Persistent failure has cost batsmen Marlon Samuels and Kieran Powell their spots on the West Indies Test team.
The two have been axed for the second Test against New Zealand that starts at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Monday, and have been replaced by uncapped batsman Jermaine Blackwood and Leon Johnson.
Blackwood, a 22-year old from Jamaica, 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 ODIs for West Indies in 2008, against Bermuda and Canada, but hasn’t 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 he made a pair in West Indies’ 186-run defeat in the first Test at Sabina Park. He has only three scores above 20 in his last 12 innings and averages a mere 34 after 52 Tests.
Powell made 28 and 0 in Jamaica, and has consistently failed to convert his starts for a while now. He passed 20 in eight of his last 15 innings but has a high score of 48 in that period. He averages a paltry 27.48 after 21 Tests.
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.