Sunday, February 18, 2018

Jerome Taylor back, in Super50 squad

Former West Indies pacer, Jerome Taylor, has been recalled to Jamaica’s cricket squad after being out for almost three years because of injury.

According to the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, Taylor was included in a 14-man squad announced at Sabina Park on Friday to                                              participate in the regional Super50 cricket competition.

The 29-year-old Taylor has been the victim of a series of back-related injuries for several years. He last played for Jamaica against Trinidad and Tobago on March 2011 at Sabina Park. He is in a side that will be captained by West Indies opener Chris Gayle.

“This is the best combination we could come up with from the 45 players that were in training for the Super50 competition set to start in Trinidad on January 30,” Wavel Hinds, new Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) chairman of selectors told the media.

With regards to Gayle as captain ahead of Lambert, Hinds said: “Chris’ record as a captain speaks for itself. With Chris available we decided that he was the best person to lead the team.”

Meanwhile, right-arm medium pace bowler Krishmar Santokie was ruled out because of medical reasons.

“Santokie had challenges ... and was not named after consultation with the team doctor. It is a medical issue that we wish not to reveal,” Hinds said.

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels and leg-spinner Odean Brown were also ruled out because of injury.

The members of the JCA selection panel are Hinds, Cleveland Davidson, Delroy Morgan, Courtney Walsh and Wayne Lewis. The coach is Junior Bennett.

Full squad: Chris Gayle (captain), David Bernard Jr (vice-captain), Andre Russell, Carlton Baugh Jr (wicketkeeper), Tamar Lambert, Andrew Richardson, Horace Miller, John-Ross Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Andre McCarthy, Sheldon Cottrell, Jerome Taylor, Nikita Miller and Nkrumah Bonner.

Reserves: Danza Hyatt, Donovan Nelson, Kenar Lewis and Jermie Merchant.