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Carter in WI ”A” squad


Carter in WI ”A” squad

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Left-handed stroke-maker Jonathan Carter is among five Barbadians called up for the West Indies “A” team’s three-match One-Day tour of Sri Lanka next month.

West Indies selectors yesterday named Carter, along with right-hander Nkrumah Bonner, off-spinner Ashley Nurse and fast bowler Ronsford Beaton, to join the bulk of the squad already in Sri Lanka for the ongoing unofficial “Test” series.

The free-scoring Carter, who has represented West Indies “A” in recent times and was called up as a reserve for the senior One-Day squad last year, is already in Sri Lanka.

He was initially overlooked for the ongoing “Test” series but was subsequently added to the squad, even though he did not gain selection in the first two four-day “Tests”.

The four new players will replace leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, off-spinner Shane Shillingford, left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell and batsman Kirk Edwards, who will head home when the “Test” series concludes.

Carter, 26, was one of the standout players at the recent Champions League Twenty20 in India where he smashed an unbeaten 111 in his first innings of the series, playing for Barbados Tridents.

Current captain Carlos Brathwaite, a cousin of Carter, will continue to lead the side which includes three other Bajans in Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite, fast bowler Miguel Cummins and off-spinning all-rounder Ashley Nurse.

Solid Guyanese left-hander Assad Fudadin gets the nod ahead of St Lucian opener Johnson Charles, who has two One-Day International centuries but has fallen out of favour with the West Indies selectors.

West Indies “A” bowl off the One-Day tour on November 1 in Dambulla before playing matches in Kurunegala on November 3 and Colombo two days later.

They currently trail 1-0 in the three-match “Test” series, after losing the first game in Hambantota by ten wickets and drawing the second in Matara.

The third four-day “Test” starts today in Moratuwa.(EZS/CMC)

SQUAD: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Sunil Ambris, Ronsford Beaton, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Andre Fletcher, Assad Fudadin, Shannon Gabriel, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Chadwick Walton.