I Focus On What I Have to Do - Kirk Edwards
West Indies vice-captain Kirk Edwards is looking forward to his first experience of international cricket in England as his team prepare for their first-class game against Sussex.
They are likely to come up against England wicket-keeper Matthew Prior and left-arm spinner Monty Panesar in the first of two warm-ups ahead of the opening Test at Lord's on 17th June.
"I've played in the leagues in Nottingham, and then a little bit of cricket in Twickenham as well, but obviously being away from it for a while I'll have to come and re-adjust all the time, so looking forward to having my first hit in the outdoors," Edwards said.
"Whereever you go is a test, different places provide different challenges, so I've got to come in and adjust to conditions and be tough mentally out there to be able to face what the opposition send out at you.
"I watched England play cricket over the last couple of months compared to two years ago, they've built thereselves into the number one team in the world, and I give them credit for that. Who ever play against, as a batsmen, you have to play the ball not playing the opposition so to speak. My focus is on getting myself in positions and playing the cricket ball."
Edwards went on to talk about his method of batting out in the middle and how he takes inspiration from Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who recently passed 10,000 Test runs.
"Batting is sort of a reactive thing, obviously you have a batting plan in your mind, but you have to what the guy is throwing at you so I'll have to wait and see what they send.
"I've spent time with him (Chanderpaul) at the crease, he's the kind of guy who obviously if you go over and talk to him he'll give you some advice, but as you probably know he's a bit in his head, which is the strength of his game.
"I'm pretty much like that as well, in the sense I'm in my head as well so for everybody the experience with him is going to be different. He's a guy I enjoy playing cricket with and admire how he goes about his work, so hats off to him for all he's done.
"I don't get caught up with all this stuff that's going around, I focus on what I have to do and go about it in my own way in a sense. Obviously that has a lot to do with what the team wants at that point in time. That's the main thing, what ever the team wants I go get. If I don't have control over my mind the way I play I'm off less value to my team."
The combination of Sammy and Edwards as captain and vice-captain is a good indicator of the inexperienced nature of the touring squad but Edwards is confident he can help Sammy lead the side.
Talking about his role, he said: "Like any vice captain, It's to support the captain, obviously he's not going to see everything that's going on out there. He's making a lot of decision, looking at this looking at that and thinking ahead whos bowling next.
"I'm the guy probably out there is going to be 'bring that guy a little to his left or right' and share suggestions I have. Same as any other vice captain I think, nothing special really."
Edwards has already scored two centuries in seven Tests and boasts an average of 50.53 but he faces arguably his toughest test batting in the top order in English conditions.
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