West Indies vs Australia: Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Wednesday named a 15-member squad for the home series against Australia. The selection panel picked players mostly from the squad that beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in the CG Insurance ODI series earlier this year.
The three-match ODI series will entirely take place at Kensington Oval in Barbados. This will also be Australia’s first visit to the Caribbean Islands since the tri-nation series back in 2016.
All-rounder Kieron Pollard will lead the side, while Shai Hope will be his deputy for the series that will begin on July 20 (Tuesday). The selection panel has also recalled pacer Sheldon Cottrell and left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer into the squad. While Roston Chase fills in the place for a handy all-rounder for the series.
The series will be a part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ODI Super League, a qualification tournament for the 2023 World Cup.
Roger Harper, Lead Selector said: “This squad is coming off a comprehensive series win against Sri Lanka which should boost their confidence going into what is expected to be a tougher contest against Australia. The return of Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, and Sheldon Cottrell adds greater depth and experience to the squad.”
“Playing in familiar home conditions, hopefully, will bring out the best in each player thereby enabling the team to perform at a consistently high standard. This CG Insurance ODI series against Australia is part of the ICC Cricket World Cup qualification process where every game and every point counts, so it is very important,” he added.
West Indies vs Australia squad:
West Indies Squad – Kieron Pollard (Captain), Shai Hope (Vice-Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Philip, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd
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