West Indies have called up Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris to replace Jonathan Carter and Kesrick Williams for the remaining three ODIs against India in the five-match bilateral series. The Caribbean team lost the second ODI to India by a margin of 105 runs after the first one was washed out.
Kyle Hope, the brother of West Indies opening batsman Shai Hope, is a top-order batsman for Barbados and averages 31.86 from 31 first-class matches and 31.90 from 23 List A games with a century to his name in each format. Sunil Ambris, on the other hand, is a wicketkeeper-batsman with a modest average of 28.96 from 35 first-class matches. However, his scores include three centuries including his highest score of 231 against Leeward in March this year.
The duo will replace Jonathan Carter and Kesrick Williams in the 13-man squad as the home side trails the 5-match ODI series against India 0-1.
Carter was dismissed for a 31-ball 13 in West Indies' 311
“Sunil Ambris and Kyle Hope are two very promising young batsmen who have been selected on the basis of strong performances in our competitions,” said Courtney Browne, the Cricket West Indies chairman of selectors, at the time of announcing the squad on Tuesday (June 27).
“Kyle opened on our last ‘A’ team one-day tour to Sri Lanka and had some very good performances. In addition, he also had a good showing opening the batting for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force franchise in this year’s PCL [Professional Cricket League] competition.
“Sunil did well in our Regional Super50 one-day tournament and also had a good showing in this year’s PCL first-class tournament for Windward Islands Volcanoes and therefore will fit within our middle order. They will be up against a good Indian team and they have an opportunity to show their skills and contribute to a stronger team performance” he added.
Shannon Gabriel, the Windies right-arm pacer, walked off the field after bowling 7.4 overs against Afghanistan during the second ODI due to a side strain was unavailable for selection for the first two ODIs and was reportedly undergoing rehabilitation in Port Of Spain. However, Gabriel was not named for the latter half of the series as well and the board did not clarify the reasons for his non-selection and the status of his fitness.
India and West Indies will lock horns at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua in two successive ODIs on Friday and Sunday following which the teams will fly to Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica where they will play the final ODI fixture and the one-off Twenty20 International on July 6 and 9 respectively.
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