Castries, St Lucia – Ramnaresh Sarwan is eagerly looking forward to his return to the West Indies for the upcoming limited-overs tour of Australia. The experienced middle-order batsman was named in the 15-man squad announced by the West Indies Cricket Board’s Selection Panel on Tuesday.

Ramnaresh Sarwan is happy be back in WI Colors. WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks

The team will be led by Darren Sammy with Dwayne Bravo as vice captain. The World T20 Champions will play five One-Day Internationals and a T20 International from February 1 to 13.

“I’m happy to be back in the team. Obviously I’ve been out for a while, but it feels really good to be back representing the West Indies. I am really looking forward to this tour and I’m confident things will go well for us in Australia,” he said.

The 32-year-old Sarwan is a former West Indies captain. He last played a One-Day International in June 2011 and his ODI career statistics show 173 matches with 5,644 runs at an average of 43.41 runs per innings.

“As a team we like the ball when it comes onto the bat so we should enjoy the conditions in Australia. I have played there a few times and we have other experienced members of the team who have played there as well. The team has been playing some good cricket recently so I will just fit in. I am an experienced player at the international level and will look to play my part and make a contribution in anyway I’m called upon,” added the Windies Number 53.

“I am hitting the ball pretty well. It’s a matter of me trying to get myself in and settle down and look to get big scores for the team. I want to get scores and help the team to win matches.”

The squad departs from Barbados on Wednesday, January 23 and arrives in Australia on Saturday, January 26.

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