Taylor good to go - West Indies coach says J amaican speedster should return in ODI vs Ireland
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Fast bowler Jerome Taylor is expected to be part of the West Indies' starting line-up for today's Supreme Ventures Sports Betting (SVSB) Twenty20 clash against fellow ICC World Twenty20 Championship qualifier Ireland at Sabina Park, beginning at 1 p.m.
Taylor, who is expected to spearhead the team's bowling attack as it seeks to extend its winning streak to five in the festival, has been out of competitive action for close to five months, after picking up a back injury in Australia late last year.
He has, however, been in training, and with the West Indies hoping to lift the World Twenty20 on home soil, was included in the team's 15-man squad for event, which will be held in Guyana, Barbados and St Lucia.
"It should be good for the home fans to come and take a look at Jerome for the first time back after a long injury lay-off," said West Indies coach Ottis Gibson, following the team's six-wicket win over the Irish on Thursday at Sabina Park, in the second of two one-day internationals.
"He's looked very well and has been training hard and the signs as it relates to him are looking very good," he added.
Taylor is expected to join Ravi Rampaul, David Bernard Jr and stand-in captain Darren Sammy as pacers in the squad, with left-arm spinners Nikita Miller and Sulieman Benn providing able support.
On the batting side, much will be expected of in-form batsmen Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine.
Sarwan is coming off two unbeaten knocks against the Irish, 47 not out on Tuesday in the first one-dayer and 100 not on Thursday's one-dayer. Chanderpaul made 101 against the same opposition in the first one-dayer. Deonarine, in the meanwhile, has been relatively consistent with scores of 40, 40, 31 and 57.
Enjoying the Festival
"We are enjoying the festival thus far. It is aimed towards the World Twenty20 and winning games certainly helps," said Gibson, who is yet to lose a game in charge since taking up the post in the recent series against Zimbabwe.
Ireland's coach, former West Indies opener Phil Simmons, says he expects his team to put up a better showing than they did in the one-dayers, as was the case when the teams met last weekend for the first time in a Twenty20 match at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.
The West Indies, after struggling at 10-3, went on to win that game by 31 runs. The West Indies made 143-8 off their allotted 20 overs and in reply the Irish were stifled for 112-7 off their 20-over allotment.
"I think it's easier to pull off a shock in Twenty20 because recovery time is less than in 50 overs," Simmons said.
"We have played that little bit more Twenty20 than we had going into the last World Cup so we are slightly wiser about Twenty20 cricket," he added.
The festival, which also featured Jamaica and Canada, will conclude tomorrow with the West Indies and Ireland meeting again at the same venue, starting at the same time.