Blackwood to use HPC for Windies call-up

Jamaica Gleaner article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Jamaica batsman Jermaine Blackwood hopes to use the upcoming series between West Indies High Performance Centre (WIHPC) and Bangladesh 'A' to strengthen his chances of gaining selection to the West Indies senior cricket team.

The shot-making Jamaican, who was the top run-scorer during the just-concluded WICB Regional Four-Day Tournament, is set to make a return to the WIHPC outfit, which will be engaged in a seven-match series with the Bangladeshis.

"It's a good opportunity for me to go out there and make some runs and let the selectors see what I can do," said Blackwood.

"It has been going well for me this season, but I did not get as much centuries as I would have liked and would want to use this series to change that.

"I would like to score at least one century and a half-century in the four-day matches and look to take it from there," he added.

611 Runs

Blackwood made 611 runs during the four-day tournament at an average of 40.63.

This included five half-centuries and his maiden first-class hundred of 118, which was made against the Windward Islands in the final for the season-ending Headley-Weekes Trophy.

The runs tally of the 22-year-old also took his first-class average to 34.07 from 14 matches.

The Bangladesh series is scheduled to get underway next weekend. It is set to feature two four-day matches, two 50-over games and two Twenty20s, with the matches being played in Barbados.

Two other Jamaicans, left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, are also part of the WIHPC squad.

The West Indies are down to face New Zealand in three Tests and two Twenty20 internationals early next month.

First Published In The Jamaica Gleaner.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 05:08