Bravo Earns Windies Recall To Face England

Bravo Earns Windies Recall To Face England

Darren Bravo has been recalled to the West Indies Test squad for the upcoming series against England.

The batsman is set to make his first Test appearance in over two years after being included in the 13-man squad to face England in Barbados, which starts on January 23.

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The 29-year-old had been in dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board but appears to have now buried the hatchet and, after returning to the one-day set-up at the end of last year, is now back in the Test arena.

Marlon Samuels has not been recalled, however, while Sunil Ambris and Kieran Powell have also been omitted but uncapped batsmen Shamarh Brookes and John Campbell are included as the Windies look to answer the doubters after the disappointing 2-0 series defeat in Bangladesh before Christmas.

“With the return of Darren Bravo, who will add value to a batting department, we expect to see marked improvement,” said chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

“After a difficult Test series in Bangladesh late last year the opportunity presents itself for our team to pick itself up. “Although a tough series against England is anticipated, home turf has always been a place where our team has made strides.”

England have only won one Test series in the West Indies since 1968, when Michael Vaughan led them to a 3-0 overall triumph back in 2004, but will hope to get the better of the hosts over three matches over the course of the next month.

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