West Indies have recalled batsman Marlon Samuels and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin for the three Test series in England (1/7 to win the Test Series) which begins on the 17th May. They replace Kraigg Brathwaite and Carlton Baugh, who have been dropped after the 2-0 defeat by Australia. Chris Gayle is not selected because of his Indian Premier League commitments, but could feature in the limited-overs matches after reportedly reaching an agreement with the West Indies board.
The Windies (11/1 to win the Test Series) who will be captained by Darren Sammy, also play Tests at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston before moving on to three one-day internationals and one Twenty20. Darren Bravo, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine are not available for selection because of the IPL but could appear, along with limited-overs specialist Kieron Pollard, later in the summer.
Two uncapped players are included in the 15-man Test squad (13/2 Test Series to be a draw) batsman Assad Fudadin and seamer Shannon Gabriel. Shane Shillingford, who impressed on his recall against Australia, is the only frontline spinner, selected ahead of Devendra Bishoo.
Chairman of selectors Clyde Butts said: "Bishoo has done well for West Indies in the last year or so, but he has lost some of his confidence and the selectors feel playing him in the A team will give him the chance to regain that confidence. We also feel this way about Kraigg Brathwaite.”
He explained the bowling selections by adding "Baugh has been good behind the stumps, but his batting has not quite lived up to expectations, hence the selection of Ramdin. We are going to England early in the season, where the conditions tend to favour the quick bowlers more than the spinners.”