WI vs SA: Cricket West Indies named 13 players squad for the 1st Test against South Africa

Jayden Seales & Shai Hope included in the first test squad

WI vs SA: The Cricket West Indies Selection panel has announced 13 players squad for the first test against South Africa, starting from Thursday. The test squad includes Newbie Jayden Seales- a pacer from Trinidad & Tobago & a former player of the Windies Under-19 World Cup squad of 2020, who has displayed stunning performance since his debut.

The selection panel has also included experienced batsmen Shai Hope & Kieron Powell in the test squad. Shai Hope was last seen into action in a Test match played in England during July last year, while Powell’s last test appearance was in Bangladesh in December 2018.

“Jayden Seales is a young & enthusiastic player who has a big heart. In the ‘Best vs Best’ matches, he bowled with pace, got movement, & has displayed the ability to scalp wickets. We think he is quite capable of adding strength to the bowling attack”, The lead Selector in the West Indies Cricket Panel said in an Official Release.

“Kieron Powell we know is a very skillful batsman, who can add quality & depth to the batting department of the Test squad. He was included in the squad on the basis of his performance in the Best Vs. Best match. Shai Hope has performed brilliantly in the red ball matches, he has played so far. Followed by an outstanding performance in the recently ended ODI series against Sri Lanka. So he has been included in the Test squad against South Africa on the basis of his performance”, the selector added in his statement.

West Indies & South Africa will come into a face-off in a two-match Test series starting from this Thursday, i.e. 10th June 2021. It will be South Africa’s first bilateral tour to the West Indies since 2010. This tour that has been rescheduled from 2020, includes two tests & five T20Is to be played from June 10 to July 3. The matches will be played in St. Lucia at the Da ren Sammy Cricket Ground & Grenada at the National Cricket Stadium, respectively.

South Africa last played a bilateral series in West Indies in the year 2010, in which South Africa won three-match test series by 2-0. While registered a clean sweep in the limited-overs series with 2-0 & 5-0 respectively.

Let’s have a look at the West Indies Squad for the 1st Test against South Africa:

Kraigg Braithwaite (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Rahkeen Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayer, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach & Jayden Seales.

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