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Last Updated:  Monday, 17 March, 2003, 03:01 GMT
Waugh keeps Test captaincy
Waugh celebrates Australia's Ashes win
Waugh has impressed domestically since winning the Ashes
Steve Waugh will lead Australia on their four-Test tour to the West Indies.

Dropped from the one-day side a year ago, Waugh announced last weekend that he had decided against retirement.

He has been in fine domestic form, scoring three centuries for New South Wales on the way to the domestic first-class title.

The Blues clinched the Pura Cup after a 246-run victory over Queensland in the final on Sunday.

No major changes have been made to the side that has won eight of their last 10 matches, although the last outing was a 225-run defeat to England in the final Test of the Ashes series.

However, one-day captain Ricky Ponting has moved a step closer to replacing 37-year-old Waugh as test skipper by replacing Adam Gilchrist as vice-captain.

"As a selection panel, we have recommended that Ricky Ponting take on the vice-captaincy," ACB chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said in a statement.

"The move certainly isn't a reflection on Adam Gilchrist's performance in that role, because he has been and will continue to be a terrific leader.

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Steve Waugh (capt), Ricky Ponting (vice capt), Andy Bichel, Adam Gilchrist (wkt), Jason Gillespie, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hogg, Justin Langer, Brett Lee, Darren Lehmann, Martin Love, Stuart MacGill, Glenn McGrath, Damien Martyn, Ashley Noffke

"But we feel that it is a logical step, given Ricky's role with the one-day international side, and Adam is fully supportive of the move," said Hohns.

Pace bowler Jason Gillespie has been named, although his inclusion depends on recovering from an Achilles tendon injury sustained during the World Cup first round.

The bulk of the side is currently involved in the World Cup, but Test opener Justin Langer has secured his spot.

Batsman Martin Love has earned a place after replacing the injured Darren Lehmann in the final two Ashes Tests.

The selectors have picked two spinners in Brad Hogg and Stuart MacGill, with Shane Warne serving a 12-month ban for taking a banned substance.

Ashley Noffke edges out Brad Williams and left-armer Nathan Bracken for the fifth pace bowler's spot.

"Ashley has played a big part in Queensland's recent run of success and we have been very impressed with his form for both Queensland and Australia A," Hohns explained.

"We expect this tour to fast-track his development, just as Glenn McGrath took a big step forward in his career on the 1995 tour of the Caribbean."




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