MANCHESTER, England, Jul 2, CMC – Speedster Shannon Gabriel has forced his way into the West Indies squad for the three-Test series against England starting next Wednesday.The 32-year-old has been a regular member of the West Indies Test XI in recent years but was included among 11 reserves for the current tour after being forced out of competitive cricket due to ankle surgery last December.Gabriel had hoped to prove his fitness at the back end of the West Indies first class championship but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the abandonment of the last two rounds back in March.Excluded from the 14-man Test squad for the series, Gabriel impressed in the two ‘inter-squad’ warm-up matches, taking four wickets in last week’s three-day match and another four in his only bowl in the four-day game which ended here Thursday.On both occasions, the Trinidadian looked sharp and bowled with pace, and chief selector Roger Harper said his inclusion would be a boost to the fast bowling attack.“I am delighted that we are able to add Shannon to the Test squad. He has shown that he is fit and ready, he will add experience, firepower and potency to the bowling unit,” Harper said.Gabriel has taken 133 wickets from 45 Tests and was a key member of the Windies side which beat England 2-1 in the Caribbean last year to recapture the Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade.He is expected to form a four-pronged pace attack with captain Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph for the upcoming first Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.The Caribbean side, who have been based here at Old Trafford since their arrival in the United Kingdom nearly a month ago, will head to the south coast on Friday to beef up preparations.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach
The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team wants to do what most Division I athletic programs want to do every time they compete: Win the game.After losing exhibition matches against Creighton and the University of Illinois-Chicago, the squad fought to not add another pair of losses to the column, forcing ties with Tulsa and Oral Roberts. The potential exists for future outcomes to change, but it will be anything but a cake walk through Ann Arbor. Wisconsin will look to open up Big Ten play with a bang, as they clash with a Wolverines squad Friday evening that has yet to lose, and more importantly, have yet to leave campus. Five straight home games leading into conference play has the Maize and Blue quite confident going into their showdown with the Badgers. UW has maintained a strong defensive front amid the loss of Sam Brotherton, who signed with English football club Sunderland following the conclusion of last season. Senior and Illinois native Christopher Mueller has made quite the effort to fill in Brotherton’s cleats this fall.His defensive prowess has allowed for a better transition to the Wisconsin offense on the pitch. Fellow Badger defender Alex Masbruch looks to continue his comeback campaign following his devastating ACL injury that cut his season short last year. Driven by the memory of himself sitting on the sideline while his teammates fell to the hands of the Maryland Terrapins in last year’s Big Ten Championship game, Masbruch is out for revenge. Already exceeding coaches’ expectations, he will look to continue his return with a strong showing against Michigan.Men’s soccer: Big Ten play opens for Badgers against MichiganDuring the 2016 offseason, Wisconsin men’s soccer sent many of its players to the Premier Development League of the United Read…After winning their lone matchup with the Wolverines during the 2016 season 2-1, the Badgers will look to renew their dominance against Michigan with the start of 2017. Their slow start to the season should not be discouraging, for the Badgers are known for their strong starts in Big Ten play, winning their first two conference matches in each of the last two years. Such success should be replicated this year.The Badgers and the Wolverines will square up against one another Friday night at 6 p.m.. The game will be televised on BTN Plus, which students connected to campus wi-fi can watch for free.
In his second tournament as a professional, Paul Dunne will be looking to follow-up on his impressive performance at the Dunhill Championship last week as he’s among the early starters today at Woburn.Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Darren Clare are also in this week’s field.Graeme McDowell is another early starter this morning – after a disappointing 2015, the Ulsterman says he’s already firmly focused on next year.