Coach Bennett hails comeback kid Taylor

Jamaica Star article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Fast bowler Jerome Taylor has drawn praise from coach Junior Bennett following two impressive performances at the on-going NAGICO Insurance Super50 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.

Taylor, who is making a return to competitive cricket since aggravating a back injury two years ago in the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20, played in two of Jamaica's three first-round matches.

The 29-year-old, left out of the team's opening encounter against dethroned champions Windward Islands, was given the new ball against Ireland and Guyana before finishing with three for 33 off 9.1 overs, and, none for 27 off eight, respectively.

"It is early days yet, however, I believe he has started well in regards to his comeback," says Bennett.

"In the first game, you could see him running in and finding his rhythm, while against Guyana there was improvement in his pace and accuracy.

"I would therefore say that he is progressing nicely and one expects that the more matches he plays, the better he will get."

Taylor, who last represented the West Indies four years ago, is in contention for a starting place when Jamaica oppose Trinidad and Tobago in the first semi-final at Queen's Park Oval tomorrow.

One of three specialist pacers in the squad, Taylor has been swopping starting spots with young West Indies recruit Sheldon Cottrell and the usually reliable Andrew Richardson since the start of the tournament.

Cottrell, after finishing with one of 66 against the Windwards, was dropped for the Irish clash, before returning to claim three for 62 against Guyana.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Richardson claimed none for 30 off five overs against Windwards and one for 31 off eight overs against Ireland, before being omitted from the third and final zonal fixture against the Guyanese.

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 14:30