Wicketkeeper ready for 'challenge' of replacing Baugh as Ja's gloveman
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Opener and wicketkeeper, Horace Miller, believes he has what it takes to fill the boots of Carlton Baugh, Jr during the upcoming West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
The 25-year-old, who has played second fiddle to Baugh, Jr in recent years in regional tournaments, was recently given the task of gloveman on a regular basis by the national selectors.
This was after he was named as the specialist wicketkeeper in a 14-man squad.
This means that Baugh, Jr, who has been keeping wicket at the first-class level since 2000, was being left off a Jamaica contingent for the first time, providing that he was not on West Indies duties or injured.
"Taking over from Baugh on a full-time basis should be a challenge, but it is one that I am prepared for," said Miller.
"I was the full-time wicketkeeper when the country played in the Caribbean Twenty20 in 2011, and since then, I have kept wicket when he is not around."
Miller, a former West Indies Under-19 opener, made his one-day debut for Jamaica in 2008.
Since then, the former Jamaica Under-19 and Under-15 standout has gone on to play seven matches for an average of 18.71, including a top score of 42.
He has also played 10 first-class matches, averaging 14.64 runs, with a highest score of 66.
Baugh, Jr, in the meantime, has played 103 one-day encounters for an average of 20.08 and a top score of 72.
He has also played 47 one-day internationals for the West Indies, with an average of 20.08 and a highest score of 49.
Comfortable at any position
Meanwhile, Miller, who is unaware if he will be asked to open the batting, or bat in the middle to lower order, said he would be comfortable at any position.
"I am not sure if I will open, but I have played batting roles at the top and the bottom in the past, and I have no problem," he said.
"My intention always is to get as many runs as possible, and that will continue to be my focus."
Jamaica, champions of the Super50 in 2011, will play Leeward Islands Hurricanes in their opening Super50 Group B clash next week Thursday.