Fletcher ready to switch gears for R4D

GROS ISLET, SAINT LUCIA - Upping gears has never been a problem for Windward Islands batsman Andre Fletcher.

His natural attacking batting style is entertaining to watch. However, as the Regional 4 Day Tournament starts, the challenge for Fletcher could be to gear down. 

Only on Thursday night, Fletcher spanked an aggressive 67 runs from 97 balls to help revive the Windward Islands against the CCC after the early loss of Miles Bascombe.

His knock included five fours and two sixes. Just under half his runs came from either over the boundary ropes or through it. Now though, not only does the colour of the flannels change, but also the field setting, the bowling, the time, and the mentality.

Known for his aggressive intent, Fletcher believes he can adapt well to the longer format of the game. There is enough evidence to suggest that he can. The right-hander has four First-class centuries and 13 half-centuries.

For him, the change is minor, "Well, it's not much of a difference, just more application at the crease, in the 4-Day, and I think once we do that, and we choose the balls to play the correct shots, we will make runs."

The batsman once dawned West Indies colours. He played 15 One Day Internationals but only scored two half-centuries. At 25 years of age however, Fletcher still has his goals set out. They don't include forcing his way back into the regional side, or maybe he's silent about those, but it does include short term goals.

He said, "I'm looking at, especially in the One Days to average at least over 45 and in the Four Days if I can get at least three centuries and a few half-centuries. Even if I get anything more than that it's a bonus, but that's my target."

He didn't seem too disappointed in getting out the crucial time that he did against the CCC on Thursday night, but he did show relief for the win. He said, "We are no underestimating any team but coming off from a win, the boys are very confident and we will go out there and play very hard cricket and hopefully win the game."

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 14:43