The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel today named the West Indies Men’s Test squad for the upcoming series in Australia. Batter Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, earned his maiden West Indies call-up for their upcoming tour of Australia for two-match test series. Tagenarine is named in the 15-man squad which will be led by Kraigg Brathwaite with Jermaine Blackwood named as vice-captain.
Chanderpaul was the highest scorer for his team Guyana and overall second highest scorer in this year’s West Indies four day championship. He scored 439 runs in that tournament with the splendid average of 73.16 with two centuries. On this back of his strong performances in West Indies’ premium domestic tournament, he earned his maiden call up the West Indies-A team earlier this year in August where also he was the highest scorer of his team with the tally of 158 runs in two innings with one not-out century.
West Indies Full Squad:
Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain)
Jermaine Blackwood (Vice Captain)
Joshua Da Silva
The West Indies Test squad is expected to assemble in Australia on 10 November. As part of the preparations for the two-match series, they will have a three-day warm-up game against an ACT/NSW XI at the Philip Oval, Canberra on Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 November.
This will be followed by an another warm up match which will be four-day pink ball match against the Australia Prime Minister’s XI at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday 23 November to Saturday 26 November. The day/night match will be played under lights.
Lead Selector The Most Hon. Dr Desmond Haynes said,“ We have a core group of players who have been part of the Test squad and have performed well. We have played two series this year – against England and Bangladesh – and won both. We have been playing good Test cricket and expect to do well against the Australians on their home turf.” “We have one newcomer to the team in Tagenarine Chanderpaul. He equipped himself very well in the West Indies Championship four-day matches and also did a very good job at the top of the order against Bangladesh A in Saint Lucia this summer. He has what it takes to do well at the highest level.” Haynes added: “Roston Chase has returned to the squad as an allrounder and we believe his experience and skill set will be beneficial and Shamarh Brooks has also returned to bolster the middle-order batting.”
Match Schedule – West Indies Tour of Australia:
17-19 November: v ACT/NSW XI at Philip Oval, Canberra
23-26 November: v Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval, Canberra (day/night)
30 November to 4 December: 1st Test at the Perth Stadium, Perth
8-12 December: 2nd Test at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (day/night)