Bajan replaces Gayle in New Zealand Tests
Barbadian Kraigg Brathwaite has been chosen to take injured Chris Gayle’s place in the West Indies’ Tests in New Zealand next month.
The Selection Panel of the West Indies Cricket Board identified Brathwaite after the Jamaican opener was ruled out of the remainder of the tour of India and the subsequent three Tests due to a hamstring injury. No one has been chosen to replace Gayle for the India tour, however.
The 20-year-old Brathwaite previously played nine Tests between his debut in May 2011 and the final Test of the home series against Australia in April last year.
He has scored 363 runs at an average of 21.35, but is highly regarded due to his sound temperament.
Brathwaite was the most successful batsman on the recent West Indies A-Team trip to India, where he scored 334 runs from six innings at an average of 66.80. It included an undefeated 104 in the second Test at Shimoga.
“He had a reasonable start to his international career and is the one out of the young players that have come into the side in recent times that has batted plenty of balls in Tests,” said West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson.
“He did not get the big hundreds like some of the others, but he is someone that occupies the crease very well, which is pretty much what is required for our team. Hopefully, he gets to New Zealand as quickly as possible and is available to play in the first Test.”