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Charles replaces Bravo as Windies Twenty20 team finalised

Charles, a top order batsman, was part of the West Indies team that won the 2012 World Twenty20

West Indies' Johnson Charles hits a boundary during their second One Day International cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files
West Indies' Johnson Charles hits a boundary during their second One Day International cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Johnson Charles has replaced Darren Bravo in the West Indies team for the World Twenty20 in India next month, selectors said on Saturday. Charles was part of the World T20 triumph in 2012, but he has been drafted into the World Cup squad as more than just a lucky charm.

Charles, 27, has been brought in after Bravo declined to sign the remuneration contract by last Sunday's deadline, opting instead to focus on the longer formats of the sport.

Charles, a top order batsman, was part of the West Indies team that won the 2012 World Twenty20, though he made a duck in the final against Sri Lanka.

He has played 23 Twenty20 internationals, scoring 463 runs at an average of just over 21, with a strike-rate of 114. He has recently given a great performance for St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League.

The World Twenty20, to be played in India, starts on March 8. West Indies have been drawn in the same group as England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and a qualifier.

Squad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor

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