Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Augustus aims for consistency


ADJUSTING WELL: Jonathan Augustus

Mark Fraser

Former West Indies Under-19 batsman Jonathan Augustus is looking for consistency and a lot of runs as he tries to break into the Trinidad and Tobago senior ranks for the 2014 season.

Augustus, who was in the regional Under-19 side with Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul and Lendl Simmons, is now 28 years old and wants to make every opportunity count.

“This season, whatever game I play, I just want to score runs and be as consistent as possible,” the right handed middle order batsman told the Express during the second day’s play of the second T&T Cricket Board three-day trial match at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva, yesterday.

“At the end of the day it is all up to runs. If you score runs you will get the opportunity and if you don’t, the selectors may see it differently so all I could do is score runs when I get the opportunity,” he added.

He also recognises how difficult it will be to break into the T&T four-day side but is happy to be given the opportunity to try.

“It is always nice to have the chance to represent your country,” the Queen’s Park Cricket Club batsman said about being called for trials.

“There are some seasoned campaigners and some youngsters coming up so competition is very high and if you miss out one weekend the pressure is on you. The competition is good and it makes the job for the selectors very hard.

“It has been a learning experience trying to get back into the trials mode but I am adjusting well and hopefully in time things will work out,” he added.

Augustus hit 85 on day one of the second trial match on Friday and although he was disappointed he did not go on to make a century, he was still pleased with the knock.

“It was nice. I batted for about three hours and it had one or two little ups and downs but generally I was hitting the ball okay. I was a little upset I did not get three figures but that is how it goes sometimes,” he said of his half century effort which was much better than his knocks of 18 and 32 in the first trial match the previous weekend.

Speaking about the first three-day trial when both teams failed to reach triple figures in the first innings, Augustus said: “The wicket was difficult. Some batsmen applied themselves, some did not but at the end of the day we need to be accountable.

“Yes the pitch may have been a factor but at the end of the day, we have to adjust to suit. I batted for about an hour (in the first innings) and unfortunately I got out to a good ball. When you look back at it as a cricketer you think you could have done things a bit different when the occasion is over but when I assessed it I think I did a fairly okay job.

“When you experience something like that, you learn stuff from it but the question is, when it comes up again, can you apply what you learned,” Augustus added.

The second trial match concluded yesterday.