Charles to replace injured Bravo
PERTH, Australia (CMC):
Windward Islands batsman Johnson Charles has been called up to replace Darren Bravo in the West Indies World Cup squad.
The replacement was approved by the International Cricket Council event technical committee after Bravo was forced to return home with a hamstring injury.
Johnson, a hard-hitting right-hander, has played 30 one-day internationals and scored 869 runs at an average of nearly 29.
He has scored two hundreds and two half-centuries, and last played for West Indies on the tour of New Zealand in January last year.
The 26-year-old has been in good form in the West Indies Cricket Board domestic season, hitting 151 last December in the four-day competition and an aggressive 177 in the one-day tournament last month.
Bravo, meanwhile, was forced out of the tour after picking up a lower-grade tear of his left hamstring while completing a single in the 32nd over of the game against Pakistan in Christchurch a week ago.
He took no further part in the match, which West Indies won by 150 runs, and subsequently missed the fixtures against Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Johnson will join the team in Perth as they prepare for the next game against India next Friday.