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WI to pick strong team for Test series vs South Africa

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Gros Islet (St Lucia), May 31 (IANS) Cricket West Indies (CWI) is hoping to select a match-winning combination to field against the visiting South Africa team in a two Test series through an intra-squad four-day match.

With little international cricket being played due to the pandemic, CWI has been left with no choice but to organise an intra-squad match to not just select a competitive squad but also to give some match exposure to the players.

The four-day match begins on Monday at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

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“The players are excited and fully prepared for the contest, as this is the culmination of two weeks of high-level training. It is the only competitive action they will have before the squad is selected to take on the Proteas,” said a CWI statement.

South Africa will arrive in St Lucia on June 1 to play two Tests (June 10-14 and June 18-22), followed by a five-match T20I series, beginning June 26.

“There’s going to be some quality. We have the best guys for red-ball cricket in the Caribbean here, so it is going to be a challenge. Also, this game is to select players for the Test team, so it is going to be a great showdown (Best vs Best),” said wicketkeeper-batsman Jahmar Hamilton.

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–IANS

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