West Indies' new pace men

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The West Indies have included two new young fast bowlers with the traditional attributes of size, strength and speed, if not statistics, for their tour of Australia starting in November, writes Tony Cozier.

Nixon Alexei McNamara McLean, 22, and Patterson Ian Chesterfield Thompson, 24, also possess the type of flamboyant names characteristic of so many of their great predecessors. It is the first tour for both.

McLean, a strapping 6ft 4in and from St Vincent, has been chosen on the flimsy evidence of 15 wickets in nine first-class matches at an average of 40. But he has created a favourable impression on those knowledgeable about fast bowling in these parts

Adrian Griffith, a tall left-handed opening batsman, is the only other newcomer. There is no room for Glamorgan's Ottis Gibson, only now overcoming a hernia operation, nor Leicestershire's Phil Simmons.

WEST INDIES SQUAD (for tour of Australia in November): C A Walsh (capt), J C Adams, C E L Ambrose, K C G Benjamin, I R Bishop, C O Browne, S L Campbell, S Chanderpaul, A F G Griffith, R I C Holder, C L Hooper, B C Lara, N A M McLean, J R Murray, R G Samuels, P I C Thompson. Manager: C H Lloyd. Coach: M D Marshall.

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