West Indies v England, 1st ODI, Georgetown March 16, 2009

Gayle returns to ODI squad

Cricinfo staff

West Indies' captain, Chris Gayle, has been named in a 13-man squad for the first ODI against England in Guyana on Friday, after recovering sufficiently from the grade one tear of his right hamstring that hampered his participation in the closing stages of the fifth Test, and ruled him out of Sunday's Twenty20 international in Trinidad.

Gayle returns to the squad at the expense of Andre Fletcher, who was unable to replicate his matchwinning form in the Stanford 20/20 for 20 when he fell in the second over of West Indies' run-chase at Queen's Park Oval. Gayle could now open the batting with Ramnaresh Sarwan, who continued his prolific season on Sunday with 59 from 46 balls in a comfortable six-wicket win.

Dwayne Bravo has also been named in the squad, having played his last ODI against Australia at Basseterre back in July 2008. He demonstrated his fitness after ankle surgery by bowling four overs in the Twenty20 victory, taking 1 for 34 including the wicket of Stephen Davies.

The Jamaica spinner, Nikita Miller, has also been named in the squad, an unexpected inclusion ahead of Sulieman Benn, whose figures of 3 for 24 set West Indies up for their Twenty20 victory. The beleaguered Daren Powell also retains his place in the 13-man squad, alongside his fellow fast bowlers, Fidel Edwards and Lionel Baker.

West Indies 1 Chris Gayle (capt), 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Devon Smith, 4 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 5 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Kieron Pollard, 10 Fidel Edwards, 11 Nikita Miller, 12 Daren Powell, 13 Lionel Baker.

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