CRICKET: West Indies cricket team to arrive in South Africa today
The West Indies cricket team is scheduled to arrive in South Africa today to begin preparation for the first Test, which bowls off on December 17 at Centurion.
The teams will play three Test matches, three Twenty20 Internationals and five One-Day matches.
The tour was shrouded in doubt following the controversial decision by players to abandon the one-day tour of India over a pay dispute in October.
The 15-man Windies squad includes seven of those players who walked off the tour.
West Indies will again be without veteran Jamaican opener Chris Gayle.
The West Indies Cricket Board said Gayle would be unavailable for the three-match rubber because of injury.
He will be replaced by in-form Windward Islands opener Devon Smith, who played the last of his 33 Tests three years ago.
Meanwhile, Jamaican fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell will join the squad on Friday.
The selection panel had requested that Cottrell play in the third round of the first-class competition to determine his match readiness after he had sustained an injury during West Indies A's tour of South Africa.
Cottrell responded by collecting five for 42 for Jamaica against Trinidad and Tobago, helping his team win the match on the final day.
Stylish left-hander Darren Bravo will miss the tour after declining selection for “personal reasons”.
West Indies are due to have their first major training session on Thursday before playing a three-day practice game in Benoni starting on December 10.
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