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Darren Bravo returns to Test side after two years
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Darren Bravo returns to Test side after two years

West Indies recalled Darren Bravo to Test squad to face England in a three-match series starting next week. Bravo last featured in the longest in October 2016 on the West Indies’ tour of UAE to face Pakistan.

The 29-year-old returned to the international fold late last year as part of the one-day and T20I squads against India and Bangladesh.

Alzarri Joseph also earned a recall, although fellow quick Oshane Thomas was named as cover for Joseph who is recovering from a stress fracture in his back.

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West Indies have also called up uncapped John Campbell, a 26-year-old left-handed opening batsman from Jamaica along with 30-year-old Barbadian Shamarh Brooks. Brooks captained the West Indies Under-19 side in 2008 World Cup.

"After a difficult Test Series in Bangladesh late last year the opportunity presents itself for our team to pick itself up," chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said.

"Although a tough series against England is anticipated, home turf has always been a place where our team has made strides."

England have won just one Test series in the Caribbean in the past 50 years, in 2004, although the West Indies were beaten 2-0 in Bangladesh at the end of last year.

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"With the return of Darren Bravo, who will add value to a batting department, we expect to see marked improvement," Browne added.

"Young, exciting, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who was sidelined by injury, returns to the squad and Shamarh Brooks has been elevated for his solid first-class performances over the last three years.

"John Campbell the incumbent 'A' team opener, who has played first class cricket for a number of years will open the batting after a good first-class season in 2018."

The first Test of the series begins in Barbados on January 23, while Antigua and Saint Lucia will host the second and third Tests from January 30 and February 9 respectively.

The Test series will be followed by five ODIs and three T20Is.

West Indies squad for England Tests

Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Oshane Thomas (cover for Joseph)