Windies drop Samuels, Powell for second Test

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The Windies have made the tough call to drop two of their most experienced players ahead of the second Test against New Zealand, leaving Marlon Samuels and Kieran Powell on the sidelines for Trinidad.

The Windies have made the tough call to drop two of their most experienced players ahead of the second Test against New Zealand, leaving Marlon Samuels and Kieran Powell on the sidelines for Trinidad.

Samuels scored a pair in the first Test, which the West Indies lost by 186 runs within four days, while Powell also bagged a duck and has not scored more than 48 in his last 15 Test innings.

Instead, the selectors have added two uncapped players to the squad, namely Jermaine Blackwood and Leon Johnson. The first is just 22, but has a first class average of 40, including three tons, in 16 matches.

Johnson is not a total stranger to the national side, having played three ODIs back in 2008, and has recently come back into the picture thanks to three half tons in two games against Bangladesh A.

The continued absence of Dwayne Bravo, who had been expected to play in this match after missing the first one, was explained by his re-injuring of his hamstring. He had been kept out of the first Test as a precaution, but he hurt it again in training.

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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