Nash eyeing Test spot

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica batsman Brendan Nash believes his short break from the game has fuelled his desire to fight his way back into the West Indies side.

The Australia-born left-hander was axed from the regional squad last June following a run of low scores against Pakistan and India.

He opted out of the Regional Super50 in October but has returned to action in the Regional 4-Day tournament with success this season, smashing an unbeaten double hundred against Guyana last weekend.

“I didn’t feel that was the best way for me to make an assault on getting back to the West Indies team,” Nash told the Jamaica Gleaner, referring to his decision to miss the 50-overs tournament.

“The tournament was fast approaching and I didn’t feel my head was in the right place, so I decided to back off a little bit and take some time off and spend time with my family and discuss what was the best way to go forward again.”

He added: “The break was about working on my assault on getting back in [the West Indies team] and to score some runs for Jamaica and do well. We are chasing something very special as well; five (regional first-class titles) in a row has never been achieved, so we want to do that.”

Nash’s unbeaten 205, which set up Jamaica’s eight-wicket win, was his first score past 50 in the competition after getting starts but failing to build. He said he was focusing on building his innings properly as he chased big scores.

“I have been working on the start of my innings, and once I get that start to 20, 30, 40, then I am trying to work on that side of my innings were I really kick on,” he explained.

The 34-year-old Nash has scored two centuries in 21 Tests since making his debut four years ago against New Zealand, and averages 33.42.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 12:33