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Charles targets big runs

Published:Saturday | August 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Tallawahs opening batsman Johnson Charles has set his sights on scoring over 600 runs in this year's Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which begins on August 8.

Charles, 29, had a poor tournament last year for the St Lucia Stars, where he scored 158 runs in 10 matches at an average of 15.8.

However, the explosive opener told The Gleaner that he has worked on his batting in the offseason, and so he is looking to reclaim his form, which saw him scoring 441 runs in 11 games in the competition in 2016.

"Last year, I didn't have the best of years, and so I am looking to get back up there in terms of runs because my main aim is to get the most runs in the tournament," said Charles. "I am eyeing 600 runs at least this year."

"It (batting) has been coming up because I have been doing some work, and it has been coming off better than last year, and so this year, hopefully, it all come together," he said

Aim to win

The right-handed batsman also added that his aim is to help the Tallawahs win this year's CPL competition.

"It is going to be a different feeling from back home playing for the St Lucia Stars, but it is all about adapting, and I am just looking to come out and give a good performance and a good account of myself and to help the Jamaica Tallawahs win," said Charles, while adding that he is looking forward to playing in front of the Tallawahs home fans.

"The Jamaicans, they are very vocal, but they are not the most vocal in the world because I have played a lot of international cricket, and one way I have learnt to deal with crowd is to block them out and just play my cricket whenever I get out on to the field," he said.

"But I know that it is going to be a tremendous atmosphere at Sabina Park, and I am looking forward to this," Charles stated.