West Indies v Pakistan 2011 May 9, 2011

Fit again, Fidel Edwards ready for comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fidel Edwards, the West Indies fast bowler, is confident that he is ready for a return to international cricket after nearly two years out. Edwards, 29, made his first-class comeback in February after back surgery had kept him on the sidelines since the 2009 Champions League, and he was named for this week's two-day practice match in Guyana.

That could pave the way for Edwards to play in the first Test against Pakistan, starting on Thursday. He has had a successful comeback for Barbados in the regional four-day competition, and collected 22 wickets at 23.77 from his six outings.

"I'm very happy to be back," Edwards said. "I spent a long time out but I've made a full recovery and my body is ready to play five-day cricket again. I did a lot of good work with my trainer and the physio in Barbados and they were tremendous help to me during my comeback period.

"I felt I bowled well for Barbados and that helped me. I spent some time at the camp in Barbados before the series started and I felt comfortable. I did some work with the head coach (Ottis Gibson) during the camp and things have been going smoothly.

"I'm really looking ahead to what is upcoming. This series against Pakistan is a good place to start. I'm focussed and I'm looking to stay fit and strong. I'm looking to get wickets and help the West Indies to success. There is a lot to play for and I'm looking forward.

"I have some goals I'm looking to achieve and one thing is to help the team win and move back up the ladder. This is vitally important to the team overall and to the supporters of West Indies cricket."

West Indies are currently seventh on the Test rankings table, but they will move up to sixth if they win the two-match series against Pakistan. However, they will need to turn around some poor form in the longest format; West Indies haven't won any of their past 17 Tests, a winless streak stretching back to February 2009.

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  • charlie on May 12, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    We have to keep trying until we get it right if we are to compete with the top teams . Take Australia for example ,they have about eight batsmen ,several being bowlers ,that's what we need more of , bowlers who can bat and batsmen who can bowl [ all - rounders]. A guy like Mitch Johnson could easily make any test team as an upper order batsman ,but te team has that much talent they can do this . I can West Indies there in the near future with all this young talent .

  • charlie on May 12, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    One poster remarks that ,Ramadin cannot bat is not true in my opinion .If we go back to his early years in the team ,we would think otherwise . If he couldn't bat ,he wouldn't have scored the runs he did ,including the century . He wil be back soon when we play the big boys ;mark my word ... That's my keeper man !

  • Rohan on May 11, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    does anybody find it ludicrous that Chairman of selectors Clyde Butts when questioned on the inclusion of Devon smith, could publicly state, " of course he's not gonna start against spin in a test match, so we think that he can actually go out there and do the business and we want to give him that chance." ..............why would he think that pakistan is obligated to start their attack with pace? ....when Devon's is a wicket waiting to fall to spin.

  • ramu on May 11, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Ravi Ramphal must be no.1 choice now. He must and will play in Guyana and next test in Jamaica. Him warrant a place in de team and must open de new ball with Edward. WI cannot drop dis guy! He will take at least 6 wicket in Guyana garonteed! I would drop Roach now; him bowling a whole set of trash and Pakistan batsmen know how to play im!Roach too wild and trying to bowl too hard that is why he cant get wicket. Ramphal will take 6 plus wicket and Bishoe will take at least 7 wickets on im test debut.

  • Douglas on May 11, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Sammy is taking up a specialist position, unbalancing the team. With both Nash and Chanderpaul in the side, West Indies should have enough stability to complement the natural strokeplay of Darren Bravo, Simmons, & Sarwan. I am not confident of Smith's ability against spin. What's the status on Adrian Barath? For the all-rounder, Samuels is my choice ahead of Sammy - but Sammy is the captain, so it would be difficult to see us playing 3 all-rounders in a test (counting Nash). I won't want to drop any of the specialist bowlers Fidel Edwards, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul. But with Sammy in, one would have to go. Nash also does provide bowling options.

  • Michael on May 11, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @PaddyRasta ! man why are you so "sweet" on Ramdin ?This man had his chances and failed miserably,let others get theirs.After 81 tests Ramdin has an av.of < 25,after 8 tests Baugh < 25 too !One selector said Ramdin is the best keeper,and everbody jumping on his bandwagon.Thomas is just as good or better,Patrick Browne is just as good or better,and Walton the same.I think Thomas though, should be the keeper in the tests .What has Ramdin done in the tests he has played ?Ramdin more so than Baugh,has dropped catches,conceeded byes,failed to gather,and miss stump in the 81 tests that he has played,as against Baugh in his 8 tests.Why don't you comment on Pollard's 5.7 av. against quality bowling,and Rampaul's bowling av.of 109.75 in tests.,and you talk about constructive criticism.Thomas has not yet played in a test match to prove his worth,and you want Ramdin to come back.Man everybody can see your trini bias coming out everytime you comment,like if trinis can play cricket like bajans.

  • Sam on May 11, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    In my opinion,this would be the best West Indian Test sqaud-Gayle,Barath,Darren Bravo,Sarwan,Chanderpaul,Nash,Simmons,Dwayne Bravo,Jerome Taylor,Bishoo,Roach,Fidel Edwards,Andre Russell,Benn,Baugh

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    Lets hope that Fidel's goal isnt to bowl the fastest ball as he had declared in the last worldcup he played in

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Don't sacrifice a bowler for Sammy. I am not a big Rampaul fan but he deserves a place based on the odis. Edwards, Bishoo, Rampaul and Roach. nash as captain.

  • Ravi on May 11, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    I hope to see this West Indies team against India for the One Dayers (15 man squad) - Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Adrian Bharath (if fit or Kraigg Brathwaite just for experience), Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels (hopefully in better form), Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo (needs to lift his game) Carlton Baugh (wk), Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampaul, Anthony Martin, Kemar Roach.

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