West Indies’ Roach, Dowrich to return home

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich have been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand and are to return home.

Roach’s father died shortly before the first Test in Hamilton and he was returning home to be with his family.

Dowrich suffered a finger injury on the first day of the match at Seddon Park and was unable to bat in either innings but the team said in a statement the wicketkeeper was being released for “personal reasons”.

West Indies captain Jason Holder had said after Sunday’s innings and 134-run defeat that it was unlikely either player would be available for the second match at the Basin Reserve, which begins on Friday and wraps up the tour.

Top-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer is also doubtful for selection as he is undergoing concussion protocols after being struck by a delivery during the Twenty20 series.

All-rounder Keemo Paul is still having treatment for a groin injury.

Uncapped wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva, who was one of the wider squad players on standby in New Zealand, had been added to the 14-man test squad.

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