Kieran Powell is another member of the West Indian squad who benefited greatly from the pay dispute in 2009. His form at the top of the order has seen him become a mainstay in the Test side, while his attacking style of batting has earned him a handful of matches in the shorter forms of the game.
The under-19 World Cup was the launching pad for his career, with the left-handed opener plundering 253 runs for the tournament. The impressive month of cricket saw him average just over 42, while he maintained an exciting strike rate of almost 125.
His 44 match first-class career started perfectly, with Powell hitting 85 and 99 on debut. The 22 year old has continued to impress on the West Indian circuit, boasting an average of 37.13, including six centuries.
With a stack of senior players refusing to sign central contracts, Powell made his international debut against Bangladesh in 2009. It was a disappointing experience for the talented batsman, who was trapped LBW on the first ball of the match. To add to the frustration, the West Indies went on to lose the match by three wickets.
Powell forced his way into the Test side for the 2011 series against India. The match was a perfect opportunity to stake his claim at the top of the order. However, Powell missed out in both innings, making just seven runs in the drawn encounter.
In a 13 Test career, Powell has looked shaky at times against the new ball. However, in his 12th match, the opener showed why selectors are so keen to keep him in the team. In a truly extraordinary match, Powell followed up his first innings knock of 117 with an invaluable 110 in the second innings. It was a stunning display of focus on a wicket that had deteriorated considerably after three days of batting bliss. The Windies went on to win the match, thanks largely to Powell’s heroics. In doing so, Powell became just the third West Indian player to hit twin centuries in a match behind Brain Lara and Gordon Greenidge.
Powell managed 84 runs in the recent three game series in Bangladesh, which was surprisingly above average for the man from Nevis. His lean trot in ODI cricket has seen him average under 15 throughout his 11 game career, and he will need to lift if he wants to stay in the team.