Richards is only new face in Windies squad

Published: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 12:38 [IST]
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Kingston: West Indies on Friday named the squad for the four-Test series against England which starts on February 4 at Sabina Park in Kingston.

The left-hander Devon Smith who was omitted from the recent Tests in New Zealand was recalled to the West Indies squad thanks to a double century for the Winward Islands in a regional game against Guyana.

Barbados opener Dale Richards earned his first call-up for next month's first Test against England following his consistent form in the regional competitions which caught the eye of the selectors with his century against Trinidad and Tobago.

However, there is no place in the squad for Guyana opening batsman Sewnarine Chattergoon.

Seamer Lionel Baker, of Montserat, retains his place after debuting in the drawn Test series in New Zealand.

Slow left-armer Sulieman Benn of Barbados and wrist spinner Amit Jaggernauth of Trinidad and Tobago are the two spinners named in the 14-man man squad which will be captained by Chris Gayle.

Squad: Chris Gayle (captain), Lionel Baker, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Amit Jaggernauth, Xavier Marshall, Brendan Nash, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Dale Richards, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.

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