KINGSTON, Jamaica – Windies “A” captain Jahmar Hamilton said bowling is the strength, but batting will be the key to success for his side in the three-match, One-day series against Sri Lanka “A”, starting tomorrow under the lights at Sabina Park here.
Hamilton said Windies “A” were keen to put behind them the disappointment of losing the preceding “Test” series, which the Sri Lankans won 2-1, but the batting will have to improve.
“It is very important for us to win this series,” the wicketkeeper/batsman said. “We have been training very hard, but we failed to get the results in the ‘Tests’ we wanted, so we want to come out and win this series which will do a world of good to our confidence.
“Our batting let us down in the ‘Tests’, but I believe if our batting line-up can put some runs on the board and give our bowlers sizeable totals to defend, that would be key to our success.
“During the ‘Tests’, the bowlers were bowling them out, so I think if the batsmen can get it together, they will put their hands up again and defend the runs.”
On lessons learnt about the Sri Lankans during the “Tests”, he said: “We got to see how they play and they are naturally aggressive in their batting and they have a decent all-round attack. It is for us to do the basics and do them consistently well, and we will be successful.”
On the workload, following his appointment as captain for the matches, Hamilton said: “I did not get the runs in the ‘Tests’, but that is behind me now. I have been stroking the ball well, so it’s just about spending some quality time in the middle and once that happens, the runs will come. There is no additional pressure from being captain. I know the players well. They are a great bunch of guys, so that should make the task even easier for me.”
Four players that did not play in the preceding “Tests” have been chosen to reinforce the One-day squad. They are: Guyana Jaguars fast bowler Ronsford Beaton, Windward Islands Volcanoes all-rounder Kyle Mayers, along with the Jamaica Scorpions pair of Andre McCarthy and Odean Smith, a member of the West Indies Under-19 side that won the ICC Youth World Cup last year in Bangladesh.
Jahmar Hamilton (Captain)
Team Management Unit
Graeme West (Head Coach)
Dwain Gill (Team Operations Manager)
Corey Collymore (Assistant Coach)
Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)
Zephrynus Nicholas (Fitness Coordinator)
Dinesh Mahabir (Video Data Analyst)