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West Indies has made wholesale changes to its Test squad for the upcoming two-match (AUS)

West Indies has made wholesale changes to its Test squad for the upcoming two-match (AUS)

Cricket West Indies has made wholesale changes to its Test squad for the upcoming two-match Test series in Australia. More than seven uncapped players have been selected in the 15-man squad, with Jason Holder and Kyle Meyers themselves unavailable.

Selection:

Jermaine Blackwood, Ramon Reffer, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shannon Gabriel, and Jumal Warikin have been left out of the squad that played at home against India earlier this year. The board also noted that Jayden Seals was unavailable for selection due to a shoulder injury.

Uncapped all-rounder Kevin Sinclair, who was picked for the India series but did not get a game, has been retained. Apart from him, other uncapped players selected in the squad include batsman Zachary McCaskey, wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach, all-rounders Justin Graves and Kaveem Hodge, and fast bowlers Akeem Jordan and Shamar Joseph. Gadkesh Mooti, whose last Test came against South Africa in March, has been recalled. Holder and Meyers will pursue T20 deals in January, according to CWI.

The squad has been affected by the Unavailability:

“The squad has been affected by the unavailability of some key players,” CWI lead selector Desmond Haynes said. “However, we have had a very strong Red Ball program running over the past year, which has unearthed outstanding talent across the region. The selected players have passed every test given to them and are now looking to develop their skills. “It should be given a chance to show. It’s always a challenge to be away from Australia in the Test arena but we have confidence in our team.”

Fast bowler Al-Zari Joseph has been appointed as the new vice-captain. West Indies will play a four-day warm-up match before playing the first Test against Australia in Adelaide starting January 17. The second Test will be pink-ball, starting on January 25 at the Gabba.

Squad:

Squad: Craig Brathwaite (c), Tagnarine Chandrapal, Alec Athanase, Kirk McKenzie, Joshua da Silva, Alzari Joseph (VC), Kemar Roach, Kevin Sinclair, Kevin Hodge, Justin Greaves, Akeem Jordan, Gadkesh Moti, Tevin Imlach. Schumer Joseph, Zachary.

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