Australia get ready – the Windies have a new paceman

Following his successful Under-19 World Cup campaign, Teague Wyllie made his debut for Western Australia and was part of their first Sheffield Shield winning team, in his lifetime.

As a teenager, the accomplishments to his credit are extraordinary, with one of the only unchecked boxes on his red-ball CV being a test start.

Unfortunately for him, success in an Under-19 World Cup (without any prior domestic experience in the longer format) isn’t enough to play Test cricket…unless you’re now West Indian Jayden Seales 20 years old.

Before making his expected debut in the four-day regional competition (the West Indies Championship), Seales had already represented the West Indies in the Test format.

In January and February 2020, 18-year-old Seales played for West Indies Under-19 in the World Cup held in South Africa. Seales impressed throughout the tournament, finishing as the 12th wicket taker with ten wickets at 6:30 p.m.

His best numbers for the cup were 4-19, with pace and right-arm rebound proving too important for Nigeria’s top spot.

Later in 2020, Seales signed with Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League, dropping Nicholas Pooran on his debut. In December that year, the young pacemaker was selected to represent West Indies A against New Zealand A, making his first class debut.

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Seales picked up just one wicket for the game, with the versatile Rahkeem Cornwall leading the West Indian attack with six for the game. In February 2021, Seales made his Trinidad and Tobago (and A-list) debut, aged just 19.

In May 2021, Seales was selected for a four-day intra-squad match between Team Blackwood and Team Hamilton in St. Lucia. He finished the match with numbers of 1-47 and 4-40, including scalps from Darren Bravo and Shai Hope.

Following that performance, 19-year-old Seales was selected for the West Indies’ first Test against South Africa in June, despite only playing one first-class game (with West Indies A) and ten professional cricket matches before. It didn’t take long for him to make his mark, dismissing South African batsman Keegan Petersen with a pearl at 135 km/h on just his fifth test ball played.

Since being given the opportunity, Seales has played seven more Test matches and won 27 wickets at 11:40 p.m. A few of his standout performances so far include 4-75 against England at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in March this year and 5-55 against Pakistan in August 2021.

Because of that five-wicket haul, Seales now holds the record for the youngest West Indian to take a Test 5 for, at 19, 334 days.

With West Indies set to tour Australia in a two-Test series, starting in Perth on November 30, Seales could prove a key hidden gem in the Windies side.

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