Windies back teenaged quick Jayden Seales to make impact against Proteas

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The West Indies appear set to back teenaged quick Jayden Seales for a fast-tracked Test debut against the Proteas in St Lucia on Thursday.

With Shannon Gabriel out injured, Seales, who has played just one First Class match looks set to be named in the final playing XI.

West Indies back teenaged quick Jayden Seales

Jayden Seales
Jayden Seales of West Indies poses for portrait at Habour Club, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, on June 08, 2021. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

West Indies chief selector Roger Harper feels the lack of experience at the senior level should not be an insurmountable obstacle for Seales.

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“I saw a young bowler perform in games where Test players and the best of our best of our regional first-class players were playing and he performed exceedingly well,” Harper said. “Better than a number of players who have been playing first-class cricket for a number of years. The thing is the match wasn’t classified as first-class match but those were played by the best of our first-class players.

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“I would like to think that if he can perform well in those games against those players, he has the potential to transfer that onto the Test scene.”

A dream come true

Seales says that just being in the setup is a dream come true for him but he hopes to be handed his first Test cap on Thursday.

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“Firstly, it’s a dream come true being in the set-up. Being in the final 13 obviously was a goal of mine,” he told the press on the eve of the first Test against the Proteas. “Just a matter of me now hoping that I get to play the first Test match and do my best for the team.

“I didn’t play much first-class cricket but I think being in the set-up and training with the team from New Zealand to now I think I’ve put in a lot of hard work and my body is ready,” he said. “Now I’ve to go out there and perform for the team.”

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The West Indies and South Africa will name their final playing XIs at the toss at 15:30 ahead of the first Test which should start at 16:00.

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