Narine drafted into West Indies Test squad

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Narine picked up 12 wickets in his last series against New Zealand

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been drafted into the Test squad for the national team’s upcoming three-Test series against New Zealand, which gets underway on December 3 in Dunedin.

The decision to include Narine came after the spin duo of Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels were reported for suspicious actions during the West Indies’ recent Test series against India.

Shillingford and Samuels, along with head coach Ottis Gibson, have flown to Perth for an examination of their bowling actions.

Samuels was reported for a suspicious action when bowling his faster delivery, while the doosra was responsible for landing Shillingford in hot water.

Pending the results of their examination, Shillingford and Samuels are both available for the upcoming tour of New Zealand as well.

Shillingford, Samuels and Gibson are expected to join the rest of the West Indies squad in New Zealand on the weekend.

Since making his international debut in December 2011, Narine has represented the West Indies in only five Test matches, where he has taken 15 wickets at a disappointing average of 48.06.

However, during the last Test series against New Zealand in 2012, Narine picked up 12 wickets at a brilliant average of 25.66.

West Indies Test squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Denesh Ramdin (vc), Tino Best, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick Walton

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