England Test tour of West Indies 2022 Focus – Squad Selections and Fixture Schedule
With England starting a Test series in the Caribbean in the coming weeks, there has been considerable criticism over the selection of the England squad and in particular the omission of pace bowlers - Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad.
The three-match series is all set to be fiercely contested encounter between the two sides, with England wanting to put their dismal Ashes series behind them and the West Indies to come back after disappointing overseas tours as well. The best odds on the series can be found at Betway, however, let’s take a look at the squads and also what West Indies selector, Desmond Haynes has to say about being a selector.
The England Men's selection panel, consisting of Sir Andrew Strauss (interim managing director of England Men's Cricket), interim head coach Paul Collingwood and head scout James Taylor, named a 16-strong squad for the three-match Test tour - Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain, Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Alex Lees (Durham), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)
Durham opener Alex Lees and Yorkshire seamer Matthew Fisher are called-up for the first time.
The West Indies named the following squad - Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood (Vice Captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Anderson Phillip, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales
Anderson Philllip has been called up for the first time.
West Indies Selector, Desmond Haynes commented: “Anderson Phillip bowled extremely well and was very impressive in the first two rounds of the West Indies Championship and we decided to give him an opportunity in the Test squad to face England. He has been around the squad before in white ball cricket, so he has some experience at the international level.”
Haynes added: “I expect us to be very competitive against England. This should be a very exciting series, with a lot of players who are out to make their mark. We have a squad that has some experienced players, as well as some exciting young players and we expect them to equip themselves well and do the job.”
In a recent interview for West Indies sponsor on Betway, Desmond Haynes also revealed some interesting things about what made him become a selector and what he thinks about being a selector
“I was selector for Barbados Cricket Association back in the ‘90s, so I'd already had some experience in selecting teams. When I was approached to do the job I figured that if there's any time that I can give back to West Indies cricket, it’s now. They needed a lead selector, they discussed the position with me, and that is when I started thinking very seriously about it.
Commenting on what he thinks are the keys to being a good selector and pointers for identifying international players he said: “Mainly, it’s knowledge of the game, but it’s also identifying talent, because sometimes you can look at stats, and stats don't really show the true picture. If you get the opportunity to see people play, you'll be able to judge their character. Also just being a professional. As a selector, you never get your own way. Sometimes you want a player and you get outvoted. In the West Indies, it used to be five selectors, now there are only three. You’ve got the co-selector and also the coach.
As the lead selector, I will listen to the discussion from both parties, and then at the end I will look to go for who I think is the right person to do the job.
I always say that our aim is to select the best players. It doesn’t matter where they come from, it doesn’t matter what format they're playing. We just want to make sure that when we put a team out there, it's the best possible team to win that game.
You look at the character of the players, you look at the way they’re committed to training and cricket in general.
Obviously, knowledge of the game is very important for me as it allows me to make sure that the players understand the game and are students of the game.
Also talent, at the end of the day. If someone wants to play cricket at the highest level, their talent has got to be able to produce and do well for the West Indies.”
The series is all set to be a cracker, so make sure you catch all the action here on Cricket World and check out the full Tour Itinerary below –
APEX TEST SERIES SCHEDULE ( Start Times - 10am local time/9am Jamaica Time)
March 8-12: 1st Apex Test at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
March 16-20: 2nd Apex Test at Kensington Oval, Barbados
March 24-28: 3rd Apex Test at Grenada National Stadium, Grenada
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