“He equipped himself very well” – Desmond Haynes on Tagenarine Chanderpaul’s maiden Test call-up

The West Indies team is scheduled to visit Australia for two Test matches in November and the West Indies Test squad that will participate in that has been named by CWI today (29).

As usual, Kraigg Brathwaite leads the team and there have been some notable changes to the squad. Accordingly, young Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of veteran West Indies cricketer Shivanarine Chanderpaul, has been included in the squad.

Tagenarine Chanderpaul joins as a new player while all-rounder Roston Chase who were out of the squad due to injury, and middle-order batsman Shamarh Brooks, have been recalled.

Dr. Desmond Haynes said that the West Indies team is in good form this year after winning two series against England and Bangladesh, so they are expected to give them a good challenge on the Australian turf.

“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.”

Newcomer Tage has done brilliantly for West Indies A and Guyana this year, scoring some big runs. Commenting on him, Dr. Haynes said,

“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.”

“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.”

The West Indies Test squad will travel to Australia on November 10 and are scheduled to play a three-day warm-up match against the ACT/NSW XI at the Phillip Oval in Canberra on Thursday the 17th.

Australia’s traditional Prime Minister’s XI will return this summer after a two-season hiatus due to Covid-19, but in a new guise as a four-day pink-ball match against the West Indies before their two Tests. This first PM’s XI tournament was held in 1951 and included the West Indies.

The match will be held under floodlights at Manuka Oval from November 23 to 26, and the Australian team is likely to feature a fresh squad. The home team will be coached by Australian Men’s Assistant Coach Andre Borovec alongside current Australian Capital Territory Women’s Coach Jono Dean.

Held as part of the ICC World Test Championship, the Test series has been named the prestigious Frank Worrell Trophy in honor of the legendary West Indies captain.

Full squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamar Brooks, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Roston Chase, Joshua de Silva, Jason Holder, Alzzari Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Anderson Phillips, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seals, Devon Thomas

Match Schedule – Australia Tour of West Indies: November 17-19: v ACT/NSW XI at Phillip Oval, Canberra November 23-26: v Prime Minister’s XI, Manuka Oval, Canberra (day/night)

30 November to 4 December: 1st Test at Perth Stadium, Perth, 8-12 December: 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (day/night).

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