Kemar Roach included in West Indies Test squad

West Indies will play three Tests in England in a series that begins next month.

Kemar Roach has played 37 Tests for West Indies.   -  PTI

Kemar Roach, the fast bowler, has been named in the 15-man West Indies squad for its Test series in England next month. Batsman Kyle Hope and left-arm seamer Raymond Reifer are other inductions in the squad, which retains the bulk of players who featured in West Indies’ last Test assignment - a three-match series against Pakistan.

Opener Vishaul Singh, who had endured a lacklustre series then (63 runs in six innings), has been dropped.

Roach last played for West Indies in the tour of Australia in the 2015-16 season. He has played 37 Tests in a career that began in 2009.

Selection panel chairman Courtney Browne said, "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."

Cricket West Indies (CWI) also mentioned a clarification about top-order batsman Darren Bravo in its media release. Bravo wasn't selected as the squad was selected before he issued an apology to CWI president Dave Cameron for his controversial comments on Twitter.

The series will feature the first-ever day-night Test in England, in Birmingham.

West Indies squad: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Braithwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach.

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