Hope, Seales included in West Indies 17-man provisional Test squad to face S/Africa

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Star limited overs batsman Shai Hope was included in a 17-man provisional West Indies squad today to face South Africa in the Betway Test Series from 10 June in the Caribbean.

Hope is one of five potential inclusions to the West Indies Test squad that played two draws from as many outings against Sri Lanka in late March and early April 2021. The other tentative additions are Roston Chase, Jahmar Hamilton, Kieran Powell, and Jayden Seales. It is Seales’ first time in the provisional squad of a West Indies Test team.

Photo: West Indies batsman Shai Hope takes evasive action from a bouncer.

Opening batsman John Campbell failed to retain his place in the squad, which is led by his fellow opener Kraigg Brathwaite. Fast bowler Chemar Holder was unavailable due to injury.

The 17-man provisional squad is: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jomel Warrican.

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel, headed by Roger Harper, is expected to whittle the team down to its official 13-man roster on Monday 7 June. 

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A CWI press statement said the Betway Series, with the Sir Vivian Richards Trophy at stake, offers the final chance ‘in the current cycle of the ICC World Test Championship with both teams trying to finish higher in the final Championship table’.

The selectors also invited four young fast bowlers, Keon Harding, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, and Nial Smith, to remain in St Lucia to assist the Test squad with their preparations.

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