Campbell, Cariah named in strong side to face Sri Lankans

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Selectors have named a strong 13-man West Indies A to face Sri Lanka A in the first two four-day “Tests” of the three-match series set to bowl off in Jamaica next month.

The squad will be again led by Shamarh Brooks and include left-handed batsman Vishal Singh and left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell, both of whom have represented West Indies in Tests.

Prolific Windward Islands batsman Sunil Ambris, currently on tour with the Windies One-Day side in England, has been named in the unit.

Chief selector Courtney Browne said the series represented another opportunity for fringe players to press their claim for a place in the international side.

“Our A team is the feeding ground for our senior men's team, and so we are looking to continue the development of our second-tier players,” Browne said.

“With a strong focus on consistency in selection, this series is another opportunity for them to continue to press their claims for a place in the senior side, thus placing selection pressure on incumbents, ensuring there is healthy competition for spots and growing our talent pool.”

Also making a return to the squad is untested Jamaican speedster Reynard Leveridge, who limped out of the first “Test” of the last A-tour of Sri Lanka last October while on debut and was sidelined for the remainder of the series with injury.

John Campbell, also from Jamaica, has gained a call-up after scoring 495 runs in the last first-class season, and is joined by fellow left-hander Yannic Cariah of Trinidad and Tobago who was also among the runs with 691, including two centuries.

The opening match of the series is set for the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium from October 11-14, with the second match carded for the same venue five days later.

Sabina Park in the capital Kingston will host the third and final match from October 26-29.

SQUAD — Shamarh Brooks (captain), Vishal Singh (vice-captain), Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Yannic Cariah, Rahkeem Cornwall, Sheldon Cottrell, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Keon Joseph, Reynard Leveridge, Oshane Thomas.

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