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Cotterell looking forward to India trip

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Sheldon Cotterell

Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer

New West Indies recruit, left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cotterell, is chomping at the bit to bowl against India.

The 24-year-old, who has in recent years been making an impression in regional tournaments, was recently selected to West Indies' 15-man squad for their upcoming tour of India.

"I am really looking forward to going to India and playing, as with my pace, aggression and accuracy, I know I can take wickets," said Cotterell. "There is also the fact that the Indians tend to struggle a bit against good fast bowling, and with me being in some sort of form I know I could cause some problems."

Cotterell, who starred with his pace and accuracy during the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament, is the only newcomer named to the West Indies squad.

However, before Cotterell can take up his position in the team, he will have to undergo a medical examination for an injury he sustained at the start of West Indies 'A' ongoing tour of India.

He twisted his knee during training ahead of the one-day and Twenty20 series, and was sent home for treatment.

That treatment is presently under way and Cotterell who represents Jamaica Defence Force in local competitions is set to have the injury assessed on Wednesday.

It's an assessment that Cotterell says he is looking forward to. "The injury is coming on much better now," said Cotterell.

"I am down to do a scan on Wednesday and after that a decision will be taken as to whether or not I am fit enough to go."

Cotterell who is expected to take part in a cricket festival organised by Melbourne Cricket Club and the Cricket Clubs and Associations Committee next weekend, also said he would not push the injury if was not fully healed.

"I won't cheat myself and my body. If I know I am not fit enough I will not go," he said. "There is a lot of cricket for me play and there will be much more opportunities if this one does not come through."

Cotterell has so far had modest returns for Jamaica in regional cricket since making his debut in 2011. He has taken 40 wickets at 26.72 while in five Super50 matches he has taken five wickets at 26.40.

It is his Twenty20 performances, however, that have been most impressive. In 15 appearances he has taken 20 wickets at an average of 19.40, and an economy rate of 6.65. West Indies are down to play two Tests and three ODIs while on tour of India.

The first Test is set begin on November 6 while the second Test is scheduled to start on November 14. The three ODIs will be played on November 21, 24 and 27.