Fit Cottrell raring to go
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell says he is now fit and ready to resume his international cricket career after being out for close to six weeks due to a hamstring injury.
The 25-year-old, who has been selected in the regional side's Test squad for next month's tour of South Africa, picked up the injury last month while in Sri Lanka playing for the West Indies A Team.
"I'm 100 per cent fit right now. No pain, nothing at all. It's just for me to continue to play a lot of cricket," said Cottrell, who played for the Ocho Rios Chargers in the Jamaica Premier League Twenty20 on Sunday.
"I was in Sri Lanka when I got a slight groin strain and had to leave the tour early to get treatment. But in that five weeks I have been working out with Jamaica fitness trainer David Bernard Snr, where we did a lot of strength work and sprinting," he added.
Requested by the West Indies selectors last week to play in Jamaica Franchise's next game away to Trinidad and Tobago on Friday - as a means of proving his fitness - the left-handed Cottrell claimed two for 21 off the maximum four overs in his outing for the Chargers. His returns helped his team to secure an eight-wicket win over Kingston Hurricanes at Chedwin Park.
Going All Out
"Coming back, I did not go all out in the game," Cottrell said. "I just did enough to get an assessment as to where I am and I think I did well. I feel like whenever I decide to go all out I will be ready."
Meanwhile, Cottrell, who is one of five fast bowlers in the West Indies 15-member Test squad, said he was looking forward to the South Africa challenge.
The other fast bowlers are Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, and Jason Holder.
"I feel that little period here in my career is my time," said Cottrell, who in his solitary Test against India late last year ended with first-innings figures of one for 72 off 18 overs.
"After being dropped from the Test team, I did not get disappointed or look at it as a turn down or failure.
"Instead, I saw it as an opportunity to work harder, and I believe I have been doing that.
"The South Africa tour coming up and possibly World Cup early next year, and I am looking forward to playing in all three facets," Cottrell stated.
Cottrell is yet to represent the West Indies in one-day internationals. He has played three Twenty20 Internationals and taken five wickets at an average of 14.00.