Roach and Shillingford doubtful for first Test

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“Shillingford has been excellent for us in the last couple of Tests”

West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach and spinner Shane Shillingford are doubtful to play in the first Test against India in Kolkata as both of them are struggling to recover from shoulder injuries.

Despite both players missing out on the three-day practice match against Uttar Pradesh, West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson is confident that the pair will be fully fit by the start of the Test series.

“Shane was supposed to play but then he slept badly on his neck and had a little bit of shoulder problem so we rested him,” Gibson said. “Kemar Roach has got a little bit of shoulder problem but he should be okay for next week. But it was good to see Sheldon Cotterrell getting a run and Tino too looked good.

“Everything is looking in course for the Test series. We’re pretty happy the way we’re at the moment.”

When asked if he would include a second spinner in the squad for the first Test, Gibson stated that it would all depend on whether Shillingford fully recovers from his shoulder injury in time.

“Shillingford has been excellent for us in the last couple of Tests,” Gibson said. “It’s likely that he would play and then we would see who else could fit in to win the Test and put India under pressure.”

The first Test between India and the West Indies will take place on November 6 in Kolkata.

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