Windies announces test squad for tour of New Zealand

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies has announced a 15-member Windies squad for the two-Test series on the Tour of New Zealand, starting later this month.


Jason Holder (Captain)

Kraigg Brathwaite (Vice-Captain)

Sunil Ambris

Devendra Bishoo

Jermaine Blackwood

Roston Chase

Miguel Cummins

Shane Dowrich

Shannon Gabriel

Shimron Hetmyer

Shai Hope

Alzarri Joseph

Kieran Powell

Raymon Reifer

Kemar Roach


Team Management Unit

Stuart Law (Head Coach)

Joel Garner (Team Operations Manager)

Roddy Estwick (Assistant Coach)

Toby Radford (Assistant Coach)

Ryan Maron (Assistant Coach)

C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist)

Ronald Rogers (Strength & Fitness Coordinator)

Jeffrey Gay (Massage Therapist)

Dexter Augustus (Video Data Analyst)

Philip Spooner (Media Relations Manager)


Ambris has replaced Kyle Hope in the only change to the squad that earned a 1-0 series victory in Zimbabwe.

The team will have a training camp until November 21 in Brisbane, Australia, before flying across the Trans-Tasman channel to New Zealand.

Commenting on the squad, Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel, Courtney Browne said: “The panel congratulates the players and the entire team management unit on the series victory in Zimbabwe. It was a strong team effort and highlighted by those players that did not do as well as expected on the recent Tour of England, playing critical roles in the team’s success.

“Their success augurs well for the selection process and the philosophy of continuity which has underpinned our selection for the Tour of New Zealand, and not the chopping and changing mentality.”

On the selection of Sunil Ambris, Browne said: “Sunil has replaced Kyle Hope in the squad, and this is on the basis of his consistent performances across formats and his outstanding returns for the Windies ‘A’ Team in the ‘Test’ series against Sri Lanka ‘A’. This type of consistency is very welcomed by the panel.

“Kyle is encouraged to return to the first-class championship and turn in the strong performances his talent suggests he can deliver.”

24 Responses to Windies announces test squad for tour of New Zealand

  1. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards November 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    One question..Who is Jeffrey Gay..massage Therapist ???

    • Kami Dan
      Kami Dan November 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm


  2. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow November 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Keep mr Gaye in check

  3. Michael W Browne
    Michael W Browne November 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    One Hope

  4. Ignatius Lamontagne
    Ignatius Lamontagne November 5, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Is that a Bajan team

    • Michael Parris
      Michael Parris November 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Guess that is the best available

    • Carlos November 6, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      I didnt know that Ambris, Bishoo, Blackwood, Gabriel, Hetmyer, Joseph and Powell were Bajans.

    • harry turnover November 11, 2017 at 6:20 am

      The Bajans were the ones performing that’s why they were picked.It is only NOW that batsmen OTHER than Bajans have been scoring centuries and bowlers have been taking wickets.
      All they have to do is to is to continue like Ambris and they will be looked at.
      Who you wanted …Johnson Charles and Darren Sammy ?

  5. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn November 5, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Why they didn’t drop Blackwood. He should of been dropped.

    • harry turnover November 11, 2017 at 6:23 am

      Can’t drop Blackwood from the SQUAD yet,he might lose his place on the TEST team .
      Look at his stats,they don’t suggest that he should be dropped from the squad at this stage

  6. luther thorne November 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Management Team can field a team itself. Sorry for Kyle. Runs count. Regroup

  7. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn November 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    This is the squad for the first test. Braithwaite , Powell , Ambris, Hetmyer, Hope, Chase, Holder, Dowich, Roach, Gabriel Bishoo, the reason I play the extra batsman is because the batting is weak. I will like to play Joseph instead of Hetmyer.

    • harry turnover November 11, 2017 at 6:34 am

      Ambris will not come into the SQUAD and walk straight into the TEST team.
      Hetmyer will replace K. Hope at # 3 and if Blackwood is not selected he should be replaced by the all rounder Reifer coming in at # 8 with Holder coming @ 6 and Dowrich @ 7
      I would say the bowling is weak therefore my reason for playing the all rounder.

  8. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn November 5, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Blackwood should not start. He played 5 test and only score one fifty.

  9. luther thorne November 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Ambris aint starting. Hetmeyer comes in.
    If they keeping Blackwood he should play. Shai should have shown Kyle how to bat to make hundreds. Kyle mussee more nervous than Shai . A lot of the time nerves can affect performance . Nervousness can be overcome simply by learning how to breathe properly and how to channel nervous energy. Dont be nervous; we have the youth service !

    • harry turnover November 6, 2017 at 6:18 am

      Yes luther if ya nervous join the youth servous. Hetmyer and Blackwood will not play in the same X1…both are similar batsmen just like Holder and Carlos similar all rounders.
      If Ambris is to start he would have to replace Blackwood therefore Hetmyer will bat at #3.

  10. luther thorne November 5, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Shai should have given Kyle one of them 100s

  11. Baron November 5, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    He had 10 innings to deliver the last four against a weak team. Has no one to blame but himself

  12. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond November 6, 2017 at 12:36 am


  13. Milli Watt November 6, 2017 at 9:52 am

    ICC ain’t done wid dis crowd a nuffinarians stupse

  14. luther thorne November 6, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Ambris is a rookie and Hetmyer is a rookie. Can you play them both ? Dont see that happening. Blackwood got heart. Not as nervous as a green Ambris or Hetmyer. Cant have these two green boys . We need a ripe fruit to strike a balance. Ambris and Hetmyer debut at the same time. No. Also remember that Reifer is a batsman . I think dropping Kyle was a bad idea. Ambris does not excite me . I am not sweet on Ambris. He sound like first class bully- Regional Bully . I think Ambris needs to join the Youth Service; He wont be Nervous

  15. Eddie Forde November 6, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Where is Darren Bravo?

    • harry turnover November 11, 2017 at 6:44 am

      People talking bout DEDICATED cricketers and you inquiring bout Darren Bravo ?
      Darren Bravo WILL HAVE to ACCEPT the C contract BEFORE he can play for the WI AGAIN..IF he is awarded one.
      ….and as his BOSS said …HAS TO SCORE RUNS because as Cameron said HE KNOWS THAT Bravo can score runs,
      If you were following cricket and keeping your ears close to the ground you would have been able to read between the lines and under the dots to see what Cameron is really saying.

  16. orlando November 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm



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