Gayle left out of West Indies Test squad for India series

West Indies has left out Chris Gayle and called up uncapped spinner Rahkeem Cornwall for its Test series against India, which begins in Antigua on August 22.

Chris Gayle had hinted during the World Cup this year that he wanted to play one more Test match before retiring from Tests, but he found no place in West Indies' 13-man squad for the upcoming series against India.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Rahkeem Cornwall has received a surprise maiden Test call up for West Indies for its upcoming series against India.

Antiguan off-spinner Cornwall has been included in the 13-man squad selected for the Windies' squad, having impressed for Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the West Indies Championship.

However, explosive batsman Chris Gayle did not find a place in the squad. Gayle had hinted during the ICC Cricket World Cup this year that he wanted to play one more Test match before retiring from the longest format of the game, but the West Indies selectors chose to leave him out.

- Consistent Cornwall -

Cornwall, who stands tall at six feet and five inches, has taken 260 wickets in 55 first-class matches and will be handed his chance to shine on the international stage in the two-match series, which begins on August 22.

The 26-year-old, who featured in an ODI against England for the West Indies Cricket Board President's XI in 2017, has also proven himself as a lower-order batsman, averaging just under 25 in 97 innings.

"Rahkeem has been performing consistently over a long period of time and has proven to be a match-winner, so we believe his elevation to the Test squad is merited at this time," said chief selector Robert Haynes.

West Indies claimed a 2-1 victory over England earlier in 2019, though Alzarri Joseph and Jomel Warrican have not been recalled despite featuring in that series.

All-rounder Keemo Paul, a replacement for Test captain Jason Holder when he was forced to miss the final Test of the England series, has retained his place.

West Indies Test squad for India series in full: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.