West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Guyana May 11, 2011

Nash keen to take first-class form into Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brendan Nash, the West Indies vice-captain, is confident he will take strong form in to the first Test against Pakistan, which starts in Guyana on Thursday. Nash is considered a Test specialist and therefore didn't take part in the recent one-day series against Pakistan, but in his most recent first-class innings, he made 207 for Jamaica against Trinidad and Tobago.

That came early last month, during the final stages of the regional four-day competition, and Nash finished the tournament as the third-leading run scorer. He enters the Test series with the extra responsibility of being vice-captain to Darren Sammy, and Nash believes that he can help the home team beat Pakistan, despite West Indies being without veterans like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo.

"I'm feeling really good the way I'm batting," Nash said. "The last time I batted in a first-class match I got over 200. Admittedly, that was a little while ago, but I have carried that form with me. Pakistan have a good team, they have some good bowlers, but I believe I am experienced enough and capable enough to handle myself. We have a good team and things are taking shape, so we believe we will do very well against the Pakistanis.

"We saw some great cricket in the warm-up match and we had a good training session today. We will have another session as we prepare for the match and everyone is looking forward to Thursday. As the vice-captain I have added responsibility and I'm always happy to help the others in the team in any way I can. That has been my style from the first day I joined the team."

Nash, 33, last played for West Indies back in December, during the rain-affected tour of Sri Lanka. He made two half-centuries from his three innings, and he said he was happy with his form leading in to the Pakistan matches.

"I'm feeling mentally and physically ready for the series," he said. "I am hitting the ball really well and I'm where I want to be in the lead-up to the Test series. I played in the WICB regional four-day tournament and I managed to get some good runs. I felt I batted really well. I'm happy to be part of the team unit for the Test series here against Pakistan.

"I'm looking to get onto the field. I love Test cricket and I really enjoy playing for the West Indies so I'm happy to be back among the boys again. We have a few new players who I have not had the joy of playing a Test match with, so that's exciting for me. We have good camaraderie in the team and we are all focused on the two Test matches upcoming."

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  • Ravi on May 12, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    @The Light - listen west indies board can select who they want - trinidad have a forum of its own in the champions league - and we have a really strong team - simmons, bharath, darren bravo, dwayne bravo, darren ganga, dinesh ramdin, ravi rampaul, kieron pollard - 8 west indian capped players...when our players go and perform on an international stage it only makes the wicb look myopic, foolish and partisan....

  • Ravi on May 11, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    WEST INDIES ONE DAY TEAM AGAINST INDIA - Christopher Gayle (c), Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo (vc), Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy, Jerome Taylor, Devendra Bishoo.

    Seven bowling options - Gayle (off-spin), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Jerome Taylor (fast medium), Sammy, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo (medium), Bishoo (leg spin). Batting down to number 10 - Taylor has a test hundred. Two subs - Ravi Rampaul and Marlon Samuels.

  • Ravi on May 11, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    I think the West Indies board should aim to have A team tours organized just before or simultaneously with any international series that the senior team might be involved in...Its easier to take a form player and slip him into the senior team if he has been playing List A cricket at the time he is called up...I think the next A team should be:

    Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Kieron Pollard, John Carter, Marlon Samuels, Darren Ganga(c), Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Shane Dorwich (wk), Kyle Corbin (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Ryad Emrit, Kavesh Kantasingh, Ryan Austin, Veerasammy Permaul.

  • Kamal on May 11, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    @enigma12345 - Good Squad, but I think that if the WI want to win the series to go to 6th in the Test Rankings, they got to play the following team. - L.SIMMONS,D.BRAVO,R.SARWAN,M.SAMUELS,B.NASH,S.CHANDERPAUL D.SAMMY,R.RAMPAUL,K.ROACH,F.EDWARDS,D.BISHOO I chose this team because Sammy is taking another player's place, therefore Baugh must be sacrificed to allow Rampaul or another fast bowler to play. Clearly based on this performance in the ODI, Rampaul must play and we also need both Roach and Edwards in the attack with Bishoo...and we cannot afford leaving one any of the Batsmen I chose...so the choice is simple - Baugh...Darren Bravo or Simmons can keep... Now if they bench Sammy make Nash Captain, Baugh will play...I just hope he take the catches... really need Ramdin...

  • S.Selvamurugan on May 11, 2011, 13:17 GMT


  • Douglas on May 11, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Congratulation Nash! A well deserved opportunity to find a replacement captain who actually qualifies to make the team! Good luck! it looks like Hilaire is smartening up.

  • Roland on May 11, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    So nash averages in the 60's and gets haild as being consistent and is picked. Ganga scores several centuries averages in the 70's and continues to be left in the wilderness. Ramdin has a record breaking season with the gloves, centuries and a few fifties and is not considered over a second rate keeper who cannot bat. Good luck to the WI with their foolish games.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Why Nash is not even in the ODI squad playing the "anchor" role is beyond me.

  • ez on May 11, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    http://www.windiescricket.com will put to rest all the aligations singling out the WICB as the demons in this war of words.

  • ez on May 11, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    I went to the WICB website and i realize that Gayle and Taylor are just trying to miss lead the public man. Are thay serious? I want to know what all these people willl think if they seek the truth and go to the page to read this article by the board. I said earlier that they are just spoilt and money driven and now that is firmly proven. Thank God for people like Nash who look to build pride.

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