St. Kitts: Kyle Hope’s average run in Test cricket since his debut earlier this year in Birmingham has led to him being axed for Windies’ upcoming two-Test tour of New Zealand, his place going to Sunil Ambris.
Kyle, brother of Shai Hope, Windies’ most exciting batsman in recent times, has scored 101 runs from five Test matches, with 43 as his best. That was not good enough for the selectors when they announced the 15-member squad on Sunday (November 5).
Ambris, the 24-year-old Windward Islands opening batsman, has so far played one One-Day International, scoring 38 not out batting at No. 6 against England in Southampton earlier this year. He is, however, likely to considered as a middle-order option, with Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell, the regular openers, both in the squad.
Congratulating the Jason Holder-led side on its success in Zimbabwe, Browne added, “It was a strong team effort and highlighted by those players that did not do as well as expected on the recent tour of England, playing critical roles in the team’s success.
Windies starts its tour of New Zealand with a three-day game against New Zealand A at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, followed by Test matches at Basin Reserve in Wellington (from December 1) and Seddon Park in Hamilton (from December 9). The teams will then face off in three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals.
The squad will fly out soon for a training camp in Brisbane, which will run till November 21, before travelling to New Zealand ahead of the tour game on November 25. The series ends on January 3 with the final T20I.
West Indies quad: Jason Holder (capt), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-capt), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach.