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West Indies drop Rajendra Chandrika for third Test

Rajendra Chandrika had a disappointing series.
Rajendra Chandrika had a disappointing series.
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The West Indies selectors have opted to drop opening batsman Rajendra Chandrika for the third Test against India in St Lucia and have replaced him with Shai Hope.

Chandrika, who has so far played five Test matches for the West Indies since his debut in June 2015, has scored just 140 runs an at average of 14.00 and is yet to register a fifty.

In the first two Tests against India, Chandrika had scores of 16 and 31 in the first Test and managed to score just six runs in the second Test across the two innings.

Hope made his debut for West Indies against England in May 2015 and has so far played six Test matches, while scoring 171 runs at 15.54.

However, Hope hit an unbeaten 118 in the tour match against India for the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI in early July.

Apart from the inclusion of Hope in the place of Chandrika, the selectors have not made any additional changes to the 14-man squad.

West Indies came back from behind to draw the second Test in Jamaica, preventing India from taking an unassailable 2-0 lead, going into the third match which begins on 9th August in St Lucia.

West Indies squad for third Test:

Jason Holder (capt), Kraigg Brathwaite (vc), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Leon Johnson, Alzarri Joseph, Marlon Samuels.

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