Powell looks to make a case

CAVE HILL, Barbados – Kieran Powell said he was looking forward to the three-day, tour match between the WICB President’s XI and Australia, starting on Monday at the 3Ws Oval.

The West Indies opener endured a lean spell recently in the first three Digicel One-day Internationals against the Australians and lost his place in the senior team.

Powell said this match was another important opportunity for him to make a case for himself to get into the West Indies team for the Digicel three-Test series, which opens later this week.

Left-hander Powell has played four Tests for West Indies, after making his debut in the third and final Digicel Test against India last July in Dominica.

“I am very much looking forward to the game,” he said. “It is a wonderful opportunity not only for me, but the other players on the team to go out there and do well.

“I have done some technical work with the coaches to help overcome some of the errors I have made, but I was sick over the last week, and did not train too much. I think things have been coming together nicely over the last few days and I believe I am in a much better place now.”

The 22-year-old Powell was a graduate of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, which makes its home at the University of the West Indies campus here, where the venue for the match is also located.

He acknowledged it might be a homecoming of sorts, but hoped the conditions would favour a competitive match.

“I’m not too sure what kind of pitch they will produce, but it will be good challenge for us to play the Australians, and I am always looking forward to playing a good quality of cricket,” he said.

“I think the experience of playing international cricket has moulded me into a different person. Mentally and physically the challenges that you come across in international cricket are much tougher.

“I am grateful for every opportunity that I get to display my talent at the highest level. My mental preparation, the way I approach things now is drastically different than before.”

Powell has scored 197 runs at an average of 24.62 from eight innings in Tests. The highlight was a feisty 81 – batting at Number five – in the third and final Test against the Indians last November in Mumbai.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:23