Rampaul out of second Test 31 Jul 2012The rampant West Indies are a man down ahead of the second Test but it may well prove to be worse news for New Zealand than for themselves.
Seam bowler Ravi Rampaul has been ruled out of Thursday's match at Sabina Park, Kingston with a groin injury.
He was solid, rather than spectacular in the first Test in taking 2-44 and 2-52.
Rampaul has been replaced in the 13-man squad by paceman Fidel Edwards, although his place in the XI may go to another quickie, Tino Best.
Best took six wickets in a pair of ODI appearances earlier in the tour against New Zealand, bowling at a much faster clip and causing more concern than Rampaul.
Edwards could also be picked on the basis of his outstanding record at Sabina Park, where he has taken 25 Test wickets at an average of 22.28.
Apart from a switch in new ball partners for Kemar Roach, the Windies' XI will be the same to the one that thoroughly outplayed the tourists to win the first Test by nine wickets in Antigua.
Conversely, New Zealand may opt to recall BJ Watling, who was unavailable for the first Test with a quad strain. Watling scored 60, 72 not out and 40 in the ODI series before being injured.
If selected, he would take Dean Brownlie's spot at number six.
After a bright start to his Test career in Australia, Brownlie's scores for New Zealand have been 0, 19, 2, 29, 15, 0, 1, 1, 9, 5, 23 and 5.
Watling is an option as a wicketkeeper as well but Kruger van Wyk is a certainly to keep the gloves even if the change is made.
West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (c), Chris Gayle, Kieron Powell, Adrian Barath, Assad Fudadin, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine
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