The Windies will face England again in the third test beginning tomorrow, Feb. 9th in St. Lucia. However, the resurging team will be without their skipper, Jason Holder, who was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the last test because of his team’s slow run rate during the second test match in Antigua, which they won.
The news comes as Holder’s five wickets in the Antigua Test lifted him four places to a career-best sixth position in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings after the Windies scored an impressive 10-wicket win over England to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Kraigg Brathwaite will skipper the team for the third test while Keemo Paul has been added to the team. The 20-year-old Paul is a lively right-arm fast-medium bowler and reliable right-handed batsman. He made his Test debut against Bangladesh in Jamaica last year and played his second Test against India four months ago in Rajkot.
Meanwhile, the Windies men are already looking ahead to the One Day Internationals (ODI) and hopefully a repeat performance.
And they are pulling out the big guns. The board added Jamaican star Chris Gayle into the squad Thursday ahead of the Wednesday, February 20th match-up.
The first ODI will be played at Kensington Oval with the second set for Friday, February 22.
The full squad is: Jason Holder (C), who returns after his ban, Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.