Roach re­turns, Reifer picked for Eng­land trip

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

St John's, An­tigua and Bar­buda - Fast bowler Ke­mar Roach has been re­called to West Indies' Test squad for the se­ries in Eng­land that be­gins on Au­gust 17. Two new faces fea­ture in the 15-man squad: bats­man Kyle Hope, who de­buted dur­ing the ODIs against In­dia ear­lier this month, and Guyana's fast-bowl­ing all­rounder Ray­mon Reifer.

Bats­man Vishaul Singh is the only player to miss out from the squad for West Indies' pre­vi­ous Test match, against Pak­istan in April-May. Singh had failed to go past 32 in six in­nings in that se­ries.

Roach, who had been dropped on form in 2016, hit his stride in the do­mes­tic first-class tour­na­ment, the Pro­fes­sional Cricket League, and was the most ef­fec­tive of Bar­ba­dos' fast bowlers with 23 wick­ets at 16.17. Reifer did even more for Guyana in their run to the ti­tle, tak­ing 36 wick­ets at 21.58 and scor­ing 445 runs at 37.08.

Although Cricket West Indies' (CWI) de­clared ear­lier this week that it would re­lax the se­lec­tion norms to al­low se­nior play­ers, who had been over­looked in the last few years, to re­turn to top-flight cricket, the squad did not fea­ture any of them.

One main rea­son be­hind that was the Test seg­ment of the Eng­land se­ries clashes with the Caribbean Premier League and most of these play­ers had com­mit­ted to the play the do­mes­tic T20 tour­na­ment. That in­cluded Dar­ren Bravo, who had said re­cently he would fo­cus on CPL where he plays for Trin­bago Knight Rid­ers.

Ear­lier this week Bravo be­came el­i­gi­ble for se­lec­tion once again, af­ter an apol­ogy. CWI had barred him from all cricket since Novem­ber 2016 when he had been sent home from Zim­babwe fol­low­ing his tweet on board pres­i­dent Dave Cameron. Both Cameron and Bravo is­sued let­ters of apol­ogy to bury the is­sue.

The three-Test se­ries against Eng­land opens at Edg­bas­ton, with the maiden day-night Test in the coun­try. That is fol­lowed by games at Head­in­g­ley and Lord's.

West Indies' Test squad: Ja­son Holder (capt), Kraigg Braith­waite (vice-capt), Deven­dra Bishoo, Jer­maine Black­wood, Ros­ton Chase, Miguel Cum­mins, Shane Dowrich, Shan­non Gabriel, Shim­ron Het­myer, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Pow­ell, Ray­mon Reifer, Ke­mar Roach.

Ke­mar Roach

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