Gabriel Included In West Indies Squad To Tour England
The West Indies have named uncapped quick bowler Shannon Gabriel as the only newcomer in their 15-man Test squad to tour England.
Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and Carlton Baugh have been dropped in favour of Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin while spinner Devendra Bishoo has been left out with Shane Shillingford included.
While Samuels returns having opted to skip the Australia series in favour of playing for the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League, there is still no place in the squad for Chris Gayle or Dwayne Bravo.
"Young Gabriel continues to impress the selectors in both regional and A-Team cricket, and we field it is a good time to introduce him to the team. We feel he will be an asset to the team in England and has a bright future in West Indies cricket," West Indies Cricket Board Selection Chair Clyde Butts said.
"Shillingford has bowled very well against the Australians and we expect a lot from him in England. 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 against India-A will give him the chance to regain that confidence.
"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. None of the other openers in the region have stood out and we are hoping to strengthen this part of our cricket in future regional tournaments and the A-Team tours.
"Baugh has been good behind the stumps, but his batting has not quite lived up to expectations, hence the selection of Ramdin. Before he got injured in the camp prior to the Digicel Series against Australia, Denesh was showing good form both behind the stumps and with the bat.
"Marlon since his return to the team has not done badly for us and the selectors feel that he is an asset to the team. He had asked to miss the Australia matches for a stint at IPL."
The West Indies play three Tests at Lord's, Trent Bridge and Edgbaston between 17th May and 11th June.
West Indies Test squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Kirk Edwards (vice-captain), Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford
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