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Devon Smith Replaces Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle, Devon Smith
Chris Gayle (left) has been replaced by Devon Smith (right) in the West Indies' Test squad
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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have called up Devon Smith to replace the injured Chris Gayle in their Test squad to tour South Africa later this month.

Gayle misses out through injury but there is better news for fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, who has been passed fit to tour.

He successfully came through a domestic game, taking five wickets for Jamaica, after suffering an injury in Sri Lanka playing for West Indies A and being asked to prove his fitness.

Smith has also been in good recent form, scoring 145 for the Windward Island Volcanoes in Grenada against the Leeward Islands.

The left-handed opener has played 33 Tests, making his debut against Australia in 2003. Going on to score one century and five half-centuries, he last played a Test against Pakistan in 2011.

The West Indies begin their tour with a game against a South African Invitational XI on 10th December before taking on the Proteas in three Tests, three Twenty20 Internationals and five One-Day Internationals.

West Indies Test squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Sulieman Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Assad Fudadin, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton

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