Kemar Roach picked for West Indies' tour of England

Kemar Roach (right) last played a Test match in January 2016
Kemar Roach (right) last played a Test match in January 2016

West Indies have recalled fast bowler Kemar Roach for the upcoming Test series against England that kicks-off with the first game on 17th August.

The 29-year-old last featured for West Indies in January 2016 during the away series in Australia but a dip in form led to his exclusion from the side. However, he claimed 23 wickets at an average of 16 for Barbados in the domestic first-class tournament that led to his comeback to the national squad.

Uncapped batsman Kyle Hope and all-rounder Raymon Reifer has also been called up to the squad with Vishaul Singh, who was part of the home series against Pakistan missing out.

Hope had a promising start to his limited overs career against India where he scored 100 runs from three One-Day Internationals while Reifer is coming at the back of a strong performance for Guyana in the Professional Cricket League Regional tournament.

Speaking about the duo's inclusion, West Indies Cricket Board chairman of selection panel, Courtney Browne, said: "[In Reifer and Kyle Hope] we have two players who will be new to Tests, but they have experience at first-class level.

"Kyle will be our third option as opener and he can also be a possible No. 3. Raymon adds variety to our attack with his left-arm swing bowling and has proven to be very useful with the bat in the lower order.

"He, therefore, adds value to our team and could be very useful in English conditions."

The three matches will be played at Edgbaston, Headingley and Lord's with the first game being a day-night encounter.

West Indies squad for Test series against England:

Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Braithwaite (vice-capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach

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