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AUS vs WI: West Indies Picked seven uncapped players against Australia.

On Wednesday, West Indies will play a three-day game against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide to get ready for their series against Australia. For many reasons, they have a new-look team with seven players who have never played in a Test match before.

Zachary McCaskie (27, top-order batter)

First-class record: Matches 11 | Runs 641 | Average 30.52 | Hundreds 0

McCaskie, 27, never scored a century in List A cricket since his first-class debut less than a year ago. He scored 92 and 55 not out in his fourth match against Trinidad and Tobago over six hours. “I was probably thinking about my scores a little much in the games prior,” he told Cricket West Indies’ YouTube channel. “I relaxed and it worked. Myself loved winning a game for Barbados and being there at the end. To say I’m leaving it to no one and raise my hand”

He opened with Tagenarine Chanderpaul in the Headley-Weekes Tri series and was selected for the Bangladesh and South Africa A tours after scoring 93. He hit two half-centuries in the second East London four-day match.

Tevin Imlach (27, wicketkeeper)

First class record: Matches 17 | Runs 612 | Average 24.48 | Hundreds 1

The West Indies Under-19 team that won the 2016 World Cup included Imlach, who may be the reserve keeper for this tour. He stumped Rishabh Pant, who had stood guard outside his crease to Alzarri Joseph, in the event final, leaving Imlach underarmed at the stumps. “Very clever,” Bishop recalled.

After the Under-19 World Cup, Guyana had several senior keepers ahead of him, limiting his first-class record. He scored 136 not out against Jamaica last year for his first first-class century. Did the A tour of South Africa as vice-captain. “He confesses not to have any extraordinary stories in terms of his development but he’s a nice touch batsman,” added Bishop.

Justin Greaves (29, seam-bowling allrounder)

First class record: Matches 37 | Runs 1268 | Average 26.97 | Hundreds 1 | Wickets 76 | Average 22.76 | Five-wickets 4

An allrounder who had a terrific domestic one-day event last year but has only one first-class century since 2017. Has played three ODIs against Ireland in 2022 as a batter-only because to back issues. After playing for Barbados, he grabbed 16 wickets at 16.06 for Windward Islands in last year’s four-day Championship.

“He’s a little bit of a surprise [selection] actually,” remarked Bishop. “Nice little utility player. He opens the batting in one-day cricket, bats in the middle, and is a good touch player. He was an allrounder for West Indies Under-19s and sometimes opened the bowling for Barbados with his fast-medium or medium-fast bowling, but his batting has taken over in the last two or three seasons.”

Kavem Hodge (30, batting allrounder, left-arm spinner)

First-class record: Matches 55 | Runs 2762 | Average 29.07 | Hundreds 4 | Wickets 55 | Average 37.80 | Five-wickets 1

Part of the 2012 Under-19 cohort, like Greaves, this left-arm spinner and middle-order batter played three ODIs against UAE last year. With four first-class centuries, including a career-best 137 last March, he formed a 246-run partnership with Alick Athanzne.

He batted at No. 4 in the recent A tour of South Africa and achieved his best bowling figures of 6 for 68 against Trinidad and Tobago in 2019. Bishop describes his bowling style as left-arm darts, highlighting his practical and workmanlike approach despite lacking flashy variations.

Kevin Sinclair (24, offspinner, allrounder)

First-class record: Matches 21 | Runs 976 | Average 31.48 | Hundreds 0 | Wickets 66 | Average 24.33 | Five-wickets 4

Among the seven uncapped players at Test level, this individual stands out as the most experienced in white-ball cricket, having played 13 games. He’s recognized for his somersault celebrations and boasts impressive domestic bowling performances across formats.

He could serve as an all-round option in the middle order, displaying promise with both bat and ball, evidenced by his 25 wickets at 25.80 and a 46.12 batting average across two A series. Bishop notes his off-spinning prowess and batting prowess, highlighting his evolving skills and tenacity as a player who relishes challenges.

Akeem Jordan (29, pace bowler)

First-class record: Matches 15 | Wickets 59 | Average 22.08 | Five-wickets 2

Jofra Archer once stayed at Jordan’s place during his county cricket journey. Despite debuting in first-class cricket in 2022, Jordan boasts a strong record in 15 matches. He joined the Test squad in South Africa and played a couple of ODIs against UAE. His highlight includes taking 5 for 45 against Bangladesh A and contributing an unbeaten 22 in their winning chase.

Desmond Haynes, West Indies’ lead selector, praised Jordan’s skills as a highly adept medium-fast bowler capable of swinging and seaming the ball. Bishop echoed this sentiment, underscoring Jordan’s strengths in swing and seam bowling, projecting him as an all-round talent likely to excel in a probing role with the new ball.

Shamar Joseph (24, pace bowler)

First-class record: Matches 5 | Wickets 21 | Average 21.80 | Five-wickets 2

The 24-year-old has five first-class matches but is a promising promise. Security guarding helped him support his young family not long ago. His first-class debut was early last year and he took 12 wickets in two matches on the South Africa A tour. CPL champion Guyana Amazon Warriors teammate.

“I’ve been putting in a lot of work lately, training hard, so I’m extremely happy,” he told News Room Guyana after his call-up. I learned plenty in South Africa. We learned a lot from Shaun Tait, a fantastic fast bowler. Stick to the basics and don’t get carried away by Australia’s quick wickets.”



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