Port of Spain: Uncapped left-handed batsman Assad Fudadin has been added to the West Indian squad for the third and final Test against Australia at Windsor Park in Dominica, starting on Monday. The 26-year-old from Guyana replaced leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo while middle-order batsman Kirk Edwards, who was in the squad for the second Test that ended in a draw at Trinidad on Thursday, was not considered for selection because of a leg injury.
Fudadin was called up after making 576 runs at an average of 48 in a recent regional tournament. "Fudadin has been a member of the West Indies A Team for a while now and we have seen signs of development and improvement," West Indies chairman of selectors Clyde Butts said in a statement.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy told reporters he did not expect any changes for the third Test, although there were some concerns about the fitness of fast bowler Fidel Edwards. "So far we've been using the same combination and it's worked for us," Sammy said. "Fidel has slight pain in his back, so we'll monitor that. If [he does] not [play], then Ravi [Rampaul] comes in and I know Ravi will do the job for us."
Sammy also said he had spoken with Bishoo and reassured him that he would get another chance. "We just had a team talk and what I said to Bishoo was he's been a warrior to us, especially last year, but sometimes you lose form," Sammy said. "I told him I know deep down he will come back stronger because that's the sort of player he is."
Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Assad Fudadin, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Shane Shillingford