West Indies have bolstered their ‘A’ squad that take on India in the practice match prior to the Test series by adding John Campbell and Darren Bravo to the squad. The announcement came just 24 hours prior to the start of the three-day contest.
Campbell and Bravo haven’t got much game time off late and the practice match will serve as a practice to the duo. Campbell was a part of the T20I and ODI series against India. After a two-ball duck in the first T20I in the USA, he was dropped and was not included in the playing XI for rest of the series.
In the Test format, he is West Indies’ preferred choice as an opener and should be playing both the Test matches. He had made his Test debut earlier this year, in the home series against England. Campbell has 176 runs in three Tests at an average of 35.20, with the highest score of 47.
Bravo, on the other hand, hasn’t played any competitive match since West Indies’ World Cup match against Bangladesh. He wasn’t a regular in the playing XI and just played three games in the tournament. Bravo hade made his comeback to the Test side earlier this year against England.
Apart from the duo, Jonathan Carter, Rovman Powell and Khary Pierre are also part of Wes Indies A squad. Pierre played a T20I against India recently.
For India, likes of Jasprit Bumrah, R Ashwin Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane will be back in action. It is not known whether the practice match is a first-class game or not. If it will be awarded the first-clas status, then India might try out only those players who will be playing the first Test of the series. The practice match will serve as an audition for the pacers as well.
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The first Test of the series will start on August 22 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The second Test will be played from August 30 to September 3 at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
West Indies A squad for practice match –
Jahmar Hamilton (Captain), Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Akim Fraser, Keon Harding, Kavem Hodge, Brandon King, Jason Mohammed, Marquino Mindley, Khary Pierre, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Jeremy Solozano.