West Indies news May 8, 2011

Barath targeting India return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Adrian Barath, the West Indies opening batsman, has said he hopes to be fit in time for West Indies' home series against India after picking up a right hamstring injury just before the 2011 World Cup that caused him to miss the tournament.

Barath has not played any competitive cricket since February but has been working on improving his fitness and technique while he recovers, something he believes will help him become a better player.

"I am feeling much better and I have been training [with First Citizens Clarke Road United] and I feel fitter now than I ever was," Barath told the Trinidad Express. "I want to return to competitive cricket as soon as possible and hopefully I can return to international cricket for the India home series."

He admitted that injuries have set him back and that he was frustrated by the layoff but was optimistic he would come back stronger and fitter because his recovery period was being extended to ensure that the injury would not re-occur in the future.

"I have been using the time to work on my fitness. As an international cricketer, fitness is very important so I want to be as fit as possible and I think that will auger well for me in the future."

The opener will make his return to competitive cricket this weekend in the Eastern Credit Union Premier Division, playing for Clarke Road United against T&TEC Sports at Point Lisas.

"This game is going to be competitive and I am going to try my best to help Clarke Road move up the table. My personal aim is to occupy the crease. I have been batting in the nets a lot and I have been working on certain aspects of my game, both physically and technically. I got advice from various coaches. I have been training with my club and I am ready to play."

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  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    barath needs to be managed properly something which seems to be missing from our cricket when it is most convenient. two hamstring problems in so short a space of time is cause for worry and it may have nothing to do with his fitness but with how much elasticity is in the players muscles to compensate for sudden dashes, stops, and turns on the field of play. i am looking forward to barath, simmons, braithwaite and darren bravo all int he team at the same time along with fidel, roach, taylor and pascal leading the attack -

  • Michael on May 9, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    No way Barath !You have to play a whole season to convince me and others that you are indeed fit again.So go and play some cricket and get back to those in authority.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    CAN'T wait to see this kid firing again. A promising player. BARATH,SIMMONS, BRAITHWAITE, make your pick as openers.OVER to U selectors. LUCKY U WI.

  • Khalil on May 8, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Hi VivGilchrist, yes the WI does have a lot of talent. I think you have almost a competitve team except for the inclusion of Marlon Samuels. Himself, Sarwan and Chanderpaul are among the top 3 batsmen in the region and must be in the team assuming good form. The Darren Bravo's, Braithwaite's, etc are not as good as the above so have to wait their turn. Andrew Richardson, Tonge and Kantasingh are some other bowlers we should consider.

  • Trevor on May 8, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Other Cricket boards seem to have a policy which manages allows IPL players to partciapte whilst maintaining thier committment to thier country duties. WI seems quite inept of doing this, which should leave them no choice but to make way for the people with the competence to do this. We long for the glory of WI cricket, we have the talent pool to do it, but the current board seems incapable of doing this, shame on you all. WIPA needs to gets its act together, and provide leadersship and create a better atmosphere of co-operation with WICB. We need to all the stakeholders to rethink thier role for the betterment of WI cricket.

  • STEVE on May 8, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    barath and gayle for india series...

  • Basil on May 8, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    It just shows that the talent is there. WI should be better, if they can sort out there injury and contract problems. Just think TEST XI 1 Gayle 2 Barath 3 Dr Bravo 4 Sarwan 5 Chanderpaul 6 Nash 7 Ramdin 8 Taylor 9 Roach 10 Edwards 11 Bishoo with back-up strength provided by Simmons Samuels Braithwate Edwards Baugh Benn Rampaul and Tonge. I'm not saying they'd be no1 but they certainly wouldn't be fighting it out with the Bangas for the worlds worse Test team.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    -He Is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.- I Lyk Da Way He Plays.................=D

  • sajith on May 8, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    After seeing the headlines, I thought he was thinking of returning to India and play for it! Given his name, I first thought of commenting 'Hey Bharath! Your name might sound Indian but there are already a 100 players fighting for a spot in the team!' Lol!

  • Jawad A Malik on May 8, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Good news ..................He is talented player.But might be wicb not ask him about fitness (As they did with Gayle & Taylor ) and not include his name in squad.HA HA HA

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