West Indies Test squad v England 2009
Chris Gayle (captain)
One of the most intimidating batsmen of this or any other era, Gayle is a primal talent whose destructive hitting at the top of the order can derail opposition in all forms of the game. Not an immediately obvious choice as captain, he stepped down after the series defeat to Australia last year, only to change his mind and take the reins again.
The first Test cricketer from Montserrat, the fast bowler has broken into the West Indies set-up in recent months, which scuppered a move to Leicestershire in 2009. He boasts limited experience of the first-class game, although he was involved in the Stanford Superstars squad against England - without playing a match.
A giant left-arm spinner and handy lower-order batsman who has forged his reputation largely through his performances in limited-overs cricket. He became a millionaire during the Stanford Super Series, but his statistics in the longer form of the domestic game also stand up to scrutiny.
The rock around which the West Indies side is built. Chanderpaul has been unerringly consistent during the past decade of his international career, breaking batting records and bowlers' hearts in equal measure such is his monastic occupation of the crease. Awkward in stance yet capable of thrilling strokeplay all the same. One of the modern greats.
The fast bowler enjoyed a remarkable introduction to Test cricket in 2003. Called up after impressing Brian Lara in the nets and with a solitary first-class appearance under his belt, he took five wickets on debut against Sri Lanka. Possesses genuine pace from a low, slingy action but yet to hold down the place his talent warrants.
The all-rounder won much praise for his performances in domestic cricket during the early stages of his career. A technically sound left-handed batsman - Desmond Haynes is among his admirers - he remains a left-arm spinner of some repute, taking 9-68 for Barbados against the Leeward Islands in the 2001 Busta Cup. His star waned somewhat thereafter, and his recall to the Test side against Sri Lanka in early 2008 came after a three-year absence.
The off-spinner has proved his worth in West Indian domestic cricket, topping the wicket-taking charts in the Carib Beer Series in 2006-07 and finishing second the following season. Suffered a disappointing Test debut against Australia in Jamaica last May - he returned match figures of 1-96 in a 95-run defeat - and will be keen to press his case against England.
A supremely talented athlete who has long since been acknowledged as one of the most exciting batting talents in the Caribbean. Championed by fellow Jamaican and West Indies skipper Chris Gayle, Marshall has yet to deliver on the promise shown during his early years, but the selectors appear to be prepared to show faith. An excellent fielder.
An Australia-raised batsman who quit Queensland and relocated to Jamaica - his father was an Olympic swimmer for the island - just two years ago. Little has gone wrong since for Nash, who was called up to the West Indies side late last year and made twin half-centuries in only his second Test against New Zealand. He also bowls left-arm medium-pace and sets high standards in the field.
Capable of generating good pace and movement in the air and off the seam, Powell has struggled to make his mark at the highest level. He managed just six wickets in three Tests against Australia last year, and a lack of menace is emphasised by a Test bowling average in the mid-40s. Best known by followers of county cricket for his spell at Hampshire in 2007.
Rated as the best wicketkeeper in the region, his glovework outweighs his return with the bat at the top level despite undoubted, if unorthodox, ability. A dearth of wicketkeeping talent in the Caribbean means his place is under little threat, although a tally of just 26 runs in his last five Test innings ahead of the England tour has come under scrutiny.
A Test batting average around the 40 mark is nothing to be ashamed of, but the suspicion remains that Sarwan is capable of more. A hugely talented strokemaker with no shortage of fire in his belly - just ask Glenn McGrath - the Guyanese will be keen to improve on a disappointing return the last time England toured the Caribbean in 2004.
A promising opening batsman, Simmons comes from good cricketing stock: former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons is his uncle. He had played eight one-day internationals, with limited success, when he was named in the squad for the second Test in Antigua. However, that call-up came largely on the back of a career-best 282 for St Kitts & Nevis in England’s last tour match before the series.
Smith started life as an opener for West Indies, but has since been shunted down the order after failing to fire. England would be wise to remember the hundred the left-hander scored against them in the opening Test in Jamaica five years ago, a series which was cut short by a fractured thumb.
Arguably the brightest hope in a relatively bare cupboard of fast bowling talent in the West Indies. Taylor swings the ball at considerable pace and has been a consistent, if not devastating, performer for his country over the past year. Underlined his batting talent with a Test hundred against New Zealand in Dunedin before Christmas, and is seen by some as a possible genuine all-rounder.
Richards was a late starter in cricket, but is now one of the most reliable opening batsmen in the West Indies. He has a reputation for not converting half-centuries into hundreds, but 69 and 113 on his last domestic outing prompted his call-up to the Test squad.
Xavier Marshall, Amit Jaggernauth and Dale Richards - all of whom featured in the squad for the first Test - were overlooked for the second Test in Antigua, with Lendl Simmons and Ryan Hinds called up.