Trinidad: In another shocker in West Indies cricket, the team management has selected 7 new players in the squad for the Test series against Australia.
West Indies will play a 2-match Test cricket series against Australia next month. The teams have been announced. The inclusion of 7 newcomers in this team has caused a shock. The reason why so many rookies are included is because many of the leading players are not willing to play Test cricket. All-rounders Jason Holder and Kyle Meyers have not expressed their desire to play Test cricket as they will be playing Premier League T20 cricket. Fast bowler Jayden Seals has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Due to this situation, the West Indies cricket management has fielded 7 new players. Team selector Desmond Haynes said in a statement, “The West Indies team has been affected by the withdrawal of some leading players. However, we have included some talented new players from across the country.”
The 7 rookies in the Craig Brathwaite-led squad include: Zachary McCaskey (batsman), Devin Imlach (wicketkeeper), Justin Greaves (all-rounder), Gavem Hodge (all-rounder), Kevin Sinclair (all-rounder); Akeem Jordan (fast bowler) and Shamar Joseph (fast bowler).
Although they are newcomers, they are not completely new to international cricket. They played in the West Indies A team that recently toured South Africa. Three 4-day matches were held in this series. Audi has experience in it. An off-spin all-rounder, Sinclair has played in 7 ODIs and 6 T20Is. He returned with an average of 44 runs in the A series against South Africa. He also took 12 wickets.
Similarly, fast bowler Shamar Joseph also attracted some interest with 12 wickets in the A series. His fellow fast bowler Jordan also bowled well in Bangladesh A series and South Africa A series. All-rounder Gavem Hodge became the 2nd highest run-scorer in the South Africa A series.
Captain Greg Brathwaite, Aljari Joseph, Tejnarine Chanderpal, Joshua De Silva and Kimar Roach are 5 senior players in the team. May Islands have not won a Test match in Australia since 1997. May Islands have lost 14 out of 16 Tests. The last time May Isles played a Test match in Australia, they lost by 164 runs in Perth and by 419 runs in Adelaide.
In this case, the May Islands team with new players will train in the training camp in Adelaide from January 2-9. January 10-13 Cricket Australia XI play a practice match. The first Test match is on January 17. This time the Brisbane Test will be played as a day-night Test in Adelaide. The series consists of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is along with 2 Tests.
West Indies Test Squad Against Australia: Craig Brathwaite (capt), Aljari Joseph, Tejnarine Chanderpal, Kirk McKenzie, Alik Athanas, Gavem Hodge, Justin Greaves, Joshua da Silva, Akeem Jordan, Kudkesh Moti, Kimar Roach, Kevin Sinclair, Devin Imlock, Shamar Joseph, Zachary McCaskey.