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Hetmyer upbeat despite missing maiden century

Published:Monday | July 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman/ Gleaner Writer
Shimron Hetmyer (front) plays a lofted drive on the third day of the second Test match between the Windies and Bangladesh on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Sabina Park.

Young Windies batsman Shimron Hetmyer has expressed displeasure in falling short of recording his maiden Test hundred at Sabina Park, but remains confident that over time he will be able to achieve the feat.

Hetmyer, brought into the Test team for the second and final Test against Bangladesh at the weekend, was dismissed for 86 in the team's first innings total of 354.

This was after delighting with his elegant stroke play on day one, and, resuming the second day on 84.

The Windies, after dismissing Bangladesh for 149 and 168, and scoring 128 in their second innings, went on to win the match by 166 runs.

"It was disappointing missing out on my first century. But I will just try to build on that, try and take it step by step," said Hetmyer, who was competing in his seventh Test.

The 20-year-old, who captained the Windies Under-19 team to the ICC Youth World Cup title two years ago, during his knock, slammed nine fours and a six, the latter of which was a peach, given the effortless use of his feet that he employed while hitting it straight.

His innings, which also saw him sharing an innings topping four wicket stand of 109 with first innings century maker Kraigg Brathwaite, saw him passing the half-century mark for the second time, and took his average of 26.83.

This is similar to his one-day international average of 30.22 from nine matches, including a top score of 127.

Meanwhile, Hetmyer, who was dismissed for 18 in the second innings as the Windies tumbled to 128, is also happy with the support and encouragement he has been receiving in the team.

"It's a lot of motivation being around the senior players, as everyone backs me, and backs my ability and so on," he said.

"It's a very good environment for me, and I gel very nicely with the guys."