West Indies call up pace bowler Keemo Paul for third Test against England 

West Indies call up pace bowler Keemo Paul for third Test against England 

The West Indies have called up pace bowler Keemo Paul for the third Test against England, with Kraigg Brathwaite confirmed to captain in place of the suspended Jason Holder.

The West Indies have already secured the Wisden Trophy after taking a 2-0 lead in the three-match series, with Holder suspended for the final match in St Lucia due to a slow over-rate in Antigua.

Holder’s sanction comes after two such offences in a 12-month period and is the second time he has missed a Test for this reason.

He passes the leadership of the side to regular deputy Brathwaite, with 20-year-old Paul returning in a 14-strong squad, where he will compete with the uncapped Oshane Thomas for a starting berth.

Fellow seamer Alzarri Joseph, who courageously played on after his mother died before the final day of the Antigua Test, remains with the squad.

Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said: “First, our heartfelt condolences to Alzarri and his family on the passing of his mother. His heroics in the Test match were outstanding and shows a player of great character.

“Secondly, with Jason Holder missing out on the last Test, Kraigg Brathwaite will take the reins of captaincy. We also welcome Keemo Paul back to the squad. He is having a good showing in the West Indies first-class championship at the moment.

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