West Indies news December 15, 2015

Cummins replaces Gabriel in Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Miguel Cummins has played once for West Indies, an ODI against Ireland in February 2014 © WICB Media

Miguel Cummins has been added to the West Indies touring side for their final two Tests in Australia. Cummins, 25, replaces Shannon Gabriel who sustained an ankle injury during the first Test in Hobart which ruled him out for the rest of the series.

Cummins' lone international appearance for the West Indies came in an ODI against Ireland in 2014, taking 1 for 42 in six overs, however he did play for a WICB Board XI versus the Australian tourists in Antigua earlier this year, claiming the wicket of Chris Rogers on the way to figures of 14-3-42-1.

In 36 first-class matches, Cummins has taken 99 wickets at 22.83. In the current West Indies first-class domestic season, Cummins sits 11th on the wickets list but third among fast bowlers with 16 at 20.43 for Barbados.

Victoria, meanwhile, have named an Invitational side to face the West Indians in a two-day tour match in Geelong from Saturday, including the likes of Travis Dean, Ian Holland and Aaron Ayre.

"It's a great opportunity for these guys to show what they can do at a higher level," Victoria chairman of selectors Andrew Lynch said. "[Blake] Thomson is one we have had our eye on for a while.

"He had a great Under-19 Championships where he was the only player to score two centuries and he has been a consistent scorer at under age competitions.

"[Sam] Grimwade has had an impressive 24 months and is probably the best under age spinner in the country. We've been keen for him to play a lot more games and now that he has finished his VCE [Victorian Certificate of Education], he can."

Victoria Invitational XI: Ian Holland (capt), Aaron Ayre, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Tom Donnell, Matt Doric, Sam Grimwade, Jake Hancock, Jeremy Hart, Dylan Kight, Jackson Koop, Blake Thomson.

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