Cottrell, answer Cottrell, Hetmyer answer the call
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dot balls in Friday’s spell balls per wicket in ODIs openers dismissed in 7 ODIs maidens in ODs
As a soldier, Sheldon Cottrell is always ready to be called on.
On the cricket field, the story is the same.
The Jamaican fast bowler, brought into the West Indies team for the second One-Day International against England at
on Friday, justified his inclusion with a fivewicket haul that was critical to the home team’s victory by 26 runs.
“I am always ready,” the big leftarm fast bowler told the media following his impressive bowling that helped West Indies defend a competitive score of 289 for six in good batting conditions.
“I have been training…I have been on the bench training. I just enjoyed it. I think it was a full team effort today…we really enjoyed ourselves.
“I thought it was enough (the West Indies score) because (batsman, Shimron) Hetmyer making a century gave us the momentum into the fielding performance. So I think we carried it right through,” said the 29-yearold.
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The speedster drawn into chances of the World on his short “I’m not taking it game Next game looking forward Cottrell with his trademark seemingly spectators.
pitch that batsmen enjoyed, removed both openers with ball and came back to claim more strikes, including the important wicket of captain Eoin very tough,” Cottrell about the challenge bowling under the prevailing conditions. just have to stick with the did that today and we victorious.
the game plan was to early wickets and see where from there. It really paid off said Cottrell.
speedster declined to be into speculation about his of making the final cut for World Cup, preferring to focus short-term goals. looking that far. I am just game by game.
game is in Grenada, so I am forward to that,” Cottrell celebrated each wicket trademark salute, a seemingly popular gesture with spectators.
West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer pulling during his century.
(Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
At left, West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell saluting after taking his fourth wicket.
(Picture courtesy CWI Media/Kerrie Eversley.)
“I’m a soldier back in the Jamaica Defence Force. Every time I salute, it just represents my colleagues and it’s to show appreciation for my colleagues,” he explained.
Hetmyer, whose entertaining unbeaten 104 off 83 balls highlighted West Indies’ total, was equally thrilled over the exciting win and gave the Jamaican lots of credit for his performance.
“He is a fantastic bowler, actually. A swing bowler, and a death bowler as well. It was a great day for him,” said Hetmyer.
The talented left-hander said that the pitch held up a bit early in the innings but coming on to the end it played much better.
Hetmyer, who led the West Indies Under-19 team to World Cup glory almost three years ago, admitted that occasionally he is aware of the high expectations for him to perform, but he does not allow it to bother him.
“Sometimes, yes, but it’s not really something I think too much about. I just try to play my game, keep it as simple as possible and execute,” he said.
“We try to put our best foot forward every game and back up our bowlers by putting runs on the board.
“There always was a confidence there. It’s just about us believing more now in our abilities and going out and executing on the day.”
The 22-year-old Guyanese has been called upon to represent the regional side in all three formats but is not overwhelmed by the challenge.
“I don’t really think about it too much. I just try to transition based on whatever clothes I put on. If I am wearing whites, I try to accommodate and if I’m in the coloured clothing, well, I just try to do the same,” said Hetmyer.
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On a pitch Cottrell removed the new ball three more important Morgan.
“It’s very remarked of bowling conditions.
“You just plan. We did came out victorious.
“Part of take early it goes from today,” said said.