Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo and Keemo Paul recalled by West Indies for New Zealand tour

The trio skipped the England Test series due to Covid-19 fears but return at the first time of asking for the five-match trip


West Indies have recalled Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo and Keemo Paul for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

The trio skipped the three-match Test series in England due to concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Just 1,880 cases and 25 deaths from coronavirus have been recorded in New Zealand, where Pakistan are also due later in the year.

Cricket West Indies promised the personal decisions of the three would not be held against them and at the first chance of asking they are back in the fold.

All three players return to the 15-man squad for the two Tests in December, while Hetmyer and Paul are part of a 14-strong party for the three T20s.

Shai Hope, who averaged just 17.50 with the bat in England, has been dropped.

The T20 group sees a first call-up for Kyle Mayers, while Andre Fletcher returns for the first time since 2018. However, there is no place for Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis who have all opted out of the series. Sunil Narine has been overlooked but his form will be monitored by CWI.

Jason Holder: England tour of Caribbean would help in trying times

"The return of Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul will bolster the team, I expect that Darren will solidify the top-order, hopefully making it more productive, while Shimron gives the squad more options in the middle-order and it is another opportunity for him to show how good a player he is.

"Shai is a player who I think has a tremendous future in Test cricket but at the moment he needs to reorganize his Test match game and get his batting in the longest version, back to its best."

The Windies face New Zealand in three T20s on November 27, 29 and 30 before Tests in Hamilton and Wellington on December 3-7 and 11-15.

Test squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Chemar Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach

Test reserves: Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua DaSilva, Preston McSween, Shayne Moseley, Raymon Reifer, Jayden Seales

T20 squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams

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