|Player:||S Shillingford, NT Pascal, DM Bravo, TM Dowlin|
DateLine: 6th June 2010
West Indies have included new faces Shane Shillingford and Nelon Pascal for the opening Test of three against South Africa.
Shillingford and Pascal have gained their places following noteworthy performances for Windward Islands in the West Indies domestic first-class competition, and for West Indies A on their recent trip to Bangladesh.
Shillingford, a 27-year-old off-spinner from the Nature Island of Dominica, has finally gained the nod, after not being considered over the last decade because of a suspect bowling action. He was called three times in a West Indies domestic first-class match nine years ago by former international umpire Steve Bucknor.
Pascal, a 23-year-old fast bowler from the Spice Isle of Grenada, could share the new ball with Kemar Roach if he is chosen, and add some fire-power to an attack that appears toothless without Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor.
Darren Bravo, the younger brother of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, has also put himself in the frame following heavy scoring in Bangladesh with the A team. The younger Bravo played with little success in the last three matches of the preceding one-day international series, which South Africa swept 5-0.
The batting has been fortified by the addition of Australia-born left-hander Brendan Nash, who warmed up for the series with consistent scoring in Bangladesh with the A team.
Travis Dowlin, captain of the A side, has also been included and is likely to open the batting with Gayle.
Chris Gayle (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice captain), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Travis Dowlin, Brendan Nash, Nelon Pascal, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Shane Shillingford