India in West Indies, 2005-06 May 28, 2006

Mohammed included in Test squad

Cricinfo staff



Dave Mohammed impressed in Trinidad © Getty Images

The West Indies have retained the nucleus of the one-day series squad for the first Test against India beginning in Antigua on Friday. Dave Mohammed, the left-arm spinner, has earned himself a call-up while only Dwayne Smith and Sewnarine Chattergoon have been excluded.

Mohammed, 26, last played a Test for West Indies in 2004, but consistent first-class performances, and a starring role in Trinidad & Tobago's clinching of the Carib Beer Challenge, brought him back into the reckoning.

Speculation as to whether the selectors would opt for Carlton Baugh, the Jamaican wicketkeeper, over Denesh Ramdin, were put to rest with the 21-year-old Ramdin getting the nod. Ramdin was dropped for the third and fourth matches of the one-day series, but the selectors have retained faith in his services in the longer format of the game.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who missed the final two one-day internationals in Trinidad due to a hamstring injury, is back along with Daren Ganga, the Test opener, who toured New Zealand recently.

West Indies squad: Brian Lara (capt), Christopher Gayle, Daren Ganga, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Dave Mohammed

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