JAYDEN SEALES IN WEST INDIES 13, AS HOPE, CHASE AND POWELL RETURN

Rookie fast bowler, Trinidad and Tobago fast bowler Jayden Seales is set to make his Test debut against South Africa as he has been selected in the 13 man squad as a replacement for fellow Trinidadian Shannon Gabriel, who has sustained an injury in the Best vs Best trial match that ended last week in St Lucia.

The West Indies Selectors, headed by former West Indies off spinner Roger Harper, named the West Indies 13 man squad, from the provisional squad of 17 for the first test that starts in St Lucia on Thursday. Also among those in the 13, are the returning Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Kieran Powell.

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Commenting on the selection of Seales, Roger Harper said “Jayden Seales is young, very enthusiastic and has a big heart. In the ‘Best v Best’ matches he bowled with pace, got movement and has displayed the ability to take wickets. We think he is capable of adding potency to the bowling attack”.

Harper also praised the returning Kieran Powell, whose last Test was in 2018. The former Guyanese finger spinner said “Kieran Powell we know is a very capable batsman who we expect to add quality and depth to the batting department. He put himself in the mix with his performance in the Best v Best match”.

The first of two tests against South Africa starts on Thursday at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia.

FULL SQUAD: Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood (Vice Captain),Nkrumah Bonner, Roston ChaseRahkeem, Cornwall, Joshu, Da Silva, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales

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