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Why isn't Shivnarine Chanderpaul playing against the Aussies?

Roar Guru
27th May, 2015
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Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been excluded from the West Indies Test squad to take on the Australians in the coming weeks – an omission as puzzling as the great man’s batting technique.

The 40-year-old has not been selected despite sitting just a miserly 86 runs behind Brian Lara as the top run-scorer in West Indian cricket history. Was this taken into account before his snubbing at the selection table? Was there perhaps a desire to protect Brian Lara’s record?

I expected his experience and cool head would be critical against the Australians. Is throwing up-and-coming batsmen such as Jermaine Blackwood and Kraigg Brathwaite into the deep end against a world-class Australian pace attack ideal?

There is room to keep Chanderpaul, while giving the youngsters an opportunity.

There’s no hiding that Chanderpaul’s most recent numbers at Test level have been dismal – his top score in the recent three-Test series against England this year was just 46. However it is also important to point out that Chanderpaul boasts 1045 runs at an average of 80.38 against Australia on home soil since 2003.

Someone who has given West Indian cricket so much has been snubbed at the most inopportune time. This is a series where he would have been an important cog in their batting line-up.