Time right for Taylor return says Bennett

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - West Indies 'A' coach Junior Bennett believes the time is now right for Jerome Taylor to return to the West Indies senior team set-up.

Taylor, who last represented the region in Tests in 2009, and one-day and Twenty20 internationals in 2010, emerged as second highest wicket taker among fast bowlers in the WICB Four-day Tournament.

The former West Indies front line pacer, who turns 30 next month, claimed 25 wickets at 25.28 apiece to finish 10th on the overall bowling chart.

Experienced Windward Islands left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters, who took 40 wickets at 12.75, topped the bowling standings.

"I think he (Taylor) is ready again for the big times, ever for the upcoming series against New Zealand," said Bennett, also the coach of Jamaica.

"My only concern was that for the last two to three years he did not complete a season.

"This year, however, he was able to stay injury free, and stay the course, first with the regional Super50 and then with the four-dayers."

"His returns in both tournaments were also good, and given his skill set, I have no doubt he can make a successful return to the international arena."

Taylor also finished 10th in the bowling rankings during the Super50, after taking six wickets from three games at 11.83 apiece.

The West Indies are slated to face New Zealand in three Tests and two Twenty20 Internationals. The first Test will be played on June 8 at Sabina Park.

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 06:56