“We have appointed Alzarri Joseph as vice-captain because he showed maturity and good leadership qualities for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes during the recent CG United Super50 Cup,” West Indies chief selector Desmond Haynes said. “We believe that with exposure and opportunity, he can be a future leader in West Indies cricket. Matthew Ford is a dedicated cricketer and has been impressive. He is one of the players coming through the West Indies academy program who can form part of the future.”
“England’s tour of the West Indies is always full of excitement and expectation. We expect this to be a tough series, but we also believe this team will do well at home. We have a clear vision. We are focused on building a strong team. Our primary focus is on rebuilding for success. In the 2027 Cricket World Cup.”
After missing out on World Cup qualification, West Indies last played against India in August, when they were beaten 2-1 in the ODI format. Among the players involved against India who missed selection in the three ODIs against England, starting on December 3 in Antigua, were Rovman Powell, Dominic Drakes, Kyle Mayers and Jayden Seales.
The team gathered in Antigua on Monday to begin preparations for the series, with curling, planning and fitness sessions at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground and Coolidge Cricket Ground. The ODI series will be followed by five T20Is, spread between Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad.
“Everyone is fully aware of what is required as we prepare to face England at home,” West Indies coach Darren Sammy said. “The camp will be tailored and based on the details we have identified that will be required if we are to succeed at the international level. We will conduct high-intensity, purposeful training sessions and everything we do will be geared towards improvement and winning,” said Sami.
“I believe in preparation. I believe that when you prepare well you give yourself the best chance to win. When you put in the hard work, the right kind of work, and when you hone your skills, it will add value to your game.”
West Indies ODI lineup to face England: Shai Hope (captain), Alzarri Joseph (vice-captain), Alek Athanazi, Yannick Kariah, Casey Carty, Ruston Chase, Shane Duric, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Judakesh Moti, Kjorn Uttley, Shirvan Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas