West Indies send for Cummins to replace injured Gabriel

Miguel Cummins in action during his ODI debut against Ireland in 2014
Miguel Cummins in action during his ODI debut against Ireland in 2014
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West Indies have called up fast bowler Miguel Cummins as a like-for-like replacement for Shannon Gabriel, who has been sidelined by an ankle injury in Australia.

Gabriel suffered a stress reaction injury to his left ankle during the opening Test in Hobart, which Australia went on to win by an innings and 212 runs.

The West Indies Cricket Board advised that he would return home for treatment and they have decided on Cummins as his replacement.

Cummins, 25, has taken 99 first-class wickets at an average of 22.83 in 36 matches, but has yet to make his Test debut.

His sole international appearance to date came in a One-Day International against Ireland in February 2014.

He joins a team which was comprehensively outplayed at the Blundstone Arena, and one that has suffered a number of other blows since their arrival.

Gabriel went down with his injury during the match, after which Marlon Samuels was banned from bowling and the team was fined for a slow over-rate during the game.

The second Test begins at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 26th December with the tourists chasing victory to keep their hopes of an unlikely series win alive.

West Indies Test squad: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican

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