Shamarh Brooks has replaced Nkrumah Bonner in the West Indies team for the 1st Test against Australia at Optus Stadium, Perth.
Bonner was struck on the back of his helmet from a bouncer by Cameron Green early on the third morning of play.
He batted on for more than half an hour before retiring hurt for 17 off 47 balls.
Brooks, who batted just once on the tour, scoring 56 against a NSW/ACT XI, was then thrust into action.
He made 33 off 58 balls as West Indies were bowled out for 283 in reply to Australia’s 598 for 4 declared.
“I just basically played a lot of things in my mind that I saw in the last day and a half. I got myself ready and I’ve played at this level before,” said Brooks after the game.
The Barbadian has played 11 Test matches scoring a hundred and three half-centuries.
Brooks said he surface at Perth was good and he enjoyed the challenge of batting there.
He said that the West Indies would have to bat four or five sessions to save the match.
“That’s what I think they will give us because I think it’s still a good batting pitch. I don’t think they will go too deep tomorrow. The openers showed a lot of fight. We still have a second innings to play,” Brooks said.
Australia closed on 29 for 1 with a lead of 344 runs with two days still to play.
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