WI vs AUS: Hetmyer, Cottrell return as West Indies announce ODI squad

WI vs AUS: Hetmyer, Cottrell return as West Indies announce ODI squad
WI vs AUS: Hetmyer, Cottrell return as West Indies announce ODI squad

WI vs AUS: West Indian trio of Shimron Hetmyer, Sheldon Cottrell and Roston Chase have made their return to the squad for the upcoming Australia tour of West Indies. The trio wasn’t considered for the Sri Lanka series earlier this year having failed to meet fitness standards but will make a return during the WI vs AUS series. The West Indies will be led by Kieron Pollard, and the series kicks off on Friday with five T20Is, followed by three ODIs.

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WI vs AUS: Shimron Hetmyer and Sheldon Cottrell along with all-rounder Roston Chase have made their returns to the West Indies set up having been dropped during the series against Sri Lanka earlier this year. Kevin Sinclair and Kyle Mayers who took their place in the West Indies squad were not called up having failed to get a game against Sri Lanka. Fast bowler Anderson Philip, who did make his debut, has been retained.

The Australia tour of West Indies is of paramount importance considering that the three-match series is a part of the ICC World Cup Super League. Both teams will be hoping to clinch some valuable points as they aim to finish in the top seven and clinch automatic qualification for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India.

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WI vs AUS: The Windies lead selector Roger Harper said, “This squad is coming off a comprehensive series win against Sri Lanka which should boost their confidence going into what is expected to be a tougher contest against Australia. The return of Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase and Sheldon Cottrell adds greater depth and experience to the squad.

“Playing in familiar home conditions, hopefully will bring out the best in each player thereby enabling the team to perform at a consistently high standard. This CG Insurance ODI series against Australia is part of the ICC Cricket World Cup qualification process where every game and every point counts, so it is very important.”

WI vs AUS squad

Kieron Pollard (Captain), Shai Hope (Vice-Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Philip, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd