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The West Indies have called up the uncapped duo of Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris for the last three ODIs of their ongoing five-match series against India.
Hope, who is the brother of current West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Shai, captains Trinidad and Tobago in domestic cricket and had a sensational first-class season in 2016/17 as he was the second-highest scorer in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4 Day Tournament.
The 28-year-old scored 649 runs in eight matches, which included a century and five fifties, at an average of 49.92.
Ambris, meanwhile, was the seventh-highest scorer in the competition with 608 runs at an average of 43.42.
The 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who plays for the Windward Islands, also had a strong showing at this year’s Regional Super50 tournament, where he was the fourth-highest scorer with 423 runs in eight matches at an average of 70.50.
“Sunil Ambris and Kyle Hope are two very promising young batsmen who have been selected on the basis of strong performances in our competitions,” Cricket West Indies’ chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said. “Kyle opened on our last A team one-day tour to Sri Lanka and had some very good performances. In addition, he also had a good showing opening the batting for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force franchise in this year’s PCL competition.
“Sunil did well in our Regional Super50 One-Day tournament and also had a good showing in this year’s PCL first-class tournament for Windward Islands Volcanoes, and therefore will fit within our middle order. They will be up against a good Indian team and they have an opportunity to show their skills and contribute to a stronger team performance.”
With Hope and Ambris coming in, the West Indies dropped batsman Jonathan Carter and pace bowler Kesrick Williams.
The third ODI will be held on Friday in Antigua, while the fourth ODI will be played at the same venue on Sunday.
The fifth ODI will take place on July 6 in Jamaica, which will also host the one-off Twenty20 International on July 9.
India hold a 1-0 lead in the series after they crushed the West Indies by 105 runs in the second ODI in Trinidad. The first ODI, which was also held in Trinidad, was washed out.
West Indies’ squad for the last three ODIs: Jason Holder (capt), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell