West Indies news April 13, 2017

Jerome Taylor makes himself available again for Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jerome Taylor has taken 130 wickets in 46 Test matches for the West Indies © Getty Images

Jamaican fast bowler Jerome Taylor has informed the West Indies Cricket Board that he is ending his Test retirement to make himself available for selection with immediate effect. Taylor, 32, initially called time on his 46-match Test career ahead of India's tour of the West Indies last July but may be in line to return against Pakistan for the three-match series beginning April 21.

"I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I know I can still offer a lot to West Indies cricket in the Test arena," Taylor said in a WICB press release. "If selected, I will look to put my best foot forward and give my all for the team. We have some young players in the group at the moment and I believe with my experience, I can add to the team going forward."

Despite remaining available for selection in the T20 and ODI squads for West Indies, Taylor was not picked for either series against Pakistan that preceded the upcoming Test series. His last match in any format for West Indies came in a T20I against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi last September when he took 0 for 19 in an eight-wicket loss.

Taylor's last Test match was more than a year ago against Australia in Sydney where he bowled just four overs in a heavily rain-affected draw. The Jamaican has 130 Test wickets at an average of 34.46 since making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2003, though his record at his home island ground of Sabina Park is outstanding with 29 wickets in five matches at an average of 13.58. Three of his four five-wicket hauls have come at Sabina Park, site of the upcoming first Test against Pakistan, including a career-best 6 for 47 against Australia in June 2015.

West Indies selection chairman Courtney Browne welcomed Taylor's decision to make himself available once again for Tests.

"It is good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of retirement and make himself available for Tests once again," Browne said. "When you look at the volume of cricket we have this year, we will need to look at all the resources we have available, and having someone of his ability and experience adds value to our player pool."

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  • Johnathan on April 18, 2017, 10:45 GMT

    Here is what to do right swarzi. filter your statistics with your great knowledge and tell us how we have been performing in that same period against top tier opposition when they were not in a phase of transition. In fact I'll make it easier. just whoever you consider as top tier opposition. It would also be nice to see Sammy statistics for when he was just made captain. Bravo statistics is pointless in this discussion as all he did was lead the team that sammy had already moulded. Sammy and holder both had the roles of developing their teams.

  • Johnathan on April 18, 2017, 10:37 GMT

    I guess my comment on basic understanding of the game was too much for you guys to understand. when you have a team where the average number of games played per player is over 100 ODIs then you will expect a certain level of performance. but you should also see in your statistics that even when we beat NZ and Bangladesh in 2012 the follow up series against those same opponents we didn't do as well. In your great opinion as an avid follower of the game what does that suggest to you? Yes our team could have been competitive on their day. But given the level of investment into those players should they not have been more consistent? now you see the need to compare those stats to a team where the average number of games played per player is around 10-15 ODIs. does that sound like a fair comparison to you? why don't you compare those stats to when Sammy was just made captain? of course not. You chose to compare them to WI most successful period against weak opposition.

  • Richard on April 17, 2017, 22:41 GMT

    Interesting statistics and research Swazi. We always the team has been going downhill under Holder. I see some ppl is having difficulty in understanding your stats.

  • Michael on April 17, 2017, 22:08 GMT

    @CARIBBEANPOWER ....and take out that 2 from his last innings and his av.rises to 32.3 he he ! See that the SELECTORS ALSO recognized that. and picked him.

  • randolf on April 17, 2017, 21:51 GMT

    @JOHNNY865: I'm only being consistent - Check my Cricinfo record, you'll see. For example, Darren Sammy was the captain for my home team when he too was made captain under similar circumstances - through controversy between WICB and our best players. And I was not satisfied that Sammy was good enough to hold a permanent place in the team; hence, I was very vociferous in seeking for him to be replaced by a player who had much more ability. Now, in Holder, we have a player who is not as half as good as Sammy. And because of the silly manner in which he was given captaincy, I'm much more outraged than Sammy's time - mind you, Sammy performed creditably with his limited ability - many a time he won for us with bat/ball. Holder just ain't have that ability. Last year, they gave him WI Player of the Year, when he was no where near being picked in any of the ICC world teams. Kraigg Brathwaite was named in the test 11, he got nothing! @METMAN: I'm convinced you're worth no response - fool!

  • Michael on April 17, 2017, 16:33 GMT

    @swarzi.....do you UNDERSTAND ENGLISH and do you UNDERSTAND what you write ? can't you UNDERSTAND from YOUR analysis that WI cricket was DECLINING before 2015 the year Holder was made captain ? Can you state what was the position of the WI team in ALL formats from 2005 to 2015 and from 2015 to the present ?

  • Kendel3456385 on April 17, 2017, 14:50 GMT

    @swarzi... that's some nice and informative stats there mate. though the past wi team has been a bit below average against the top teams there still could have been very competitive and win a few games and series as well. not anymore...

  • Davo on April 17, 2017, 14:50 GMT

    metman Chase has played 12 innings and averaging 29. what is consistent about that? take out that 137 not out and his ave drops to 17!!!!

  • Davo on April 17, 2017, 14:47 GMT

    Metman you telling Roston Chase has consistency with bat and ball? What has he done since that one century?

  • randolf on April 17, 2017, 14:29 GMT

    @JOHNYCRG: It's not true that WI was declining before Holder was made captain. The facts starting 2012 under Sammy's captaincy: Mar 2012, Aus in WI, 5 match series drew 2-2, one tied; Jun 2012, WI in Eng, WI Lose 2-0 (one D/L nonsense); Jul 2012, NZ in WI, NZ lose 4-1; Nov 2012, WI in Bang, WI won 3-2; Feb 2013, WI in Aus, WI lose 5-0; Jun 2013, WI in Eng (Champions Trophy): Ind beat WI, SA and WI draw (WI coach D/L error), so WI out by run rate; Jun 2013, Ind and Sri Lan in WI (tri series): Ind vs WI, 1 each, Sri Lan vs WI, 1 each, WI knocked out by run rate; Jul 2013, Pak in WI, Pak won 3-1, one tied; Nov 2013 (Bravo capt): WI in Ind, Ind won 2-1; Dec 2013, WI in NZ, series drawn 2-2; Feb 2014, Ire in WI, Ire lose 1-0; Feb 2014, Eng in WI, Eng won 2-1; Aug 2014, Bang in WI, Bang lose 3-0; Oct 2014, WI in Ind, 5 match series disrupted at 2-1 in favor of Ind; Jan 2015 (best players sacked - Holder made capt): WI cricket disaster up to now - from par with the best to the bottom! OK?

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