Pune's Samuels recalled for Windies Test squad

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Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 12:40 [IST]
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Warriors' Samuels recalled for Eng tour

St John's, Apr 28: Middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels along with wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin, have been recalled by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the three Test series against England scheduled to begin in May.

WICB has announced a 15 member squad for the three Test matches against England starting May 17.

Ramdin replaces Carlton Baugh while Samuels who was playing for Pune Warriors in IPL 5 has returned home, takes over Kraigg Brathwaite's slot in the squad.

While both the players featured in the three Test series against Australia, Baugh and Brathwaite's performance wasn't up to the mark, were dropped for the upcoming tour of England.

Moreover, selectors have included uncapped Shannon Gabriel in the squad, as he has impressed everyone during his stint with the A team.

"We are going to England early in the season, where the conditions tend to favour the quick bowlers more than the spinners," said Clyde Butts, the chairman of the West Indies selectors.

"Young Gabriel continues to impress the selectors in both regional and A-Team cricket, and we feel it is a good time to introduce him. We feel he will be an asset to the team in England and has a bright future in West Indies cricket."

Windies off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who became the first West Indies spinner to claim a 10 wicket haul in the third Test against Australia since Lance Gibbs in 1996, retains his place in the squad.

"Shillingford has bowled very well against the Australians and we expect a lot from him in England," added Butts, after Australia won the thid Test in Dominica on Friday to clinch a 2-0 series win.

"We have got to continue to build for the future and we believe that Barath and Powell have bright futures in the game.

"We also feel this way about Kraigg Brathwaite, but he too, has lost some of his conviction and the selectors also feel playing him in the A-Team against India-A will give him the chance to regain that confidence."

Samuels on the other hand, was recalled despite missing the three match series against Australia to play in IPL, while his team-mates Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine preferred to play the cash-rich league than playing for their national team.


West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Kirk Edwards (vice-captain), Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Assad Fudadin, Shannon Gabriel, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford


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