West Indies in South Africa, 2003-04 December 4, 2003

Dave Mohammed replaces Jerome Taylor

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Jerome Taylor's fledgling international career continues to be dogged by injury, and yesterday it was announced that he was returning home from South Africa, having failed to recover from the back strain he sustained against Zimbabwe almost three weeks ago. He has been replaced by Dave Mohammed, a left-arm chinaman bowler from Trinidad and Tobago.

Taylor broke down during the first Test at Harare, and managed only 9.4 overs in the match. He has not played since.

Sir Viv Richards, the chairman of the West Indian selectors, explained the selectors' choice by saying: "Judging from the word coming out of South Africa, and having regard for South Africa's vulnerability to wrist-spinners, and having further regard for their [South Africa's] recent tour of Pakistan, it was felt among the selectors that a bit of variety would be needed.

"So we're back-tracking from six quicks to five and a wrist-spinner in Dave Mohammed as replacement. This, especially after Dinanath Ramnarine's successes against them." Ramnarine, however, was not considered for selection following his recent announcement that he was retiring from cricket in frustration at his continued exclusion from the West Indies team.