Blackwood ready to face Bangladesh’s all-out spin attack
One of the most consistent performer in the current West Indies national Test team is Jermaine Blackwood. Before the start of two-match Test series against Bangladesh, Blackwood shows his form in words too as he declares he’s preparing to face more spins from Bangladesh.
The Caribbeans have played their last two Test series against England and New Zealand. At the end of those two series, Blackwood was the best batsman for the team. He scored 427 runs at the average of 42.70 in these two series with a century on Kiwi soil.
So, without any doubt, he will be an important member of the Test team in Bangladesh tour. Blackwood knows very well how much the team relies on him. So he is getting ready mentally as well as starting practice. After playing in pace-friendly wickets in England and New Zealand, he is mentally prepared to handle Tigers’ spinners in Bangladesh spin wickets.
“These type of surfaces are very slow. So I have to [prepare] mentally, because technically I can’t do too much work right now,” he said about the Bangladesh pitches. “But mentally I know it is going to be very slow and it will spin. Once mentally I am ready, I am good. Then everything takes care of itself.
“I am batting very good in the nets, so I am just looking forward to transfer that in the middle. I can’t really wait to just go out there and play some cricket. I have been in Bangladesh for a while now so I am just eager to go out and play some cricket.”
Asked about his batting improvement over time, Blackwood said he got batting tips from India captain Virat Kohli during his last tour of India. “I talked to Virat Kohli a few times as well on social media. The last time India toured the Caribbean, I had a chance to talk to him in Jamaica when I was there subbing,” he said.