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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, September 4, 2013
BRIDGETOWN---West Indies A captain
Kirk Edwards aims to use the tour of
India later this month to force his way
back into contention for the senior team.
"There s a job to be done (for the team).
I look forward to that," Edwards said.
"Personally, I know people harp on my
Test stint against England last year but
I think I had a good outing with some
consistent scores. It was a bit disap-
pointing but I ve got over it and I m look-
ing forward to making some runs and
moving back into the senior spotlight."
Edwards, 28, last played for West Indies
in May 2012 and has since been searching
for consistency in his batting. He seems
a viable option in Tests with an average
of 39.11 in nine matches but his ODI cre-
dentials---a top score of 40 not out with
an average of 19.12---struggle to match
up.His recent form is suspect as well,
having played only one game for the Bar-
bados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier
League. However, the selectors have seen
him as an A-team mainstay and contin-
ued to place faith in his leadership.
With a mooted senior team trip to
India before the visit to New Zealand,
Edwards was determined to make the
most out of this tour.
"This is an opportunity to propel you
into the senior team," he said.
"I need to keep getting scores to get
back into Test cricket and I ll be going
about things in a professional manner,
"I ve been on tour to India before and
I m familiar with the conditions, so this
knowledge counts for a lot."
Edwards believes that his team has the
right balance of youth and experience to
enjoy a good outing in India. While happy
to lead in the four-day matches, he was
hopeful being relieved of limited-overs
captaincy---with Kieran Powell taking
over---will allow him to focus more on
his own performances and present him-
self in better light to the West Indies
His side completed a successful series
against Sri Lanka A in June and Edwards
was grateful that the selectors kept the
majority of the nucleus intact. West
Indies began those unofficial Tests in
emphatic fashion, with three of their
batsmen recording centuries in the same
innings; Edwards, with 190, was the top-
scorer. Besides two high-scoring draws,
Edwards led his side to a 2-1 victory in
the ODI series and secured the T20 series
"This unit we have here was formed
for a while," he said. "It s positive to stay
with this group, let players get comfort-
able and learn the game from and with
each other. Experience counts for a lot
and this continuity will help us.
"The pitches and environment (in
India) are different to the Caribbean. It s
different for spin and the new ball turns
from ball one.
"Some outfields are quick and some
pitches have a lack of bounce but we can
and will capitalise on the good batting
tracks. It s a brilliant atmosphere because
people love cricket in India, so I hope
they come out for the games."
KINGSTON---Jamaica have named two
newcomers in a 27-man squad for their
World Cup Qualifying encounters away
to Panama on Friday and at home to Costa
Rica next Tuesday.
Leicester City defender Wes Morgan,
and Shaun Cummings, of Reading FC were
named by new head coach Winfried Schafer
during a news conference here late Mon-
Marlon King and Chris Humphrey, who
were banned from the national team for
breaches of the team s disciplinary code of
conduct, have been recalled.
Also returning to the squad are midfielder
Jobi McAnuff, captain of Reading FC, and
striker Luton Shelton, both of whom were
absent from Jamaica s last three World Cup
Qualifiers for varying reasons.
McAnuff missed the games for personal
reasons, while Shelton was surprisingly
dropped from the team.
"We must go to Panama confident, with
power," German coach Schafer told the
media before releasing the list of players.
"I want players who have heart for
Jamaica. If they don t have heart, I don t
Five local-based players have been named
in the squad---goalkeeper Gariece McPher-
son, defender Adrian Reid, midfielder Wolry
Wolfe, defender Kemar Lawrence and strik-
er Jermaine Tuffy Anderson.
Central defender Adrian Mariappa, who
signed for English Premiership outfit Crystal
Palace from Reading FC on Monday, has
also been included, though he remains inel-
igible for Friday s game against Panama,
having received a red card in Jamaica s last
game against Honduras on June 11.
"We have to be a team, not 11 players,
but a team, with a strong bench, strong 11
on the field," insisted Schafer.
"We must give the players confidence,
and we must trust the players, and the
players must fight for each other."
Jamaica sit in the cellar position in their
final CONCACAF qualifying group and
desperate needs a win to keep alive its
chances of qualifying for next year s world
cup in Brazil. (CMC)
Creole Galveston struck a huge blow for the local
breeding industry when he cruised to his first Grade
I victory last Saturday on the Neal & Massy spon-
sored Independence Day programme. The Shivam
Maharaj owned five-year-old won like a champion.
The only locally-bred horse in the $200,000 purse
Bernard Dulal-Whiteway Independence Cup over
1,800 metres, Galveston cruised home by 4 ½ lengths
as the even-money favourite.
Punters put their money on Galveston like losing
was out of the question, especially when the race
was switched from the turf to the main track, and
champion jockey Brian Boodramsing was booked to
Boodramsing held up the favourite behind Toro
Rosso, Secret American, and Red Lace until the far
turn, before the leaders opened up the rail coming
into the straight, and he shot clear for an impressive
success. Galveston which became the seventh horse
to go past $1 million in career earnings gave champion
owner Shivam Maharaj another $120,000 to ensure
he wins the owner s championship for yet another
Derick Mosca could not hide his obvious delight.
He stated: "This is a really good racehorse. I know
he had 51 kilos but he beat them so easy, it was not
funny. When I saw him going up the back and
Boodramsing stalking the pace, I knew it was just
a matter of time before he ran away from them, and
ran away from them he did. I know he will now have
to carry a bit more weight as he has won a Grade
One event but he is a talented horse and could prove
to be a champion."
Boodramsing, who got the winner as a spare ride,
was full of praise for the creole. He stated: "He is
a very good horse and he has shown it. He won as
he wanted. I was in tight going down the back but
once he saw daylight at the top of the straight he
fairly sprinted clear for an easy win.
Owner Maharaj commented: "He won like the
good thing which many expected. He has shown
everyone that he is a top class thoroughbred."
Winning impressively in the features was the order
of the day and after watching Bigman In Town saunter
home two weeks ago to a staggering 21-length victory
on his first start in this country, veteran owner
Baskaran Bassawh was looking for another stunning
performance from his aptly named filly Perfect Day.
The filly was sent off as the 1-5 favourite for the
Neal & Massy Oaks and she virtually toyed with the
opposition, winning eased down by 5 3/4 lengths.
Many knew it was a foregone conclusion that Perfect
Day would outclass her field and she did in the
$200,000 Grade I event.
Wilmer Galviz who had the steering job comment-
ed: "This is a good filly and she won really well. She
will run big against the colts in the Derby."
Owner Bassawh said: "Perfect Day, won convinc-
ingly on her only previous start in Trinidad three
weeks ago and certainly showed that win to be no
fluke. She won really well and will go well in the
Derby but she is not in the same league as Bigman
In Town. He has always been superior from their
juvenile day to their three-year-old career, so I am
looking forward to the Derby."
Jamaican trainer Gary Subratie stated," This is a
good filly and she won as we all expected, easily. She
has always shown that she is a classy filly and has
come out and won well. I hope the sloppy condition
which she has encountered on both her starts is not
the reason for her bold showing because I think she
will go on any surface. However, she is not in the
same class as Bigman In Town and he will be even
better on Republic Day."
Jamaica names 27-man squad for crucial games
on N&M card
Edwards bids for
West Indies return
Kirk Edwards, centre, stays positive about his
Test future. Also in photo, from left, are
Adrian Bharath and Fidel Edwards. AP PHOTO
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