Bennett impressed with Brown's recovery

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - National coach Junior Bennett is expressing satisfaction with the progress of leg-spinner Odean Brown, who, last December had a knee operation.

The operation forced Brown to miss Jamaica's regional Super50 campaign in Trinidad and Tobago last month, as well as their first two four-day matches.

"He's coming on faster than we expected, so it's just a matter of time and for him to continue in the same vein," said Bennett.

"He has been putting in the work, which is extremely important, and has been bowling in the nets whenever the team is around."

Brown, who has been an integral part of Jamaica's recent regional four-day cricket dominance, recently expressed optimism at being part of the team for their third match against the Windward Islands.

The match is set to be played at Sabina Park, starting next Friday.

However, according to Bennett, while he is happy with the progress of the 31-year-old, he cannot say if the third match would be the ideal game for him to make a return.

"We cannot say (if he will be considered) because we don't know," Bennett said.

"He can probably run in a straight line now, but it is the twisting and turning that could be a bother."

Jamaica, in the absence of Brown, largely used part-time off-spinners Tamar Lambert and John Campbell to complement their pacers during the Super50 tournament.

They have also used off-spinner Jamie Merchant in their first two four-dayers against Guyana and the Leewards, with left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, who recently returned from West Indies duties, joining him for the latter.

Uncapped leg-spinner Damion Jacobs was also drafted into the squad for the Leewards games.

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:40