The West Indies cricket board announced on Tuesday that fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and left-arm spinners Gudakesh Motie and Jomel Warrican have been recalled for the two-test series in Zimbabwe.
Gabriel last participated in a Test match against Sri Lanka in November 2021, and he has recently been affected by a hamstring injury. In November of last year, the 34-year-old was the joint-leading wicket-taker for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the CG United Super50 Cup. His 161 Test scalps in 56 Tests rank 12th all-time for the West Indies in the format.
Similar to Gabriel, Jomel Warrican played his last Test against Sri Lanka in December 2021. Gudakesh Motie, who has only played one Test for the West Indies, made his debut against Bangladesh in June 2022.
“We looked at the conditions we anticipate playing in, and have included two left-arm spinners who didn’t go to Australia in Motie and Warrican. With our fast bowlers, Seales has done extremely well for us since he started back in 2021, but with him unavailable we have decided that Gabriel would be best able to fill that role. He [Gabriel] is an experienced bowler who has been at the international level for over 10 years and has knowledge of the conditions in Zimbabwe when we won there in 2017.” – said lead selector Desmond Haynes.
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