Seales, Holder return to WI squad for England Tests


Jason Holder was unavailable for West Indies’ last Test series © Getty

West Indies have called up uncapped opening batter Mikyle Louis for their upcoming three-Test tour of England in July.

The 15-man squad, which will be captained by Kraigg Brathwaite and will have Alzarri Joseph as his deputy, also sees Jayden Seales who missed the last series against Australia with injury. Also back is Jason Holder who had made himself unavailable for the last tour.

Louis, the 23-year-old who has turned out for the U19 side in the past, has been picked on the back of strong performances in his debut First-Class season, which saw him tally 682 runs for the Leeward Island Hurricanes at an average of 48.71.

Squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain), Alick Athanaze, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Kavem Hodge, Tevin Imlach, Alzarri Joseph (Vice-Captain), Shamar Joseph, Mikyle Louis, Zachary McCaskie, Kirk McKenzie, Gudakesh Motie, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair

Isai Thorne, the 19-year-old fast bowler, will travel with the squad as a development player after impressing in his debut First-Class season with 31 wickets at an average of 16.29 across eight matches.

“The squad has been shaped with both experience and emerging talent, ensuring a strong balance as we face the challenge of playing in English conditions,” CWI lead selector Desmond Haynes said. “Over the past year, our red-ball program has continued to develop. Following our victory in the last Test in Australia in January, it is evident that we are seeing the fruits of that investment. Each player selected has earned their place through consistent performances and hard work. We are confident that this blend of seasoned players and emerging faces will perform admirably against England.”

The Richards-Botham Trophy will kick off at Lord’s on July 10.

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