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West Indies leave for Proteas battle

West Indies leave for Proteas battle
For the first time since the controversial tour of India, a West Indies cricket squad left the Caribbean for an international assignment, when the Test team headed to South Africa for a three-match series.

Groups of players departed from St. Lucia, Barbados and Jamaica Sunday evening and will assemble in London Monday, before flying off to Johannesburg, reported CMC. The Windies will also be playing a three Twenty20 matches and five ODIs. The West Indies are scheduled to arrive in one of South Africa’s biggest cities Tuesday morning. Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell will join the squad next week following the conclusion of the third round of matches in the WICB Professional Cricket League.

He was asked by selectors to stay behind and represent Jamaica Franchise in order to prove his match readiness. Significantly, the 15-man Windies squad includes seven of those players who walked off the tour and all eyes would be on the team chemistry in light of the recent fractious developments. Squad D Ramdin (c), S Benn, J Blackwood, K Brathwaite, S Chanderpaul, S Cottrell, A Fudadin, S Gabriel, C Gayle, J Holder, L Johnson, K Roach, M Samuels, J Taylor, C Walton.
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