West Indies Test: Shannon Gabriel could play first Test in more than a year called up to the West Indies Test squad for their upcoming tour to Zimbabwe. After included in the 15-man party, spinners Gudakesh Motie and Jomel Warrican will also be qualified once more.
Gabriel, 34, last participated in a Test match in November 2021 in Sri Lanka. He missed the West Indies’ Test tour of Australia due to a hamstring injury. And he spent the whole of 2017 trying to get better. He briefly represented Yorkshire in county cricket. And he tied for the most wickets in the competition.
Gabriel, however, might team up with Kemar Roach and Jason Holder. In the seam attack for the West Indies as Jayden Seales recovers from knee surgery.
Motie will be able to expand on the one cap he won against Bangladesh in June of last year, and Warrican will be able to finish his 13 Test matches in Sri Lanka in 2021. After suffering multiple injuries their team’s 2-0 defeat in Australia, Shannon Brooks, Anderson Phillip. And Marquino Mindley, who all took part in the second Test in Adelaide,left out of the West Indies lineup.
Desmond Haynes statatement West Indies Test
“This is the start of the international calendar for 2023 and we will hope to start with a win,” Desmond Haynes, West Indies’ lead selector, said. “We appreciate it won’t be an easy assignment as Zimbabwe, like most other teams in world cricket. Play very well on their home soil on pitches that will support. Their style of play.
“We looked at the conditions we anticipate playing in, and have included two left-arm spinners who didn’t go to Australia in Motie and Warrican. With our fast bowlers. Seales has done extremely well for us since he started back in 2021. But with him unavailable we have decided that Gabriel would be best able to fill that role. He (Gabriel) is an experienced bowler. Who has been at the international level for over 10 years and has knowledge of the conditions in Zimbabwe when we won there in 2017.” credit: espncricinfo