In preparation for the forthcoming two-match Test series in Australia, the West Indies have completely reorganized their Test team. Due to the absence of stars like Kyle Mayers and Jason Holder, up to seven uncapped individuals have been selected for the 15-man roster.
Some players, including Shannon Gabriel, Jomel Warrican, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jermaine Blackwood, and Raymon Reifer, were left out of the team that played against India at home earlier this year. The board also mentioned Jayden Seales’s shoulder issue, which prevented him from being selected.
Kevin Sinclair, an uncapped all-rounder selected for the India series but did not play, has been kept in the team. In addition to him, the other uncapped players included in the team are fast bowlers Shamar Joseph and Akeem Jordan, hitter Zachary McCaskie, wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach, and all-rounders Justin Greaves and Kavem Hodge. Recalled is Gudakesh Motie, who last played a Test match in March against South Africa. According to CWI, Holder and Mayers want to explore T20 deals in January.
According to CWI Lead Selector Desmond Haynes, “The squad has been affected by the unavailability of some key players.” “That being said, over the past year, we have had a very successful red-ball program that has uncovered significant talent across the region.” After passing every exam administered to them, the chosen players need to be given the chance to demonstrate their abilities in the test arena. Traveling to Australia is never easy, but we believe in our group.”
Alzarri Joseph, a fast bowler, has been named the team’s new vice-captain. On January 17, the first Test between Australia and the West Indies will begin in Adelaide with a four-day warm-up match. The second Test, which will take place at the Gabba on January 25, will be a pink-ball match.