Archangel Gabriel has picked up a knock and sadly will not take part in either of the two remaining Tests in England. He has been replaced with the returning Tino Best.
Best is back. He played the last of his 14 Tests in 2009 against Bangladesh in Grenada. However, he was recently named in the one-day squad for the series against Australia, although he did not make the XI for any of the five matches. He has been in good form in the regional competition, picking up 17 wickets at 20.64.
Is this the right move for the West Indies? The way they have selected their top order would suggest that the WICB were going with youth. A man approaching 31 and losing pace by the game would suggest a change in attitude?
Maybe they are showing that the door is open to players returning from exile? This would certainly leave the door wide open for a return to side for Christopher Gayle. God I really hope that happens.
For a moment, forget politics. The question we need to ask is if he is good enough to warrant a place in the side.
I just really hope he has left that bloody beamer behind in Barbados.
Ravi Rampaul must be pulling his hair out. A consistent bowler, he will find himself missing out in conditions which will be more than friendly to him at Trent Bridge. The West Indies selectors are really making some odd decisions.
It’s not as if it’s the last test and they are 2-0 down. Bringing back Best then would still be a wrong decision but they could at least argue they were trying a more experienced bowling attack. With the series still young they should continue with what they have- a young, quick and exciting bowling line up.
Best does bring a lot of passion and energy to the field- something Sammy and Sky Sports’ Michael Holding are craving for. If he does get a chance to play, he will get under the skin of England and that is not a bad thing.
Shillingford should play in my opinion anyway. Samuel’s off spin was far too relaxed for my liking. If Best is picked though, while I think it would be (another) wrong decision , I will watch with excitement. I kind of secretly love the way he runs in as fast as he can and the way he can turn a yorker in to a full blown beamer!
Ah, now someone tells me he is already in England playing club cricket in the South East…