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Tuesday, March 2, 1999 Published at 04:43 GMT

Sport: Cricket

Injury-hit West Indies reveal squad

Brian Lara: Captaincy only for first two Tests

The West Indies have announced a squad of 15 for the first Test against Australia, starting on Friday.

Brian Lara will captain the side for at least the first two of the four Tests - a series that sees the home side as rare underdogs after their disastrous tour of South Africa.

A vice captain will be appointed when the final 11 players are chosen within a few days.

Australia, led by new captain Steve Waugh, are considered the best Test side in the world and are expected to take advantage of a beleaguered West Indies team.

Other players named on Monday were: Suruj Ragoonath, Sherwin Campbell, Dave Joseph, Jimmy Adams, Roland Holder, Phil Simmons, Lincoln Roberts, Ridley Jacobs, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Mervyn Dillon, Reon King, Pedro Collins, and Corey Collymore.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Darren Ganga, and Dinanath Ramnarine were all injured and not considered for selection.

Another West Indies regular, Carl Hooper, who is in Australia, reported that he was not available for the squad.

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