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West Indies name Test squad to tour Australia later this year

The West Indies tour the United Arab Emirates to take on Pakistan. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
10th November, 2015
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The West Indies haven named their 15-man squad that will tour Australia later this year for their three-match series against the hosts.

The squad will have plenty of unfamiliar names to Australian viewers, with 24-year-old Jason Holder, who led the Windies Cricket World Cup campaign earlier this year, names as skipper for the tour.

This marks a departure from their arrangements during Australia’s tour of the West Indies earlier this year, where wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was captain.

Unfortunately the biggest names in West Indian Cricket, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kieron Pollard are either retired from the five-day format or have gone unselected for other reasons.

Pollard and Samuel Badree are signed to Big Bash League contracts, which will be taking place over the same time as the Test series, which starts on December 10 at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

Former captains Gayle, Bravo and Darren Sammy are all either retired from Test cricket or, in the case of Gayle, recovering from injury but is expected to play in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Renegades.

Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite will vice captain the side, and will be one of the keys along with Marlon Samuels, fast bowler Jerome Taylor, Ramdin, and tearaway Kemar Roach.

It’s an unchanged squad to the on that recently lost both matches of their two-Test series against Sri Lanka.


Phil Simmons returns as coach, having been forgiven by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for publicly questioning their failure to select Bravo and Pollard in their 50-over squad in September.

“I regret my public outburst during a press conference… and the revelation of the vote that took place at the selection meeting,” said Simmons in an audio apology released by the WICB.

“I extend a public apology to all whom I may have offended. I have personally apologised to my fellow selectors and the WICB and now do so again publicly.

“I am looking forward to putting this behind me and doing the job I enjoy with the West Indies’ senior men’s teams.”

West Indies Test squad to tour Australia
Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite (vc), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.