February 12, 2003

McLean replaces Collins for New Zealand match

Media Release

West Indies has named Nixon McLean to replace fellow fast bowler Pedro Collins in the final 11 for their second Cricket World Cup 2003 match against New Zealand at St. George's Park.

It will be McLean's first international match for West Indies in almost two years. Aged 29, he has played 44 limited-overs internationals, scoring 309 runs at an average of 12.36 and captured 46 wickets at 36.76 apiece with an economy rate of 4.86 runs per over.

His international career appeared to have ended after playing in the Cable & Wireless 2001 home limited-overs international series against South Africa before taking up an offer to play for the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins in the South Africa provincial championship later in that year.

West Indies completed a three-run triumph over South Africa in their opening match at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday and manager Ricky Skerritt says the side is looking forward to the match.

"We are optimistic about or chances against the Black Caps and are looking to continue to build upon the hard work that we have put into preparing for the CWC 2003," remarked Skerritt.

Squad: Carl Hooper (captain), Chris Gayle, Wavell Hinds, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Carl Hooper, Ricardo Powell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Ridley Jacobs, Vasbert Drakes, Nixon McLean, Mervyn Dillon.