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Taylor focused on winning

Published:Wednesday | June 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Jerome Taylor has been the most impressive bowler in the ongoing Test series between the West Indies and New Zealand.

The fast bowler is looking to continue his form in the upcoming third match at Kensington Oval, starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. (9 a.m. Jamaica time).

Taylor, who turned 30 on Sunday, has so far taken 10 wickets at the impressive average of 17.20 runs per wickets. He bowled well at Sabina Park in Jamaica to mark a significant return to the international stage and was outstanding during the victory at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.

Speaking during the team's training session yesterday, Taylor said he is focused on a victory in the third match - which would help the Windies clinch the series.

"I'm focused on winning. I always focused on winning, I play to win," he said.

"Every time I step out on to the park I try to make an impact and try to bowl the team to victory. It doesn't always work that way, but hard work pays off and I know once I work hard I will get rewards."

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The Jamaican had not played a Test match for five years, but has been brilliant since his return to the regional stage earlier this year.

He was among the leading bowlers in the NAGICO Super50 tournament, as well as the West Indies Cricket Board Regional Four-Day Championship.

"I want to continue to stay fit and stay on the park ... to represent the West Indies for as long as I can and do well for the people of the West Indies," he said.

"I'm happy with the way I'm bowling, but there is always room for improvement. I'm up for it in this Test match as I was in Jamaica and Trinidad. I'm feeling really great in mind, body and soul."

Taylor enters tomorrow's match with 92 wickets and says he has his eyes set on the magical 100 milestone.

"When I started the series I was thinking about it (100 wickets). I was thinking that if I bowled well enough I would get pretty close. It would be good to get eight wickets or more ... not just for me, but for the team. That would be something special and truly satisfying as I look to bigger and better things ahead."