The West Indies have been named in the squad for the three – Test series against England. Several players have been dropped from the squad and several have been called up for the squad.
The West Indies have lost their previous two matches in Sri Lanka 2-0, with Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shai Hope, Jeremy Solozano and Jomel Warrican being dropped from the squad. Shannon Gabriel also missed the tournament due to a hamstring injury.
John Campbell and Anderson Phillip, who were among the best players in the West Indies Championship, were called up for the Test series against England.
Anderson Phillips is the new face of the West Indies squad. Twenty-five-year-old Trinidadian Anderson Phillip is the highest wicket-taker after two rounds of the West Indies Championship. He took 12 wickets and averaged 14.25. His best bowling performance was 05 for 82 against Jamaica Scorpions.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force coach David Furlong and selection committee chairman Rajendra Mangali have praised him for joining the national team.
Furlong said he worked hard to get the opportunity. He also stated:
“his consistency, his accuracy and his pace has been good. He showed some aggression in the second game (against the Volcanoes). Normally he would be closer to the batsmen, moving the ball around but he showed aggression in that game, which was good.”
Also, who does not support fast bowlers, was able to take Philip’s wickets at the Brain Lara Cricket Stadium. Furlong said,
“Both him and Jayden Seales they put out that effort to get the pace out of the wicket. What was tremendous also, both of them showed their fitness.”
“Having declared and come back and have to bowl in the evening and then come and have to bowl the next day, they showed tremendous mental and physical (stamina).”
Also, Rajendra Mangali said that he was happy with the perfect record of the Red Force’s so far and said that despite one or two minor problems, the team has played excellently.
Referring to Philip, he said that his efforts had been rewarded and that he was very happy about them.
“He’s been knocking on the door for a while. He’s putting out some work.”