I used to be disenchanted for getting out earlier than West Indies might cross the road: Jermaine Blackwood

Southampton, July 14

He missed out on a well-deserving century throughout the opening Test in opposition to England however West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood is extra disenchanted about not having the ability to keep until the goal was achieved.

Blackwood scored a match-winning 95 within the second innings as West Indies claimed a four-wicket win over England on Sunday. He was dismissed together with his workforce simply 11 in need of the goal of 200.

The 28-year-old has a formidable report in opposition to England, averaging over 50 and his solely century – an unbeaten 112 – additionally got here in opposition to the English workforce in Antigua in 2015.

“I was very disappointed in myself when I got out at that stage of the game,” Blackwood, who had scored 187 runs with a prime rating of 79 not out throughout his final tour of England, informed the Jamaica Observer.

“It was very emotional for me when I got out, not because I got out, it was because I didn’t take my team across the line. I wasn’t thinking about the hundred, I was just thinking about winning the game for my team.”  

The right-handed batsman, who has scored 1,469 runs in 29 Tests for West Indies to this point, acknowledged the boldness proven by his captain Jason Holder and coach Phil Simmons.

Coming to bat with West Indies tottering at 27-3, Blackwood rode his luck and guided his workforce nearer to the goal earlier than a second’s lapse of focus noticed him hit straight to Jimmy Anderson at mid-off within the 61st over.

“When you know that the captain has all confidence in you it just makes you feel good. I know Jason from way back from my Under-15 days, so he knows what I’m capable of doing,” he mentioned.

“At no point in time when I was going to bat in the second innings I felt pressure. Just before I went out to bat, the coach (Phil Simmons) and the captain both told me just to play my natural game, but just be selective.”      

The second Test begins at Old Trafford on Thursday. PTI

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