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Powell returns to Windies squad

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:21 AM
Windies all-rounder Rovman Powell (left) in action during a Twenty20 International match against Bangladesh at Warner Park in St Kitts on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
Windies all-rounder Rovman Powell (left) in action during a Twenty20 International match against Bangladesh at Warner Park in St Kitts on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Jamaican all-rounder Rovman Powell has been recalled to Windies action as he was named in the 13-man squad for the three-match Twenty20 (T20) International against Ireland.

Powell last represented the Windies against India in Guyana in August 2019.

The 26-year-old has played 34 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 23 T20Is since his debut in November 2016. In the shortest format, he has two half-centuries with a topscore of 54 against India in Fort Lauderdale last August.

There was also a recall of Trinidadian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, a two-time ICC World T20 World Cup winner, who last played at the international level against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in September 2016. Bravo, 36, has played 270 matches for Windies across all three formats. In T20Is he has made 66 appearances with a record of 52 wickets and 1,142 runs. His highest score is 66 not out, which came against India at Lord’s in 2009, the same match where he also took four wickets.

Jamaican all-rounder Fabian Allen was considered for selection but is unavailable as he continues his rehabilitation after sustaining an injury on the tour of India last year. Jason Holder, the leading all-rounder in Test cricket, is being rested for the series because of workload management.

All-rounder Keemo Paul of Guyana was originally set to participate in the upcoming T20I Series but has been ruled out because of a back injury he sustained in the Colonial Medical Insurance ODI Series.

IMPROVEMENT NEEDED

Commenting on the squad, Roger Harper, CWI’s lead selector said: “Dwayne Bravo was recalled with the specific intention of bolstering our ‘death’ bowling, which was identified as an area that really needs improving. His record in this department speaks for itself. He will also be able to act as a mentor to the other ‘death’ bowlers and lend his experience wherever needed.”

Harper added: “Rovman Powell is a genuine all-rounder who we believe can add impetus and up the strike rate at the backend of the innings. He was excellent in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, where he scored two excellent centuries and a 96 and also had some other good performances.”

A 14th player, who will be named today, will complete the squad. The matches will be played at Grenada National Stadium on Wednesday and at Warner Park, St Kitts, on Saturday and Sunday.

Squad:

Kieron Pollard (captain)

Rovman Powell

Sheldon Cottrell

Brandon King

Dwayne Bravo

Shimron Hetmyer

Evin Lewis

Khary Pierre

Nicholas Pooran

Sherfane Rutherford

Lendl Simmons

Hayden Walsh Jr.

Kesrick Williams