KINGSTON: Australian-born Brendon Nash is among four newcomers named in the West Indies side for a tour of New Zealand.
All-rounder Nash, who now plays for Jamaica, qualifies for the West Indies through his father Paul, who represented Jamaica in swimming at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.
A former Queensland player, 30-year-old Nash is perhaps best remembered for taking 88 minutes to get off the mark in a Pura Cup match against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval in 2002.
Nash joins Lionel Baker, Kemar Roach and Leon Johnson as the new faces in the squad. Baker, from Montserrat, and Roach, from Barbados, are fast bowlers while Johnson is a batsman from Guyana.
Chris Gayle is retained as captain, with Ramnaresh Sarwan as his deputy.
The West Indies will play Tests in Dunedin from December 11 to 15 and Napier from December 19 to 23, plus two Twenty20 and five one-day matches.
The West Indies are eighth in the Test rankings, one point below New Zealand.
West Indies coach John Dyson said the players were looking forward to the tour and hoped to move up in the world rankings.
"The series will be hard-fought," he said.
"New Zealand is ranked one place higher than us and a series win might see West Indies overtake them. "Like all the top teams we will be looking for strong performances from our experienced, senior players."
The full squad is: Gayle, Sarwan, Baker, Carlton Baugh, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Fidel Edwards, Johnson, Xavier Marshall, Nash, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Roach and Jerome Taylor.
The line-ups for the Twenty20 and one-day games will be named later.