Shillingford, Pascal called up for first Test
Dominican offspinner Shane Shillingford is the only new face in the West Indies squad for the first Test against South Africa that gets underway in Trinidad from June 10. Dwayne Bravo will be Chris Gayle's deputy in the side, which also includes Sulieman Benn, who was controversially sent off the field by Gayle after a difference of opinion during the fourth match of the ODI series which the hosts lost 0-5.
Jerome Taylor, who injured his hip and left the field in the closing stages of the final ODI, has returned to Jamaica for rehabilitation, and was not considered. Adrian Barath, who scored an impressive debut century in Brisbane, was dropped from the Test side. He had earlier opted out of the A tour to Bangladesh citing a hamstring injury. Ramnaresh Sarwan is yet to recover from the left hamstring strain that curtailed his participation in the ODI series.
Grenadian fast-bowler Nelon Pascal, who toured with the side to England and was a member of the depleted squad that hosted Bangladesh last year, was recalled. The selectors will send a replacement to take his place in the A squad in England. Darren Bravo, Dwayne's half-brother who has represented West Indies in the limited-overs formats, was also included for the Test.
Shillingford, 27, had struggled on the sidelines with an action that was deemed suspect in 2001. After overcoming the problem, he has surged into the selectors' radar, most recently with impressive performances for the West Indies A team during the home series against Zimbabwe and the tour to Bangladesh that followed.
The second and third Tests of the series will be played in St Kitts and Barbados respectively.
Squad: Chris Gayle (capt), Dwayne Bravo (vice-capt), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Travis Dowlin, Brendan Nash, Nelon Pascal, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Shane Shillingford