West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st T20I, Antigua March 1, 2013

Barnwell, Badree keen to make an impact

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies allrounder Christopher Barnwell, who is back in the national Twenty20 side after 17 months, has said he is eager to make an impact against Zimbabwe in the two T20I matches in Antigua this weekend.

Barnwell made his debut against Pakistan in 2011 and was dropped later that year after featuring in four matches. He has been recalled after a successful Caribbean T20 season, where he produced several match-winning efforts for runners-up Guyana. Barnwell scored 245 runs in eight matches and also took six wickets.

"I had a very good Caribbean T20 and I'm confident I will do well here against Zimbabwe," Barnwell said. "I feel I am in the right frame of mind and in good form with the bat and ball. I brought Guyana out of some difficult situations when the pressure was on, and I believe I can transfer those kinds of performances the international level, once I get the opportunity."

Legspinner Samuel Badree, who was part of the victorious World Twenty20 team in Sri Lanka in October 2012 said that West Indies would carry the momentum of the ODI series into the T20I matches.

"We had a good one-day Series against the Zimbabweans where we won all three matches, and we will also look to win both Twenty20 matches," Badree said. "In T20, there aren't really any underdogs. I will look to have two good games against them and continue to showcase my talents for West Indies on the international stage. The key to bowling in T20 cricket is consistency and that helps to build the pressure on batsmen. I will look to maintain the pressure we have created."

Badree, 31, played his first T20 international last year against New Zealand and has picked up five wickets in six matches.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Zeus on March 2, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    No Chris....at last....I think its time for him to retire...hasn't made much of an impact...maybe old age catching up with him....hmmm...GO WINDIES!!!

  • Deepak on March 2, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    West Indies OWN this format. They can even beat the 'Rest of the World' team at any given venue if they play as a unit to their full potential. All the best to both teams for this series.

  • Hildreth on March 2, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    GOOD MOVE BY THE WI SELECTORS TO BRING BACK BARNWELL & BADREE. They both had a very good Caribbean T20 tournament and have the capability to carry this form into the international level. The return of fast bowler GABRIEL after a great season is also a wise decision. Gabriel was fast and difficult to play thru the CT20 so I hope he gets a chance to show-off his pace & hostility. However I find the side a bit thin on experienced BATSMEN. In such a case the squad for 1st ODI could be like this : 1.Charles, 2.Simmons, 3.Bravo, 4.Barnwell, 5.Pollard, 6.Bravo, 7.Ramdin, 8.Sammy, 9.Narine, 10.Best, 11.Gabriel. Placing Barnwell at #4 would give the batting a bit more depth and provide him with a chance to prove himself primarily as a batter although he also bowls. Finally I was a bit SURPRISED that the selectors recalled SIMMONS but I hope he grabs the opportunity to prove that he belongs at this level. GO WINDIES !!

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    AKS286 sorry pal...if you are the self appointed rep of those countries, you are not doing a good job. No knowledgeable cricket fan in the world will harbor such reckless ideas much less making them public. As any and every cricketing country will tell you, it's like asking for Brazil to be replaced by Japan:-)

  • Anupam on March 1, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Yes badree is a good bowler and what about K.Cooper? WI is a good side of T20. must give up its test status for teams like- Afghan, Namibia, Ireland, Netherlands.

  • No featured comments at the moment.