Cooper replaces Knight in Windies ODI squad

Kycia Knight has been replaced by Britney Cooper in the West Indies women's squad for the third and final ODI of the series against Australia, set for WednesdaY at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua. Knight had injured her lower back during the opening overs of the first ODI of the series at Coolidge, where Australia thrashed West Indies by 178 runs.

Knight did not bat in the West Indies chase as a result, and did not feature in the second game. After examining the scans done on her, the CWI medical panel ruled Knight of the third ODI. Cooper joined the team in Antigua on Monday in preparation for the final game even as West Indies trail 2-0 in the series.

Cooper last played an ODI in June in England but her single-digit scores in the series led to her omission from the original ODI squad against Australia. The West Indies are also without their regular vice-captain Hayley Matthews, who had been withdrawn from the series just hours before the start of the opening ODI due to disciplinary issues. The exact nature of her breach of the Code of Conduct has not been revealed.



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