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Windies trio anxious to play their part in Scorpions revival

Friday, January 04, 2019

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The return of three West Indies players could work in favour of Jamaica Scorpions as they host Windward Islands Volcanoes in today's start of the regional four-day match at Sabina Park.

All-rounders Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen and pace bowler Oshane Thomas have just recently returned from the limited-over phase of the tour of Bangladesh during which time they missed the Scorpions' stunning 41-run loss away to Barbados Pride in mid-December.

All three are named in the 13-man squad to face the Volcanoes.

The 25-year-old Powell, only recently named captain of the One-Day International side, is seen by some as a specialist in the shorter formats. However, his desire to support the Scorpions' cause and also to further hone his craft compelled him to make himself available for this clash.

“It's an important game; it's no secret that the team didn't start well in Barbados, so as a team we're looking to put that behind us and put our best foot forward against the Volcanoes,” Powell told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

“I'm still in a bit of development phase. As well as I've done over the last year or two in white ball cricket, I come back to four-day cricket because that's where we learn most of our cricket. I come here to try to do good things for the Scorpions. It gives me a good feeling and also it's a good opportunity to work on my cricket,” the big-hitting batsman said.

The tall and strongly-built Thomas, 21, troubled the India and Bangladesh batsmen with his raw pace, even if at times he was on the expensive side. He is anxious to unleash in regional cricket.

“I'm back from ODI and T20 (Twenty20) tours and it's a wonderful feeling being back with the Scorpions for my first four-day game. I'm just looking forward to help my team as best as I can. My main focus is to play Test cricket, so I'm working on my fitness and trying to stay injury free.

“Test cricket is hard so I want to get as fit as possible so that in 2019 I can represent the West Indies in Test cricket. My first ODI series was against India and I troubled their batsmen on flat wicket so it was a great experience for me,” Thomas said after net practice at Sabina Park on Wednesday.

Allen, a 23-year-old middle-order batsman who bowls left-arm orthodox spin, is looking to kick on after impressing with two centuries during last season's tournament.

“It's always a pleasure to play for your country. I want to execute, try to build an innings and try to help my teammates as well. Last season was a good accomplishment for me. This season I just have to stay focussed. It's all about being confident and also playing each ball on its merit,” he told the Observer.

“On West Indies duty it was a tough series, but cricket is tough and you have to just grow each time you go on the field and try to learn as much as possible,” Allen added.

Recently appointed interim head coach Robert Haynes believes the trio adds both batting depth and bowling firepower to the Scorpions set-up.

“I think it's a good batting line-up for sure. When you look at the batting you have a player like Aldaine Thomas could be coming in at number eight who is capable of making runs.

“When you look at the fast bowling department, we have three out and out fast bowlers, including West Indies fast bowler Thomas. There is [Jermaine] Levy and [Reynard] Leveridge who has played West Indies A team cricket.

“In the spin department we have Nikita Miller and we have Fabian Allen, so I think it's a very good combination,” Haynes explained.

The first ball is scheduled to be bowled at 2:00 pm in the day/night encounter.

The Scorpions, who have played only one match, are fifth in the six-team league standing with five points, while the fourth-placed Volcanoes have 21.6 points from two outings.

— Sanjay Myers


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