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I will work even harder - Powell - Jamaican vows to bounce back after disappointing omission from Windies CWC squad

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:24 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Rovman Powell
Rovman Powell

Jamaican all-rounder Rovman Powell said his omission from the West Indies 15-man One-Day International (ODI) squad to this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales is a major wake-up call for his career.

The 25-year-old Powell, who made his ODI debut for the regional side in 2016, told The Gleaner that he was disappointed by his non-selection and is determined to work even harder on improving his game.

“It is a wake-up call to make me work a little harder on my game because I wouldn’t just write it as a setback,” said Powell. “I am disappointed, but in the midst of everything, life goes on.

“To be honest looking back, some things could have changed. The last time I played for the West Indies, I captained the team in Bangladesh, and after I came back, I struggled a little, and then I got injured, and then I wasn’t selected for the tour to Ireland, and so the writing was on the wall,” Powell said.

Working hard

Powell, who is averaging 23.92 from 34 matches with a high score of 101, added that he has been working very hard in training to ensure that he will be selected for future West Indies teams.

“I am sure that I will represent the West Indies in the near future and so that is one thing that I am very sure about,” said Powell. “Once I go back to the drawing board and do the necessary work, then I am sure that in the future, I will be selected.

“I have to target some competitions because I am currently in training now and just making sure whenever I am given the opportunity in the future, I put my best foot forward,” Powell said.

“I am currently working with Robert Samuels, and I will be going overseas to work in a facility to improve some aspects of my cricket,” he said.