West Indies v South Africa, 1st Test, Trinidad June 5, 2010

Shillingford, Pascal called up for first Test

Cricinfo staff

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

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  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    the selection of the team is wonderful. I think what we need to do is get these guys in longer camps, less nights out,monitor their surroundings,more together time. A serious discipline committee should be form. Admin needs respect not friends. 1) Batsmen should look at shiv and Nash they play with a very straight bat. Mr Gibson take note. 2) Look at tall and slim fast bowlers so they will have better assistance from the pitch 3)we should not have a tail, we are humans. No. 11 batman has to contribute to runs making,Bat responsible.... this is all for now

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    I know most of the fans is upset with alot of issue. I want to inform the admin that the fans is customer in the world of business. When your customers is unsatisfied our business is finish with. Chris Gayle should not be Capt. Also he should not open the batting in test match. Go back with Shiv as capt and who does not cooperate throw them out of the team. Cricket needs discipline (remember the first test in guyana vs SA). Another thing senior players must be up in the order. New comer need to toe the line. squad: 1)dowlin 2)dwayne bravo 3)nash 4)chris 5)shiv 6)deonarine 7)ramdin 8)shill 9)ramdin 10)sammy 11)Roach

  • Michael on June 9, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Cant you all see that Barath has been dropped for feigning injury!He feels that he can just walk back into the WI team just so!no big man,you are not a Gordon Greenidge ,Des Haynes Conrad Hunte ,not even a Chris Gayle.He should have proven his fitness a long time ago,by going on the A team tour to Bangladesh and playing some type of cricket or looking busy in the nets or something.Apart from the hundred on debut,what has he done?What has Dale Richards done not to be included in the 14?Like I said before,Barbados has contributed to the sucess of the WI team more than any of the other Islands.In other words,you need the Bajan stability in the opening positions,in the middle and in the pace department.Until we find those guys,WI cricket will remain in the doldrums.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    would like to know what happened to Adrian Bharat,i taught the wi is trying to promote the best players.

  • Ahsen on June 9, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    i really like westindies cricket but i m afraid the current scenario is quite scary......lack of committment is accompanied by poor selecters choice......test team cant really have more than one allrounder....hence it should be just dwayne bravo who is a class cricketer and gives his all.......barath and darren bravo are westindies future.....they should play in every line up and marlon samuals should be back immediately ....if he can start his international cricket without any first class experience then why cant he came back nw with so much experience.....my ideal lineup would be given all players are fit..1.gayle.2.barath.3.sarwan.4.shiv chanderpaul.5.darren bravo 6..marlon samuels/dwayne bravo.7.baugh.8.edwards.9shillingford.10.roach.11.tayler

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    AS I read so many comments we are forgetting the fact that cricket is the only sport that bring us together as a unit. i wonder what were on the selectors mind when they selected that team. And I also ask the question why should Gayle continue as captain. The bowling attack for the ODIS was reasonable Gayle did not have what it takes to manage his bowling resources effectively, he dosent have what it takes inspire and motivate his men in the field. Why Dowling did not continue as captain of the A team to England and leave Devon Smith at home. Seeing that the selectors have failed to pick two opening batsmen from what they have selected this is my 11 Gayle Deonarine Darren Bravo Shive Nash Dawyne Bravo Ramdin Benn Shillingford Pascal Roach if fully fit if Deonarine is to play he must open, with all due respect to the selectors they are all a waste of time, at the end of this tour I will ask for their resignation because of their poor judgement and lack of commonsense we are suffering.

  • Anand on June 8, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    My team (1)Gayle (2) Dowlin(3) NarSingh(4) Shiv (5) Nash (6) Ramdin (7) Dayne Bravo(8) Sammy, (9) Shillingford (10) Rampal (11) Roach. I would perfer Bharat bat at #2 and Dowlin bat at #3, Shiv and Nash are a must .Ramdin is a good keeper but a lousy batsman--but there is no better kepper around. Please do not play Benn he causes too many problem hence Shillingford. Dayne and Sammy are a must--I would perfer Tonge to Rampaul---but Tonge is on another tour--so I go with Experience--NarSingh is back up spinner.

  • Michael on June 8, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    con't My ideal team would be Barath (love him) with Nash as openers, Chanders, Gayle. Bravo, Deonarine/Bernard, Samuels, Baugh, Taylor, Miller/Shillingford, Roach.

  • Michael on June 8, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    Pe. He has not performed at the level expected of an international cricketer. NO way as suggested can you leave out Nash. Dowlin is not ready so is Tonge. Edwards is not a test player and should be used in the shorter version of the game as well as Sammy. I don't know who is Ramdin's godfather but he has run his course. None of the A teem keepers are ready. I am quite disappointed in Fletcher he should be given more chances on the A team, I think he is a future player. Taylor still remains our best pacer and even him I have a question sign. We have no penetrative attack bowlers on the team at present which is our problem. Collins is a has been and will never be back on the team. Cant control his line and length.

  • Michael on June 8, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    There is so much bias been shown here. Let us not forget that JA has led Caribbean cricket for the last couple of years. Call for Ganga to lead the side ? the same could be said of the JA captain. Samuels is a proven batsman and showed his class in the session in Ft Llauderdale. Baugh has not gotten the chances that Ramdin has and he is a betetr batsman and as good a keeper than Ramdin. A surprise is the omission of Bernard from the squad. Dowlin is no way ready for the senior squad and should be given a chance with the A team longer. I also believe it is time Gayle drops himself lower in the order for test cricket. Rampaul is not quite ready for this level either. Roach need a lot of coaching, gives too much loose balls in his quest for speed. He needs a coach now he is fast and foolish. Benn has shot his bolt and Shillingford should be given a chance along with Miller. Khan does not show me he is quite ready for this level of play and needs more time with the A team.

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