WI v NZ, 1st Test, Antigua, 3rd day

I'm more aware of my role - Kieran Powell

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 27, 2012

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Kieran Powell celebrates after reaching his maiden Test century, West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Antigua, 3rd day, July 27, 2012
Kieran Powell: "When I saw the ball going to the boundary I couldn't help but jump for joy" © DigicelCricket.com/Brooks LaTouche Photography
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On a day when Chris Gayle marked his comeback to Test cricket with his 14th century, Kieran Powell, one of several openers West Indies trialled during Gayle's 19-month absence, scored his first. Powell's 134 was a patient innings and it contributed to the fourth-highest opening stand for West Indies - 254.

"I started slowly and I just supported Chris and watched on as he played his natural game," Powell said after the third day, with West Indies leading by 91. "I told myself all I had to do is play it the way I know it and just try to build the lead of the team."

Powell had scored 97 off 241 balls before he pulled Neil Wagner to the square-leg boundary. He'd sustained his concentration for 74 overs to reach the landmark. "I felt I played really well and when I saw the ball going to the boundary I couldn't help but jump for joy," Powell said. "It felt really good and it's a moment to cherish.

"I knew I was hitting the ball very well. I have worked on my shot selection and I was happy with the way my bat was coming down and my ability to hit the ball down the ground. I hit three fours in the over I got out … I won't say I was carried away, I think I chose the wrong ball to hit at that stage."

The hundred was Powell's third first-class century in the last three months - following his 108 for West Indies against England Lions in early May and 139 for West Indies A against India A in June. Powell, who had made his debut in the third Test against India in Dominica in 2011, said his stint at the Sagicor High Performance Centre in Barbados had been a "massive boost" to his game.

"The time at the Sagicor HPC has totally changed my game," he said. "It has helped me with both the technical side and mental side of my game. It has helped to refine my game and overall I am now a calmer person. A lot of things I developed there I put into place, and I was able to assess the situation and go about the business of building an innings.

"There was a time I used to go in and look to play all the shots and see how many I could get. All that has changed now. I'm more settled and aware of my role."

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Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

well done may many more follow

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

A good hundred, he is in form but still has to improve his technique to the ball that is coming in to him,plays around the pad a bit too much, I think he ultimately will be a better no.3 and Barath the better opener

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

you people are way too quick to congratulate the man, he still has to show some consistency

Posted by simonviller on (July 28, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

I always thought that you had that '' X ''factor ,even thought some didn't . I just hope WI don't treat you like some of the other young players ,if you shoul lose a bit of form .

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Well done Kieran, the first of many centuries, stay focused.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 28, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Well done young man. Here is to a long and succesfull career at the top of the order...you can do it!

Posted by Dashgar on (July 28, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Well done Powell, played really well and is clearly improving every day.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

A fantastic display of talent, maturity and class !!!!

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