West Indies have picked uncapped batsman Johnson Charles and recalled the temperamental fast bowler Tino Best to the squad for the first three one-day internationals against Australia in St Vincent later this month.
The 13-man squad does not include fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, who is ill and batsmen Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath, who have finger injuries.
Dwayne Bravo also returns after being sidelined by an ankle injury, but Fidel Edwards is missing because he is not being considered for ODIs by the West Indies Cricket Board. The other exclusions from the side that toured India in December are batsman Danza Hyatt, leg spinner Anthony Martin and off spinner Jason Mohammed.
“Johnson has shown marked improvement in his batting and deserves another opportunity at international level [he has played T20Is],” chairman of the WICB selection panel Clyde Butts said. “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.”
Charles, a Windward Islands batsman, was picked in the Twenty20 squad for the two matches in England in September and he made 57 runs with a best of 36. Best’s last international appearance was at the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa in September 2009. Edwards hasn’t played an ODI for West Indies since May 2009 either.
“Fidel is being considered for two formats of the game at this time – Tests and Twenty20s,” Butts 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 ODI against Australia is on 16 March.
West Indies squad for first three ODIs
Darren Sammy (capt), Denesh Ramdin (vc), Tino Best, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels
In: Johnson Charles, Tino Best, Devendra Bishoo, Dwayne Bravo
Out: Adrian Barath, Danza Hyatt, Anthony Martin, Jason Mohammed, Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons