What spots in the Windies side should Super50 players be eyeing?

By December 05, 2018
Leighton Levy

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    The teenager - who made 134 on debut against West Indies in October - has now been ruled out for the remainder of the tour, with uncapped batsman Mayank Agarwal called up as a replacement.

    However there was better news for India concerning Pandya, who has been called up to the squad after overcoming a back injury picked up during the Asia Cup, the all-rounder proving his fitness in domestic cricket.

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    "It's been a bit of a long time between wins, but any time I'm playing in Australia, with the Australian cricket team, we feel pretty confident. 

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    "So we're feeling pretty confident of putting that into practice more often than not this summer."

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    The opener faced 489 deliveries at the Basin Reserve in Wellington as he made a career-best 264 not out, the highest score by a player carrying their bat in a Test innings, surpassing Alastair Cook's unbeaten 244 for England against Australia in Melbourne last year.

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