Shai Hope (right) getting a congratulatory hug from Darren Bravo. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
BARBADIAN Shai Hope has been handed his Test debut.
The promising 21-year-old batsman has been included in West Indies’ final 11 for the third and final Test against England, which started at Kensington Oval this morning.
His inclusion in the regional team comes after an outstanding season for Barbados Tridents in the inaugural Professional Cricket League in which he scored 628 runs at an average of 44.85.
West Indies have made three changes for the team that lost the second Test at the Grenada National Stadium last Saturday.
In addition to Hope, left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and pacer Jerome Taylor have also been included.
Permaul takes the place of injured leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, while Taylor, who missed the second Test because of injury, replaces Kemar Roach.
After England won the toss, West Indies struck early in the match when fast bowler Shannon Gabriel removed Jonathan Trott for a duck in the first over but the visitors reached 22 for one after the first hour. (HG)