January 24, 2009 / 12:09 AM / 10 years ago

Smith returns to Windies test squad

West Indies' Devon Smith jumps to avoid the ball during the first cricket test match against Australia in Kingston May 23, 2008. REUTERS/Andy Clark

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Left-hander Devon Smith was recalled to the West Indies squad Friday for next month’s first test against England while Barbados opener Dale Richards earned his first call-up.

Smith, who has opened the batting and filled in a lower middle order slot, was omitted from the recent tests in New Zealand but earned his latest recall thanks to a double century for the Winward Islands in a regional game against Guyana.

Richards, a late developer at 32, has shown consistent form in the regional competitions but will have caught the eye of the selectors with his century against Trinidad and Tobago.

There is no place in the squad for Guyana opening bat Sewnarine Chattergoon.

Seamer Lionel Baker, of Montserat, retains his place after debuting in the drawn test series in New Zealand.

Slow left-armer Sulieman Benn of Barbados and wrist spinner Amit Jaggernauth of Trinidad and Tobago are the two spinners named in the 14-man man squad which will be captained by Chris Gayle.

The four-test series against England starts on February 4 at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Squad: Chris Gayle (captain), Lionel Baker, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Amit Jaggernauth, Xavier Marshall, Brendan Nash, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Dale Richards, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.

Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Nick Mulvenney

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