West Indies tour of India 2013 October 8, 2013

'Know I could cause some problems' - Cotterrell

Renaldo Matadeen

Sheldon Cotterell, the left-arm seamer, is eager to make an impression after being called up for the West Indies Test team due to tour India in November. However, he is awaiting a fitness result that could hamper his chances of playing his first Test.

Cotterell was replaced on the A team's tour of India by Fidel Edwards due to injury, but was named in the 16-man squad led by Darren Sammy. Though twisting his knee knee in training had prevented him for familiarising with Indian pitches, Cotterrell remained buoyant about his prospects.

"I am really looking forward to going to India and playing, as with my pace, aggression and accuracy, I know I can take wickets", he said. "There is also the fact that the Indians tend to struggle a bit against good fast bowling, and with me being in some sort of form I know I could cause some problems.

"The injury is coming on much better now and there'll be an assessment this Wednesday," he added. "It's a scan and then a decision will be taken as to whether or not I am fit enough to go. I won't cheat myself and my body. If I know I am not fit enough, I will not go. There is a lot of cricket for me play and there will be much more opportunities if this one does not come through."

Cotterell has struggled to impress for Jamaica since his regional debut in 2011 - 40 in 18 matches - but did catch eyes in the 2013 CPL - eight wickets in seven matches, with a best of 4 for 20. The first Test is set to commence on November 6 in while the second is slated for November 14. The three ODIs will be played on November 21, 24 and 27.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    if the selectors give him a chance 2 get into the 11 india's batsmen better watch out cause jamaicans normally back up talk wit action,

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Its important have confidence in all aspects of life,Englands great fast bowlers were ineffective when they were there recently it was Panasar & Swann who beat India, W I has Permaul /Shillingford a chance to make their names? Cottrell is getting a dusty pitch with no bounce if he goes, but why talk about Cottrell only,? what about Roach? Its mind boggling why these selectors would force a young bowler with a suspect knee in these conditions,when they have Rampaul and Edwards,even if Dwayne bravo was in the squad he is as good a bowler as Sammy or better, we need selectors who has the balls to do what is right.

  • o on October 9, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    1.Gayle 2.Edwards/Powell 3.Samuels 4.Bravo 5.Chanderpaul 6.Ramdin 7.Sammy(c) 8.Best 9.Permaul. 10.Roach 11.Shillingford. This would probably be my 11, W.I can't go bowler light v India so the batsman Ramadin and Sammy will have to stand up with the bat to accommodate 2 spinner and 2 strike bowlers. I know he usually bats 3 but I'd open with Edwards as he's been in great form in the India A series and seems to have a real point to prove ! I also like to see Best at 8 he has great potential with bat and has shown this in both ODi's and Tests over the past year.

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    It's good to have self confidence, but he needs to show respect to his opponents. You would have never heard anything like this coming from any of the great fast bowling legends that West Indies have produced. Is this a reflection of the media personell of the regional teams?

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    sheldon i love the attitude but u still have 3 hurdles to get over. 1st get over the injury. 2nd get match fit, and then the most difficult hurdle is to get into the playing eleven Cause more than likely we will be playing with 6 batsmen, a wicketkeeper, 2 spinners , 1 fast bowler & Sammy as captain. last time i checked that ads up to 11.

  • Jay on October 8, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    I remember a time when genuine pace bowlers used to be quiet and graceful in their execution of skills. Kids nowadays have big mouths and talk too soon before realizing their abilities. For Cotterell's sake, I hope he comes good in India against a quality Indian team. It's always better to remain quiet and move underneath the spotlight. Since he has spoken now, all eyes will be on him. If he goes for plenty, that could break his confidence big time and India is as tough as they come.

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Big talk for a man who's trying to play his first test match.

  • Mark on October 8, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Cotterell has serious potential. I'd rather he was saved for the NZ tour and that Rampaul had been picked for this trip.

  • Michael on October 8, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Time will tell if he is a NATO man !!!

  • M on October 8, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @ Ben Manning Cotterrell usually bowls around 85-90mph but I have seen him go up to 94 in the CPL

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