Published: Thu, August 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Miguel Cummins replaces Keemo Paul in West Indies squad for first Test

Miguel Cummins replaces Keemo Paul in West Indies squad for first Test

Under the watch of Kohli and Ravi Shastri, India's bowling has been very impressive and was one of the reasons why India trumped Australia earlier this year. Watching him in the last "A" Team series against India "A" and the training sessions his lengths have improved.

Unless India go with a safety-first four bowler strategy which allows both Test and ODI vice-captain to figure in the scheme of things, one among the two would be cooling heels and it could be Rahane going by his wretched form in red-ball cricket. The Windies may not be a force as formidable as Australia at home, but the two-Test series hold plenty of significance for the No. 1 Test side in the World.

Seeking their first Test and series victories over India for 17 years, the hosts were also forced to make a late change with an ankle injury ruling out all-rounder Keemo Paul. The Men in Blue outclassed Windies 3-0 in the T20Is whereas they defeated them 2-0 in the ODI series. The 21-year-old has been replaced in the 13-member squad by experienced fast bowler Miguel Cummins.

Not that the West Indies will be daunted by that prospect, for in Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Holder, they have the firepower to challenge India's vaunted batting line-up, as the English found to their cost in February. And then there is the much talked-about allrounder Rahkeem Cornwall.

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West Indies' pacers made early inroads to reduce India to 68 for 3 at Lunch on the opening day of the first Test in Antigua on Thursday.

It remains to be seen whether selectors will include Rohit Sharma - a fixture at the top of the order in limited-over matches - in the middle-order and whether the exciting young talent of Rishabh Pant will keep experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha in the dressing room. But there onward is where the quandary begins.

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