Windies ring changes for first two ODIs

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> West Indies have added a couple of new faces and recalled a few others in a 14-member squad for the first two One-day Internationals against Bangladesh.

Updated: July 21, 2009 16:49 IST
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West Indies have added a couple of new faces and recalled a few others in a 14-member squad for the first two One-day Internationals against Bangladesh this coming Sunday and next Tuesday in Dominica.

The batting has been boosted by the return of left-hander Devon Smith and fellow Grenadian Andre Fletcher, and the inclusion of uncapped left-hander Kieran Powell -- all three are opening batsmen.

The bowling too, has been fortified with leg-spinner Rawl Lewis being recalled and uncapped fast-medium bowler Gavin Tonge being added. Making room from the Test squad which was swept 0-2 by the Tigers are Ryan Austin, Tino Best, Ryan Hinds, Kevin McClean, and Omar Phillips.

Smith last played for West Indies on their brief trip to England earlier this year, and Fletcher was dropped after making 53 in the opening match against Australia followed by 13 and three straight ducks in the Twenty20 World Cup in England.

The 19-year-old Powell hails from the tiny island of Nevis, and has been rewarded for the promise he has shown in West Indies domestic competitions, where he has a reputation for being a clean striker of the ball.

He was a member of the Young West Indies side to the 2008 Youth World Cup in Malaysia, where he scored 253 runs at an average of 42.16 with a strike rate of 124 which made him the second highest scorer in the competition.

The 34-year-old Lewis played the last of his 26 ODIs for West Indies against South Africa on February 3 last year, and has not done his talent much justice in his sporadic appearances.

Tonge, a 26-year-old from Antigua & Barbuda, has also been rewarded for consistent performances with the ball in domestic competitions, and is also a handy lower-order batsman.

The rest of the side which is again being led by left-handed batsman Floyd Reifer comprises mostly the players that played in the preceding two Tests, as well as fast bowler Nelon Pascal, who was part of the Test squad, but did not play in either of the two matches.

The first two ODIs will be staged at Windsor Park which has been significantly upgraded and allows Dominica to host its first international matches.

The series concludes Friday next week at Warner Park in St. Kitts which also stages a Twenty20 International between the two sides two days later.


Floyd Reifer (captain), Darren Sammy (vice captain), Dave Bernard Jr, Travis Dowlin, Andre Fletcher, Rawl Lewis, Nikita Miller, Nelon Pascal, Kieran Powell, Dale Richards, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge.

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