Denesh Ramdin hopes to cement Test spot
Denesh Ramdin, the wicketkeeper who has been recalled to the West Indies Test side after nearly two years, has set himself a stiff batting target during the England Test series as he tries to reclaim a permanent place.
"I am looking to get at least three half-centuries and even a century and hopefully, help the team win," Ramdin told Trinidad & Tobago Express. "I am happy to be back in the setup after being out of the team for so long. It feels good to be back and it is always good to get another chance at the highest level. Hopefully I can take advantage of the opportunity and cement my place in the Test team, at least for the next five or six years."
Ramdin last played Tests in June 2010, when he made only 63 runs in six innings against South Africa. He comes back after a strong showing on the domestic circuit, leading Trinidad & Tobago to the domestic T20 title in January and then being their top-scorer in the Regional four day competition, averaging 56.83 in four matches.
The West Indies selectors recalled Ramdin andMarlon Samuels for the tour while opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh lost their Test places. Ramdin, 27, has toured England twice before and said that though playing against the swinging ball will be a challenge, the team was encouraged by the recent performances against Australia.
"We did not do too badly against Australia," he said. "We did not lose in three days and we gave them a good fight. I think we can give England a tough fight. "This time of year is very cold; the swinging ball is another part of it. The players will have to adapt to the conditions quickly but you could never say you are prepared for the conditions."
West Indies' first tour match is against Sussex at Hove from May 5. The first Test begins at Lord's on May 17.