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Excited about second Test - Jermaine Blackwood

Jermaine Blackwood's resilient knock of 92 in the second innings could not prevent the innings defeat for West Indies in the first Test against Sri La
Jermaine Blackwood's resilient knock of 92 in the second innings could not prevent the innings defeat for West Indies in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
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West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood is eager to put another good performance in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Blackwood scored a fighting 92-run knock in the second innings of the first Test and was the last man to fall as West Indies succumbed to an innings defeat against Sri Lanka.

Reflecting on his knock, Blackwood opined that he realized his mistake of playing at a wide ball in the first innings and refrained from attempting it in the second innings. 

“It was a pretty good innings.

“I made a mistake in the first innings, playing to a ball outside the off stump.

“After I got out, I went back and (had a) rethink on my innings.

“In the second innings, it old myself I will not play at any balls outside the off stump early on.

“I did that and I got a good result.

“I was trying to push towards a century, but unfortunately I got out at the last.” 

The 23-year-old is looking to draw from his experience from the West Indies A team tour of Sri Lanka last year in order to acclimatise to the pitches in the sub-continent.

“Last year at the same time I was here in the A team.

“I played a lot of games here.

“I kind of know the pitches here.

“I am always going to play my game and I play positive.

“In the end you have to play for the team.

“I tried to stay patient and bat as long as possible.” 

Hitting 10 fours and three sixes in his knock, Blackwood took on the Sri Lankan bowlers towards the later part of the innings in a desperate bid to prevent an innings defeat.

However, Blackwood ran out of partners and was eventually the last man to fall as Sri Lanka wrapped up the victory by an innings and six runs.

Knowing that he needs to be patient in the Sri Lankan conditions, Blackwood opined that if he can bat for longer periods, he will be able to put a big score on the board.

“I am looking forward for the second Test.

“I am excited. It is all about being patient.

“Once I am patient, I know I am going to make runs.

“It comes down to application.

“It all comes down to me, the way I think, the way I go about my game and right now I know how to go about my game in this part of the sub-continent.” 

The West Indies bowlers created enough chances but the sloppy fielding ensured that Sri Lanka were able to post a mammoth total in the first innings.

When batting in the first innings, West Indies were reduced to 171 for seven but a stiff resistance from Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach and Devendra Bishoo pushed the total to 251.

Seeing no concerns with the bowling performance, Blackwood was of the opinion that the West Indies batsmen can take inspiration from the lower order which put up a decent fight in the first innings.

“The bowlers did pretty well but it comes down our batting unit.

“Although it is not the most experienced batting unit, we have some guys who are experienced.

“We have to look at next game and look at what Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor did in the first innings – bat really long and apply (ourselves) at the crease.

“Once the other batters can do that including myself, I know we are going to do much better.” 

The second Test of the Sobers-Tissera Trophy  between West Indies and Sri Lanka will be held on 22nd October in Colombo.

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