West Indies in England 2017 July 15, 2017

Roach returns, Reifer picked for England tour

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Quick Facts - Kemar Roach returns to Test cricket

Fast bowler Kemar Roach has been recalled to West Indies' Test squad for the series in England that begins on August 17. Two new faces feature in the 15-man squad: batsman Kyle Hope, who debuted during the ODIs against India earlier this month, and Guyana's fast-bowling allrounder Raymon Reifer.

Batsman Vishaul Singh is the only player to miss out from the squad for West Indies' previous Test match, against Pakistan in April-May. Singh had failed to go past 32 in six innings in that series.

Roach, who had been dropped on form in 2016, hit his stride in the domestic first-class tournament, the Professional Cricket League, and was the most effective of Barbados' fast bowlers with 23 wickets at 16.17. Reifer did even more for Guyana in their run to the title, taking 36 wickets at 21.58 and scoring 445 runs at 37.08.

Courtney Browne, the chairman of Cricket West Indies' (CWI) selection panel, said of the squad: "[In Reifer and Kyle Hope] we have two players who will be new to Tests, but they have experience at first-class level. Kyle will be our third option as opener and he can also be a possible No. 3. Raymon adds variety to our attack with his left-arm swing bowling and has proven to be very useful with the bat in the lower order. He, therefore, adds value to our team and could be very useful in English conditions.

"Kemar's return is welcomed as he was one of the best fast bowlers in Tests in the recent past for us. We have seen him during the last [first-class] season show signs of his return to form. He may not be bowling as quickly as before, but still possesses that skill we all knew he had, plus his experience adds greater depth to the attack."

Although CWI declared earlier this week that it would relax the selection norms to allow senior players, who had been overlooked in the last few years, to return to top-flight cricket, the squad did not feature any of them. One main reason behind that was the Test segment of the England series clashes with the Caribbean Premier League and most of these players had committed to the play the domestic T20 tournament. That included Darren Bravo, who had said recently he would focus on CPL where he plays for Trinbago Knight Riders.

Earlier this week Bravo became eligible for selection once again, after an apology. CWI had barred him from all cricket since November 2016 when he had been sent home from Zimbabwe following his tweet on board president Dave Cameron. Both Cameron and Bravo issued letters of apology to bury the issue. The press release announcing the squad said Bravo was not considered for selection as the selection was completed before he issued his apology. Browne said Bravo, who has not played much red-ball cricket of late, could work his way back into the squad by playing more cricket.

The three-Test series against England opens at Edgbaston, with the maiden day-night Test in the country. That is followed by games at Headingley and Lord's.

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  • Michael on July 20, 2017, 12:04 GMT

    Ha ha ....to those Bajan haters and nay sayers who CANNOTor want to name players who should replace the Bajans here goes....FIRST CLASS RECORDS... Leon Johnson 32.62.....Shamar Brooks 31.77 Justin Greaves 31.00 and 25 wkts@ 23.08 after 10 matches and one good season Roshon Primus 39.11 and 21 wks @ 16.95 after 7 matches and one good season Brandon King 32.30 after 11 matches and one good season and Evin Lewis 30.72 ALL OTHER batsmen average UNDER 30 including Jason Mohammed 26.94 and Sunil Ambris 28.96 the two most talked about batsmen that should be in a TEST SQUAD. Rahkeem Cornwall who I have already said should be in any 15 member squad but is being kept back because of his weight averages 22.50 with the bat and has 141 wkts @ 24.49 M.Cummins in FC cricket has 157 wkts @ 23.66 with 6 four wkt. hauls,9 five fors and 1 ten for.Delorn Johnson 117 @ 24.50 with 5 (4 ),and 3 ( 5 ),Beaton 64 wkts @33.01 with 2 (4 ) and 1 five for and Keon Joseph 70 @ 25.48 with 3 ( 4 ) and 1 five for.

  • Tracey on July 19, 2017, 13:13 GMT

    Come on West Indies Fans! As to who should be selected, we are forgetting one thing "We have a pool of cricketing SARDINES and expect the Selectors to dive into that same pool and pick a cricketing GREAT WHITE" Plain and simple, the selectors are picking the best from amongst a crop of mediocre players. Case Closed.

  • Johnathan on July 19, 2017, 9:58 GMT

    @JEFFERSON believe whatever you want far as I know this is a WI team not a trini team or bajan team or whatever you call it. Our last test match win was mostly due to the contribution of shai hope. that was just 2 matches ago so I want to see you justify dropping him after that. brathwaite had a poor last series admittedly but he made the ICC test team of the year. How many of the non bajans did that? Carter is not even in the squad and was dropped from the ODI team as well. anyone with sense knows that Cummins is cover for Gabriel when he gets injured.Dowrich hasn't lit the world afire but who do we replace him with? and please don't call Ramdin. For all the so called talent of the trinis they surely don't know how to convert it to success.give me a team any day who is willing to fight it out for the long haul as opposed to the flashy guys who everyone likes and lose within 3 days.and since you don't watch cricket Holder has saved us many an embarassment with the bat

  • mas_na0601252 on July 19, 2017, 2:18 GMT

    good to see reifer given a chance genuine all rounder plus left arm which would be useful since wi havent gad the luxury of a left arm seamer. i wouldve love to see jerome taylor back

  • cricfan7966822187 on July 19, 2017, 0:48 GMT

    For michael the guyana (11) that i pick batting line up contributed more than that bajan (11) batting team ,stats shown guyana team made ( 44,410) Runs , (104 ) -century , ( 226)- fifty and take ( 635)-wicket , the Bajan team stats -(37,301)-runs , (1,181 ) - wicket , (98) -century, (166)-fifty both team was good and make west indies people happy ,

  • Derek on July 18, 2017, 15:17 GMT

    @Leo if I play on test match and score 60 not out my average will be 60. Quit average comparisons and look at strike rates balls faced and runs scored.

  • Leo on July 18, 2017, 14:41 GMT

    This team is good or bad depending on how you look at it. If you are looking for a team that is willing to sit back and let England make a mistake then this team will definitely suffice. If England doesn't and the match is over inside three days then it is easy to replace a few players with some who are maybe more patient in the field. Given the strong Bajan balance Asley Nurse can maybe replace Bishoo and room can also perhaps be found for Jonathan Carter to complete a full eleven. If you are looking for a team that is looking to engineer a victory then this team is lacking in a few critical areas ranging from batting depth to bowling penetration. Did I leave out experienced leadership? Well that too.

  • Michael on July 18, 2017, 12:35 GMT

    Don't know why that individual should have brought up stats but I can also bring up stats and facts too 37,301 runs were contributed by the Bdos XI to WI cricket despite playing less TEST matches and 1221 wickets.,while five or six were named in an All time great WI XI as against probably one( Gibbs ) Marshall and Garner are the TOP TWO bowlers in WI cricket and probably the World as far as stats are concerned and the top 5 batsmen in WI cricket according to stats again are Headley,Weeks,Sobers and Walcott all averaging 55+. No other WI batsman averages 55+ in WEST INDIAN cricket. ALL those Guyanese batsman average LESS THAN 50....and I can go on and on with stats and facts.

  • Jefferson on July 18, 2017, 12:11 GMT

    @Johathan, Hope is still averaging under 20 in 19 innings at the wicket one half century. Carter big waste of a space cummings cant find his way brathwaite iffy Dorwich weak infront and behind the stump Bairstow is licking his lips now waiting for Roach to get his revenge from the last tour and holder very poor captain and cant seems to bat when it maters. So what are you looking at? Blackwood on the other hand is way more consistence them them. Another thing you know you aint no Trini you a Bajam no Trini will justify this Bajan team.

  • cricfan7966822187 on July 18, 2017, 9:03 GMT

    The Guyana team i pick could bat against this bajan bowling attack anytime , anyway and all day let me give some stats that this (11) player contributed to west indies cricket team , Runs score total together is 34,467 with a hundred and fou (104) century all together , with two hundred and twenty six fifty (226) -(50) , bowling stats six hundred forty seven wickets (647) all together as team for the west indies , Have a Captain who won two world cup and have the most win in test cricket in the west indies respect this team

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