Zimbabwe in West Indies 2012-13 March 8, 2013

Samuels returns for Zimbabwe Tests, Narine left out

ESPNcricinfo staff

Allrounder Marlon Samuels returns to the West Indies squad after a two-month injury break, having been picked for the first Test against Zimbabwe that begins on March 12. Offspinner Sunil Narine did not feature in the 13-man squad, and in his place Shane Shillingford came in.

Samuels had missed the limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe series after picking up a facial injury during the Big Bash League, Australia's T20 competition, in January.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who debuted in the Lord's Test last year but was then sidelined by a stress reaction in his back, made a comeback. Two exclusions of note on the fast-bowling front included Ravi Rampaul and Fidel Edwards. Rampaul had returned to the domestic circuit in February after two months out due to knee trouble and had said at the time that he was "100% fit". Edwards had taken a match-haul of seven in his previous Test match - against Bangladesh in November. His last competitive match was on February 14, in the Bangladesh Premier League.

The other players to miss out from the squad that played the Bangladesh series, which was West Indies' previous Test assignment, include batsmen Kirk Edwards and Assad Fudadin.

Narine had had a poor run in that series, taking three wickets in two Tests at an average of 114.33. Twenty-three-year-old left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who had a relatively better series with eight wickets at 31.62, retained his place.

Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin kept his role as Test vice-captain, while Chris Gayle returned after asking to skip the limited-overs series against Zimbabwe. Experienced batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, who returned for West Indies on last month's limited-overs tour of Australia after a contentious 18-month break, was not handed a Test comeback.

West Indies and Zimbabwe will play two Tests in all, and the hosts' squad for the second Test will be named at a later date.

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  • Michael on March 11, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    @b4u8me2 !...... Bishoo after 5 tests 21 wickets @ an av.of 30.5 ,and strike rate 68.74,.... Suliman Benn 18 wkts after 5 tests...av 49.8 and strike rate 86.2,where are there now ? The point is that Narine is a good bowler when you are going after him or trying to go after him ...example one day cricket...when it comes to patient cricket,he is found wanting.Both Warne and Murali made their names as test cricketers before they played one days,so they were able to adjust.Narine made his name in the one days,that is why he finds it hard to adjust to test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    ok the selectors is crazy sammy at #8 then 9 10 11 sammy is not a strike bowler for test cricket if he has to play he has to bat higher an play 4 strong bowlers you just putting more pressure on the other bowlers.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Good to see Gabriel back, i was impressed with the pace he generated against Zim. I still think that the selectors should've taken the opportunity to blood in some promising youngsters, to gain some Test Match experience against Zimbabwe. As others have suggested, they should invest within the base of teams who've been successful in the Regional Tournaments and give them a platform to start their International Careers. With the stronger challenge of Pakistan approaching, it's always nice to have other options to strengthen the balance of the squad.

  • Simon on March 10, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Surprisingly, good batsmen seem to pick Narine quite easily in Test matches, and most of the time he does not look like getting them out. However, I think the selectors should have persisted with him rather than leaving him out at this stage of his career. Anyway, I expect to see him back soon, and I dare say that it would increase his chances if he improves on his fielding. He looks too lackadaisical on the field of play.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    what happened to Dwayne Bravo doesnt he play test cricket anymore? i think he has a lot to offer to the West Indies.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Jasson shld be in team wi dropp him after include in aus tour not fair .............

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    It's a huge shame Clive Lloyd did not get a chance to preside over WI cricket. The present regime, including the selectors, continue to play politics of control, via their compliant puppet Sammy, who does not merit a place in the side but also substantially disrupts its balance. They chop and change the players who could merituously lead the team better than Sammy, including Bravo, Ramdin, Gayle, Sarwan and Samuels. The best thing that could happen to our cricket right now is ironically if Zimbabwe embarrasses us! Maybe then, there would be a modicum of change drivers. We have some of the very best players in the world right now! yet languish with the bttom-feeders. the status quo are more interested in protecting their positions and feeding troughs.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    @Giovaughn when miller learns to turn the ball then maybe he should get selected again. It seems the players you called mediocre none were jamaican and you say you are not bias

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    When people argue that the Windies selectors are biased it is not without reason as Jamaica has won the past 5 regional 4 day tournaments easily yet neither of the two Jamaican spinners Miller & Brown who take bucket loads of wickets each season have been considered while mediocre 'spinners' like Shillingford, Permaul, Narine , Bishoo, Benn have all represented us @ test level :( so sad that's why for the time being i am supporting South Africa until the politics stops dictating that we do not pick our best 11 but the 11 that suit the requests of biased short sighted people

  • vivekanand on March 9, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Narine should not be dropped. he is a great bowler and need to be persisted with for west indies to do better in test matches.