Shannon Gabriel added to West Indies Test squad

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Shannon Gabriel added to West Indies Test squad
Shannon Gabriel of West Indies celebrates the dismissal of Joe Denly of England during day 1 of the 3rd and final Test between West Indies and England at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, on February 09, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo credit should read RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)
Shannon Gabriel of West Indies celebrates the dismissal of Joe Denly of England during day 1 of the 3rd and final Test between West Indies and England at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, on February 9, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo credit should read RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

(CWI MEDIA) – Shannon Gabriel has been added to the West Indies Test squad for the ongoing Sandals Tour of England 2020.

The experienced fast bowler was among the reserves and has now been drafted into the 15-member Test squad after proving his fitness following ankle surgery and impressive performances in the two inter-squad warm-up matches at the Emirates Old Trafford.

Roger Harper, Cricket West Indies lead selector, said: “I am delighted that we are able to add Shannon to the Test squad. He has shown that he is fit and ready, he will add experience, firepower and potency to the bowling unit.”

Gabriel, the powerfully-built, six-footer, has made a full recovery from the ankle surgery. On tour, he has bowled in three innings and grabbed eight wickets for 122 runs.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Shannon Gabriel of the West Indies poses for a portrait at Emirates Old Trafford on June 28, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The 32-year-old is one of the most experienced members of the squad. He made his Test debut at Lord’s on May 17, 2012, and has so far played 45 matches. He has 133 wickets, placing him at No. 15 in the West Indies all-time list of Test match wicket-takers.

His year-by-year international and regional cricket history and statistics can be found here https://www.windiescricket.com/players/shannon-gabriel-3234/

His career-best performance came two years ago at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia when he took 8-62 against Sri Lanka to end with match figures of 13-121. He enters the upcoming series in the Top 20 of the International Cricket Council’s Test bowling rankings.

West Indies will travel from Manchester to Southampton on Friday, July 3, as they continue preparations in a bid to retain the Wisden Trophy in the #RaiseTheBat Test Series. The first Test will be played at the Ageas Bowl, starting Wednesday, July 8. First ball daily is 11 a.m. (6 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time/5 .am. Jamaica Time).

Test Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach

Reserves: Sunil Ambris, Joshua DaSilva, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican

MATCH SCHEDULE

Warm-up matches

June 23-25: Three-day at Emirates Old Trafford

June 29 to July 2: Four-day at Emirates Old Trafford

#RaiseTheBat Test Series

July 8-12: 1st Test at Ageas Bowl, Southampton

July 16-20: 2nd Test at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

July 24-28: 3rd Test at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

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