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Blackwood knew he had to get stuck in


Blackwood knew he had to get stuck in

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WEST INDIES middle order batsman Jermaine Blackwood says that the pitch at Kensington Oval yesterday was a difficult one to bat on.

The Jamaican topscored with 85 before he was the last man out, but said he had to show a great degree of restraint on a strip that many initially thought was much better for batting than bowling.

“It was a tough pitch and you had to ‘get in’ on it and bat, but I am a positive guy, so I was determined to go out there and get some runs on the board,” he said.

“The new ball moved around a bit. What you had to do was to see off the new ball. Once that shine came off it was much easier to bat, so that’s why I said, ‘Let me just grind out that early swing’. But the coaching staff reminded me all the time to play my natural game.”

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.