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The fifth Test has been going well so far. England batted really well on a flat and slow wicket, which provided very little help for our fast bowlers. I must give credit to the England captain, Andrew Strauss, Paul Collinwood and their wicketkeeper, Matt Prior. And I must commend our fast bowlers for their efforts and our spinners, Ryan Hinds and Chris Gayle.
We are leading the Test series 1-0, so if we draw this test we will still win and we’d be very happy with that. But of course we want to win this match. We need to concentrate on what we have to do and take it step by step, and focus on the process rather than the outcome. Winning might be difficult but you never know, this is a strange game, anything is possible.
Although I did not set out to make a century in each Test match I have been pleased with my record so far and of course I’d love to follow through on that in this one. I will definitely be trying to continue what I have done for the last four innings. But it is also important to remember that all of that is now behind me and my focus is on this innings and this match.
It is important for me to go out there and play the best I can for the team. I said at the start of this series that my goal was to improve. I didn’t think that I did my best in New Zealand and this series was my chance to bounce back and I wanted to contribute as best I could to put the team in a good position to win. So far I have been doing that and I am happy that I have been able to assist my team to where we are now.
Everyone has been upbeat. The vibes we have in the dressing room and just in general is what keeps our spirits up and it really does help in the way we play.
Stay tuned as I, and some of the other West Indies players, keep you up to date through our diaries of the series.
Senior sub-editor While teachers in high school droned on about Fukuyama and communism, young Jamie's mind tended to wander to Old Trafford and the MCG. Subsequently, having spent six years in the States - studying Political Science, then working for an insurance company - and having failed miserably at winning any cricket converts, he moved back to India. No such problem in Bangalore, where he can endlessly pontificate on a chinaman who turned it around with a flipper, and why Ricky Ponting is such a good hooker. These days he divides his time between playing office cricket and constant replenishments at one of the city's many pubs.