Taylor is back... Bowler recalled by Jamaica after two-year absence
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Injury-plagued fast bowler Jerome Taylor is among 12 West Indies players who have been named in a Jamaica 44-member training squad to prepare for upcoming regional Four-day and Super50 tournaments.
Taylor, who last represented the West Indies in June 2010 against South Africa in Trinidad and Tobago, makes a return to the national set-up after a two-year absence primarily due to a recurring back injury.
He last played for Jamaica against Trinidad in March 2011 at Sabina Park in a Four-day encounter.
The 29-year-old was also a part of Jamaica's squad for the 2011 Super50 tournament in Guyana, but did not play a game due to his injury.
His last internationally recognised match was in August last year where he turned out for the Ruhuna Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League T20.
Taylor has also participated in national tournaments, including the just-concluded Jamaica Premier League T20, where he represented Mandeville Thunders.
In 29 Test matches, Taylor has taken 82 wickets at an average of 35.64, and in 66 one-dayers he has captured 98 wickets at 26.82 apiece.
Meanwhile, current West Indies players Marlon Samuels, Sheldon Cotterrell, Chadwick Walton and Nikita Miller headline the list of other regional representatives in the training squad.
The others are André Russell, Carlton Baugh Jr, Krishmar Santokie, Danza Hyatt, Nkrumah Bonner, David Bernard Jr and Brenton Parchment.
The training squad, which is set to participate in a number of training sessions and trial matches, also includes captain Tamar Lambert, Andrew Richardson and Odean Brown.
There has also been a recall for out-of-favour young players, batsmen Horace Miller, Kennar Lewis, Jon-Ross Campbell; pacer Jason Dawes and wicketkeepers Aldane Thomas.
Also of note is the inclusion of the five Jamaican players who were a part of the West Indies Under-19 team, which recently withdrew from their tour of Bangladesh.
They are captain and off-spinner, Ramaal Lewis, batsmen Brandon King and Tristan Coleman, fast bowler Marquino Mindley and left-arm spinner Fabian Allen.
The squad members, who will be supervised by recently reappointed head coach Junior Bennett, in the meanwhile, is set to undergo a physical examination next Tuesday at Sabina Park.
The physical examination is to be conducted by fitness trainer David Bernard Jr.
Jamaica, the former five-time champions, were dethroned last year of the regional Four-day title by Barbados, while in the Super50 they were beaten by eventual champions Windward Islands in the semi-finals..
The 2014 Super50 is scheduled to be held in Trinidad beginning in late January, while Four-dayers are set to start in late February.
Ja Training Squad:
Tamar Lambert, Marlon Samuels, Chadwick Walton, Sheldon Cottrell, Nikita Miller, John Campbell, Horace Miller, Nkrumah Bonner, Danza Hyatt, Brenton Parchment, Brandon King, Tristan Coleman, Cassius Burton, Delbert Gayle, Jon-Ross Campbell, Kerry Holness, Jermaine Blackwood, Kenar Lewis, Andre McCarthy, Zeniffe Fowler, Paul Palmer Jr, Kirk Harris, David Bernard Jr, Wayne Morgan, Andrew Richardson, Jerome Taylor, Nicholson Gordon, Christopher Powell, Marquino Mindley, James McDonald, Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Jason Dawes, Brian Buchanan, Odean Brown, Akeem Dewar, Donovan Nelson, Jamie Merchant, Patrick Harty, Fabian Allen, Yannick Elliott, Christopher Lamont, Carlton Baugh Jr and Aldane Thomas.