Samuels is dropped

West Indies have dropped all-rounder Marlon Samuels and opener Kieran Powell from their squad for the second Test against New Zealand which starts in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on Monday.

They are replaced by uncapped batsman Jermaine Blackwood and Leon Johnson for the match at Queen’s Park Oval.

Blackwood, a 22-year old Jamaican, has played 16 first-class matches and averages 40.38, with three hundreds and six half-centuries.

He scored two centuries for the High Performance Team in recent matches against Bangladesh A. Blackwood also scored 94 and 118 in the final of the 2014 regional four-day competition against Windward Islands.

Johnson, 26, played three one-day internationals for West Indies in 2008, against Bermuda and Canada, but has not appeared in an international since then.

The Guyana batsman scored three half-centuries in the two matches against Bangladesh A. Johnson averages 33 after playing 50 first-class games.

Samuels was dropped after only scoring two in West Indies’ 186-run defeat in the first Test at Sabina Park. He was dismissed second ball both times, and has only three scores above 20 in his last 12 innings.

Powell made 28 and 0 in Jamaica, and has consistently failed to build scores. He passed 20 in eight of his last 15 innings but has a high score of 48 in that period.

SQUAD: Denesh Ramdin (capt), Chris Gayle, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Jermaine Blackwood, Leon Johnson, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Shane Shillingford, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel.

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