Cricket West Indies have named uncapped teenage fast bowler Jayden Seales as a surprise reserve for the Test leg of their tour of New Zealand.

West Indies are due to play three T20Is against the Blackcaps in late November before a two-Test series takes place in December.

The big news from the Test squad is that, as predicted, established batsman Shai Hope misses out following a poor run of form, while Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul, who all declined the invitation to tour England some months ago, return.

England v West Indies: Day 5 - Second Test #RaiseTheBat Series
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 20: Shai Hope of West Indies walks off the pitch after being dismissed during Day Five of the 2nd Test Match in the #RaiseTheBat Series between England and The West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 20, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jon Super/Pool via Getty Images)

Jason Holder continues as captain of the side and opening batsman, John Campbell, retains his place, despite struggling in England.

In a surprise move, the West Indies have handed an opportunity to Jayden Seales, who will accompany the Test squad in New Zealand as one of six reserve players.

The 19-year-old featured for the victorious Trinbago Knight Riders in the recent Caribbean Premier League, but he is yet to make a first-class appearance.

Barbados Tridents  v  Trinbago Knight Riders - 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – AUGUST 29: Jayden Seales (C) of Trinbago Knight Riders celebrates the dismissal of Johnson Charles of Barbados Tridents during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match 17 between Barbados Tridents and Trinbago Knight Riders at Queen’s Park Oval on August 29, 2020 in Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images)

“Jayden is a very talented young fast bowler, who is being given some exposure to the West Indies team environment on tour in an effort to fast track his development,” CWI’s lead selector, Roger Harper, told Windiescricket.com.

 

“He will have a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow as a player as he trains and practices with the West Indies Test players under the guidance of Phil Simmons, the Head Coach, and his coaching staff.”

Seales’ Knight Riders skipper Kieron Pollard will captain the T20 side in New Zealand, although high-profile players Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis have all declined selection.

Jamaica Tallawahs  v  Trinbago Knight Riders - 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League Play-Off 1
TAROUBA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – SEPTEMBER 08: Andre Russell (R) of Jamaica Tallawahs express disappointment after being dismissed by Sunil Narine of Trinbago Knight Riders during the Hero Caribbean Premier League Play-Off match 31 between Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders at Brian Lara Cricket Academy on September 8, 2020 in Tarouba, Trinidad And Tobago. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images)

As a result, experienced top-order batsman Andre Fletcher has returned to the fold, while exciting allrounder Kyle Mayers has earned his first call-up following an impressive CPL with the Barbados Tridents.

Dwayne Bravo and Nicholas Pooran have also been named in the 14-man squad as the West Indies up their preparations for the next T20 World Cup.

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