Taylor ready to go full speed ahead

AUCKLAND, New Zealand --West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor said he is eagerly looking forward to the upcoming Test Series against New Zealand. The athletic 24-year-old has been working hard in the nets and noted the tour could be his golden opportunity.

“I played against a few of the New Zealanders before so I have an idea what they are like. I have seen some new players coming into their team so I will be doing my homework to assess them and see how best I can exploit any weaknesses. I’m very upbeat and I’m looking to make this a big tour. I have been putting in some hard work and will be looking to put my best foot forward,” he said.

Taylor is ranked at Number 13 in the International Cricket Council’s Test Match rankings and Number 8 on the One-Day International table. He said that apart from team success, he also has his eyes on personal success and moving up the rankings.

“For me it is a chance to improve and try to move towards Number 1. My aim is to step-up and make a big contribution to the team. I have been going into the nets and trying to work on the areas I will have to hit when I step onto the field.”

Earlier this week Taylor was named Cricketer of the Year by the Jamaica Cricket Association. He said he was delighted to honoured by the administrators in his homeland.

“It is a great feeling to be named as the player of the year in my country and receive this prestigious award. This is a wonderful feeling. Over the years playing for Jamaica I always gave of my best.

“I would like to be seen as someone who always aims for the highest and is a good servant of this great game. This is a stepping stone for me. I am enjoying the award and looking forward to bigger things ahead.”