Desmond Haynes, West Indies’ lead selector, mentioned: “Athanaze is one of the young players who we have invested in, and he played well in the A Team and CWI President’s XI.
“He confirmed nice promise within the CG United Super50 final 12 months after which received his first hundred within the West Indies Championship final week. We consider he ought to be given a possibility at this degree. He has additionally confirmed management, as captain of the Windwards in the beginning of this season.”
Jordan, 28, has only played five games in his first-class career but is the leading wicket-taker after two rounds of the regional championship this year, with 12 scalps at 16.58. Jayden Seales remains unavailable following knee surgery and Anderson Phillip is not yet match fit.
“Jordan has been very spectacular from final 12 months,” Haynes said. “He has continued to bowl properly, and has been glorious within the first two matches to date this 12 months. He could be very skillful, can bowl the brand new ball, and appears to place the ball in the correct areas. He can also be a pointy fielder and good catcher near the wicket.”
West Indies arrive in South Africa on Friday, three days after Gudakesh Motie’s 13-wicket haul helped them to an innings victory over Zimbabwe in the second Test in Bulawayo. They play a warm-up match in Benoni (February 21-24) before Tests in Centurion (February 28-March 4) and Johannesburg (March 8-12), with three ODIs and three T20Is following from March 16-28.
“This shall be a difficult tour,” Haynes said. “There isn’t any straightforward away tour in Test cricket. South Africa have staff, however I’m positive we shall be up for the duty and can do properly in these two Test matches.”
West Indies squad to play South Africa: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Alick Athanaze, Jermaine Blackwood, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Akeem Jordan, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Devon Thomas.
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