Sunday 3 July 2011 

West Indies Drop Sarwan, Call Up Powell For Final Test

West Indies Drop Sarwan, Call Up Powell For Final Test
West Indies Drop Sarwan, Call Up Powell For Final Test
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The West Indies have dropped experienced batsman and former captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, replacing him with uncapped left-hand opener Kieran Powell for the third and final Test against India.

Sarwan has paid the penalty for a dismal run of form that has garnered him just 29 runs in four innings in the series so far, despite three half-centuries and 216 runs in the One-Day Internationals.

21-year-old Powell hails from Nevis and has played two ODIs, one against Bangladesh and one against India at the 2009 Champions Trophy event in South Africa, when a number of experienced players - including, ironically enough, Sarwan, were unavailable.

Powell is a graduate of the Sagicor High Performance Centre and a regular member of the Leeward Islands squad, and has played 23 first-class matches, scoring 1362 runs at 38.91.

The third Test begins in Dominica on 6th July and India take a 1-0 lead into the match following a 63-run win in Jamaica and then the second match in Barbados was drawn.

West Indies Test squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons

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