33-year-old West Indian opening batsman Dale Richards is in a positive mood ahead of the third and final Test against South Africa in Barbados, saying that following his recall, he has "nothing to lose".
“I only have two Test matches under my belt but at the end of the day, at 33 years old there is nothing to lose. It’s just about getting out there and doing my bits,” he told media in Bridgetown, the venue for the match which gets underway tomorrow (26th June).
Richards is expected to open the batting alongside captain Chris Gayle after he was drafted in to replace Travis Dowlin and Richards believes that beginning your international career as an experienced cricketer need not necessarily be a disadvantage.
“A lot of people write off a lot of guys at 30 but I think when you get to that age, you understand batting more. I don’t go in the game with any sort of pressure,” he added.
Richards was a late addition to the One-Day International squad earlier in the tour and although the team lost 5-0 to South Africa, Richards impressed by scoring 157 runs at 39.25.
“In the Digicel One Day Series I backed myself and batted positively. This is Test cricket so I need to spend some time at the top of the order along with Chris, but I think we should come out and play some very positive cricket. Some positive cricket will really help the people in the Caribbean,” he said.
The West Indies go into the final match of the series 1-0 down following a 163-run defeat in Trinidad and a high-scoring draw in Saint Kitts.
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