The West Indies will host England for three Tests with matches in Antigua (8-20 March), Barbados (16-20 March) and Grenada (24-28 March); John Campbell recalled for the first Test but Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall and Jomel Warrican were ruled out; Shannon Gabriel (hamstring) injured
Last update: 02/22/22 6:04 p.m.
West Indies fast bowler Anderson Phillip is in contention for a Test debut against England after being named in a 13-man squad for the opener of the three-game series.
Phillip played a one-day international in Sri Lanka last year and could now bow against Joe Root’s side in Antigua from March 8.
The 25-year-old is the leading wicket-taker after two rounds of the West Indies Championship, with 12 scalps at an average of 14.25.
Flyhalf John Campbell, who is averaging a modest 23.70 after 15 Tests with a high score of 68, was also called up, but fellow hitters Shai Hope and Roston Chase and spinners Jomel Warrican and Rahkeem Cornwall were called up. been left out.
Paceman Shannon Gabriel is also absent from the first test with a hamstring injury.
The Antigua test is followed by matches in Barbados (March 16-20) and Grenada (March 24-28).
West Indies head coach Desmond Haynes said: “I expect us to be very competitive against England. It should be a very exciting series, with a lot of players wanting to make their mark.
“We have a squad that has experienced players, as well as some exciting young players and we expect them to gear up well and get the job done.”
West Indies squad for the first Test against England: Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood (Vice-Captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva (Wicket Keeper), Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Anderson Phillip, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales