14, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    I swear people don't read cricinfo articles. Narine will be available for the final test..it's been mentioned before. Dwayne Bravo didn't play last game because he wasn't considered fit to play. Now..let's move on to the topic at hand. Shiv needs to stay in his position at he solidifies the middle order....what needs to happen for West Indies to win is that we NEED at least 2 of our top order batsman to fire. Then let shiv come in and play his anchor role and then the lower order will be free to swing their bats and play their natural game. That would guarantee at least a 350 total. Next up.....Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards, if they two of you don't fire next game, you should be the next to go. We can't have anymore passengers. Also, Holder in for Benn/Shillingford to strengthen bowling with Gayle as backup spinner. I'm not coming at Gayle right now because he's made a half century in his first game. We saw NZ collapse in 2nd inns. They are vulnerable

  • POSTED BY FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on | June 14, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Powell is a decent player but he is sadly out of form. He'll most likely be considered again in the near future. Samuels however may well have played his last test match. If either of the group of younger batsmen, i.e. Kirk Edwards, Leon Johnson or Jermaine Blackwood, step up and perform, then they should be given a run in the side. I am pleased to see the selectors giving youth a chance, especially Blackwood who has been playing really well of late. Only 16 first class matches yes, but already three centuries and a handful of fifties to boost his average to over 40. A very promising player that will hopefully adjust to the highest format of the game and do himself proud. Really want to see an extra seamer, Holder to support Roach and Taylor ideally, with only one spinner required. Gayle can send a few down and the specialis spinner should be able to tie an end up to keep the three quickies fresh. Brathwaite can bat for long periods, let's hope he does so on Monday.

  • POSTED BY wirus on | June 14, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    At last something is happening. This should have occurred at the start of the series not when you've given the opposition the psychological advantage. New captain and a new team was what was needed. I'm not against allowing Gayle to play his last 2 tests but bat him at 6. More importantly it was obvious from the last test that a decent 5th bowler is needed, someone like Bravo. In his absence surely Pollard would have been the best option as against Johnson whose time no doubt will come. They will now have to reply on the fast fading Gayle to bowl some overs and maybe Darren Bravo (oh dear). When will these guys get it right. Give the new captain a team to work with. For all Darren Bravo's talent if he fails again in this test he should be sent to the HPC for an extended period of getting his mind and technique sorted as well as time overseas to bat on good pitches. Same applies to Edwards though the extent of his talent is more questionable. Time to act people!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    pllz simmons chances........in test squad

  • POSTED BY himmat on | June 14, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    What I feel about West Indies cricket is that all the players are not very motivated to represent their international team.....example is Sunil Narine chose to play for cash rich IPL instead of going home to prepare for the test series against New Zealand !! Chris Gayle needs to be patient with his innings.....too much twenty20 has ruined him !!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 14, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Weatindiess!!! already a team suffering alot with loads of talent...inclusion of blackwood for samuels is good but powell should be given the chance throughout the series and I think that johnson has not been impressive in first-class!!!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | June 14, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Darren Sammy did a great job uniting & rebuilding the WI team, & leading them to a World Title. But, where is he now? Summarily dismissed!

    Sammy has no great batting or bowling record. He played just 38 tests, yet captained 30, making him WI 5th longest serving captain after Lloyd, Richards, Lara and Sobers. What stellar company! Under Sammy WI had a win/loss ratio (W/L) of 0.66, which may seem poor, but is the BEST SINCE COURTNEY WALSH in 1997!

    Seem unbelievable? Here, in order (*10 + tests):

    DJG Sammy, 2010-13, 30 tests - W/L 0.66. CH Gayle, 2007-12, 20 tests - W/L 0.33. S Chanderpaul, 2005-06 14 tests - W/L 0.10. BC Lara, 1997-06, 47 tests - W/L 0.38. CL Hooper, 2001-02, 22 tests - W/L 0.36 JC Adams, 2000-01, 15 tests - 0.50 CL Walsh, 1994-1997 - 0.85.

    Sammy is no 'solo' match winner. But, as leader, he won more than any WI captain since 1997. That DOES make him a match winner. He deserved better!

    *Sarwan/Ganga/Bravo/Reifer together lost 9 of 9. Jacobs won 2 of 2 in 02!

  • POSTED BY Starvybz on | June 14, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    1)Gayle 2)Simmons 3)Chanderpaul 4)Samuels (he really is a good batsman its just that he is out of form) 5)Darren Bravo (he also is out of form but i don't care that 200 in new zealand shows he is great with the older ball) 6) Ramdin 7))Dwayne Bravo(best allrounder in the caribbean) 8) Roach 9) Taylor/Rampaul 10)Narine 11) Shillingford/Jason Holder

    Couldn't fit these in but they deserve a chance if anybody is injured or out of form 1)Sheldon Cotterel 2) Kieron Pollard/Andre Russell/Carlos 3)Dwayne Smith/Kraigg Braithwaite 5)Nicholas Pooran 6)Nikitta Miller/Nurse/Bishoo

    i dont know about this blackwood he may have performed well in the 4 day competition but our domestic set up is as horrible as it gets, poor pitches cause matches to finish in two days and the batsmen carry this approach to the international level and when they get out ppl question all kinds of things when the answer is staring them right in the face.

    My Solution: Send them to england to play county cricket

  • POSTED BY Ncnotorious on | June 14, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Why have we discarded Sarwan from the International circuit? He still is better than most of the batsmen we have atm barring SHIV who is convincingly the BEST that WI has. Our younger batsmen lack the technique and our bowlers cant swing the ball. Something is definitely wrong with the current system in place, starting with the head coach and selectors.

  • POSTED BY Speng on | June 14, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Can't be denied that neither of these guys were making runs so dropping them is OK but bringing in two youngsters at the top with neither Gayle or Bravo showing decent consistency is not a recipe for success especially against NZ's good fast bowling. To be honest I think the team maybe getting too inexperienced and nobody they've tried up in the order has worked out recently. i don't believe there is much short term WI can do to improve the situation as our FC cricket is simply not developing upper order batsmen that can perform at the test level. Sarwan maybe?

    Lots of people calling for this spin bowler or that. Selectors seem to want to pick spinners (finally realizing that home tracks are spin friendly and best bowlers are spinners) but it seems they have too many to pick from. I think Shilingford and Benn bowled OK in the first match and spinners need time to gain rhythm but the other candidates are good too.

    Pick a 5th proper bowler for the next match and be more aggressive.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 14, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Typical..if you have to drop Samuels and Powell went trying to level a series the select players with INTERNATIONAL experience such as Simmons, Smith or Pollard. If WI were winning or losing 2-0 with one to play then going for a debutant made sense. Pollards although not yet a test player has played against the best. The WI approach is akin to village green reactionary selection.

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | June 14, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    the bowling still lacks in a major way... don't see this attack, even if they had narine, taking 20 wkts consistently, especially against top teams. taylor and roach, who are the two best quicks in the wi, wouldn't even make the bench in the eighties.

  • POSTED BY rkannancrown on | June 14, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    WI needs Chanderpaul batting longer & holding the innings together. They have two choices - either push him up to no.3 or play arond with the batting order. They can have some bowlers - say Roach & Taylor - bat at no. 3 & no.4 with Chanderpaul at no.5, Bravo, Edwards etc to follow.Having the best batsman remain not out while batting down the order makes little sense.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    its about dammm time west indies wake up ,,,,lets go young .we have nothing to gain

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    they should give sarwan a chance..and simmons is in from n he can do a tremendous job for them...and also bishoo should replace benn

    gayle,simmons,sarwan,brathwaite, bravo, chanderpaul,ramdin,taylor,roach,shane,bishoo

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | June 14, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    hmpp... you telling me Johnson and Blackwood deserve Test call ups ahead of Pollard ?

    this just adds to the Loooong list of lesser player who got to play Tests instead of Pollard ..

    Pollard is not 4-day patsy ....

    All those international fans who comment about Pollards inability to play the longer game. Have not actually seen him, graft a patient 1st class 100 ... He has what it takes . Just this season he played 1 4-day game coming of his knee surgery .. He was still not moving well ... and he made a 0, in the 1st innings and then a 100 in the second.... and then he left for the IPL .....

    He should be playing Tests ....

  • POSTED BY TheZeus on | June 14, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Thomas Cherian, I've been praying for the selectors to drop Gayle for a number of years now. He just does not look like he enjoys playing cricket anymore, and its beginning to show even in his T20 scores...when will the selectors wise up to this?

  • POSTED BY shibu85 on | June 14, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    windies wuill bounce back to win the series...gayle will score a double in in one of the remaining matches....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 14, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    time to drop Gayle too...

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    I thought Gibson would have also been showed the exit door.I cannot understand what loyalty the cricket board has for him.His record as a coach left much to be desired.What about Ramnaresh Sarwan,is he out of the picture?

  • POSTED BY satspeare on | June 14, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    @JoshFromJamRock - good lineup, but it will not happen. For us to WIN, Shiv NEEDS to bat higher but the thought process for the last few years has been to replace him. his current "survival" mode is probably to hang around until he can play a test with his son. Most test team bat their best at #3 or at least their most inform batsman - not us! Shiv has express that the younger players need to bat higher so as the gain the experience and sharpen their skill BUT what we NEED are so WINS, NOW not later. good to see the two changes made - I would go further. Drop Shane (his innings?- too late), Kirk and Benn. Please give Miller the spinner's job - he is the BEST spinner we have.Even Bishoo is a better option. Simmons is in form NOW so pick him - batting/medium fast allrounder

    1)Brathwaite 2)Simmons 3)Chanderpaul 4)Blackwood 5)Gayle 6)Bravo 7)Ramdin 8)Taylor 9)Holder 10)Miller 11)Roach This way Blackwood may bat with both Shiv & Gayle ( what a school!), also have LH/RH combo thanks

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Well Well! At least there are some changes, so let us see if this helps?

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Powell deserved to go and perhaps Samuels too. Hope young Brathwaite is given a sustained run in the side. How is the pitch for the next game going to shape up?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 14, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Should have picked Narine to replace Samuels! If the bowlers making more runs than the batsmen, then pick more bowlers.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 14, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    How can the win ????? By giving the team a new captain that would make all wrong right

  • POSTED BY anton111 on | June 14, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    I hope Darren Bravo is taking note. He should be the next to go if he continues to fail.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Kirk Ewards and Darren Bravo get your act together or the axe is coming. Dring in young chanderpaul first time father and son play test together.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 14, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Holder could get Samuels spot as the all rounder ...

  • POSTED BY Samarian on | June 14, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    I thought we were supposed to win once we got rid of Sammy!

  • POSTED BY dragline on | June 14, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    I hope Holder is given his chance ahead of Roach, who obviously is not ready for test cricket because of recent injury. Holder also can bat.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    team changes wont any impact belief to win a test match is important which lacking in west indies team and other problem is players like bravojr,powell and edwards have technical issues in their batting!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Well done. Powell need to go and learn to move his feet and Samuels need to go get some fire up his ....to come back better

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    thats the wisest move west indies make for a long time

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock on | June 14, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    1)Brathwaite 2)Edwards 3)Chanderpaul 4)Gayle 5)Bravo 6)Blackwood 7)Ramdin 8)Roach 9)Taylor 10)Holder 11)Benn

    *Gayle shouldn't open as he's too vulnerable to NZ's new ball attack. He should bat at 4.

    *Edwards is struggling against the spinners. Let him open to face pace instead and settle himself.

    *Chanderpaul needs to bat at #3 to fulfill his anchor better. He seems to be hiding from the new ball which a player of his caliber doesn't need to do. Being furious when he's left stranded in the 80s or 90s is mainly his fault for batting so low. Him and Gayle (250 tests between them) will make a superb partnership at 3 & 4.

    *Bravo at #5 as he like to play with freedom which is less risky once the ball is older.

    *Let Blackwood debut at #6 as he'll have a decent platform before him to play his natural game.

    *Holder has to play as 3rd Seamer.

    *Benn or Shillingford as the spinner. Not both as Gayle is a decent option to replace Samuels offspin.

    Best of luck WI.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 14, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Missed a beat again w/ Johnson , Simmons would have been a better option also shillingford poses little threat as a bowler.

  • POSTED BY decaby on | June 14, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    very much impressed with the changes made to this squad... blackwood deserves his chance... johno has been in good form for the past couple of seasons... note worthy these two guys werent in the 20 man traning squad... it goes to show the lack of thinking amongst the selectors ... who by the way need to be sacked... when will WICB employ a real batting coach... Otis your days numbered... also Darren bravo is no longer considered a prodigy... he needs to step up or sh

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | June 14, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Still no Narine? Also what about the two Dwaynes- Bravo and Smith?

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    for me,simmons is the best young player in the carribean right now why do they overlook this guy.who is leon johnson.i hope they prove me wrong because my aim is to call out the players i think is the best.my concern is to see west indies cricket takeoff again.i just dont see with the selectors.anyway thanks for bringing in blackwood.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Very glad wi start make changes sorry for both Samuel and Powell. We can't keep carrying baggage. Player have to make used of very game as opportunity. At the time give incoming player some game time. Like Powell he has his opportunity but did not capitalize. That going to send a strong message to young Bravo time to put aside issue and start making runs. WI should consider narine give New Zealand a surprise. All the best on Monday WI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    saw this coming and I reckon that it was a good idea. I believe if we play our team of 11 base upon their top form we MOST LIKELY expect better scores. Samuels has been my favorite player over the years but right now he needs to give room for a youngster who has a few hundreds at his back and who seems to be MORE consistent in the first class level of RECENT. One may argue that with the exclusion of Marlon that it may possibility lessen the experience column of the West Indies team. No argument there. I believe test matches are more idiosyncratic in terms of team ethnic. It is more about INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES. Young Powell needs to go play some more first class cricket and I do hope he gets an opportunity to play county cricket as well. Darren Bravo must stay because he has ALREADY proven to everyone and on a continuous basis that he is a very good TESTS batsman. MY 11 Gayle,Braithwaite, Edwards, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Johnson, Ramdin, Taylor, Benn, Shillingford, Roach.11th- Holder

  • POSTED BY ilyas on | June 14, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Blackwood good choice. Young and talented. Tell him he will bat at 6 for the next two tests irrespective of what happens in Trinidad so it eases the pressure on his debut. Braithwaite to open with Gayle. Can't say Gayle will score a lot of runs but you still need his persona and experience in this side for at least this series. Edwards and bravo jnr to be put on notice that Leon is waiting for the 3rd test. If bravo snr is fit then he should come in at 4. Bravo jnr at 3 and Edwards dropped. Must play Blackwood and Braithwaite in the next test. As for narine I can understand what WI are trying to do but it could have been handled better.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    West indies should have three seamers,and the team batting line up should be as follows in batting order 1 Gayle, 2.Chanderpaul, 3. Blackwood, 4. DM Bravo, 5. Ramdin, 6. Johnson,7. Brathwaite,8 Shillingford, 9. Holder, Taylor, Roach

  • POSTED BY tutorial on | June 14, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Shillingford,Edwards and Gabriel should be left out for this match, Narine would have made a huge impact in this game. Good luck to Blackwood and Johnson!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Y isnt WICB picking ramnaresh sarwan. He is the second best test player available now for WI after chanderpaul and Why didnt they pick narine,Benn is useless just bowls faster and faster,bishoo r narine should have replaced them. I thought they could have given samuels another go because,He played really well In eng test series. BRING BACK SARWAN.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    great change , but what is KIRK EDWARDS syill doing there? Narine should be in this squad also, west indies should play three spinners two pacemen and the six batsmen including the keeper.SUNIL NARINE should be in the squad. good luck to the boys in the next game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 14, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    i mention this b4 the series started than samuels is keeping a young batsman out the theme its a good move but i tink W I selector need to make 2 more changes kirk edwards still dont kno wat he has done to retain his place and in the spinning department the need to get that leg spinner in none of the spinner in the squad has alot of variation to go to benn is a one dimentional bowler no variation and shillingford witout his doosra he not effective ... maybe west indies should play 3 quicks one specialist spinner and a spinner alrounder maybe a imran khan from trinidad

  • POSTED BY Tronyai on | June 14, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    where is narine ?

    squad should be

    1.Gayle 2.k.bratwaite 3.dm Bravo 4.chanderpaul 5.blackwood 6.johnson 7.ramdin 8.roach 9.taylor 10.narine 11.shillingford

  • POSTED BY Lotr3 on | June 14, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Blackwood deserves a chance on current form, no sense waiting for that to fall and then pick him. Johnson, not so sure this is right. WI selectors continue to pick the wrong time to apply the 'right' policies re one Sunil Narine. Any other team would have him in the playing 11. Good luck in Trinidad.

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  • POSTED BY Lotr3 on | June 14, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Blackwood deserves a chance on current form, no sense waiting for that to fall and then pick him. Johnson, not so sure this is right. WI selectors continue to pick the wrong time to apply the 'right' policies re one Sunil Narine. Any other team would have him in the playing 11. Good luck in Trinidad.

  • POSTED BY Tronyai on | June 14, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    where is narine ?

    squad should be

    1.Gayle 2.k.bratwaite 3.dm Bravo 4.chanderpaul 5.blackwood 6.johnson 7.ramdin 8.roach 9.taylor 10.narine 11.shillingford

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 14, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    i mention this b4 the series started than samuels is keeping a young batsman out the theme its a good move but i tink W I selector need to make 2 more changes kirk edwards still dont kno wat he has done to retain his place and in the spinning department the need to get that leg spinner in none of the spinner in the squad has alot of variation to go to benn is a one dimentional bowler no variation and shillingford witout his doosra he not effective ... maybe west indies should play 3 quicks one specialist spinner and a spinner alrounder maybe a imran khan from trinidad

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    great change , but what is KIRK EDWARDS syill doing there? Narine should be in this squad also, west indies should play three spinners two pacemen and the six batsmen including the keeper.SUNIL NARINE should be in the squad. good luck to the boys in the next game.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Y isnt WICB picking ramnaresh sarwan. He is the second best test player available now for WI after chanderpaul and Why didnt they pick narine,Benn is useless just bowls faster and faster,bishoo r narine should have replaced them. I thought they could have given samuels another go because,He played really well In eng test series. BRING BACK SARWAN.

  • POSTED BY tutorial on | June 14, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Shillingford,Edwards and Gabriel should be left out for this match, Narine would have made a huge impact in this game. Good luck to Blackwood and Johnson!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    West indies should have three seamers,and the team batting line up should be as follows in batting order 1 Gayle, 2.Chanderpaul, 3. Blackwood, 4. DM Bravo, 5. Ramdin, 6. Johnson,7. Brathwaite,8 Shillingford, 9. Holder, Taylor, Roach

  • POSTED BY ilyas on | June 14, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Blackwood good choice. Young and talented. Tell him he will bat at 6 for the next two tests irrespective of what happens in Trinidad so it eases the pressure on his debut. Braithwaite to open with Gayle. Can't say Gayle will score a lot of runs but you still need his persona and experience in this side for at least this series. Edwards and bravo jnr to be put on notice that Leon is waiting for the 3rd test. If bravo snr is fit then he should come in at 4. Bravo jnr at 3 and Edwards dropped. Must play Blackwood and Braithwaite in the next test. As for narine I can understand what WI are trying to do but it could have been handled better.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    saw this coming and I reckon that it was a good idea. I believe if we play our team of 11 base upon their top form we MOST LIKELY expect better scores. Samuels has been my favorite player over the years but right now he needs to give room for a youngster who has a few hundreds at his back and who seems to be MORE consistent in the first class level of RECENT. One may argue that with the exclusion of Marlon that it may possibility lessen the experience column of the West Indies team. No argument there. I believe test matches are more idiosyncratic in terms of team ethnic. It is more about INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES. Young Powell needs to go play some more first class cricket and I do hope he gets an opportunity to play county cricket as well. Darren Bravo must stay because he has ALREADY proven to everyone and on a continuous basis that he is a very good TESTS batsman. MY 11 Gayle,Braithwaite, Edwards, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Johnson, Ramdin, Taylor, Benn, Shillingford, Roach.11th- Holder

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Very glad wi start make changes sorry for both Samuel and Powell. We can't keep carrying baggage. Player have to make used of very game as opportunity. At the time give incoming player some game time. Like Powell he has his opportunity but did not capitalize. That going to send a strong message to young Bravo time to put aside issue and start making runs. WI should consider narine give New Zealand a surprise. All the best on Monday WI.