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West Indies v Pakistan live & preview 1st Test at Jamaica

West Indies v Pakistan live & preview 1st Test at Jamaica Photo: IBL

Pakistan begin the final leg of their tour to the West Indies, with the first of three Test matches beginning on Friday at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. The tourists having already secured victory in the T20Is by 3-1 and the ODI series that followed by 2-1.

The West Indies are looking for a first Test series victory against Pakistan since 2000, when they were victorious in a three match contest by 1-0, thanks to a thrilling 1-wicket success in the final fixture at St. John’s, with Jimmy Adams and Courtney Walsh eking out the last 19 runs to claim the game.

Since that last taste of success for the men from the Caribbean, the two sides have met in five series, three of which have been played in the UAE (“home” series for Pakistan), all of which have ended in victory for the hosts, while the two series played out in the West Indies, have both ended all square at 1-1.

The West Indies selectors have named a 13-man squad for the first Test, which includes the Leeward Islands batsman, Kieran Powell, who hasn’t appeared in the Test side for nearly three years.

Alongside him, are two other players who also made runs against the tourists in their warm up fixture, the uncapped Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer.

The 27 year old Powell, receives his recall on the back of some impressive white ball performances. He was the leading scorer in the regional Super50 tournament in February, scoring 513 runs at an average of over 64.

A recall to the ODI squad for the series against England and Pakistan followed. However, his form in domestic four day cricket this season hasn’t been so impressive, with an average of less than 30, and just two half-centuries to his name.

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