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Veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been excluded from the national team for the first Test against Australia, which begins on June 3 in Dominica.
Despite only needing 87 runs to surpass the legendary Brian Lara as the West Indies’ all-time leading run-scorer in Test history, Chanderpaul was not included in the squad due to his poor form with the bat as of late.
Meanwhile, the uncapped duo of Shane Dowrich and Rajindra Chandrika have been drafted into the Test team.
Dowrich, who is a wicketkeeper-batsman, scored 78 and 53 not out in the tour match against Australia and has also been averaging 50.18 over the last two years in first-class cricket.
Chandrika on the other hand only averages 25 in first-class cricket, but scored four half-centuries in this year’s Regional four-day tournament. The opener also made 74 in the first innings of the tour match against Australia.
West Indies squad for the first Test: Denesh Ramdin (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor