West Indies v England, 5th ODI, St Lucia

Benn replaces injured Miller for series decider

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March 30, 2009

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West Indies have made one change to their squad for the deciding fifth ODI against England on April 3, drafting in left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn for the injured Nikita Miller.

Miller picked up a side strain while attempting a heave over midwicket off Andrew Flintoff in the fourth one-dayer in Barbados. He returned to bat after retiring hurt and bowled a couple of overs but was not considered fit enough for Friday's final one-dayer.

His replacement, Benn, bagged 12 wickets in the Test series against England, including eight in the Kingston Test where West Indies won by an innings. However, his ODI record has been far less impressive; he's managed two wickets in four games at an average of 99.50.

On Saturday, Chris Gayle had warned of a possible boycott of the fifth ODI in St Lucia if the dispute concerning player contracts was not resolved with the WICB. Concerns of a strike have since eased with St Lucia officials saying there is a 90% chance that the match will go ahead.

West Indies squad: Chris Gayle (capt), Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Lionel Baker, Fidel Edwards, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Dale Richards, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons

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