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Cummins set for debut against India

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Cummins set for debut against India

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UNCAPPED Barbadian seam bowler Miguel Cummins has been given another opportunity to make his Test debut.

The loose-limbed Cummins was called up yesterday as replacement for the retired Jerome Taylor in the 13-member squad for the first Test match against India at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, July 21-25.

After Taylor called time on his Test career, the West Indies Cricket Board on Monday announced a 12-member squad before adding Cummins following the start of a training camp at the Three Ws Oval, yesterday.

Last December, the Barbadian pacer was also summoned to Australia as a replacement for the injured Shannon Gabriel for the last two Tests “Down Under” but did not play.

The 25-year-old Cummins, who is now the sixth Barbadian in the squad, captained by Jason Holder with compatriot Kraigg Brathwaite as his deputy, has taken 116 wickets in 41 first-class matches at an average of 22.56.

The other Bajans are wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and rookie middle-order batsman Roston Chase. Cummins has played in a solitary One-Day International against Ireland in 2014, returning figures of onefor 42.

Ironically, Taylor will join the St Lucia Zouks squad for the remainder of the Caribbean Premier League campaign, replacing Cummins.

Taylor will link up with the Zouks following last night’s match against Guyana Amazon Warriors and is likely to have his first game on Sunday against the Tridents Pride of Barbados at Kensington Oval. (EZS)