Chinelle Henry and Britney Cooper have been ruled out of the ongoing ODI series against India in Antigua. Henry, the allrounder, will be unavailable for seven days after having suffered a concussion in the first ODI. Cooper, on the other hand, was struck by a ball during training and now has a bruised shin.
Henry hit her head against the advertising boards when she dived in an attempt to save a boundary on Friday (November 1). The 24-year-old was immediately pulled out of the game and replaced by 19-year-old Shabika Gajnabi who became the first concussion substitute in women’s cricket. The youngster went on to pick up two crucial wickets through the course of the game and helped West Indies sneak to a one-run win.
CWI have not announced a replacement for Henry since Hayley Matthews, the opening batter who is serving out her suspension, is expected to join the squad for the final ODI. She is set to play her first international match since June having been withdrawn from the home series against Australia.
Cooper, West Indies’ second injury casualty this series will be replaced by Caneisha Isaac, an uncapped bowler from Trinidad and Tobago.
“Isaac is a young medium pacer and a live wire on the field who impressed during the recent pre-series camp,” Ann Browne-John, CWI’s lead selector for women and girls, said. “She will join the group of young medium pacers being groomed in the thrust to continue the development of young players.”
Having taken a 1-0 lead in the series on Friday, West Indies now have a chance to seal the series in the second ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday.