West India A in India 2013-14 September 3, 2013

Edwards bids for West Indies return

Renaldo Matadeen

West Indies A captain Kirk Edwards aims to use the tour of India later this month to force his way back into contention for the senior team.

"There's a job to be done [for the team]. I look forward to that," Edwards said. "Personally, I know people harp on my Test stint against England last year but I think I had a good outing with some consistent scores. It was a bit disappointing but I've got over it and I'm looking forward to making some runs and moving back into the senior spotlight."

Edwards, 28, last played for West Indies in May 2012 and has since been searching for consistency in his batting. He seems a viable option in Tests with an average of 39.11 in nine matches but his ODI credentials - a top score of 40* at 19.12 - struggle to match up. His recent form is suspect as well, having played only one game for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League. However, the selectors have seen him as an A-team mainstay and continued to place faith in his leadership.

With a mooted senior team trip to India before the visit to New Zealand, Edwards was determined to make the most out of this tour. "This is an opportunity to propel you into the senior team," he said. "I need to keep getting scores to get back into Test cricket and I'll be going about things in a professional manner, day-by-day. I've been on tour to India before and I'm familiar with the conditions, so this knowledge counts for a lot."

Edwards believes that his team has the right balance of youth and experience to enjoy a good outing in India. While happy to lead in the four-day matches, he was hopeful being relieved of limited-overs captaincy - with Kieran Powell taking over - will allow him to focus more on his own performances and present himself in better light to the West Indies selectors.

His side completed a successful series against Sri Lanka A in June and Edwards was grateful that the selectors kept the majority of the nucleus intact. West Indies began those unofficial Tests in emphatic fashion, with three of their batsmen recording centuries in the same innings; Edwards, with 190, was the top-scorer. Besides two high-scoring draws, Edwards led his side to a 2-1 victory in the ODI series and secured the T20 series 1-0.

"This unit we have here was formed for a while," he said. "It's positive to stay with this group, let players get comfortable and learn the game from and with each other. Experience counts for a lot and this continuity will help us.

"The pitches and environment [in India] are different to the Caribbean. It's different for spin and the new ball turns from ball one. Some outfields are quick and some pitches have a lack of bounce but we can - and will - capitalise on the good batting tracks. It's a brilliant atmosphere because people love cricket in India, so I hope they come out for the games."

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

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  • charlie on September 10, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    As I see it ,there's no room for failure from guys like Kirk and DR Smith ,yet other get all the chances necessary to grow in the team . One lean season on tour to England and Kirk is dropped from the team having to fight his way back ; and as we know ,most of the great players have had lean seasons in England at first ,before coming good ,that's why he should have never been left out in the first place after such a fabulous start to his career . I hope that the selectors would see it fit to include him permanently in the playing eleven ,so that he could regain his form . As for the so called " technical " issues , show me a better technician in the squad who's performance exceeds .

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Tampaul ?! common much respect he is the best swing bowler we have at the moment and most experience also. The 1 thing about Rampaul when you need a wicket he tend to break partnership when needed, he's not gonna get 5/00 he just need to stay fit. those young guns on the A team has a chance to build their confidence in Indian condition. Playing test cricket in India is not an easy tasted my friends those brother love too bat. in any case the experience will go a long way.

  • Carl on September 6, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Adolphus, I agree with most of your selections, however, Tampaul should make way for the younger quicks such as Johnson, Cummins and even Beaton. They need blooding while they are still young and fresh. I would certainly like to see at least two of Holder, Johnson, Cummins and Beaton feature in the forthcoming India test squad. Delorn Johnson has had to wait a very long time, too long in fact. Those who saw him bowl against India 'A' last season know what I'm talking about. Cummins offers genuine pace and wicket taking ability - get them selected, now.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    I know one thing! The selectors are on the clock. I hope they used good intelligent cricket mind and picked players for test as of players to play odi and t20 status. For starters C.Gayle, K.Powell, K.Edwards, Dm.Bravo, S. Chanderpaul, M. Samuel, D.Ramdin, D.Sammy, R. Rampaul, S.Narine, S.Shillingford, K.Roach, V. Permaul, N.Deonerine and J.Holder. With what we have at present an 11 from this team i'm comptable with at the moment.

  • ANDREW on September 5, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    The WI selectors did not treat Kirk Edwards the same as the did with a lot of the other batsman who played for the WI. Dropping Kirk because he did not score runs in England was not fair to him. Kirk played nine test scoring two centuries and four fifties with an average of 39.11. In my opinion Kirk is the best middle order batsman in the Caribbean. Lets compare him to D.M Bravo. Bravo played twenty three test scoring four centuries and eight fifties with an average of 44.56. Marlon Samuel played forty six test scoring five centuries and eighteen fifties with an average of 37.39. So someone need to really explain why Kirk Edwards is not in the WI eleven batting at number three or four. I hope the selectors wake up and give him his place back. Good luck Kirk.

  • Carl on September 4, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Kirk Edwards must be kept in the test frame, he is one of the better batsmen in the region in the longer format. Does he have a few technical issues? Yes, but he also has a stout heart - something that is sadly lacking in many of today's younger players. Good luck to him, and the the rest of the squad.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I have always admired Kirk's positive attitude and approach to the game.It is a type of mindset we in the Caribbean need to rediscover in order for our cricket to get to the dizzying heights it once did. I do hope that he gets back into the team at some point, and I am sure he will make it count this time. Good luck son.

  • o on September 4, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    Good luck Kirk, go hard in India.

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