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Trotman: Recall Best, Hinds


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BARBADOS COACH Emmerson Trotman is urging the West Indies selectors to recall national captain Ryan Hinds and fast bowler Tino Best to the regional cricket team.
Hinds and Best have been omitted from next month’s three-Test tour of Sri Lanka but Trotman reckons both can feature in the five-match One-Day International series which follows in December and in future series.
“With the state of our cricket at the moment, I think we need everyone.
“Tino is still a young man. If he can maintain his discipline, I don’t see any reason why he cannot be selected,” Trotman said.
Best, who has taken 239 wickets in 81 first-class matches at an average of 28.26 with 28 of them coming in his 14 Tests, was the leading fast bowler in the just ended one-day tournament in Jamaica.
The bubbly bowler bagged ten wickets in only 21.5 overs at an impressive average of 10.10 and economy rate of 4.62 runs an over.
His strike rate was a wicket every 13 balls he delivered.
He spearheaded the rout of Guyana for a meagre 100, their lowest total at the regional one-day level, with career-best figures of five for 24. He took four for 28 in the final versus the Leeward Islands.
In the semi-final against Jamaica, he delivered a fiery opening spell, claiming the wicket of former West Indies captain Chris Gayle.
Trotman advised the regional selectors not to write off the 29-year-old Hinds, who is one of the few Caribbean cricketers to take over 200 wickets and score over 6 000 runs in first-class cricket.
“I would hope that they will never close the doors on Ryan Hinds because he showed that he is hungry and he is eager to retain a place back in the West Indies cricket team,” the coach said. “He’s doing well with both bat and ball and he fielded extremely well in this tournament.
“He’s quite fit and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be back in the West Indies side,” argued Trotman.
Hinds has played 15 Tests and 14 ODIs, over the past nine years, but his last ODI was back in 2004 when the West Indies won the Champions Trophy in England.

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