The selection committee today announced the squad for the three Tests to be played against England. Accordingly, several players have left the team and several have been given the opportunity.
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.
#2 Jomel Warrican
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.
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.
Desmond Haynes (CWI Selector) commented
“Anderson Phillip bowled extremely well and was very impressive in the first two rounds of the West Indies Championship and we decided to give him an opportunity in the Test squad to face England. He has been around the squad before in white ball cricket, so he has some experience at the international level.”
In addition, 28-year-old John Campbell scored 213 runs in the West Indies Championship, including 127 against Barbados Pride. So he has also been called up to the squad. Opening batsman Campbell has played in 15 internationals so far, averaging 23.70.
Desmond Haynes added that the tournament against England will be exciting as there are experienced as well as enthusiastic new players.
“I expect us to be very competitive against England. This should be a very exciting series, with a lot of players who are out to make their mark. We have a squad that has some experienced players, as well as some exciting young players and we expect them to equip themselves well and do the job.”
Accordingly, the captain of the West Indies team is Kraigg Brathwaite. Also the vice captain is Jermaine Blackwood. The other players are
Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Anderson Phillip, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales
The warm-up match will be played from March 1 to 4 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua.
The first Test will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua from March 8 to 12, the second at Kensington Oval, Barbados Stadium from March 16 to 20, and the final at Grenada National Stadium from March 24 to 28.