West Indies Call Up Blackwood, Johnson

Leon Johnson has been called into the West Indies' Test squad
Leon Johnson has been called into the West Indies' Test squad
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The West Indies have responded to their heavy defeat to New Zealand in the first Test by calling up uncapped batsmen Jermaine Blackwood and Leon Johnson.

They come in to replace Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels, who mustered just 28 runs - all of them coming from Powell in the first innings - as the home team slumped to a 186-run defeat in Jamaica.

Jason Holder, who was drafted into the first Test squad before Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor were picked to play, remains in the squad, which shows no other changes.

The second Test begins in Trinidad on Monday 16th June.

While Blackwood, who has played just 16 first-class matches, has no international experience aside from six Under-19 One-Day Internationals, Johnson played three ODIs against in a tri-series against Bermuda and Canada in 2008.

Blackwood recently hit 147 for the Sagicor High Performance Centre against Bangladesh 'A' and was part of the Jamaica Tallawahs squad that won the Caribbean Premier League last year.

Johnson hit three half-centuries playing alongside Blackwood in the same series against Bangladesh 'A'.

West Indies Test squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain/wicket-keeper), Sulieman Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach, Shane Shillingford, Jerome Taylor

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