Sydney: Jimmy Maher will join the Australian team in the West Indies to give wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist a rest, the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) announced on Sunday.
ACB chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said Maher would arrive in the Caribbean in time for Australia’s match against a University of West Indies XI in Barbados, beginning on April 26.
Maher was a member of the World Cup-winning Australian but missed out on the Test squad.
However, the Queensland captain was certain to make the Australian one-day squad to play the West Indies as soon as the Test series was over.
“We are not necessarily saying that Jimmy is the country’s second-best wicketkeeping option,” Hohns said in a statement.
“But for this match we would rather introduce a player who is going to be with the team for the duration of the trip, rather than fly someone across for a few days.”
Hohns said Gilchrist needed a short break after an exhausting schedule in recent months.