Hope reveals plan for England Tour
West Indies batsman Shai Hope wants his test record to improve in upcoming test series against England. Hope admitted that, his records are not well in test format but he continues to back himself safe in the knowledge he has the capability to deliver.
The West Indies batsman averages 27.23 in 31 Tests. Although he has a record of becoming the first batsman to score hundreds in both innings of a first-class match and the tons helped the West Indies secure a surprise victory over England. Unfortunately, those were an outlier in his Test career. Because that was the the only time he has passed three figures in the format.
On the contrary, Hope has an average of 52.2 after 78 one-day internationals. He is regarded as one of the islanders’ best batsmen. The 26-year-old hopes to boost his Test numbers during next month’s three-match series against England.
“You’re going to be hard on yourself, especially when you know that you can get something done and it’s not really portraying on your stats card”. Hope said.
“My runs and stats aren’t exactly where I want them to be but I’m working towards that.”
“I just have to continue believing in myself and back my ability because I know I can get it done. The key is to make sure that I take use of these opportunities and do whatever I can to make the team win.” the Carribian batsman added.
The Windies authority has laid importance on the fast bowling department along with the experience of Kemar Roach, captain Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel.
But more responsibility will be onto Hope and opener Kraigg Brathwaite after batting duo Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer declined to tour England.
“We’re missing a few key players so it’s very important for us as top-order batters to get those runs on the board, especially in the first part of the game,” Hope further added.