Darren Bravo recalled for Test series

West Indies’ Darren Bravo plays a shot during the third and last Twenty20 international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.
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West Indies middle-order batsman Darren Bravo has returned to the Test team against England after a 27-month hiatus for the upcoming home series, which will bowl off at the Kensington Oval, Barbados from Jan. 23, 2019.

Bravo who has been named in the 13-man squad, is one of several changes to the squad which suffered an embarrassing whitewash in Bangladesh last November.

West Indies A batsman Shamarh Brooks and John Campbell will make their debut and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph is returning following an injury.

Batsmen Kieran Powell and Sunil Ambris, along with leg-spinner Devendra BIshoo, have all been axed, while regular Captain Jason Holder returns to lead the squad after missing the tour of Bangladesh through injury.

The selection of Bravo brings to an end a bitter battle with Cricket West Indies President Dave Cameron which had dragged on ever since he was sent home in November, 2016 over a tweet in which he referred to Cameron as an “idiot.”

Although CWI announced an end to the impasse in July 2017 and indicated that the Trinidadian was “available with immediate effect to play in all forms of cricket”, he did not appear in a single representative West Indies team until he was chosen last October for the Twenty20 tour of India and the subsequent limited overs series in Bangladesh last year.

England will play the West Indies in a full series of three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals in the Caribbean.

West Indies’ Alzarri Joseph bowls against India during a cricket Test match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia.
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