West Indies Confirm Test Squad

Jerome Taylor prepares to bowl
Jerome Taylor has been recalled by the West Indies ahead of the New Zealand Test series
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The West Indies have included Sulieman Benn, Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor in their 13-man squad for the first Test against New Zealand which begins on 8th June.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo misses out due to injury while spinner Sunil Narine was not available for selection following his decision to play in the Indian Premier League 2014 final.

Left-arm spinner Benn and fast bowler Taylor make their return to the Test squad following lengthy absences while Roach is back after recovering from injury.

He suffered a shoulder injury and missed the West Indies' winter series in India and New Zealand.

Benn, meanwhile, has not played a Test since December 2010 and is joined by off-spinner Shane Shillingford in the squad.

Similarly Taylor has not featured since July 2009 but 25 first-class wickets at 25.28 this season has earned him a recall.

The series, which includes matches in Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados, will be the first opportunity for Denesh Ramdin as full-time captain after he replaced Darren Sammy last month.

If fit, Chris Gayle is set to play his 100th Test when the series begins at Sabina Park later this week.

West Indies Test squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain & wicket-keeper), Sulieman Benn, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Jerome Taylor

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