Ramdin must step up

West Indies have dropped spinner Sulieman Benn for the second Test against England starting in Grenada on Tuesday.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was added to the squad which drew the first match of the three-Test series in Antigua on Friday.

“We saw a really good display on the final day which earned us a draw,” West Indies coach Phil Simmons said. “We had some good moments in the first match and as a team we will look to improve when we play the second Test.

West Indies skipper Denesh Ramdin is relieved that they drew, considering England were in control for most of the first Test.

Ramdin is mindful of the potency of England fast bowler James Anderson who surpassed Sir Ian Botham as England’s top Test wicket-taker with a 384th career scalp.

Anderson marked his 100th cap in style, moving level with the great all-rounder when Marlon Samuels was caught at gully and breaking new ground when captain Alastair Cook snapped up Ramdin at slip. Ramdin’s form is not what it should be for a captain.

At least West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder was one of the successes in the match. Holder, playing in only his fourth Test, struck an unbeaten hundred. The 23-year-old Barbadian was disappointing at the recent World Cup where he captained the side, but seems to have settled into the Test format easier.

West Indies squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.