Middle order batsman Jonathan Augustus is the only new face in the Trinidad and Tobago four-day team for their opening game of the Regional Four-day tournament against the Windward Islands at Queen’s Park Oval starting next Friday.
Augustus forced his way into the side following a consistent season in 2013, backed up by some good performances in the T&T Cricket Board trials which ended on Thursday.
The former West Indies Under-19 right-hander was second on the batting list after three three-day trial games, scoring 183 runs in four innings.
Left-hand opening batsman Evin Lewis topped the batting list with 288 runs in five innings with two centuries.
Lewis was also included in the four-day team, along with opener Adrian Barath, who managed just 77 runs in three innings.
The side, which will be captained by Rayad Emrit in the absence of regular skipper Denesh Ramdin, also includes West Indies players, left-hand middle-order batsman Darren Bravo and right-arm pacer Shannon Gabriel.
Ramdin is currently on West Indies duty for the ongoing series against England and is also on the regional side, along with four other T&T players—Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Bravo—for the ICC T20 World Cup bowling off later this month.
West Indies’ first game in the T20 World Cup is against India on March 23 and their final group game is against Pakistan on April 1. The semis are on April 3 and 4 and the final takes place on April 6.
Wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo, who stood in for Ramdin last season, will again take up duties behind the stumps this year. He was seventh on the list of top batsmen in the trials, scoring 128 runs in four innings.
The top bowlers coming out of the trials were leg-spinner Imran Khan, and left-arm bowler Kavesh Kantasingh who took 11 wickets each, and another leg-spinner Yannic Cariah who had ten wickets.
All three are in the T&T side along with pacers Emrit and Marlon Richards and another spinner in left-arm orthodox bowler Akeal Hosein, who played two games for T&T last season.
There was no room in the 13-man squad for veteran off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth who took ten wickets in the trials.
T&T squad: Rayad Emrit (Captain), Evin Lewis, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Jonathan Augustus, Steven Katwaroo (wicket-keeper), Imran Khan, Marlon Richards, Akeal Hosein, Shannon Gabriel, Kavesh, Kantasingh, Yannic Cariah; Kelvin Williams (Coach), Manohar Ramsaran (Manager)
TTCB Three-day trials stats
1. Evin Lewis—288 runs in 5 innings
2. Jonathan Augustus—183 runs, four innings
3. Daron Cruickshank—177 runs, six innings
4. Petrock Nicholas—158 runs, four innings
5. Nicholas Pooran—140 runs, three innings
6. Jason Mohammed—139 runs, five innings
7. Steven Katwaroo—128 runs, six innings
8. Kjorn Ottley—120 runs, four innings
9. Rayad Emrit—113 runs, two innings
10. Yannic Cariah—107 runs, four innings
1. Imran Khan—11 wickets
2. Kavesh Kantasingh—11 wickets
3. Yannic Cariah—10 wickets
4. Amit Jaggernauth—10 wickets
5. Ansil Bhagan—6 wickets
6. Marlon Richards—6 wickets
7. Derone Davis—6 wickets
8. Akeal Hosein—5 wickets (1 game)
9.Sherin Ganga—5 wickets (2 games)
10. Kissoondath Magram—4 wickets