'I need more 100s' - Blackwood looking to build on good run of form

By Sports Desk December 27, 2020

West Indies batsman, Jermaine Blackwood, is looking to build on his current run of good form and identified performing at a consistently high level for the regional team as his next target.

The 29-year-old Blackwood was one of the few bright spots for the Windies on a dismal tour of New Zealand that was capped off by massive innings defeats in a two-Test series.

Blackwood, however, managed to do something the majority of his teammates could not and that is score runs.  The Jamaica-born batsman crafted a determined 104 in the first innings, of the first match, forming a valuable partnership down the order with bowler Alzarri Joseph.  In the second Test, he scored 69, a high score for the second-match batting line-up.

While acknowledging the achievement, the batsman has insisted there is plenty of hard work to be done.

“I did well but it wasn’t enough, because we still lost the two-Test games.  So, I think going forward I need to do better so I can actually win some games for my team,” Blackwood told the Mason and Guest radio program.

The batsman believes a huge part of his success was due to the preparation he put in heading into the series.

“I think my preparation was good.  I really prepared well.  I went to New Zealand and did a lot of work with Roddy Estwick and the batting coach in the nets, doing specific stuff, stuff that I knew I was going to get in the game,” he added.

“A lot of short ball stuff in the nets because I knew I was going to get a lot of that in the game.  So, I already prepared for that in the training session so once I stepped out it would be natural.

“Having been out of the Test arena for years my first series back against England I would say I missed out there.  I told myself once I got into the 90s again, I was not going to miss out.  I’m working hard to get my conversion rate better and get some more 100s.  So, I think I am making some good strides.”

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