West indies tour Zimbabwe for two test matches

West indies tour Zimbabwe for two test matches

St. John’s: Windies named an unchanged squad on Tuesday for their tour to Zimbabwe later this month.

The same 15 players that lost a three-match Test series 2-1 and five-match one day international series 4-0 against England, while winning the only Twenty20 game between the sides, will be heading to Zimbabwe.

“The dedication, commitment and focus in their preparation and during the series in England showed immense character for such a young team in very difficult conditions against World-class competition,” said Courtney Browne, chairman of the Cricket West Indies selection panel.

“The lessons learnt on that tour augurs well for the individual players and the team’s continued development as a whole and we wish them well on the Tour of Zimbabwe.”

Zimbawe is boasting with confidence after former captain Brendan Taylor and bowler Kyle Jarvis were both included in the Zimbabwe test squad for the first time after lengthy absences when a 16-man party was named on Tuesday for the two-test series at home to the Windies. Taylor and Jarvis had opted to play county cricket in England under Kolpak contracts, which meant they could no longer play for Zimbabwe, but have since been convinced to return to the team.

Taylor, 31, has an average of almost 35 in 23 previous Tests and brings a wealth of experience to the side. The 28-year-old Jarvis last played Test cricket in early 2013. Graeme Cremer will continue as captain but the squad has been overhauled after July’s tour to Sri Lanka with all-rounders Tendai Chisoro and Solomon Mire and wicketkeeper Nyasha Mayavo all in line for a first cap.There were also recalls for bowlers Chamu Chibhabha and Michael Chinouya. Both Tests are being played at the Queens Club in Bulawayo.

 

Squad: west indies 

Jason Holder (capt), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach.

Squad: Zimbabwe 

Graeme Cremer (c),Regis Chakabva,Chamu Chibhabha,Michael Chinouya,Tendai Chisoro,Craig Ervine,Kyle Jarvis,Hamilton Masakadza,Nyasha Mayavo,Solomon Mire,Peter Moor (wk),Christopher Mpofu,Sikandar Raza,Brendan Taylor,Malcolm Waller,Sean Williams.

ICC TEST RANKINGS

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1 India 36 4493 125
2 South Africa 31 3395 110
3 England 43 4497 105
4 New Zealand 32 3114 97
5 Australia 34 3294 97
6 Pakistan 31 2868 93
7 Sri Lanka 36 3229 90
8 West Indies 30 2260 75
9 Bangladesh 20 1471 74
10 Zimbabwe 10 0 0

 

Schedule:

Oct 21, Sat – Oct 25, Wed
Zimbabwe vs Windies, 1st Test

Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
10:30 AM

07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL
Oct 29, Sun – Nov 02, Thu
Zimbabwe vs Windies, 2nd Test

Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
10:30 AM

07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL

 

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