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Sammy and Gayle out of Windies squad

16th July 2017, 13:40 by Craig Smithson

The West Indies will be without key men such as Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy for their upcoming Test series in England.

The pair, along with Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, were notable absentees when the West Indies Cricket Board revealed their 15-man squad to face Joe Root's side in a three-match series, which gets under way with the first day-night Test in England on August 17 at Edgbaston.

The Windies will be captained by Jason Holder, while uncapped duo Kyle Hope, a third option as opening batsman, and left-hand all-rounder Raymon Reifer are included following impressive first-class domestic campaigns.

There is also a recall for 29-year-old pace bowler Kemar Roach, who boasts a record of 122 wickets in 37 Test appearances, but has not played five-day cricket since January 2016.

The tourists will arrive in England on the back of a six-match losing streak in Test cricket stretching back to a win against Bangladesh in 2014.

Despite being underdogs, chairman of selectors Courtney Browne is hopeful that the team can provide a stern test for England.

He said: "The core group of this squad has been playing together from the Test series against India last year in the Caribbean.

"This bowling group has played around 10 Test matches consecutively and quite a number of ODIs together over the last year, and they had success which augurs well for their continued development.

"Kemar's return is welcomed as he was one of the best fast bowlers in Tests in the recent past for us. We have seen him during the last Digicel R4Day season show signs of his return to form.

"He may not be bowling as quickly as before, but still possesses that skill we all knew he had, plus his experience adds greater depth to the attack.

"Overall, it will be a tough series, but we all have seen this young team fight before and I am sure they will continue to show similar qualities on this upcoming trip."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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