Solozano heading to Sri Lanka for West Indies Check Tour


Jeremy Solozano named for W.I take a look at tour however Hetmyer, Powell, Joseph out

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Uncapped opener Jeremy Solozano is poised for his maiden West Indies Check tour after being named in a 15-man squad for the two-Check sequence towards Sri Lanka, however selectors have distributed with the providers of the seasoned Kieran Powell and Alzarri Joseph for the upcoming task.

A compact, 26-year-old left-hander, Solozano has performed 40 top notch matches since his debut eight years in the past however has scored solely two a whole lot and averages simply 23.

He struck 74 within the second of two three-day follow matches right here this week however managed two and 12 retired in his different innings.

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“Jeremy performed for the West Indies ‘A’ Crew in 2019 (towards India ‘A’) with success,” chief selector Roger Harper stated Thursday.

“And within the Finest v Finest matches (follow fixtures) he displayed a way of software, persistence, and composure, whereas trying very comfy towards each tempo and spin which inspired the panel to spend money on him at this level.”

Gone are left-handed opener Powell and seamer Joseph whereas left-handed stroke-maker Shimron Hetmyer, presently concerned within the Twenty20 World Cup in United Arab Emirates, has been once more snubbed for a return to the longest format.

The left-handed Powell was recalled following a three-year break for the South Africa sequence again in June however averaged solely 14 from seven innings, after additionally failing within the two-Check Pakistan sequence which adopted.

Joseph, in the meantime, was one of many heroes from West Indies’ conquest in Bangladesh final February however has performed solely three Checks since then, slipping down the pecking order with the emergence of 20-year-old pacer Jayden Seales.

The Antiguan has taken 40 wickets from 17 Checks and made two high-quality half-centuries in his final ten innings.

Hetmyer performed the final of his 16 Checks two years in the past and never even his hundred and two half-centuries within the Regional Super50 for Guyana Jaguars earlier this yr, was sufficient to persuade selectors.

Selectors have gone with three spinners for the tour – Rahkeem Cornwall, Veerasammy Permaul and Jomel Warrican – and Harper believes the Caribbean aspect have a successful components.

“The squad is properly balanced, with good depth in all departments. The composition is similar to the squad that introduced us success in our final away tour to Bangladesh, with just a few adjustments in personnel,” he famous.

“There are a selection of gamers who’re acquainted with Sri Lankan circumstances and many of the others have good expertise within the Indian subcontinent, in order that they know what to anticipate and are gearing themselves for it.”

As anticipated, Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the squad which additionally consists of Shai Hope, who although averaging 18 within the two-Check sequence towards South Africa, has been persevered with on the premise of his heavy scoring within the two latest follow matches.

West Indies depart on the weekend for Sri Lanka the place they function in a four-day warm-up match in Colombo from November 14-17 earlier than clashing with the hosts within the first Check from November 21 to 25 and the second from November 29 to December 3, each in Galle.

SQUAD – Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jeremy Solozano, Jomel Warrican.

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