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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Blackwood eyeing extra runs in 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Reinvigorated West Indies batsman, Jermaine Blackwood, says he’s eyeing extra triple determine scores this yr, within the wake of his spectacular current kind for the Caribbean aspect.

The 29-year-old was just lately named vice-captain in a second string West Indies 15-man Check squad for the tour of Bangladesh, and is anticipated to be a key member of the batting unit.

Blackwood was the main batsman for West Indies on each Check excursions final yr, averaging 42 from 5 Checks with 100 in an in any other case disappointing displaying from his teammates.

“I’m going to attain extra centuries this yr. It’s one thing that I all the time inform myself that I need to do as soon as I get again into the crew,” the Jamaican advised the Gleaner newspaper right here.

“As you possibly can see, I’ve began effectively, it’s only for me to proceed taking part in my recreation and try to win some video games for my crew.”

Blackwood was axed in 2017 following a tour of Zimbabwe when he scraped 9 runs from three innings in two Checks.

Nonetheless, he signalled his revival with a bumper yr within the current firstclass season, amassing 768 runs at a mean 51 – highlighted by a superb double hundred in opposition to Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

Having pressured himself again into the aspect for the historic tour of England final July, Blackwood struck 95 within the first Check at Southampton and adopted up with 55 within the first of the 2 Manchester Checks, to finish the collection with 211 runs at a mean of 35.

He carried the run-scoring into the ill-fated New Zealand tour, hitting 100 within the first Check at Hamilton to high his aspect’s scoring charts with 216 runs at a mean of 54.

Blackwood, who has featured in 33 Checks, stated whereas he had returned to the squad with a starvation, he had not anticipated being the main run-maker.

“I didn’t suppose I’d be the primary batter on the crew in the beginning of the yr. My predominant goal was that at any time when I bought again into the crew, I wished to attain runs and cement my place,” Blackwood defined.

“To see how I went about issues in two powerful circumstances in England and New Zealand, I really feel superb however I nonetheless really feel I may have provided extra for the crew batting-wise.”

A number of first selection gamers, together with captain and main all-rounder Jason Holder, have pulled out of the Bangladesh tour on account of “COVID-19 associated considerations or private fears”.

The squad is scheduled to depart the Caribbean subsequent week for the January 10 to February 15 tour which contains three One-Day Internationals and two Checks.

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