Adrian Barath has replaced fellow opener Kieran Powell in the West Indies squad for the final two ODIs against Australia in St. Lucia. The inlcusion of Barath, who had been out due to a finger injury, was the only change in the 13-man squad after West Indies won and tied their previous two matches.
“We brought in Barath as he has now fully recovered from the finger injury,” the chairman of selectors Clyde Butts said. “He played really well in the last regional four-day match for Trinidad & Tobago against Guyana. He got a brilliant 114 and we expect him to bring that same form and ability into the squad.
“He batted for a long time for his runs and looked comfortable at the crease. He did not show any signs of discomfort. He has played at this level and done well before, so we expect him to fit right back in and contribute.
“The team did some good things in the first three matches and we are seeing signs of improvement. We are in with a chance of winning the series and we believe the players selected in this squad have the ability to do just that.”
Powell has been left out after making 8, 0 and 12 in the first three ODIs of the five-match series, which is locked currently at 1-1.
West Indies squad Johnson Charles, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Andre Russell, Tino Best, Sunil Narine, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach.