Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica fast bowler Sheldon Cotterrell is surprised at being selected in the West Indies' provisional 30-man squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
The left-armer, who picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket against Trinidad and Tobago last week, is one of two uncapped players in the squad, which will be trimmed to 15 for the June 6-23 tournament.
"I was a bit surprised when I heard that I was in the squad, as I have never gotten a look-in for a regional team before," said Cotterrell.
"I figured they were looking at me given my recent performances with the High Performance Centre team. However, I never expected them to be looking at me for the Champions Trophy."
The 26-year-old, who is a member of the Jamaica Defence Force, ended with five for 43 against Trinidad and Tobago which earned him the Man of the Match award.
It was one of his best bowling performances to date in all formats of the game, as, while bowling with speed, he has not been able to pick up wickets at will.
In his last five matches, including games against the touring Zimbabweans and Guyana last Sunday, his figures read 1-3, 0-45, 5-43, 0-31, 0-33, 1-7, 1-30 and 0-15.
This is further reflected in his first-class statistics, which has seen him taking 26 wickets so far at an average of 27.34.
He has also taken three wickets in four Super50 matches at an average of 35.66, and 12 wickets in eight Twenty20 games at an average of 17.83.
Cotterrell, the least experienced of eight fast bowlers in squad, said he plans to work hard in the remainder of the regional Four-Day and Super50 tournaments with the hope of making the final cut of 15.
"I see my chances as good as anyone else and plan to work harder than I have been doing to see if I can make the final squad," he said.
"I just need to keep on doing what I have been doing, that is bowling fast and at a good line and length and take as much wickets as I can."