Brathwaite’s wicket key for Scorpions – Campbell

first_imgJohn Campbell, captain of Jamaica Scorpions, believes the wicket of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite will be key if the Jamaica Scorpions is to make a comeback in their WICB Professional League encounter at Sabina Park.Brathwaite, the captain of the Pride, at the close was on 66 when his team closed on 103 for three on the first day.This was in reply to the Scorpions pedestrian first-innings total of 177 after they had won the toss and elected to bat.”His (Brathwaite’s) wicket will be key, and if we can come out and get his wicket, I think their batting will be under some pressure,” stated Campbell, who is leading the Scorpions for the second time.Coming off scores of 117, 30 and 34 since his return from Australia with the West Indies Test team, Brathwaite, in his usual accumulating style, has so far batted for close to two and, half hours and hit 11 fours.Of note, as well, was his duel with the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.Closing with competitive figures of three for 22 off 14 overs, Miller got the ball to turn considerably, putting Brathwaite and others under pressure at times.”Miller put in a good spell,” conceded Brathwaite, who is eyeing a 16th first class in the process.”Once the spinners hit in the right areas, it is not easy scoring as the pitch is turning.”But its’ just about trusting my defence and staying positive when I see the ball to score and rotation of the strike.He continued: “I would like to score a hundred here at Sabina Park. The last couple of times, I scored two 90s.”I am working towards that, but, at the end of the day, I am looking to build a foundation with my team to get a big score.”With him at the close was the in-form Royston Chase, who has batted for 39 minutes and is nine not out.Earlier, the Jamaica Scorpions, hoping to break a string of three consecutive defeats, were led to their total by Andre McCarthy, 52, and opener Shacaya Thomas, 50.McCarthy, entering the fray with Jamaica at 42 for one, batted for one hour and 48 minutes and counted six fours and a six, while Thomas batted for an hour and 34 minutes on his way to hitting his second half century in as many matches.Former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Justin Greaves with five for 41, his first five-wicket-haul in his third first-class encounter, was the pick of the bowlers.New West Indies left-arm spinning recruit Jomel Warrican ended with two for 43.”We did not get anywhere close to the runs that we wanted,” Campbell highlighted.”But, having said that, the total is already there and is a task for our bowlers to go and defend.”last_img read more

Aim is to wear the Baggy Green, says MoM Behrendorff

first_imgGuwahati, Oct 11 (PTI) He is ecstatic after his match- winning performance in his very second international game but rookie left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorffs ultimate aim is to play Test cricket for a long time.”Test cricket is the ultimate prize and wearing the baggy green cap is something I am sure all cricketers aspire to and I certainly do. I will be pursuing and doing everything I can to play Test cricket,” Behrendorff said after winning Man of the Match award for his 4/21 in Australias eight wicket victory.Having bowled just an over on his debut in Ranchi, the lanky pacer made the most of the overcast conditions to rip through the Indian top four — Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey — in 15 deliveries.The feeling of winning a game for Australia is yet to sink in.”An unbelievable feeling to be honest. Ranchi was almost nearly not getting on at all, to get one over was great to get out there but to bowl four overs tonight to take four wickets but mainly to get a win, to get the boys back up and about after a pretty tough time in the one-dayers, its very special,” said Behrendorff.”I was really happy with that. A few ones that I got hit to the boundary probably were not obviously where I needed to be bowling.”But obviously to get the ball up there, swing the ball, hit guys on the pads and nick blokes off those are the things we talk about in our meetings to get the balls in those areas especially up front so I was very happy with that.”advertisementIts interesting to see if Australia would field two left-armers in Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc in the upcoming Ashes.”We are left-armers, we both swing it a bit. Mitch bowls a bit quicker than I do, but I know Mitch reasonably well. Ive spent a bit of time playing with him occasionally but mainly against him. He is someone that I feel I can talk to and get some advice off as well.”Having been hit for two boundaries in the first over, Behrendorff set it up nicely for Rohit Sharma. The full length delivery swung back to trap him leg before.”For me, thats what I generally try to do — swing it back, thats my plan up front especially to the right handers,” he said.Being aggressive may be fast bowlers forte but Behrendorff wants his ball to do the talking.”You dont have to be mean and nasty all the time. Generally I try and let my skills and the ball do the work and let that do the talking for me instead of getting into a verbal battle or anything like that.”Some guys enjoy that and thats what gets them going and fired up, but its not really my style.”Having struggled with with injuries, Behrendorff has acquired education in sports science.”Its nice to have a bit of knowledge about whats going on so I can chat to the doctors and the physios and understand exactly whats going on, what I need to do.”Behrendorff knows a thing or two about intense rehabiliation programmes.”The main thing is doing your rehab and getting back… and now enjoying playing international cricket for the first time. Its something I have worked so hard for and I am loving every minute of it.”Back home it was an emotional time for his family.”It was a very special moment probably telling my wife first off was amazing. She was away at the time so we had to do it over the phone. She was very excited.”The next best one was my dad. Hes never speechless, hes an outgoing sort of guy but he was speechless on the phone for about 10 seconds.”The latest Aussie pacer may also be sought after in the lucrative Indian Premier League T20.”It might do. Thats down the track, Ive got a fair bit of cricket to play yet so first and foremost focussed on winning the next game in Hyderabad and then got a summer of cricket to play but that would be very nice,” he concluded. PTI TAP KHS KHSlast_img read more