Jamaica’s Marshall excited

Jamaica Right-handed batsman Xavier Marshall said he was excited about being the only newcomer on the West Indies squad for next month’s tournament in Australia.

The 18-year-old from rural St. Ann parish in eastern Jamaica is also the third teenager from his country to be chosen for the West Indies team in four years.

‘I’m very excited about being selected and I feel good about it,’ Marshall said Saturday. ‘I hope I can go there and do my best.’

His selection for the Australia tour came after an impressive performance in three major tournaments this year.

In the ICC World Youth Cup in Bangladesh, Marshall scored 335 runs, including 105 against South Africa. In the West Indies Under-19 competition, he tallied over 500 runs and was named player of the tournament.

In November, Marshall was selected for Jamaica’s senior team for the regional one-day championship. He scored 303 runs including 125 against Guyana plus half-centuries versus the Leeward Islands and eventual champions Trinidad and Tobago.

The West Indies Cricket Board named a 14-player squad Friday after weeks of squabbling over a contract dispute.

The team is headed by coach Bennett King and captain Brian Lara, one of several players whose endorsement deals with Cable & Wireless is at the center of the dispute. Cable & Wireless is a competitor of the cricket board’s official sponsor, Digicel. The West Indies Cricket Board named the following 14-player squad for next month’s one-day tournament in Australia.

The team is headed by coach Bennett King and captain Brian Lara, one of several players whose endorsement deals with Cable & Wireless is at the center of the contract dispute. Cable & Wireless is a competitor of the cricket board’s official sponsor, Digicel. The squad also includes vice-captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Gayle, Wavell Hinds, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Ryan Hinds, Courtney Browne, Ian Bradshaw, Pedro Collins, Mervyn Dillon, Reon King and Xavier Marshall, the cricket board said.

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