West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas, who has been picked among the 11 reserve players for their tour to England, stated that he definitely wants to play Test Cricket, and is aiming to make his debut, something that the coach, Phil Simmons supports.
Thomas told the Jamaica Observer, “I definitely want to play Test cricket, I want to do well in all three formats. Test cricket is really the ultimate that everyone wants to play to be great. You don’t want to just be an average cricketer; you want to be among the greats. Coach Phil (and I), we always have a talk. He says I can’t be bowling that fast, probably bowling the fastest in the Caribbean, and not play in his Test team.”
Thomas made his International debut in 2018. Since then, he has gone on to pick 27 and 15 wickets in 20 ODIs and 12 T20Is respectively. After surviving a car crash, thankfully albeit with minimal injuries, he returned to the squad and took 5/28 against Sri Lanka in a 2 match T20I series in March before COVID-19 struck.
Thomas spoke about what he has been doing since the pandemic struck. He said, “Coming back from the Sri Lanka tour, a good series (and taking) a five-wicket haul, and then the pandemic just came into play and no cricket. Last week is my first week back bowling on a pitch. I had been doing some little bowling here and there. I’m very happy to be back bowling and I’m looking forward to playing Test cricket. It’s just up to me as a person; I just need to be fit and ready, and I should be in the Test team.”
The accident and subsequent lack of cricket, other than the two T20Is in Sri Lanka, has left Thomas not yet at full fitness. He said, “I’m not going to say I’m at 100 (percent), but I think I’m aware of where I want to be. Only thing I’d probably be short of now is match fitness because I haven’t played for about three months now. Coming back from a car accident (in which) fortunately I just got some scrapes, but the car flipped a few times so I got jerked up here and there. Now I’m just feeling some stiffness because I just started bowling back at full speed but otherwise I’m all right. I just want to relax, bowl, put the ball in the right areas and let the ball do the work. Even if I’m not playing I’ll be training and keeping my fitness up. If I’m not playing I want to learn as much as a can.”