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Taylor contented despite limited role at World T20

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 4:00 AM

West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor said though he only played in one of six matches in the just-concluded ICC World Twenty20 World Cup in India, he is more than elated that the team was able to recapture the crown.

"It's a team effort, and a win is a win," he said, shortly after the arrival of the Jamaican members of the team on Tuesday in Kingston.

"We knew when we left here (the Caribbean) that all 15 of us could not play at the same time.

"The nature of the wickets called for adjustments to be made, and the selectors chose horses for courses," he added.

Taylor, who claimed none for 30 off three overs in the team's tournament-opening six-wicket win over England, also explained that the decisions taken were supported by team members.

"It (to leave him out) was a team decision, as both players, management and everyone, we took unto ourselves to say that if that's the best case, then go with whatever decisions are made."

The 31-year-old, who said his focus would now turn to the upcoming Caribbean Tri-Nation series, involving Australia and South Africa, as well as the planned Test tour by India, also gave insight as to what the feeling was like in the players' dressing room in the last over of the final.

Needing a challenging 19 runs off the over with the previously unheralded all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who made 34 not out off just 10 balls, smashed four sixes off the first four deliveries to seal the win at 161 for six.

England had earlier made 155 for nine.

"For me, it was never over until the fat lady sings," Taylor said.

"We had some guys, who were feeling down and out by the moment. But we had guys, like myself, who was still pretty optimistic, this knowing the power hitters that we had at the wicket in Carlos Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels, who were set at the time and striking the ball pretty well."

He said he was happy to have played a part in making the Caribbean proud.

"The way the guys turned up and put the team and the people of the Caribbean in front was brilliant," he said.

- J. L.