Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Taylor honoured to return

Jamaican fast bowler Jerome Taylor says he feels honoured to have been recalled to the West Indies squad after an absence of nearly five years. Taylorís return to the regional setup has been plagued by a series of back-related injuries over the years.

ďItís a prestigious feeling, a feeling Iíve always wanted,Ē he told the Jamaica Observer. ďIíve been looking forward to this for some timeĒ.

Taylor was the pick of the West Indies bowling attack with one wicket on Sundayís opening day of the current test against New Zealand. He has returned to the ground where his sensational second- innings spell of 5-11 and match haul of 8-85 helped to wreck England in February 2009.

ďIíve had very good performances here so itís just to try and get as close as possible to the one I had against England,Ē said who turns 30 later this month. ďItís going to be difficult, but itís a target and if I can get that it would be good for me and for the West Indies.Ē

The Jamaican has 29 Test matches between 2003 and 2009 and took 82 wickets at 35.64. He also has a Test century to his credit. ďIím here again and Iím trying my best to stay on the park. Itís about continuing to improve and see how best we can take it from here,Ē said Taylor, who was Jamaicaís top pace bowler in this seasonís Regional Super50 and Four-day tournaments.

ďItís a lot of work that has been put in over the last couple of months. In the [training] camp the other day I did a lot, physically and mentally. Everything is okay with the back, so if selected, Iím just looking to go out there and exploit (the opposition)Ē.

West Indies and New Zealand are due to play the second Test match at the Queenís Park Oval in Trinidad & Tobago from next Monday to Friday, while the third is scheduled for the Kensington Oval in Barbados from June 26-30.