Shimron Hetymer, Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo have made their comeback to the West Indies Test squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. The trio pulled out of the tour of England in July due to ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.
Shai Hope has been dropped from the Test squad after not doing well in the three-match series played in England. He accumulated 105 runs in six innings with the best score of 31. Since Shai Hope twin centuries at Headingley, he has failed to produce big scores and went through a lean phase in red-ball cricket.
Since Jan 2018, Hope has accumulated 607 runs in 17 Test matches at an average of 19.58 with two half-centuries to his name. Cricket West Indies announced a list of reserve players for the Test series in case of injuries during the series.
All-rounder Kyle Mayer, who made an impression with the bat for Barbados Tridents and accumulated 222 runs in this year’s Caribbean Premier League. Mayer has earned his maiden call-up to the national side. Andre Fletcher also makes a return to the T20I squad after making his last appearance in 2018.
Meanwhile, Andre Russell, Ewin Lewis and Lendl Simmons have decided not to tour New Zealand due to personal reasons.
Test Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Chemar Holder, Darren Bravo, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul and Kemar Roach
Test Reserves: Jayden Seales, Shayne Moseley, Raymon Riefer, Nkrumah Bonner and Joshua D’Silva, Preston McSween.
T20I Squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shimron Hetymer, Andre Fletcher, Nicholas Pooran, Dwayne Bravo, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd.
Cricket West Indies have confirmed that national side will tour New Zealand to play three T20Is and two Tests from 27th November till 15th December. The visiting team will have go to through all the procedures and process due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.