Cummins has played 41 First Class matches, scalping 116 wickets in the process
West Indies have called up Miguel Cummins to replace Jerome Taylor for the first Test against India at Antigua. Cummins was a part of West Indies’ squad which toured Australia in 2015, but did not play any of the three Tests. The 25-year-old, who made his One-Day International (ODI) debut against Ireland in 2014, replaces Taylor after the latter announced his retirement from Test cricket a couple of days back. The squad for the first of three-match Test series was announced on July 11. The home team will be led by ODI skipper Jason Holder.
About the inclusion of Cummins, West Indies Cricket Board said in its press release, ”The selection panel of the West Indies Cricket Board today named fast bowler Miguel Cummins as replacement for Jerome Taylor in the 13-member squad to face India in the upcoming first Test match against India.”
Cummins has played 41 First Class matches, scalping 116 wickets in the process. His ODI debut wasn’t a great experience for the Barbados-born bowler, as he ended with figures of 1 for 42 in his 6 overs. The player whom he is set to replace, Jerome Taylor, played 46 Tests for West Indies, scalping 130 wickets.
Taylor had an outstanding record against India and he was lethal in conditions favouring swing and pace. The home team is scheduled to play the series opener against India, led by Virat Kohli, from July 21 at Antigua. West Indies have been in terrific form in the shortest format but have to seriously pull up their socks in the longer format of the game and this series will be a vital step in trying to make inroads to their Test records.