Thursday 19 May 2011 

Brathwaite Replaces Smith For Saint Kitts Test

Brathwaite Replaces Smith For Saint Kitts Test
Braithwaite Replaces Smith For Saint Kitts Test
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18-year-old Barbados opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite has been named in the West Indies' 13-man squad for the second and final Test against Pakistan.

Brathwaite comes into the squad at the expense of Devon Smith as the only change made ahead of the match which begins on 20th May in Saint Kitts.

Left-hander Smith managed to score just 13 and one in the first Test in Guyana - which the West Indies won by 40 runs - being dismissed in both innings by off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez.

Brathwaite was part of the West Indies Under-19 squad that claimed third place in the 2010 World Cup before representing West Indies 'A' later that year.

In 2009, he had been called up to the squad to play Bangladesh during a contract crisis although he was not selected to play in a series that the West Indies would go on to lose.

With no other specialist openers in the squad, Brathwaite appears set for a debut although the West Indies could push vice-captain Brendan Nash up to open - a role he played often for Queensland before moving to Jamaica.

West Indies Test squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Brendan Nash (vice-captain), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons

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