Edwards relishes new role as vice-captain
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – New West Indies vice-captain Kirk Edwards said he was looking forward to his new role in the team as the side prepares for the start of the Digicel Test Series against Australia.
Edwards demonstrated leadership qualities since making his debut last year and was elevated to the position of deputy to Darren Sammy.
Speaking on Friday ahead of the start of the first Digicel Test here, Edwards said his main job was that of supporting the captain and to contribute in a meaningful way with the bat.
“It is an honour to be appointed vice-captain of the West Indies team and it is something I'm really looking forward to,” he said.
“My main job as vice-captain is to support the captain on the field as well as off the field. On the field, the skipper won’t be able to see everything so part of the job will be to offer support and maintain the positive vibe.”
“We are a young team, a somewhat inexperienced team, but we have strength and togetherness,” said Edwards. “Everyone has one common goal. We have an understanding in the team and that is playing together and playing for each other.
“You saw it in Bangladesh and India last year, and you saw it again in the Digicel One-day and Twenty20 International Series against Australia. We play with pride and we play for the people."
Edwards made his Test debut last year against India and had an immediate impact with a match-saving century against India in Dominica.
He stroked an equally well-compiled second Test hundred against Bangladesh in Mirpur, and carried that good form into the away series in India.
Saturday will mark his first Test match on home soil and he is looking forward to the occasion.
“As a boy growing up, I would come to Kensington Oval and watch the greats play,” he said.
“It was always a dream to play for West Indies, and obviously, [this match] will have great meaning as I will be playing a Test match before my home crowd. The focus will be the same as any other Test – prepare well and adhere to the basic.”
He said: “It has been heartening to see the way the fans have come out to support the team and the players have responded in a big way.
“As a team, we believe we are mentally tough and we can stand up to the challenges. I know the fans will come out expecting a West Indies win and we will play for that. We will play to win. We believe we can win.”