Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Johnson ‘elated’ with WI call-up

Guyanese middle order batsman Leon Johnson is  ‘very happy and elated’ to be called up to the West Indies team for the second Test against New Zealand starting tomorrow at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Johnson, from Kumauni Creek in the Demerara River, opener Kraigg Brathwaite and middle order bat Jermain Blackwood were three changes made to the Windies squad after the team lost the first Test by 186 runs at Sabina Park last week.

“I just want to continue scoring runs as I have been doing and make meaningful contributions in whichever way I can to the team” Johnson told the Kaieteur News shortly before leaving for Trinidad and Tobago.

The talented player who also bowls useful spin made his first-class debut for Guyana against the Leewards at Enmore in 2004 when he was just 16.

Johnson has two hundreds and 19 fifties from 50 first-class matches and has been consistent this season for Guyana when he registered his maiden first-class to for his country in Antigua against the Leeward Islands in April.

“I think the main reason for my recent success is due to me maturing not only as a player but a person as well, so that has enabled me to understand the game and my own game better,” explained Johnson.