Chris returns

Veteran opener Chris Gayle has made a return to the one-day squad for the first time in seven months after being named yesterday in a 14-man West Indies squad for the first two One-Day Internationals of the five-match series against England starting later this month.

The 39-year-old is joined by opening partner Evin Lewis who has also been included following a similar length of absence, while uncapped attacking left-hander Nicholas Pooran is set to make his debut after finally getting the attention of selectors for the 50-overs format.

Off-spinner Ashley Nurse is the fourth change to the squad that toured Bangladesh last December, returning to the line-up after recovering from injury.

Chandrapaul Hemaj, who scored 12 runs in two innings against Bangladesh, has been dropped along with fellow batsmen Kieran Powell and Sunil Ambris, with all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite also left out.

Veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels has been omitted due to injury.

The series is the penultimate one before the ICC 50-overs World Cup starting in May and chief selector Courtney Browne said it would provide an ideal gauge of the squad’s preparation.

“As we continue our Cricket World Cup preparations, the upcoming series against the top-ranked ODI side is a great opportunity for us to gauge where we are as a team,” Browne said.

West Indies take on India in the first two ODIs at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on February 20 and 22