In-form spinner Nikita Miller heads a list of four Jamaicans named in the WICB President’s XI 13-man squad to face South Africa in a one-day match at Queen’s Park Oval next Sunday.
The top wicket-taker in the recently-concluded WICB First-Class Tournament, Miller is joined by out-of-form West Indies Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood and uncapped internationals, rising batsman AndrÈ McCarthy and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs.
McCarthy, who has been drafted to represent the Jamaica Tallawahs in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, was the Jamaica Scorpions’ top batsman in the First-Class tournament.
Jacobs, in the meanwhile, finished behind Miller on the Scorpions roster.
“I am not too surprised about the call-up as I think I did fairly well in the regional Super50 in January,” stated 28-year-old McCarthy.
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“The aim right now is to just take it one step at a time and go out there, show my abilities, and try to make best use of the opportunity.”
The President’s XI also features two members of the West Indies Under-19 World Cup winning team in Bangladesh four months ago, captain Shimron Hetmyer of Guyana and stand-out fast bowler Alzarri Joseph of the Leeward Islands.
The squad, which will be captained by Test batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, also has young stroke-maker Evin Lewis of Trinidad and Tobago, who was a member of the West Indies team that won the ICC World T20 in India last month.
The South Africans will use the encounter in their build-up to the upcoming Tri-Nation ODI Series, which also features the West Indies and Australia.
SQUAD: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Shimron Hetmyer, Jermaine Blackwood, Damion Jacobs, Shane Dowrich, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis, Alzarri Joseph, Jon Russ Jaggesar, AndrÈ McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Rayad Emrit, Delorn Johnson.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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