West Indies have recalled fast-bowler Kemar Roach for their upcoming Test series in England starting on August 17. Roach’s last Test appearance had come in the 2015-16 (December-January) series against Australia where he had failed to pick up a solitary wicket in 3 matches.
But a good outing in the domestic cricket saw him getting a recall from the national team. The right-arm pacer was the standout bowler for Barbados in the Professional Cricket League, picking up 23 wickets at 16.17.
The 15-man squad also features two uncapped players- Kyle Hope, who made his international debut during the ODI series against India earlier this month, and Raymon Reifer. Hope had scored 100 runs in 3 outings against India while Guyana all-rounder Reifer was selected for his exploits in the domestic circuit where he took 36 wickets at 21.58 and scored 445 runs at 37.08.
Speaking about the selection of the uncapped duo, Courtney Walsh, the chairman of Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) selection panel, said:
“[In Reifer and Kyle Hope] we have two players who will be new to Tests, but they have experience at first-class level. Kyle will be our third option as an opener and he can also be a possible No. 3. Raymon adds variety to our attack with his left-arm swing bowling and has proven to be very useful with the bat in the lower order. He, therefore, adds value to our team and could be very useful in English conditions,” he said.
“Kemar’s return is welcomed as he was one of the best fast bowlers in Tests in the recent past for us. We have seen him during the last [first-class] season show signs of his return to form. He may not be bowling as quickly as before, but still possesses that skill we all knew he had, plus his experience adds greater depth to the attack,” he added
Meanwhile, Darren Bravo, who was barred from all cricket since November 2016 for his controversial, has been cleared for selection but did not get a place in the squad. The selection panel stated that the squad was selected before the left-hander submitted the letter. Moreover, Browne has made it clear that Bravo would get a place in the team only by playing more cricket.
West Indies squad:
Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Braithwaite (VC), 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.