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Hope to take
Barbadian Kyle Hope will lead the T&T Red Force
as the second phase of the WICB PCL bowls off
Hope, who has been in good form for the Red Force,
takes over the helm from Yannick Ottley who was
used for the first part of the series prior to Christmas.
Denesh Ramdin then took over for the Regional Su-
per50 and was the prefered choice for the four-day
but citing family commitments as the reason he will
not be available for the rest of the season.
The Red Force will leave today for Grenada where
they meet the Windwards from Friday. The Islanders
will be looking for revenge against the Red Force who
defeated them in the first match of the series last
November in Trinidad. After that win, things went
downhill for the Red Force and they finished the first
part of the series in cellar position.
Hope will have his hands full in trying to turn
around the fortunes of the team and will be without
key all rounder Roshan Primus who is out injured.
Pacer Anderson Phillip comes into the team to re-
place the Alescon Comets player. The T&T batting
line-up is an inexperienced one with Hope, Isaiah
Rajah, Jeremy Solozano, Jyd Goolie, Nicholas Alexis
and Yannick Carriah expected to produce the runs.
A lot will also depend on the experience of all
rounder Imran Khan and wicketkeeper Steven
Katwaroo. Meanwhile, Darren Bravo continues to
be ignored despite the fact that the WICB has granted
him a 'no objection certificate' (NOC) to play in the
Indian Premier League (IPL).
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force: Kyle Hope
(Captain), Isaiah Rajah, Jeremy Solozano, Jyd
Goolie, Nicholas Alexis, Anderson Phillip, Steven
Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Yannick Cariah, Khary
Pierre, Bryan Charles, Sheldon Cottrell and
Gabriel out of Oval ODI
BRIDGETOWN---Fast bowler Shannon
Gabriel will take no part in Thursday's
third One-Day International against
England after sustaining a side strain
in the second game in Antigua last
The right-armer underwent scans here
which confirmed the nature of the injury,
leading to him being ruled out of conten-
tion for the contest at Kensington Oval.
West Indies are yet to name a replace-
ment but Barbados seamer Miguel Cum-
mins is expected to come in.
Gabriel has been impressive so far in se-
ries, bowling with pace and hostility. He
claimed two wickets in the opening ODI at
the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium last
Friday which West Indies lost by 45 runs
but took just one in the second game before
limping off after sending down three overs.
West Indies went down by four wickets
to concede the series.
The 28-year-old Gabriel has taken 16
wickets from 10 ODIs, since making his
debut last June.
West Indies trail 2-0 in the three-match
Hales in line for Barbados return
Alex Hales has been added to the Eng-
land squad and looks set to return to the
side for the final ODI against West Indies.
Hales, who was not selected originally due
to a hand injury sustained during the series
in India, joined the tour party to continue
his rehab in Antigua.
He has now been officially added to the
squad, which means he will come into con-
tention for Thursday's match in Barbados.
England lead the three-match series 2-0.
"Hales has now been passed fit by the
medics and he's practised well over the
last few days," Paul Farbrace, England's
assistant coach, told the BBC. "So he's of-
ficially in the squad now for Thursday's
game, which is good news.
"We always knew that Hales would join
us. Even if he wasn't available to play, we
were always going to bring him here so we
had him as part of the group."
Hales' availability is not good news
for Sam Billings. While Billings made a
half-century in the first ODI - his sec-
ond half-century in three ODI innings at
that stage - he was unable to convert his
start into the formidable contribution that
might have kept Hales out of the side. Bill-
ings was out first ball in the second ODI.
There is little doubt that Hales remains
England's first choice opening partner for
Jason Roy. He made 171 against Pakistan
in August - England's highest individual
ODI score and his fourth century within
Jake Ball may also come back into con-
tention for the final game. Ball injured his
knee during the warm-up games in St Kitts
and was not considered for selection for the
first two ODIs. He will train on Wednesday,
although it may well be that Steven Finn
retains his place.
The England squad, many of whom have
their families with them now, enjoyed a
rest day in Barbados yesterday.
Estwick: World Cup pts
at stake in Oval ODI
BRIDGETOWN---West Indies may have
already conceded the three-match one-
day series to England but bowling coach
Roddy Estwick has warned there is still
much at stake in tomorrow's final en-
counter at Kensington Oval.
We're still playing for points," Estwick
emphasised to reporters yesterday.
"We're still trying to qualify for the World
Cup so every game is very, very important,
so we still have to go out there and look to
win the game.
"Even though the series is gone it doesn't
matter. We need points and we need them
badly so we have to come out on Thursday
and put a good performance in."
West Indies currently languish at number
nine in the international ODI rankings, one
spot outside the automatic qualifying places
for the 2019 World Cup in England.
If they will fail to make the top eight by the
cut-off point of September 30, they will be
forced to go through a qualifying tournament
involving ICC associate and affiliate teams.
Last weekend in Antigua, the Caribbean
side suffered two setbacks in the attempt
to boost their ranking, losing the opening
ODI to England by 45 runs and the second
by four wickets.
But despite the defeats, Estwick believes
there is no gulf between the quality of the
"We're not that far away from England,"
the former Barbados pacer said.
"If you look at the two games, we didn't
play the big moments very well but once we
can get those critical moments right, I'm
sure we can come up with a win."
With most of their experienced stars
missing, West Indies have fielded an inex-
perienced line-up, with rookies like Jason
Mohammed, Shai Hope, Jonathan Carter
and Kraigg Brathwaite carrying the burden
of the batting.
Combined, the quartet has managed just
38 ODIs, with captain Jason Holder the most
experienced player in the current side with
Estwick pointed out that West Indies were
currently in a rebuilding phase involving
young players but said once the learning was
complete, he expected the side to challenge.
"All of these boys are 23, 24 ... [they] don't
have 173 One-Day games between [them]
so they are learning every day," he noted.
"The key thing is to learn and the key thing
is for us to keep teaching them because once
teaching takes place then learning takes
place so that's what we've got to keep doing.
"They'll make mistakes and they'll be in-
consistent because they're inexperienced but
as they continue to grow I'm sure we'll be
West Indies bowling coach Roddy Estwick...has reminded that points are still at stake in
Kyle Hope .... Red Force batsman
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