Ja upbeat ahead of Red Force clash
Jamaica will be missing fast bowler Jerome Taylor and batsman Jermaine Blackwood but coach Junior Bennett believes the team still stands a good chance of getting a positive result against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their third round WICB Professional Four-day League at Queen's Park Oval.
The match-up, which is slated to get under way today, will see Jamaica missing the services of Taylor and Blackwood, due to West Indies Test duties.
The two, who were a part of the Jamaica squad that drew against Barbados last weekend, are scheduled to leave the Caribbean shortly for the West Indies tour of South Africa.
"In cricket, you are always going to have players replacing players for different reasons," cited Bennett.
"It is the responsibility, however, of the squad selected to get the job done, and I think the squad we have can give a good account of themselves."
Jamaica, third in the points table on 19 points, one behind the Trinidadians, recently added West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and batsman Horace Miller to their line-up for the clash.
The left-handed Cottrell, who is also slated to go to South Africa, is set to play in order to confirm his readiness for international cricket. This is after he had sustained a hamstring injury with West Indies 'A' on their tour of Sri Lanka last month.
Miller, in the meanwhile, who has struggled for form last season, gets his first call-up of the season.
"We have played two rounds of matches so far winning one against the Windwards, and a no result in the other against Barbados, after losing three and a half days to rain," Bennett explained.
"We have, however, put that (rain-affected) match behind us, and have now turned our attention to the Trinidad, which is a very important fixture for us.
He added: "It should be a very tough match, but we are up to the challenge, as we want to gather as many points as possible on the road."
JAMAICA (from): Tamar Lambert (captain), Carlton Baugh Jr, Dave Bernard Jr, Nkrumah Bonner, John-Ross Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Damion Jacobs, Andre McCarthy, Horace Miller, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Shacaya Thomas, Keno Wallace.
T&T RED FORCE (from): Rayad Emrit (captain), Akeal Hosein, Stephen Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Yannick Ottley, Nicholas Pooran, Marlon Richards, Lendl Simmons, Daniel Sinclair, Kerwyn Sirju, Jeremy Solozano.