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West Indies selectors stick with tried and trusted for England tour

West Indies selectors stick with tried and trusted for England tour

West Indies' cricket selectors began life without Brian Lara on Wednesday by trusting familiar names for the 15-man squad to tour England starting next week.
The team, led for the first time by 26-year-old batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, includes most of the senior players who were part of the Caribbean side's disappointing showing in the World Cup at home, despite other modest performances beforehand.
Marlon Samuels, the right-handed batsman and occasional offspinner, was the major omission from the World Cup squad. There was no room for a specialist spinner with five fast bowlers chosen.
"We feel that (it is wrong) to totally change and go that route at this stage," convenor of selectors Gordon Greenidge said. "We wish to actually still compete credibly rather than just go through what one might consider the rebuilding process.
"Some may say, 'Well, you're going to lose anyway,' but we don't feel (change is) the method because that could also be a downtrend of what we're trying to achieve here.
"We don't want to have players totally out of their depths. We want to know that we can still compete even if we do not win the series, at least give a good account of ourselves."
David Moore replaced Bennett King as coach, after King resigned following the World Cup. Moore, another Australian, was King's assistant and recommended by King.
Sarwan will lean on long-serving left-handers Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle and improving opener Daren Ganga to help prop up the batting.
Devon Smith, Sylvester Joseph and Runako Morton, for so long fringe players, have been given chances to establish a permanent place in the batting lineup now that Lara, who turned 38 on Wednesday, has retired.
Dwayne Bravo is the incumbent allrounder while Darren Sammy, of similar ilk, has earned a recall after sound regional performances.
Denesh Ramdin retains the wicketkeeper's position.
Daren Powell, Corey Collymore and Jerome Taylor remain the leading trio while Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul complete the pace lineup.
The 22-year-old Rampaul returns to the side for the first time since injuries halted his international career on the West Indies' last tour of the United Kingdom three years ago.
Edwards, once the 145-kph (90-kph) spearhead of the attack, is given another chance despite being dropped during West Indies' last test series in Pakistan last November.
Edwards' brother Pedro Collins, a left-arm swing bowler, and Jamaican Jermaine Lawson, miss out despite leading the bowling in the Carib Beer Cup regional four-day competition.
"We feel we have a good mix and we're hoping that this mix here would start the ball rolling as far as the redevelopment or the redefining of West Indies cricket for the future," Greenidge said.
West Indies. leaving next Tuesday, is scheduled to play four tests at Lord's, Headingley, Old Trafford and Riverside Ground, three ODIs, and two Twenty20s.
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West Indies: Ramnaresh Sarwan (captain), Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Daren Ganga, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Runako Morton, Sylvester Joseph, Darren Sammy, Denesh Ramdin, Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor, Daren Powell, Ravi Rampaul.


Updated : 2021-05-10 15:14 GMT+08:00