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The West Indies selectors have named a 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day series against India next month.

Included in the squad are fast bowler Jerome Taylor and batsmen Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels.

Chris Gayle, who is yet to completely recover from a hamstring injury, has missed the list alongside Kirk Edwards and off-spinner Nikita Miller.

Both Samuels and Smith last played an ODI for the West Indies in March earlier this year during the three-match ODI series against England, which they lost 2-1, following which they were subsequently dropped for the series against Bangladesh.

Samuels scored 23 in the only innings he batted, while Smith scores read 24, 5 and 9 against England.

Taylor, however makes a comeback in the limited-overs after a four-year absence. He marked his return to Tests in the series against New Zealand after a prolonged absence due to repeated injuries that kept him out of action.

Guyana batsman Leon Johnson has also been added to the squad. Johnson, who made his Test debut recently against Bangladesh, has played just three ODIS since debuting in 2008. He has been brought in as a replacement for Kirk Edwards, who scored just l0 runs in the two ODIs against Bangladesh.

The ODI series gets underway on Oct. 8 with the first of the five ODIs to be played in Kochi.

West Indies ODI Squad: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Dwayne Smith, Lendl Simmons, Leon Johnson, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wkp), Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor.

Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd is hoping to see that the regional team back at the top and gaining respect of the world by the time his final “innings” come to an end.

Lloyd, the West Indies cricket legend and successful captain recently took over as chairman of the West Indies selection panel and adjudicated on the team which comfortably swept aside Bangladesh in a two-Test series and three One-day Internationals.

The 70-year-old Lloyd who made 110 Test appearances, led the regional team during the 1970s and 1980s – the most successful period in the history of West Indies cricket.

Lloyd said he was happy with the young players who did well in the series against Bangladesh, singling out Kraig Brathwaite who scored a double century in the first Test.

“He’s one of the most improved players around.

“It was important for us to win well against Bangladesh which we did but the true test will come in a few months when we go to India and get a different experience. We will be away from home playing in different conditions and this is where these young men will have to start proving themselves,” Lloyd said.

He said the only area of concern was fielding.

“We are going to have to field a lot better than we did if we want to compete with better teams,” he said

Lloyd noted that the World Cup was about six months away but said the West Indies had opportunities to be well prepared.

Updated 3:05 am, July 10, 2018
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