Roach, Taylor and Benn picked for first Test against New Zealand

Taylor's last Test match for the West Indies came in November 2009

Taylor’s last Test match for the West Indies came in November 2009

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The West Indies’ pace duo of Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor, along with spinner Sulieman Benn, have all been picked for the first Test against New Zealand, which gets underway on June 8 in Jamaica.

Spinner Shane Shillingford was also included in the squad after he worked on correcting his bowling action.

Shillingford was suspended for having an illegal bowling action in December and recently made his return to domestic cricket. However, the 31-year-old will not be able to bowl the doosra as it still remains illegal.

Taylor has been plagued with injuries since making his international debut in 2003, but he found his way back into the Test side after taking 25 wickets in eight Regional Four Day matches at an average of 25.28.

Roach meanwhile has been recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered during the West Indies’ tour of India in November. He was also lucky to walk away with minor injuries when he crashed his car a few months ago.

Flamboyant opening batsman Chris Gayle, who is currently struggling to recover from a lower back injury, was also included in the side and is likely to play in the first Test, which will be his 100th Test for the West Indies.

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