Powell back in West Indies squad

Powell has not played ODI cricket since March 2014

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Opening batsman Kieran Powell has returned to the West Indies team for the first time since June 2014 after he was picked for the upcoming three-match ODI series against England.

Powell’s inclusion in the squad comes after he enjoyed a prolific amount of success in the Regional Super50, West Indies’ 50-over competition, where he scored three centuries and two fifties.

After being dropped in 2014, Powell took a break from the sport, but in January 2016, it seemed as if the 26-year-old was giving up cricket in favour of baseball.

But, that didn’t work out and he eventually returned to playing cricket in March 2016 when he turned out for Leeward Islands in the Regional 4-day tournament.

While he only featured in two Regional 4-day games, he has made his presence felt a lot more in the Regional Super50 as he accumulated 513 runs from nine matches at an average of 64.12.

Powell at one point had scored five fifty-plus scores in a row, putting together knocks of 105, 135, 52, 106 and 80. As a result, he played an instrumental role in leading Leeward Islands into the semi-finals, where they were beaten by Barbados.

Meanwhile, there was no space in the side for all-rounder Marlon Samuels, whose bowling action was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last week. Sulieman Benn, Johnson Charles and Sunil Narine also failed to make the cut.

However, pace bowler Alzarri Joseph secured a spot for himself in the squad even though his last ODI came in October last year.

The three-match ODI series between the West Indies and England begins on March 3 in Antigua.

West Indies ODI squad: Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis,Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.

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