Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell and John Campbell have been added to West Indies’ squad from the first two one-day internationals. The Windies are set to take on England in five ODIs and three Twenty20s, with the first 50-over clash scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Barbados.
Following their 2-1 triumph in the Test series, the men from the Caribbean would have been confident heading into the white-ball contests, but injuries to Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Evin Lewis plus the four-game ban handed out to Shannon Gabriel mean they have had to have a re-think to take on Eoin Morgan’s men.
The Three Lions will know all about Brathwaite after he hit Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the final over of the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup to lift the trophy.
Campbell has yet to play a one-dayer but he did feature in all three Tests, while left-arm seamer Cottrell has played six ODIs.
Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne feels injuries have given the players a chance to show what they can do ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
“With our squad suffering from injuries even before a ball is bowled, an opportunity presents itself for other players to make a claim for ICC Cricket World Cup spots,” he said. “After a good showing as an opener in the Test matches, John Campbell – a fearless and attacking opening batter – will replace Evin Lewis who had to be withdrawn from the squad with a groin injury.”