West Indies Recall Best And Bravo For Australia ODIs
The West Indies have turned to the experience of fast bowler Tino Best and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo ahead of their One-Day International series against Australia.
In the absence of Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons and Ravi Rampaul through injury and Fidel Edwards, who is being rested from ODIs, Best and Bravo are welcomed back for the first three ODIs.
Bravo has been himself absent through a combination of injury and rest while Best last played an ODI back in 2009 but has bowled himself back into contention through consistent performances for Barbados.
Simmons and Barath both have injured fingers but their misfortune offers opener Johnson Charles an opportunity to impress.
"Johnson has shown marked improvement in his batting and deserves another opportunity at international level," Clyde Butts, chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selection panel said.
On Best's recall, he added: "Tino over the last two years has been very consistent with his performance in the shorter format of the game, and Dwayne looks like he has returned to form and has been consistent, plus his on-field experience will be of value to us."
He also confirmed that Edwards will be available for Twenty20 Internationals and Tests only.
"Fidel is being considered for two formats of the game at this time – Tests and Twenty20s," he said.
"It is all about workload management as we approach a long and demanding schedule of cricket, so we have to handle him with care, considering the injury problems which he has had in the past."
The first three matches, all in Saint Vincent, are on 16th, 18th and 20th March.
West Indies ODI squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Denesh Ramdin (vice-captain), Tino Best, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels
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