Samuels to miss Australia tour
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - The facial injuries suffered by Marlon Samuels in the Big Bash League this month have kept the all-rounder out of the West Indies' squad to tour Australia.
Samuels was an absentee from the 15-man squad named on Wednesday to arrive on Australia Day, as he has been sidelined since being struck by a Lasith Malinga delivery while playing for the Melbourne Renegades against the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on January 6.
Samuels is understood to be still in Melbourne, as he must front a Cricket Australia hearing over his report for clashing with Shane Warne during that match.
Samuels is expected to return to the Caribbean next week to continue his recovery.
The West Indies at least regained some experience in Dwayne Bravo, who was named vice-captain after overcoming the injuries that kept him out of last year's tour of Bangladesh.
Veteran batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan was also recalled.
The West Indies will play five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 in Brisbane and start their tour with a match against the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra on January 29.
The ODIs start in Perth on February 1, with the MCG to host the fifth game on February 10.
West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Dwayne Bravo, Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Thomas.