West Indies Announces Squad Change for Second Test Against India
Barbados: The West Indies cricket squad for the upcoming second test against India has been released, with the team making one change from their previous disappointing performance. Raymond Reefer, the young batsman who batted at number three in the first Test, has been dropped from the Windies lineup.
Reefer’s lackluster performance in the first Test, where he only managed to score three runs in the first innings and 11 runs in the second innings, led to his exclusion. The selection committee, led by Desmond Haynes, has replaced Reefer with talented spinner Kevin Simclair in the squad for the second Test.
Despite being dropped from the main team, Reefer will remain with the squad as a substitute in case of any injuries. Simclair, known for his exceptional spinning abilities, has proven himself in One Day Internationals for the West Indies, having taken 11 wickets in seven matches.
Simclair’s impressive performance against the Bangladesh A team earlier this year secured his place in the squad. He achieved remarkable figures by grabbing 13 wickets in just three matches against Bangladesh. Besides Simclair, Rahkeem Cornwall, who fell ill on the second day of the opening Test, has been retained in the squad after making a full recovery.
The West Indies pace line will consist of Alsari Joseph, Jason Holder, and Kemar Roach. Additionally, Jomal Warrican has been included as a spinner alongside Cornwall.
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The West Indies suffered a crushing defeat in the first Test against India, finishing the match in just three days. Their batting collapse saw them being bowled out for a mere 150 runs in the first innings and a paltry 130 runs in the second innings. In contrast, India put up an impressive score of 421-5 in their first innings, thanks to centuries from Yashaswi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma.
West Indies Squad for 2nd Test vs India:
- Craig Brathwaite (captain)
- Alik Athanase
- Jermaine Blackwood
- Tagnarine Chanderpaul
- Rahkeem Cornwall
- Joshua da Silva
- Shannon Gabriel
- Jason Holder
- Alzari Joseph
- Kirk McKenzie
- Kemar Roach
- Kevin Simclair
- Jomal Warrican
Last Updated: July 18, 2023, 4:40 PM IST
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Barbados: The West Indies squad for the second cricket test against India has been announced. West Indies made only one change from the team that suffered a miserable defeat in the first Test. Batting at number three in the first Test, the disappointed young batsman Raymond Reefer was dropped from the Windies team. In the first Test, Reefer was out for three runs in the first innings and 11 runs in the second innings.
The selection committee led by Desmond Haynes replaced Reefer with bowler Kevin Simclair in the squad for the second Test. But the midfielder has been kept with the team as a substitute in case of injury. Simclair is a brilliant spinner who has been brilliant in ODIs for the West Indies. Simclair took 11 wickets in seven matches for the West Indies. In the 18 first-class matches he has played so far, Simclair averages 29 in batting and 23.98 in bowling.
Simclair’s performance against the Bangladesh A team earlier this year earned him a place in the team. Simclair took 13 wickets in three matches against Bangladesh. Rahkeem Cornwall was retained in the squad for the second Test despite returning ill on the second day of the first Test. Cornwall has regained its athleticism. The pace line consists of Alsari Joseph, Jason Holder and Kemar Roach. Apart from Cornwall, Jomal Warrican is also in the team as a spinner.
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West Indies lost the first Test in Dominica in three days. Windies were bowled out for 150 runs in the first innings and 130 runs in the second innings. India posted 421-5 in the first innings thanks to centuries from Yashaswi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma.
West Indies Squad for 2nd Test vs India: Craig Brathwaite (captain), Alik Athanase, Jermaine Blackwood, Tagnarine Chanderpaul, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Alzari Joseph, Kirk McKenzie, Kemar Roach, Kevin Simclair, Jomal Warrican.
Last Updated July 18, 2023, 4:40 PM IST
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