West Indies news May 1, 2012

Denesh Ramdin hopes to cement Test spot

ESPNcricinfo staff

Denesh Ramdin, the wicketkeeper who has been recalled to the West Indies Test side after nearly two years, has set himself a stiff batting target during the England Test series as he tries to reclaim a permanent place.

"I am looking to get at least three half-centuries and even a century and hopefully, help the team win," Ramdin told Trinidad & Tobago Express. "I am happy to be back in the setup after being out of the team for so long. It feels good to be back and it is always good to get another chance at the highest level. Hopefully I can take advantage of the opportunity and cement my place in the Test team, at least for the next five or six years."

Ramdin last played Tests in June 2010, when he made only 63 runs in six innings against South Africa. He comes back after a strong showing on the domestic circuit, leading Trinidad & Tobago to the domestic T20 title in January and then being their top-scorer in the Regional four day competition, averaging 56.83 in four matches.

The West Indies selectors recalled Ramdin andMarlon Samuels for the tour while opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh lost their Test places. Ramdin, 27, has toured England twice before and said that though playing against the swinging ball will be a challenge, the team was encouraged by the recent performances against Australia.

"We did not do too badly against Australia," he said. "We did not lose in three days and we gave them a good fight. I think we can give England a tough fight. "This time of year is very cold; the swinging ball is another part of it. The players will have to adapt to the conditions quickly but you could never say you are prepared for the conditions."

West Indies' first tour match is against Sussex at Hove from May 5. The first Test begins at Lord's on May 17.

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  • Sachit on May 2, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Denesh Ramdin selection is a good choice but selectors should have picked Carlton Baugh too because it is a long tour and it would be too much of load on a wicket keeper to play each and every match including practice matches. Moreover selection of another keeper would have placed a healthy competition for the lone spot in playing 11. Though Baugh could not score big in the recently concluded series but atleast he got starts in most of the innings he played.

  • Pinaki on May 2, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    best of luck to RAMDIN. I hope he will at least provide some support for Shiv in the lower middle order

  • charlie on May 2, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    I connot agree that Ramadin was a failure during his playing years ! He did an excellent job with the gloves ,but in the latter stint with the team ,he lost form with the bat,for he was always a batsman ,whether some of us like him or not . More importantly I THINK that the work load of keeping across all formats during todays hectic schedules ,wore him down a bit ; that's why I still think we need two keepers to share the load . Test and t/20 ,or 5o overs whichever .

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    If he gets injured the morning of a match or the night in front,then Darren Bravo has to take the gloves as they are no other keepers in the squad and the time it will take to get a replacement over there,it is risky especially in light of his recent injuries in quick sucession.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    People need to stop talking about Gayle now, he is not in the team and don't think he will be unless he changes attitude and personally i do't wan to see him back. This IPL thing has made hi into mercenary, its just money, money, money. I wish Ramdin all the best. I'm a Jamaican and i though Baugh squandered his chance here. He did keep pretty well but the Windies need a keeper/batsman and he failed as a batsman and if Ramdin fails out with him too.

  • charlie on May 1, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    @ Ramadin ! Welocome back ,long overdue ! I wish you well going forward , any one or more fifties is a welcome contribution to the team ,if you can achieve that , but hundreds are more like it, if possible bat long when your time comes , you have it in you . [Most of us get what you're saying guy] .

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    A little bit of a disagreement Tejas: Kirk Edwards, Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Ramdin, Rampaul, Bishoo, Edwards, Roach. Shillingford will struggle when the wicket does not help. Bishoo can make things happen but Narine is exciting and hopefully will get into side soon. Sammy is not a test batsman and as bowler Rampaul is far better than him, but with someexperience under his belt Shanno gabriel could be an ace pacer.. Kirk Edwards has proven to be a better batsman than Simmons, Samuels can no longer cope at test level and neither Dwayne Smith or Pollard are test material. Darren Bravo, on the other hand has the makings of a fab batsman and we have already seem flashes of this potential.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    I believe this is the wrong time to include ramdin in the squad,although on the other hand baugh is not doing well with the bat but has done sum good work with the gloves.Ramdin should have been given a run in at least one or two of the home series test matches against Australia, just to see where he is and if he has developed mostly with the bat. Ramdin selection as the only wicketkeeper in the squad suggests that he will definitely be in the starting line-up come may 17 at lords.I dont believe that ramdin can withstand the swinging ball in england,he will be tested by all means and mind you, england team has a good bowling attack to choose from,so ramdin defense has to be penetrative which i am in doubt of.I wish them all the best and hope ramdin can make the most of the opportunity that he is given,and as to carlton baugh,I dont knw what to say,It only begs one question, Will this be the end of his International career?

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    @ilyas and tapee74,there are other keepers in the caribbean and yes both Baugh and Ramdin has been recycled,but the selectors does NOT have the guts to blood a new keeper on this difficult tour.For all of Ramdin's recent injury woes,maybe they will be forced to,you never know.They are persevering with him because they see him as a long term captain of the team,it is as simple as that.

  • jaswant on May 1, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Ramdin on the team is a big question.This is a failure that is being recycled.In the absence of Baugh,it would have been in the best interest to play someone else.

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