Gibson ponders selecting Jerome Taylor

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Fast bowler Jerome Taylor is pushing for a return to international cricket ahead of the West Indies' series against New Zealand later this year.

Fast bowler Jerome Taylor is pushing for a return to international cricket ahead of the West Indies' series against New Zealand later this year.

Taylor, who hasn't played a Test match since November 2009 due to a spate of injuries and an arguable lack of commitment to rehabilitation, has gathered a promising stretch of form at domestic level.

The 29-year-old right-armer has taken 25 wickets in eight Regional Four Day Competition fixtures this season, buoying coach Ottis Gibson's bid to bolster the seam bowling ranks.

Pace ace Kemar Roach is still nursing a shoulder injury sustained during November's tour of India. Spinner Sunil Narine, meanwhile, has been key to the Kolkata Knight Riders' 2014 Indian Premier League campaign.

"Spin dominated the bowling again in regional cricket, so it was good to see Jerome back on the park as his coming back into cricket is a big plus for us with Roach out with an injury," said Gibson.

"Hopefully Kemar will be okay as well and then that gives us a really strong fast bowling line-up to choose from. Then we still have Shane Shillingford, Narine and now Sulieman Benn is bowling very well again this season so it looks like we can choose a really quality bowling attack.

The Windies and Black Caps will meet for three Tests and two Twenty20 Internationals between 8 June and 6 July. Sabina Park, Queen's Park Oval and Providence Stadium will host Tests one, two and three respectively, while the twin T20Is will be played at Windsor Park, Roseau.

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