Jamaica Gleaner / ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):
West Indies selectors have retained faith in the 15-man squad, which toured England during the summer, naming an unchanged unit for the two-Test tour of Zimbabwe starting later this month.
All-rounder Jason Holder will once again take charge of the Caribbean side, marking his sixth Test tour of duty as captain.
Despite losing the recent three-Test tour of England 2-1, the Windies captured the imagination with a stunning five-wicket victory at Headingley, to level the series.
And chief selector Courtney Browne said the players had shown the necessary qualities, which were key to the side’s further development.
“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,” Browne said.
“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.”
LOST BY NINE WICKETS
West Indies suffered an innings and 209-run crushing inside three days in the first Test at Edgbaston before rebounding at Leeds, and then losing the final Test at Lord’s by nine wickets.
Despite the series loss, one of the positives of the tour was the emergence of Shai Hope, who plundered hundreds in both innings at Leeds. The 23-year-old finished the series with 375 runs at an average of 75.
Meanwhile, seamer Kemar Roach topped the bowling with 11 wickets in his first Test series in nearly two years, and will lead the attack again in Zimbabwe.
West Indies open the upcoming tour with a three-day match at the Bulawayo Athletic Club before taking on Zimbabwe in the opening Test at Queens Sports Club from October 21-25.
The second Test will be played from October 29 to November 2 at the same venue.
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