Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 27th 2015 Contents Former national cyclist and
current cycling promoter
Michael Phillips, has been
appointed chairman of the
Sports Company of T&T
Phillips replaces Dudnath
Ramkessoon, who held
the position for the past
seven months. Phillips
has years of manage-
ment experience as
the managing direc-
tor of Phillips Pro-
motions and owner of bike store Mike's Bikes.
Through Phillips Promotions, Phillips has
been one of the top cycling promoters in the
country, hosting popular events such as the
Beacon Cycling on the Avenue and the Michael
Phillips Republic Day Cycling Classic. Phillips
has also served as president of the T&T Cycling
Phillips, who is currently out of the country,
is looking forward to his new assignment. In
a release last night, he stated, "I am honoured
to be asked to serve as the chairman of SporTT.
I am excited to have the opportunity to work
with the Honourable Minister of Sport, Darryl
Smith, as we are both motivated sporting
enthusiasts. I will do my best to have sport
in T&T benefit from a structured and inno-
vative approach to management. I am grateful
for the opportunity to make a difference."
BRISBANE---West Indies made a
quiet arrival in the picturesque
east coast city here yesterday, to
begin preparation for their three-Test
series against Australia staring next
The squad, led by captain Jason Holder,
arrived via New York and Los Angeles fol-
lowing two days of travel from the
West Indies will train their attention
first on a five-day camp at the Allan Border
Field here before taking on a young Cricket
Australia XI in a four-day game starting
Wednesday at the same venue.
A significant presence in the squad is
that of head coach Phil Simmons who
missed the recent Test and limited overs
tour of Sri Lanka through suspension.
He was pulled from that tour by the
West Indies Cricket Board after he bizarrely
claimed in a media conference that the
selection of the one-day squad had been
influenced by "outside interference."
Simmons, appointed following the ICC
World Cup earlier this year, subsequently
apologised after appearing before the
WICB's human resources committee, and
was promptly reinstated.
The Trinidadian will be leading West
Indies for the first time on an overseas
tour after presiding over the home tours
against England and Australia.
While Simmons has returned, the series
will mark the final one for Sir Richie
Richardson in his five-year stint as team
The former West Indies captain and
batting star is set to take up duties as an
ICC match referee following the series.
For the Caribbean side, the highlight of
the series will be the Boxing Day second
Test in Melbourne, as the tourists have
not had the courtesy of being part of this
historic fixture in 15 years.
Several hundred West Indians, who
reside in Australia, are expected to mark
the Boxing Day Test with a mini-carni-
val.West Indies will play the opening Test
in Hobart starting December 10 and the
third Test in Sydney, starting in the New
Year, and are expected to face a tough
assignment against the powerful Aussies.
Significantly, they have not won a Test
Down Under in 18 years and have also not
beaten Australia in a Test for 12 years.
Yesterday, Cricket Australia announced
that several of Australia's Test cricketers
will be made available for Big Bash League
matches between the first and second
The BBL begins on December 17 and
some of Australia's Test cricketers will be
available for at least the first four days of
the Twenty20 tournament, given the
lengthy gap between Tests. The first Test
against West Indies will be played in
Hobart from December 10 to 14, and there
is then a 10-day break before the Boxing
Day Test at the MCG.
However, the Test fast bowlers will not
take part in the BBL matches and opening
batsman David Warner, who is yet to sign
with a team for this season, will sit out
to spend time with his pregnant wife Can-
dice. Allrounder Mitchell Marsh's avail-
ability is yet to be decided, with his work-
load in the coming Tests likely to determine
if he will play in the BBL during that
Steven Smith, Joe Burns, Peter Nevill,
Nathan Lyon and, fitness pending, Usman
Khawaja, will be available from December
17 to 20. There is also a possibility the
Perth Scorchers players in the Test squad---
Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell
Marsh---will be made available for their
team's first game on December 21.
The Test players will gather in Mel-
bourne on December 22 ahead of the Box-
ing Day Test. CMC
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MIRPUR---Both West Indies players Lendl Sim-
mons and Darren Sammy failed but their Rangpur
Riders won their second straight game when they
beat Sylhet Super Stars by six runs in a low-scoring
contest here yesterday.
Opting to bat first, Riders were restricted to 109
for nine from their 20 overs at the Shere Bangla
Stadium, with Simmons managing only 13 at the
top of the order and Sammy scoring five, batting
at number seven.
Sri Lankan star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan top-
scored with 33 from 37 deliveries with two fours
and a six while Thisara Perea chipped in with 21
from 20 balls.
Seamer Mohammad Shahid grabbed four for 12.
In reply, Super Stars collapsed from 52 for two
in the eighth over to 103 all out in the final over
with Shakib once again in the limelight with three
Sammy earned one wicket from his solitary over
which cost seven runs.
On Wednesday, West Indies batsman Marlon
Samuel extended his good form by stroking an
unbeaten 23 to help guide Comilla Victorians to a
handsome eight-wicket win over Barisal Bulls.
Trinidadian Kevon Cooper top-scored with 22
from 21 balls as Bulls, opting to bat first, slumped
to 89 all out in the penultimate over.
Boyce has been included in a Cricket Aus-
tralia XI to face touring West Indies in a
four-day warm-up game in Brisbane start-
ing next Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Boyce has already
played five Twenty20 Internationals for
Australia and Cricket Australia's national
talent manager Greg Chappell said the
game would be excellent experience for
the up-and-coming player.
"A number of the squad have repre-
sented Australia at various levels, most
notably Cameron Boyce in T20 Interna-
tionals," Chappell said.
"Cameron impressed for Australia A in
last year's four-day matches against India
A and this is a good opportunity for him
to continue developing his red-ball game
against the West Indies Test outfit."
He continued: "Players like Matthew
Short, Jordan Silk, Tom Andrews, Nick
Stevens and Michael Neser have been
coming up through the ranks for a while
and the West Indies side will provide
another good challenge for these young
players to impress."
The game will be the only tour match
before the Jason Holder-led West Indies
take on Australia in the first of three Tests
starting in Hobart on December 10.
A young squad, the CA XI will be led
by 23-year-old James Peirson, a former
Australia Under-19 player, and Chappell
said the contest would also provide him
with a great chance to develop his lead-
"A newer look West Indies side will pro-
vide some great experience for this CA XI
which includes a mixture of those who
have represented Australia and some excit-
ing talent emerging through state ranks,"
"This will be a good leadership oppor-
tunity for James Peirson who most recently
played in the CA XI squad in the Matador
One Day Cup, and has also represented
Australia in the Under 19's squad." (CMC)
Indies captain Jason Holder arrives in Brisbane yesterday. West Indies will play three
Tests during their stay Down Under.
Phillips as head
Leg-spinner Boyce to tackle West Indies
James Peirson (captain), Jordan Silk,
Jake Carder, Nick Stevens, Josh Inglis,
Matthew Short, Tom Andrews, Michael
Neser, Ryan Sidebottom, Cameron
Boyce, Ryan Lees, James Bazley
Windies arrive Down
Under for tough tour
Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg
Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine
Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite,
Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika,
Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel,
Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin,
Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels,
Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.
Sammy fail but
Riders double up
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