Kemar Roach returns to Tests

West Indies’ Kyle Hope plays a shot during the fifth ODI against India at the Sabina Park cricket ground in Kingston, Jamaica, Thursday, July 6, 2017.
West Indies’ Kyle Hope plays a shot during the fifth ODI against India at the Sabina Park cricket ground in Kingston, Jamaica, Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Veteran fast bowler Kemar Roach and uncapped Barbadians Kyle Hope and Raymon Reifer have been named in the 15-man West Indies squad to tour England for three Tests starting next month.

Roach has been recalled to the West Indies team after a long stint on the sidelines because of injury and loss of form.

The 29-year-old, who has 37 Tests to his name, picked up 23 wickets for Barbados Pride in the last First Class Championship at 16 runs apiece has convinced the selectors for him to return to international cricket.

Roach, has taken 112 Test wickets making him the most experienced member of the Windies attack.

Hope, 28, who opens the batting, made his debut in the One-Day International series against India, while Reifer, 26, an all-rounder, is yet to play international cricket.

Both have gained favor with the selectors following impressive First Class seasons.

Hope made 649 runs for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to be the second highest run-getter of the competition, while Reifer got 445 runs at an average of 37 and got 36 wickets at 21 runs apiece, with his left arm seam.

Chief Selector Courtney Browne said both players would be assets to the touring party based on their performances at the First Class level.

He said Roach would be expected to play a key role in the series. The squad will be led by Jason Holder.

West Indies will play England in the day / night opening Test at Edgbaston on Aug. 17. The second Test bowls off at Headingly and eight days later the third and final Test is carded for Lord’s starting Sept. 7.

West Indies’ Kemar Roach prepares to bowl during a practice session at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Associated Press / Themba Hadebe, File

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