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I always think positive - Morton

Runako Morton has impressed in the two ODIs against India and has attributed his performance to his positive outlook

Cricinfo staff
Runako Morton punches the air after steering West Indies home, West Indies v India, 2nd ODI, Kingston, June 28, 2009

Runako Morton has averaged 127 in the series thus far  •  AFP

Runako Morton, the West Indies opener, has impressed in the two ODIs against India in Kingston and has attributed his performance to his positive outlook. Morton followed up a fluent 51-ball 42 in the series opener, which the hosts lost by 20 runs while chasing 340, with an unbeaten 85, guiding his team to a comprehensive series-levelling win. Morton was not included in the West Indies squad for the ICC World Twenty20, but had no trouble settling into form against India.
"I always like to think positive and since I came back into the team I have been looking to put my best foot forward for the team," Morton said in St Lucia, the venue for the third ODI. "I don't want to get too much ahead of myself. I am taking the positives from those two knocks. From the start of the year I have been feeling quite relaxed at the crease and I am getting the results."
Morton has opened in each of his 52 ODIs and boasts a decent record, averaging 35.19 with two centuries and ten fifties. However, he started off batting at No.3 in the domestic circuit, but said he found no difficulty in adapting to the role of an opener in international cricket. "Being a No. 3 throughout my career there was not much of an adjustment to move up to open the batting with the captain," Morton said. "It is all about dedication and application and backing myself to do the job. I aim to stay positive."
With the series level at 1-1, West Indies will be keen to take an unassailable lead in the third game at St. Lucia and Morton made his intentions clear. "The series is level 1-1. As always I will be looking to win," he said. "We will be looking to put in another good team effort as we showed in Jamaica. Players are putting their hands up and putting in good performances and we are confident."