Marshall aims to maintain momentum
Xavier Marshall is fresh from his world-record blast of sixes, but he has already switched his focus to the final of the Associates Tri-series against the home team Canada on Sunday. The No. 4 Marshall cleared the boundary 12 times in his 157, which came from 118 balls against Canada on Friday, to take the mark from Sanath Jayasuriya.
There was another serious milestone for Marshall, which provided a boost ahead of the decider. "I feel really good to get my first international century, then to break a world record and also to help the team win the match," he said. "It was great to go out there and back myself and perform for the team. I didn't get a score in the first match [against Bermuda] so I was determined to get a big score in the second match."
It was not immediately clear to Marshall that the flurry of sixes had never been achieved before, and he was satisfied with the contribution in difficult conditions. "At the start of my knock the ball was not really coming on as the pitch here is a bit slow," he said. "The medium-pacers were bowling quite well so I knew I had to be patient and smart about what I was doing. After I got in I began to feel better and better and the outfield was quick. I knew all I had to do was push the ball around and hit away the bad balls."
Finding form ahead of the Champions Trophy has pleased Marshall. "I'm getting to the level where I would like to be but I still have to keep putting in the hard work," he said. "I want to reach that level where I'm consistently getting good scores and contributing to the team. I will use my first hundred as a stepping stone towards better things in the future."
Marshall said the undefeated team had trained well on Saturday and would be retaining its positive approach for the final. "We want to keep on winning," he said. Canada earned their place in the final by beating Bermuda by 25 runs in the opening game of the four-match tournament.
West Indies squad Chris Gayle (capt), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Carlton Baugh (wk), Sewnarine Chattergoon, Fidel Edwards, Shawn Findlay, Leon Johnson, Xavier Marshall, Nikita Miller, Dave Mohammed, Brendan Nash, Daren Powell, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor.
Canada squad Sunil Dhaniram (capt), Abdool Samad, Rizwan Cheema, Manoj David, Karum Jethi, Ashif Mulla, Richie Kapoor, Henry Osinde, Eion Katchay, Sami Faridi, Kevin Sandher, Ashish Bagai (wk), Mohammad Iqbal, Harvir Baidwan.