Taylor looking to hit stride at right moment
Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter
After spending almost three years out of the game with a chronic back injury, it has been a slow, step-by-step rehabilitation process for West Indies and Jamaica Tallawahs pace bowler Jerome Taylor.
But, following somewhat of a slow start to this season's Limacol Caribbean Premier League, the pacer is hoping to get back to his fiery best at just the right time.
"Right now, I'm still getting some of the cobwebs out of the system, but come the business end of this tournament, I hope everything will fall into place," Taylor told The Gleaner during a tour of the Digicel headquarters in downtown Kingston yesterday by the Tallawahs team.
In four games so far this season, Taylor has taken two wickets at an economy rate of 9.16. The figures are a bit below bowling leader Ravi Rampaul, who boasts statistics of 11 for 7.89, and Tallawahs team leader André Russell, who has taken six wickets at a rate of 7.54.
With several frustrating spells on the sidelines and several stalled comeback attempts, Taylor is simply happy to have the familiar feeling of the grass beneath his feet as he rapidly accelerates towards the wickets.
"Right now, I'm just happy to be part of this Tallawahs team. Coming back to start in the first four games, I'm really happy with where I'm at right now, that is considering that I haven't played T20 cricket for the last two-and-a-half to around three years."
The spirit of the team, in additional to feeling physically in top shape, Taylor explains, has made the come back that much easier.
"I'm happy with how my body is responding to the work it has been put under, and at this point, it's coping well. I'm pain-free, and that allows me to concentrate on where I need to be physically, and the cricket aspect of things," Taylor said.
"I can tell you honestly that being with the Tallawahs is one of the nicest places to be right now. The guys are very upbeat, and the camaraderie is one of our main driving forces to win. The guys are all for each other."
After four games on the road, the St Elizabeth native is also happy to be back on Jamaican soil and looks forward to performing in front of his home crowd.
"The home atmosphere is always pleasing to me; I never get tired of it. There is just something prestigious about being in front of your own people and trying to give a good account of yourself, trying to represent them well. You can be under pressure sometimes, but the fact that you have the home crowd and their support gives you that extra drive.