Left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer has been left out of the West Indies ODI and Twenty20 squads for the upcoming white-ball series in Australia. The decision comes after Hetmyer’s subpar performance against England, where he was dropped following scores of 1 and 2 in the opening T20 games of the series.
For the ODI series, Shai Hope will captain the squad, including first call-ups for Grenadian batsman Teddy Bishop and Guyanese wicket-keeper Tevin Imlach. The ODI squad also sees the return of all-rounders Justin Greaves and Kavem Hodge, along with leg-spinner Hayden Walsh.
Brandon King and Sherfane Rutherford will miss the ODI series but are part of a full-strength squad named for the T20 games, captained by Rovman Powell. Alzarri Joseph, who was rested for the final two games against England, makes a comeback into the T20 squad.
Desmond Haynes, the lead selector for Cricket West Indies, emphasized the crucial preparations for the T20 World Cup, where the West Indies will co-host the tournament with the United States. The series against Australia serves as a significant part of the team’s preparations, aiming to build on strong performances against India and England.
The cricket action begins with a two-test series starting on Tuesday, followed by a three-match ODI series starting on February 2, and concluding with a three-match T20 series beginning a week later.