Windies wait on trio
Darren Sammy remains optimistic despite injury, visa and travel issues meaning West Indies only had 11 fit players at Hove.
Last Updated: 05/05/12 7:56pm
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy remains optimistic despite injury, visa and travel issues meaning his side only had 11 fit players at Hove on Saturday.
Guyanese pair Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin are still in Jamaica, awaiting visa clearance to travel, while Marlon Samuels is thought to be in transit following his Indian Premier League stint with Pune Warriors.
Key fast bowler Fidel Edwards is also still struggling with the back niggle which ruled him out of last week's Test defeat against Australia in Dominica.
Day one of three in the tour match against Sussex was a wash-out but Sammy is optimistic the problems with personnel will soon be overcome.
"We have 12 guys here right now, and I think the other three are coming in later this evening," said the captain.
"It's a little bit to do with visas. They're going to be here, and they're not missing anything right now.
"We've not named our XI. They're batsmen, so they could come in and play straightaway."
There are options for emergency call-ups too, with a smattering of former West Indies Test players currently engaged - to good effect - in county cricket.
As for Edwards, Sammy retains great faith in the fast bowler to put his body on the line for his country if humanly possible.
"Fidel is still carrying a niggle," he said.
"The physio is going to monitor him and give him some more time to recover.
"It's not bad. We came here knowing Fidel would be rested for this game; he was rested for the last match. Come the 17th, everybody will be ready.
"Fidel is somebody I know what to expect from. I know what he's going to give and whenever he plays will be ready. Last time he played a game at Lord's he was very unlucky - a few catches went down - and I know he's going to give us 100%, just like all my team-mates.
"Whether he plays the Lions game or not, I know when that bell rings on the 17th, he will be ready. He'll be the first one to say 'give me the ball'.
"It will be up to Fidel himself to say how he feels, and what the physio recommends."