West Indies recalled left-handed batsman Narsingh Deonarine to the 13-man squad for the first of the three Tests against Australia. (AP Photo)
Bridgetown: Left-handed batsman Narsingh Deonarine was recalled to the West Indies' 13-man squad on Wednesday for the first of the three Tests against Australia. Deonarine will hope to add to his eight Tests when the match starts on Saturday after scoring a series-topping 582 runs in the regional four-day competition.
Deonarine, who is also a useful offspinner having claimed 20 wickets this season, last appeared for the West Indies in the 2010 home series against South Africa. Darren Sammy was retained as captain after his team split the one-day internationals (2-2) and Twenty20 series (1-1) with Australia.
"As selectors, we felt the team did a very good job in the ODIs and T20s under the leadership of Darren Sammy, and we expect them to continue to show that same kind of fight and determination in the longer format," chairman of selectors Clyde Butts said. "It is never easy and we know the Aussies will come hard at us, but we believe we have selected a squad that can do the job and make the people of [the] Caribbean proud. Also, we are in the first phase of a long year of international cricket and success would be a key in the continued building of a fighting unit."
Allrounder Ravi Rampaul returns after recovering from a shoulder injury and illness. But there is no place for Sunil Narine, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo or Kieron Pollard, who are all away playing the Indian Premier League (IPL).
SQUAD: Darren Sammy (c), Kirk Edwards (vc), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.