West Indies name squad for England Tests & Beckenham Warm-Up

Monday 10th June 2024


Tour Match

West Indies name squad for England Tests & Beckenham Warm-Up

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Senior Men’s Selection Panel has unveiled the 15-member squad set to tour England for the Richards Botham Test series, which starts with a three-day Test warm-up match at The County Ground, Beckenham from 3 July.

Tickets for each day of the match are on sale now and are priced at £16 for adults, £7 for 14-17 year olds, and £5 for 5-13 year olds. Under 5s are free.

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*If you plan to bring a large group to the match, please call the Kent Cricket Customer Services Team on 01227 456 886 (Option 1) to get a special discount on group entry tickets.

  • Entry to the FCC Select XI vs. West Indies is also included in all 2024 Kent Cricket Memberships.

Young Fast Bowler Jayden Seales returns to the squad having missed the last Test Series against Australia due to injury and experienced all-rounder Jason Holder has earned a recall having made himself unavailable for the last tour.

There is also a first international selection for 23-year-old opening batsman Mikyle Louis.  Louis, a former West Indies U19 International, scored 682 runs in his debut first-class season for the Leeward Island Hurricanes at an average of 48.71. Should he debut for the West Indies in England, he will become the first Kittian to wear the famous Maroon Test cap.

Captain Kraigg Brathwaite will continue his leadership role, with fast bowler Alzarri Joseph again serving as Vice-Captain. The team is scheduled to arrive in England on 23 June for a training camp at Tonbridge School, before their three-day match at Beckenham.

CWI Lead Selector, Desmond Haynes, said: “The squad has been shaped with both experience and emerging talent, ensuring a strong balance as we face the challenge of playing in English conditions.

“Over the past year, our red-ball program has continued to develop. Following our victory in the last Test in Australia in January, it is evident that we are seeing the fruits of that investment. Each player selected has earned their place through consistent performances and hard work. We are confident that this blend of seasoned players and emerging faces will perform admirably against England.”

Former Kent Men Head Coach, Jimmy Adams, is a part of the West Indies group as Assistant Coach.

West Indies’ last Test match was a resounding victory in Australia earlier this year. Since then, all selected players were involved in the West Indies Championship, which concluded in April and was won by the Guyana Harpy Eagles.

19-year-old fast bowler, Isai Thorne will travel with the squad as a development player, following impressive performances in this debut First Class season taking 31 wickets at average 16.29 in his first eight matches.

The West Indies are the current holders of the Richards Botham Trophy following the 1-0 Home Test Series win in March 2022.

West Indies Men’s Test Tour Squad for England:

  1. Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain)
  2. Alick Athanaze
  3. Joshua Da Silva
  4. Jason Holder
  5. Kavem Hodge
  6. Tevin Imlach
  7. Alzarri Joseph (Vice-Captain)
  8. Shamar Joseph
  9. Mikyle Louis
  10. Zachary McCaskie
  11. Kirk McKenzie
  12. Gudakesh Motie
  13. Kemar Roach
  14. Jayden Seales
  15. Kevin Sinclair

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Kent Cricket excited to confirm that Day Two of this match, Thursday 4 July, will be a ‘Schools’ Day Out’ at The County Ground, in partnership with the ACE Programme & Platform Cricket, giving local school children the opportunity to watch West Indies’ Test stars, as well as players from across the English game for free, alongside cricket taster sessions and activities.

Day Three, Friday 5 July, will be our Community Day, celebrating the rich Caribbean culture throughout the South East London area. There will be live music and a party atmosphere throughout the day, with local community groups having stands to showcase their work to all in attendance.

The County Ground, Beckenham will continue to cement its reputation as Kent’s cricketing stronghold in South East London this coming year, sharing hosting duties with The Spitfire Ground for Kent Spitfires’ home Metro Bank One Day Cup group matches in high Summer in August. Two home group One Day Cup matches will be played at each venue.

The South East Stars will also be competing at The County Ground, Beckenham all Summer, with nine matches scheduled across both the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy one-day competition and the Charlotte Edwards Cup T20 tournament.