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Keemo Paul ruled out of first Test against India




(MENAFN - NewsBytes) West Indian all-rounderKeemo Paulhas been ruled out of the first Test match against India.

The cricketer suffered an ankle injury and pacer Miguel Cummins was named as his replacement byCricket West Indies .

He will remain inAntiguato continue his rehabilitation.

The first Test match starts on August 22.

It's a blow for the Windies.

Here's more.

Miguel has experience, says head coach Floyd Reifer

"With Keemo ruled out for this match, it's good to have someone with Miguel's quality back in the squad, as he brings experience to the team," Windies interim head coach Floyd Reifer said.


Keemo Paul
Windies need to adjust after Keemo Paul's injury
Windies need to adjust after Keemo Paul's injury

Windies would have wanted to use Keemo well in the first Test.

The 21-year-old youngster has featured in just threeTestsso far and has taken six wickets.

He is touted to be a quality cricketer in the future.

However, they need to make the most out of the quality squad available.

Rahkeem Cornwall is likely to play in the match as an all-rounder.


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Cummins
Key info about Miguel Cummins

Meanwhile, Cummins brings quality with his left-arm pace.

He had made his Test debut against India three years ago.

Cummins claimed a top figure of 9-102 in the Test match against India at Gros-Islet in 2016.

He claimed a career-best 6 for 48 in the second innings.

He featured in two first-class matches against India A recently and had best innings returns of 4-40.

Floyd Reifer excited about Cummins

"Watching him in the last series against India A and the training sessions his lengths have improved. He's a hard worker and a wicket-taker. I'm sure if given the opportunity to play, he will make a valuable contribution," added Floyd Reifer.


Test Championship
ICC Test Championship: Both sides will aim to start well
ICC Test Championship: Both sides will aim to start well

With theICC Test Championshipon offer, it's important for India and West Indies to play solid cricket.

This could be the extra factor for these sides to bring in that intensity level.

The Test Championship 2019-21 started with The Ashes 2019 on August 1.

Both teams have a chance to grab 120 points from the series.

So there's everything to play for.


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Keemo Paul ruled out of first Test against India

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