Windies call up Browne as Ramdin cover

Published: Saturday, December 29, 2007, 10:42 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: The West Indies called up uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Patrick Browne to join the squad on the tour of South Africa.

The 25-year-old is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town ahead of the second Test, which starts on January 2 at Newlands.

"The call-up came as a total surprise but I'm delighted. I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and I'm looking forward to it," Browne said.

Browne has been called up after the team management decided that a second wicket-keeper was needed to share the workload with Denesh Ramdin.

He has played 44 first-class matches since his debut in 2001 and is a former West Indies Under-19 and West Indies 'A' Team player.

West Indies are in a pretty strong position in the first Test as they hold an overall lead of 359 going into the fourth day but with just two wickets remaining in their second innings.


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