Jamaica duo John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood are in danger of being axed from the West Indies Test squad.
Opening batsman Campbell and middle-order player Blackwood are two of three Jamaica representatives in the current West Indies top five, with Scorpions teammate Nkrumah Bonner currently occupying the number three spot.
Bonner’s place in the team is secure, despite a first-innings duck in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Antigua, given that he won the Man of the Series award on debut in Bangladesh before scoring an unbeaten century in the first match against the Lions.
Jamaica duo in danger of West Indies squad axe
However, Campbell and Blackwood are both short of form and could be running out of chances to save their spots.
Campbell has produced scores of 42, 11 and 5 so far against Sri Lanka and has been dismissed in near-identical fashion on all three occasions, nicking full-length deliveries outside off-stump.
He has shown promise at times in the Test arena, but 14 and a half matches into his career, he’s still without a century and only averages 25 [ESPNCricinfo].
A lack of standout alternative options has helped him stay in the team thus far, but if Shai Hope permanently converts to opening in red-ball cricket, Campbell could soon be sent back to the domestic circuit to work on technical deficiencies.
Blackwood has produced more at the highest level than his fellow Jamaican, scoring two centuries, 14 fifties and averaging over 30 from 36 matches [ESPNCricinfo].
Some of his best performances have come in the relatively recent past, too, with a match-winning 95 against England in July 2020 and a battling 104 in New Zealand a few months later.
His returns on the recent tour of Bangladesh were less spectacular, though, and after scores of 2, 4 and 18 against Sri Lanka, he is vulnerable despite his vice-captaincy status.
With the likes of Darren Bravo and Roston Chase currently out of the side, the selectors have alternative options and the 29-year-old looks as though he’s feeling the pressure.
Both players are likely to bat again in the ongoing Test, but if they don’t make significant contributions, they could be axed from the West Indies squad ahead of future series.