• Test recall for Darren Bravo

    Batsman Darren Bravo has been included in the West Indies’ squad for next week’s first Test against England in Barbados.

    Bravo has not played the longest format of the international game in over two years, after a fallout with Cricket West Indies.

    Late last year’s recalls to the ODIs and T20I squads, though, paved the way for a return to Test competition.

    Uncapped batsmen John Campbell and Shamarh Brooks have been included – and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph recalled amid recovery from a back injury.

    ‘After a difficult Test Series in Bangladesh late last year the opportunity presents itself for our team to pick itself up,’ said chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

    ‘Although a tough series against England is anticipated, home turf has always been a place where our team has made strides.

    ‘With the return of Darren Bravo, who will add value to a batting department, we expect to see marked improvement. Young, exciting, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who was sidelined by injury, returns to the squad and Shamarh Brooks has been elevated for his solid first-class performances over the last three years.

    ‘John Campbell, the incumbent A team opener, who has played first-class cricket for a number of years, will open the batting after a good first-class season in 2018. The panel takes this opportunity to wish captain Jason Holder and his team all the best in the upcoming series.’

    The West Indies and England will meet for three Tests. North Sound and Gros Islet will host matches two and three respectively.

    Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Oshane Thomas (cover for Joseph).

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